Our Weekly Meal Plan 12th July

I can not believe how fast this year is going how are we already in the middle of July. Today I am going to be sharing with you the meals which I have been consuming this week. I am still finding it that I do not have too much of an appetite at the moment. I blame the weather the it so muggy and in the summer I barely want to eat anyway. Anyway on to the meals which I am going to be consuming this week.

Monday- Black Bean and Corn Pitas, this is a meal which I saw on someone else’s meal plan last week. This sounds like a super simple meal, for sure this is something which I need. For sure this is a meal which is very different for me. We love to try and make a wide range of meals. For sure I will let you know how we get on with this meal.

Tuesday- Slow Cooked Hunters Chicken with Wedges, this is a meal which we love. It is something which I order if we do go out for a meal. I saw this recipe on Katy’s site. For me this is a great meal because of course, we do not have to cook in the evening. I can prepare while I am going some work during the day, then it is ready for when Joe comes home.

Wednesday- Peri Peri Chicken and Salad, this is a meal which we decided on for a couple of reasons. One we had some chicken thighs which were in the freezer. This is also do with the humid weather we want something which is a bit more summery. Peri Peri is something which I love anyway and of course, this is cheaper than a meal at Nandos.

Thursday- Chicken Nugget Wraps, this is something which I have been fancying. I actually have the wraps in and nuggets of course, I will be putting some salad in with them. This is something which we have been making as lunches sometimes. I think they are are actually nicer than the McDonald’s wraps and of course are a fraction of the price.

Friday- Spicy Veggie Chilli Burgers, this is a meal which we have had previously. We love to try and do a fakeaway on a Friday. It helps us save money and of course is healthier for us usually. This week we have decided that we are going to have a spicy veggie chilli burgers. This was as result of Joe saying that he fancied a burger.

Saturday- Ham and Mushroom Pasta Bake, I am at work on Saturday so I wanted something easy. This means that Joe can make it for him and Jess and I can heat the left overs when I get home. Pasta is something which we have not been having a lot of recently so this will make a nice change.

Sunday- Taco Dogs, this is another meal we have had before but Joe requested. I actually use the hotdogs and bread. We load them with toppings for example we will have salas, sour cream and also gucamole and cheese. This is something which I saw on Pinterest and to be honest love. For sure this is not a meal which I would have thought about making.

Of course, like every meal plan this is linked up with the amazing Katy. I get a lot of the inspiration from her and the linky which she runs. If you are struggling and consuming the same meals I would recommend checking it out. You may find a meal which you love.

What meals are you planning on consuming this week?

Charlotte xxx

 

 

Our Meal Plan 5th July

Today I am going to be sharing with you the meals which we are going to be consuming this week. There is a couple of weeks which we were supposed to consume however, we did not fancy this meal. So this is one of the reason why there is a couple of roll over meals. This week is pretty standard I do not think there is anything special going on which is a reason I prepared 7 easy meals.

Monday- Slow Cooked Chilli, this is meal we should have had last week. This is one we did not have because we went out for lunch instead and was too full we actually went to the bear kitchen. This for sure is a meal which I am looking forward to because we have not had a chilli in a long time. This is recipe can be found on my pinterest if you are interest in copying.

Tuesday- Prawn Stirfry, this is not a meal which we have had for a long time. It is super quick to make which is great because at the moment. I do not have a lot of energy to stand up and cook for long period of time at the moment during this warm weather. I am unsure if we have ever actually had a stirfry which has been prawns usually we have chicken but we have enough chicken in the meal plan this week.

Wednesday- Salmon, New Potato and Mixed Veg. Salmon is something which I have not had in a while usually due to not having any in the freezer. I have decided that I am going to cook the salmon in the oven and then have some new potatoes with herby butter. These are something which I love and of course, we have some frozen mixed veg.

Thursday- Homemade Chicken Kiev and Jacket Potatoes. This is something which I had a few weeks ago, however Joe was not home. I know this is a meal which when I have made it in the past he has loved. So I am sure that it is going to be the same again. This is quick and easy to make we still have some potatoes which can be used as jackets which need using up.

