Meal Planning Monday

Gosh, this seems to have come around quickly this week!! We pretty much stuck to the plan again and I even cooked a few meals ahead for this week. It’s half term for us and Graham is back at work finally, so I knew I wanted to be as organised as possible. We literally have a drawer full of frozen meals in the freezer for weeks like this now, so this week will be mostly a case of defrosting them and bunging them in the microwave – best sort of cooking!

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Meal Planning Monday

We did much better sticking to the meal plan this week. On Saturday we had a movie night and some Chicago Town frozen pizzas we had for a blog post, and we did have a cheeky McDonalds on Friday because we both felt a bit under the weather and not really up to cooking. Those meals have just been put onto this week’s meal plan. Graham is back at work this week, albeit it just for the one night shift before starting properly again next week so it will be easier to stick to – he’s the bad influence!

Meal Planning Monday

This week’s meal plan:

Monday: Pulled pork in rolls with coleslaw and wedges

Tuesday: Pork steaks with creamy mushroom sauce

Wednesday: Butter chicken and rice

Thursday: Baked potatoes with chilli or cheese and beans

Friday: Bacon wrapped chicken, roast potatoes and veg

Saturday: In Birmingham

Sunday: In Birmingham

Meal Planning Monday #6

Welcome to another Meal Planning Monday! These seem to be really, really popular for some reason, and it’s keeping us pretty organised. Well, I say that, but last week was a disaster and I think we stuck to it once! Graham was home for most of the week because of the fire at his workplace which threw me out, I kept forgetting to get thins out of the freezer and then I was poorly at the end of the week so dinner was up to Graham. It felt really chaotic at meal times and it made me realise just how helpful planning meals is! Hopefully, this week we will be back on top of things!

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Meal Planning Monday #5

Last week we pretty much stayed on plan, until the weekend. We were going to have spaghetti bolognese but I forgot to get the mince out of the freezer. I was going to do sausage and chips for an easy tea but then we decided to treat ourselves to a night off and have a takeaway. This kids had pizza and Graham and I ordered an Indian after they had gone to bed. We haven’t done that in ages, and it was really nice to have something to eat without the kids around – we always sit and eat together at the table. We ended up having the bolognese on Sunday instead.

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Meal Planning Monday #4

Another week where we stuck to the plan for six out of the seven days.  On Friday, we were going to have pizza and chips for a really quick and easy tea, but Alex, our super fussy eater, decided on Thursday night he no longer likes pizza and wanted hot dogs instead. Trying to get him to eat a meal at the moment is difficult enough so we ended up with hot dogs! He really enjoyed the slow cooker kebab, which surprised me a lot, so that’s something that we will definitely be having more often.

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Meal Planning Monday #3

Last week we again managed to mostly stick to the plan. We should have had a pork roast dinner on Monday, which we originally should have had on Sunday. However, Ben was poorly and was kept in the hospital Sunday night. When it came to starting dinner on Monday, we were both knackered and neither of us felt up to either cooking or eating a roast dinner. We ended up ordering a Chinese takeaway instead. I think that was pretty justified, though! I’ve made it pretty easy on myself for next week as well, by cooking some of the meals and the mashed potatoes already and sticking them in the freezer – like homemade ready meals!

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Meal Planning Monday #2

We managed to stick to last week’s meal plan pretty well. We swapped a couple of days meals around because it fitted better with Graham’s shifts, and had chips instead of mash with the beef casserole but all in all, we had what we said we were going to have, except for Sunday when we were out for longer than expected so didn’t get round to having a roast dinner. Because I’d taken the pork out of the freezer, we decided to add that to this week’s plan. Planning our meals really did make life a lot easier, and by using my slow cooker and halogen oven I’ve managed to save time. I bung what I can in the slow cooker in the morning and finish off the rest in the halogen.

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Meal Planning Monday #1

Ok, so I meant to post this yesterday and completely forgot – good start to my year of organisation! I’m going to TRY to do this every week, both in real life and posting it on the blog. We have meal planned on and off for a few years, and when we’ve done it properly, it’s saved a lot of time, stress and money. With Graham back at work and doing 12-hour shifts, it’s down to me to do the vast majority of cooking which is a challenge within itself! I can’t face the thought of getting to 5pm (aka the witching hour here!) and staring into the freezer trying to work ou what to do for tea whilst the kids run riot. Hopefully, by planning meals ahead we can avoid that!

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