Budget Family Meal Plan #30

Hands up who's hungry?


I can't believe that I have reached 30 meal plans here on the blog! Although I have been meal planning for a lot longer than 30 weeks...I actually think its coming up to 2 and a half years, maybe longer, and I cant believe how much meal planning has changed our finances! Before I started meal planning we would spend upwards of £90, then do a 'top up' shop in the week which would be upward of £30. Add to that the days we would probably end up buying something to chuck in the microwave and the nights we would order a takeaway and we was probably spending an extra £50 a week. And throwing the majority of that £90 food shop away! 

This weeks shop came to around £50 for 6 of us, which is actually a very expensive week for us (usually we spend around £30) but as it is half term I have planned for lunches too. I filmed a video about how I meal plan a couple of years ago, you can watch it here. Although I do shop slightly different now so should really update this video, but at least that will get you started!


Budget Family Meal Plan #29

Hands up who's hungry...


OK, so it has taken me a few days to get this post live, but her it is...even if it is 3 days late!

Slow Cooker 5-a-day Veggie Tagine and Fruity Cous Cous #MeatFreeMonday

Get your 5 a day in one hit!


I'm really big on meat free meals lately, I really want to cut down our intake to just one or 2 meat meals a week by the end of the year. I always thought that veggie meals would be boring and, well, samey. How wrong was I! I've probably eaten more delicious food in the last couple of months than I have in my life! If you are new to meat free meals, why not dip your toe in and try meat free Mondays for a few weeks first? This veggie tagine recipe is great for using up the last of your veggies, there is no veg that you couldn't put in here, and the fruity cous cous is just delicious and adds a sweetness that my kiddos couldn't say no to!


Family Meal Plan #28

dinner time...or tea time?


Another week, another meal plan! I make this my 3rd in 3 weeks yes? I'm gonna call that a win! Anyways enough of me peeping my own trumpet, on with the meal plan!


BBQ Jackfruit #MeatFreeMonday

So easy the kids can (and did) make it!


This year I really want to try new foods, and get into a habit of buying and using less meat, we are at the end of February and so far we have cut down our meat intake to 4/5 nights out of 7, compared to the beginning of January when it was probably 13 in 14 nights...and even then it would be something super simple and a little bit boring like jacket potato and cheese or cheesy pasta! So every Monday I am going to share a meat free recipe we have tried, as usual with my recipes, I tend to check out 3/4 of the same recipe around the web and come up with something similar that suits our family. This week's BBQ jackfruit recipe was inspired by Today We Cooked on Instagram, after reading a few more recipes online I tweaked it until I got this...and if your a little bit dubious about the whole jackfruit trend...trust me, it really is an amazing alternative for pulled pork!

Family Meal Plan #27

This weeks eats...


Hey, so I'm back with another meal plan (I mean 2 weeks in a row is quite an achievement for me!) and this week I would love you to leave me a comment and tell me if you follow our meal plans or if you use them for inspiration? Have you cooked something recently that you saw either here on the blog or over on our Instagram? Let me know what it was and what you thought!

Family Meal Plan #26

On the menu this week...


Ok, so although I have been meal planning weekly I am really bad at writing these blog posts. So whilst I promise to try and keep up, if you want to see every meal plan you should pop over and follow us on Instagram, because I definitely share them all there! So lets try this again...here is what we are eating this week....

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Budget Family Meal Plan w/c 05/01/2019

New year and back to the meal planning, Christmas is over, indulgences all over with, I enjoyed it but must say...I don't think I could eat another mince pie or drink another glass of prosecco if I tried (I'm not a big drinker!), we have probably spent the equivalent of a months shopping budget on food just for 1 week, I clearly did a rubbish job of 'not going mad this year' so we are ready to pull the budget back in and  get back to some meal planning....

I started failing at meal planning the last part of the year because of all the kids after school clubs, so I must remember to include a couple of slow cooker meals, especially for days when the kids have football training and we are kind of all eating at different times. (Serious if you don't own a slow cooker you NEED to get one!!)

Let me know in the comments what your meal plans are this week. Also pop on over to our YouTube channel as there is a Grocery Haul over there and a few family meal idea videos. I will also be filming this weeks meals, so if you don't already be sure to hit subscribe and click the bell notification!