Friday- Chicken Nachos, again this is a meal from last week which we did not get around to doing. It is one which the lovely Katy has on her blog. It is something different for us and hopefully it is something which I am going to enjoy. I love a nice simple meal on a Friday usually a fakeaway. For sure I will be letting you know how this meal goes.

Saturday- Chicken Curry, this is becoming a firm favourite with Jess. We make sure that we choose one which is not too spicy. I am going to be serving this with rice. I have actually purchased some nan bread which is a treat because it is something we rarely have. This is a meal which for sure I know Jess is going to clear plate.

Sunday-  Pie and Chips, we purchased some pie which was reduce a few weeks ago. We have decided that we are going to use it up in order to make some more freezer room. This is going to mean that I have more space when I am solo parenting. If it is warm we may end up having the pie with salad instead of chips.

What are you planning on having for meals this week?

Charlotte xx

Little Diet Changes That Won’t Break The Bank

Do you not all agree how hard it is to stick to a diet?! One minute you’re really on a roll with it, and you can’t help but feel how amazing you’re doing, and promising yourself you’re going to stick to it. Then the next, the pizza delivery guy is knocking on the door, and the diet is out the window again. A big excuse that we all like to have, is that eating a healthy diet is just getting too expensive. It always seems as though a healthy shop costs more, because you have to buy all of the individual items to make a dish. Whereas if you were doing a really unhealthy shop, everything would just be a one packet meal deal, and life would be easier. But money can’t be the reason for you falling off the diet wagon. We know how easy it can be to eat healthy. You just have to know a few little tips and tricks that will help you out. So if you’re desperate to lead a healthy lifestyle.That starts with tackling your diet, here’s how you can do just that!

Meals Using The Same Ingredients

This is a top tip if you’re really looking to save money. We think that a lot of the time, people are buying ingredients for one meal and then one for another. With tons of leftovers that need to be thrown away. You should try making meals plans at the start of every week.  Making sure that two or three contain pretty much the same ingredients. This is so easy to do, and it makes your food shop so much cheaper. But don’t risk your meals becoming boring. You really want to make sure that your healthy diet is actually tasty. Another main reason that people fall off the wagon, is because food can just get a bit bland when it’s not a pizza.

Use Own Brand Products

Own brand products are seriously underrated. People assume that because the store has brought out their own brand, it’s not going to be as tasty. But own brand food can taste just as good as normal, especially when it’s cooked into a meal. Things like loose leaf tea, tinned fruits + vegetables, and cereals are all really good for your body. So many brands out there are producing them daily, but trying variations is so important to see what suits you! It’s the same type of product, you’re just getting it so much cheaper.  As it isn’t a big food brand that has produced it. Pretty much every store does their own brand, so you should try a few out and see which one you love.

Grow Your Own

Another top tip for those of you who feel like healthy food is expensive, you could just grow your own. If you don’t really use your garden for anything, or you have a lot of space, this is a super good idea. It’s so easy to grow fruit and vegetables, it really will save you some pennies on your weekly shop as well. Plus, it gives you a little hobby to keep up with!

How do you try and save money while on a diet?

Charlotte xx

Our Meal Plan 28th June

Today I am going to be sharing with you the meals which we have been consuming this week. We actually have Joe at home which means I have been able to make a lot more meals. Rather than consuming food which we had in the freezer. I am also liking not having to always cook meal all of the time as this is something which Joe can do as well. This week we managed to still have a cheap week when it comes to shopping even when purchasing pull ups which Jess uses on a night. The total was still under £30. So today I am going to share the meals which we have been consuming.

Monday- Pork Schnitzel, Jacket Potato and Spaghetti Hoops. This is a meal which I was supposed to consume last week. However, I did not get around to having it. This is such a simple meal and we did have some pork steaks in the freezer which we have choose to use up this week. This is a simple meal however, it is a meal we both enjoy.

Tuesday- Chicken Katsu Curry, this is a meal which we love and it is something which I have made several times. However, a couple of weeks ago we picked up a kit from Blue Dragon while we was in Aldi. I am looking forward to seeing how good this is because for sure it is more simple than making your own.

