I’ve been having a mini discussion on Facebook about meal planning after I posted this picture on Instagram of my slightly excessive organisation of the freezer contents and thought that I’d write about it here too.
I shop for a 3/4 week period, usually doing a shop for a couple of days then the big online shop a few days later when I receive some money. We have a chest freezer in our cellar and it’s made life so much easier as previously with only the little 2 shelf freezer I had to shop every few days and couldn’t easily batch cook.
Online food shopping is great because I can start to add things to the basket as we run out and then go through with ideas for meals jumping from department to department, keeping an eye on the total. It also means that I don’t have to leave the sofa and precariously balance everything on a pushchair to get home!
I don’t plan exactly what meals we’ll have, just have some ideas, as we get our vegetables from Woodhouse Farm still and never quite know what we’ll get and it’s hard to know 4 weeks in advance what your plans are.
So this month we have eaten…
Setember 1st – 7th
Monday: Beef enchiladas with salad and guacamole
Tuesday: Sausage whorls with roasted Mediterranean vegetables and potatoes
Wednesday: (dinner out)
Thursday: Ginger and lime chicken with rice and vegetables
Friday:Pork chorizo burgers with cooked tomato salsa
Saturday:Pasta bolognaise (a huge batch made that created 2 lasagnes to freeze)
Sunday: Beef casserole with Yorkshire puddings, mash potatoes and vegetables
September 8th – 14th
Monday: Bangers and mash with vegetables
Tuesday: Fishcakes with minty potatoes and vegetables
Wednesday: Baked potatoes with chilli con carne (chilli from the freezer)
Thursday: (dinner out)~
Friday: Saag paneer with rice and naan
Saturday: Bean casserole with toast and cheese
Sunday: (dinner out)
September 15th – 21st
Monday: Pulled pork wraps with tomato and pepper salsa and yogurt
Tuesday: Lasagne and garlic bread (lasagne from the freezer)
Wednesday: Stir-fried sweet and sour beef, veg and noodles
Thursday: Aubergine and courgette risotto with salmon
Friday: Corned beef hash with baked beans
Saturday: Spicy lentil and chickpeas in tomatoes with cous cous
Sunday: Baked potatoes with cheese sauce and bacon and vegetables
September 22nd – 28th
Monday: Chinese style pork belly and egg friend rice
Tuesday: Spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread (meatballs from freezer)
Wednesday: Roast chicken dinner (as Phil’s not been here on Sunday’s)
Thursday: Homemade pizza using leftover chicken
Friday: Lentil and vegetable pasta bake (with lentil bolognaise from freezer)
Saturday: Cassoulet with crusty bread
Sunday: Mushroom risotto with extra vegetables and crispy bacon
The days in italics are when Phil’s not here this month and we can eat anything as I don’t have to accommodate his ‘fussy’ eating. I’m quite impressed that there are 25 different dinners there, yes several are pasta based and there are a couple of risottos and 2 baked potatoes but with different flavours.
The non-meat dinners that myself and Jack are eating whilst Phil’s away are mostly leftover when we’ve eaten all the meat out of them as I’ve been putting anything that’s portion sized in the freezer.
And I’ve been enjoying not having to think up dinner everyday and have been remembering to take the meat out the freezer the night before too.
How about you, do you meal plan? Weekly? Fortnightly? Monthly?