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Straight in to it – Weekly Meal Plan – August 3rd, 2020

How exciting! My first actual meal planning post on my new blog.  Pull up a chair 😊, it’s great to have you here.

I’ve been meal planning on and off for years.  I have found certain things either drive you to meal plan or allow you to “ease off the accelerator” and wing it a little more.  When I’ve had my winging it times, I know from personal experience that we suffer the consequences.  Our living costs go up, meals become less healthy and Steven and I become more grumpy!  

Therefore I hope that this blog, along with it’s FacebookInstagram and Pinterest pages will ensure our winging it days become less and less, helping you along the way too.  Having said that 🙂 I am only human and on the days when the inevitable happens, I’ll share the outcomes of that too.

There’s so many fantastic YouTube channels out there, many of which I use for inspiration.  As I create content for this social media channel I will share my own videos too, though it will most likely be via our smallholding channel. Ok guys, I’ll stop wittering on now.  August 3rd week’s meal plan on my new frugal whiteboard that I LOVE looks like this:  

Monday – Meatloaf with Potatoes, roasted courgette and tomatoes

Tuesday – Left over chicken salad with dressing & crusty bread (ended up as chicken korma as it was a cold day and we needed something hot to warm us up)

Wednesday – Taco bar – slow cooker taco meat

Thursday – Steak fajita bowls

Friday – Chicken korma, boiled rice, naan and mint yoghurt – (After swapping with Tuesday, it will be the humble jacket potatoes with choice of filling instead).

Saturday – BBQ – Ste cooks on a Saturday and ironically never knows what he will do until the day!

Sunday –   Roast chicken dinner with Yorkshire puddings and home grown veg 

Every week we have a soup of the week (SOTW) and this week is traditional pea and ham using a smoked gammon joint in the Slow Cooker / Crockpot.  The recipe is here.

Recipe pages are coming soon so please keep checking back here 🙂

Meals at my house – Weekly Meal Plan – August 10th, 2020

Welcome to the official second week of recording my meal plans!  Can you sense my excitement. It’s the little things 😉

In the coming weeks meal plans will be posted on a Sunday night for the fresh new week on Monday.  Although I want to share with you that I don’t wait until the Sunday to think about them, I usually plan ahead by a few days to a week and have been know to plan ahead even further. 

I manage to do this by keeping an eyeball on what’s in the fridge, freezer and pantry, noting specifically items that need using up or that we are nearly out of.  Then there’s items I know I will have to replace regardless of what’s on the meal plan such as toiletries. I have always got a grocery list going on using either a mini whiteboard on the fridge or I enter things straight in to the Tesco app. I have a love hate relationship with Tesco (and Aldi for that matter) but I’ll leave that for another time.

Without further ado, here is the meal plan for week of August 10.

Monday – Home raised Roast Chicken and garden veg.

Tuesday – Ham and cheese potato bake with greens.

Wednesday – Spaghetti Bolognese (Instant Pot) with Garlic Bread.

Thursday – Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki, kale, cauli & broad beans.

Friday – Kids choose their own. Adults – sausage & pepper bake.

Saturday – Ste cooks Saturday’s – lasagne with salad and garlic bread

Sunday –   Pasta bake (Grace asked if she could cook – she will find a recipe and it’ll be a surprise) 

If you read week 1’s post then you will know that every week we have a soup of the week (SOTW) and this week is minestrone.  As with the other recipes, this recipe will follow shortly – it was SO nice.

I am still figuring out how to edit photos and things! The photos here show the meals from the week, though not in order. Think of it as a guessing game for now 🙂

If you are interested in seeing what we grow here on the smallholding, feel free to join in the fun on our Instagram or Facebook smallholding pages. We also dabble in YouTube which is rather amusing! Not the content, just that we don’t know what we are doing with it yet!

Take care everyone and stay safe, Tracy x