Wednesday-  Lime, Chilli Cod with Chips. This is another meal which we had previously it is something which we really enjoyed. We have a lot of fish in the freezer from a period where we purchased a lot of fish reduced. We are going to make some homemade chips with this. It is a simple meal again something we are loving at the moment. It is not going to matter if it is so warm or not.

Thursday- Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos, this is a meal which I saw on Katy’s blog. Nacho’s are something which we love however, it is not something which I would have thought about making at home. I am busy on Thursday afternoon and unsure what time I am going to get back. So we needed something simple this is why we are busting out the slow cooker. It saves us having to get a takeaway.

Friday- Chilli Con Carne, this is another meal which I have not made for the longest time. It is a meal which for some reason I have been fancying. So I going to make this it’s such a simple meal and if there is leftovers of course, they can be frozen. This does mean I may be able to consume it when Joe is away again.

Saturday- Spaghetti and Meatballs, I am at work again on Saturday. So no doubt this is a meal which Joe and Jess will make and then I can eat some when I get it. This time we have even cheated and purchased already made meatballs. It is just easier when your on your own with Jess. For sure this is a meal which she will love to consume as it is pasta. This may be served with garlic bread depending.

Sunday- Chicken Goujans, Chips and Beans. This is another meal which Jess and I were supposed to consume while Daddy was away. We never got around to doing it s I have promised her this is something which we can have this time. This is a simple meal because sometimes I do not want a lot on a Sunday and would rather spend time with Jess rather than cook.

Of course, like every meal plan this is linked up with the amazing Katy. I get a lot of the inspiration from her and the linky which she runs. If you are struggling and consuming the same meals I would recommend checking it out. You may find a meal which you love.

What meals are you planning on consuming this week?

Charlotte xxx

 

Our Weekly Meal Plan 21st June

Today I am going to be sharing with you the meals which I have been consuming this week. Joe is still away so this does mean I have a lot of meals which has come out of freezer. I like to stock the freezer up so when times like this happen I do have meals which I can make. Of course, I do not want to be having ready meals. I am unsure if I have actually planned for the weekend because I am going to let Joe choose I am sure he will be wanting some decent food.

Monday- Courgette and Feta Burger, this is a meal which I made a long time ago. I actually made more of them and froze some of them. I am going to serve this I think with salad. For sure this is a meal which I would make again when the weather comes back really nice. These would be great for a BBQ.

Tuesday- Pork Schnitzel, Jacket Potato and Baked Beans, again this is a meal which we have had in the past. I still have some pork steaks in the freezer. I am going to turn this into a pork schnitzel it is so simple yet such an effective meal. This is going to be served with jacket potato and baked beans or spaghetti hoops depending on my mood that day.

Wednesday- Cheesy Pasta, this is a meal which we did not end up having at the weekend. I have to pick Jess up early due to it been parent’s evening and nursery closing early. Jess will have eaten a large lunch so no doubt will not want a lot when she comes home. I am going to plan on doing cheesy pasta and if she doesn’t eat it doesn’t matter.

Thursday-  Leftovers, I just want to get things that we have left in the fridge used up. I am unsure what there is going to be by Thursday however, I think it will be a like picnic tea. Sometimes I do think these are the best kind of meals. Recently I have not been that hungry.

Friday- Takeaway, I think we are going to end up having a takeaway. The reason behind this is because why should we not have a treat now Joe is back. I am unsure what takeaway we will have I would say that it would be Chinese however, I have not been eating a lot so I am unsure if this is a good idea.

Saturday- Spaghetti Bol, again this is another meal which Joe loves to consume. We have all of the things in and we have not had a spaghetti bol for a long time. I know this is going to be a meal which Jess is going to be able to consume.  This may actually be served with garlic bread as well.

Sunday-  Steak, Egg and Chips, this is because we are going to be doing father’s day late. We have decided that we are going to have one of his favourite meals. We actually picked up one of the large steaks which Aldi do. This is going to be something which we share because they are so big. I am going to make homemade chips and have this with egg. I am sure this is going to be a meal which Jess is going to enjoy as well.

