I feel like I’m turning into my mother when I say this but… I love planning my meals!
To save some money I decided to do a rough weekly plan of my meals (usually based on what’s going to be on offer in my local supermarket). It has been about a month and it’s working out very well. I especially enjoy the shopping trips that cost less than £20 for my weekly food.
I go online or pick up the little offer magazine from the supermarket and basically plan my weekly meals around it, and since the offers don’t come around that often my weekly meals are rarely boring.
It’s been working so well for my evening meals. I get home from work knowing exactly what I need to cook and it cuts out that annoying hour where I stand in front of my freezer staring at the contents looking for inspiration.
I’m guessing this is healthier too as I’m eating earlier and my body has more time to process the food before I go to bed.
I admit I occasionally swap things around, like this week I knew I had a jumbo box of fish fingers in my freezer, I keep them mainly for a quick-lunch, but I was seriously craving those breadcrumb covered rectangles – so out went the planned smoked haddock dish and in came the quick and easy finger. Plus I’ve got an extra meal to roll on to next week.
Now I am starting the lunch meal prep. How hard can it be? (My breakfast is always a berry&banana smoothie – it’s my version of coffee, I can’t cope without it)
I’m sort of already doing it.
I have tried it once before with mason jar salads (how expensive are good mason jars!!?!) but I got really bored of the salad by the 3rd day and by the end of the week I was ready to be sick from the dressing.
On Sunday, looking out at the dull rainy sky I decided it was time for another Soup Sunday.
This time I made a spinach soup and a red pepper and tomato soup.
They were so easy and they’ve been amazing so far this week.
My spinach soup;
One chopped onion
One chopped potato
A pint of veg stock
As much spinach as would fit in the pan
I thew the onion in the pan to soften, added the potato and stock later.
After the potato was soft I threw in a load of spinach and some salt and pepper
It boiled away while I did other things and I finally got around to processing it.
Into 2 microwavable pots and into my fridge… followed by a lot of cleaning because my white kitchen had been decorated with green polka dots.
At the same time I made the tomato and pepper soup
One chopped onion (and some salad spring onions I had lying in the fridge)
One chopped potato (to thicken)
One red bell pepper
One can of tomatoes
3/4 pint of veg stock
The same as every soup, I throw the onion in to soften first, then added the pepper to do the same.
Once soft I added the potato and stock, shortly followed by the can of tomatoes.
Salt and pepper to taste – and then by a stroke of genius I added some basil and a sprinkle of chilli flakes – that heat really kicked it up a flavour notch!
Boil then process and decant into tubs for the fridge.
I’m loving the meal prep – I made enough for 5 days, but since I’ve got Friday off I had a bowl for a Sunday snack.
Now to plan next weeks lunches… I’m thinking a chicken and vegetable one tray bake with couscous.