Of course, like every meal plan this is linked up with the amazing Katy. I get a lot of the inspiration from her and the linky which she runs. If you are struggling and consuming the same meals I would recommend checking it out. You may find a meal which you love.

What meals are you planning on consuming this week?

Charlotte xxx

 

 

Our Meal Plan 14th June

Today I am going to be sharing with you the meals which I have been consuming this week. This week I have actually been solo parenting which means that been making meals for one apart from the weekend of course when I have Jess. This does mean I have a lot of meals which has come out of freezer. I like to stock the freezer up so when times like this happen I do have meals which I can make. Of course, I do not want to be having ready meals and also I have meals which I would as if Joe was actually here which is always a bonus. I managed to do the two weeks which he is away this time.

Monday- Chicken Wrapped in Bacon with Soft Cheese in it and Salad. I wanted a super simple meal for the first night. It does mean that it easies me back into the swing of solo parenting life. This is a meal which I have made in the past a loved for sure. I may actually serve this with some new potatoes which we have become of the fact the weather is meant to be rubbish this week. I think it takes around 25 minutes to cook however, I do not have to stand over it while I am cooking.

Tuesday- Lasagna and Garlic Bread, this is a meal which I already in the freezer so this is going to be super simple for me. I think I may have to share the recipe which I used for this meal in the next couple of weeks. Due to the weather I think I am going to have it with garlic bread. I might actually end up sharing this with Jess. This is a meal which I have not had in a long time so I am actually looking forward to this.

Wednesday- Tomato Soup, this is a meal which I made a long time ago and froze.  For sure this is a meal which I loved I have some fresh bread which I am going to be able to have this with. I wanted to be able to use this up because it has been in the freezer for so long. This is a meal which is going to warm me up if it is still cold. I am going to be making this again should I have a lot of tomatoes left to use up. This is a portion of good comfort food for me to be honest.

Thursday- Chicken Kiev and salad, this is going to be a homemade kiev. Again I am going to be sharing the recipe for this in the next few weeks when I remember. I find this has a lot more flavour in it than the kievs which you purchase in the shops. This is so simple to make and for some reason. I managed to have all of the ingredients in so this is to be great. This may be served with a jacket potato it does depend on what I fancy however, I may actually have this with some salad.

Friday- Pesto Pasta, this is a meal which we did not end up having last week. Instead of having it with chicken I am just going to have it on its own. This is a simple meal because by the end of the week I never can be bothered to do too much so I think this is going to be perfect. This is a meal which I used to have at uni so this is going to bring back so many memories. I am unsure if I have had it since I left.

Saturday- Simple Cheesy Pasta, I am working on Saturday, this meal may not be something which I have. Depending on my mood I may change this however, I do want this to be something super simple. I think my Mum will be feeding Jess for me so she at least will be getting a good meal. No doubt this will be something pasta related because this is a meal which she adores so who am I to deny her this. I might even treat her to some garlic bread as well.

Sunday- Homemade Chicken Nuggets and Chips, of course, its father’s day, however, with Joe away this means nothing. So I am going to make a simple meal. Something which we may not have if Joe was actually home. I just want to make a meal which I know Jess is going to actually go to eat. I have some chicken breasts which I am going to use for this.  At least to make some room in the freezer which at the moment seems to be way too full.

Of course, like every meal plan this is linked up with the amazing Katy. I get a lot of the inspiration from her and the linky which she runs. If you are struggling and consuming the same meals I would recommend checking it out. You may find a meal which you love.

What meals are you planning on consuming this week?

Charlotte xxx

 

 

 

 

Meal Plan 7th June

I am back with another meal plan there was not one last week due to me been poorly.  Basically I was struggling to eat anything I barely ate for a week I think I was living on toast. I just let Joe fend for himself because for sure I did not have the strength to do this. However, this week I am feeling a lot better so I am back sharing the meals which we have been consuming this week.  This hopefully will allow you to get some inspiration should you be struggling to know what meals to add to your meal plan.

Monday- Nan Bread Pizza, we have some nan breads which need using up. We also have some topping from when we made pizza a couple of weeks ago. I have decided that we are going to use them up and have this as one meal. I have never made a pizza using a nan bread base so it will be interesting to see how this works.

Tuesday-  Spaghetti Carbanara, this is a meal which we have not had for one of the longest times. We need meals which are quick to prepare this week as Joe is working long hours.  We had a few of the ingredients in already from meals we had not made so this is the reason we are having this. There is a chance will throw the boat out and get a garlic bread as well.

Wednesday- Chicken Pesto Pasta, I know we had a jar and a bit of pesto in the cupboard which needs using. Again I though this would be a super simple meal which is what I am all about at the moment. Chicken Pesto Pasta is a meal which I used to consume all the time when I was at uni so it is like a throwback for me.

Thursday- Thai Chicken Noodles, this is a meal which I saw on someone who linked up last week. I am sorry I can not remember who it actually was. Noodles are something which are a firm favourite in this house so of course adding it with Thai is going to make it a winner. For sure this is something which I am looking forward to because we have not had a noodle dish in a long time.

Friday- Tex Mex Burger, of course, it is Friday which means fakeaway. This week we have decided that we are going to opt for a burger. This is not something which we have had in a while. I think I will be serving this with home made chips. By the end of the week I have a feeling I am going to need it. This may be a meal which I make Joe cook as well because it always taste better if someone else cooks.

Saturday- Chorizo and Haddock One Pot. We had some new potatoes which need using up. I actually was searching for a recipe to use them up and this is where I came across this meal. I am hopeful that it is going to be one which taste amazing. I love Chorizo anyway so I am sure I am on for a winner with this meal.

Sunday- Prawn Curry, Curry is something which Jess loves recently. I think it is because it is a meal which she does not get a nursery. We have some prawns in the freezer which we could do with using up. I think this Sunday I am just going to do a simple prawn curry with rice. After all some of the most simple meals are the best ones.

Of course, like every meal plan this is linked up with the amazing Katy. I get a lot of the inspiration from her and the linky which she runs. If you are struggling and consuming the same meals I would recommend checking it out. You may find a meal which you love.

What meals are you planning on consuming this week?

Charlotte xxx

 

 

 

 

Baking- Lemon Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recently I did some baking for a local rabbit rescue charity as part of their fundraiser. I decided that I was going to use a recipe which was in one of the baking books which I have and this was for mini lemon chocolate chip cookies however, I decided to make them large. Today I decided that I am going share the recipe for these lemon chocolate chip cookies they would be perfect to make this half term. For sure they went down a treat at this event.

Ingredients- Makes 40 mini cookies I got 16 large

1 Large Lemon

75g softened butter or magarine

75g caster sugar

1 medium egg

75g soft light brown sugar

175g plain flour

1/2 tea spoon baking powder

150g white chocolate chips 

Method
  1. Heat the oven to 180c or gas mark 4 and grease two baking trays. 
  2. Grate the zest from the outside of the lemon using the smallest holes of the grater. Then squeeze the juice from half of a lemon. 
  3. Put the lemon zest, butter, caster sugar and soft light brown sugar in a big bowl then beat until the mixture is smooth. 
  4. Break the medium egg in to a small bowl. Beat with a fork. Then add it to the big bowl a little at a time beating well each time. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice and mix. 
  5. Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl. Stir in the mixture until it is smooth. Add the white chocolate chips and stir them in. 
  6. Make a ball with the dough. Enough that will be for a cookie then flatten slightly 
  7. Bake more cookies using the rest of the mixture. Bake for 10 minutes until they are golden this may take longer.I think I did mine for closer to 15.
  8. Put them on a cooling rack before you consume your lemon chocolate cookies. 

Have you ever made lemon chocolate cookies or ever purchased them? For sure there not something I think I have ever heard.  There not a flavour I think I have even see together. 

Charlotte xxx

 

Meal Plan 24th May 2019

Today I am going to share with you the meals which we have being consuming this week or the ones which we had planned. I have not being feeling that well and this does mean we have not always had them for the meals which I said we would do. This does mean that next week I am likely to do some of the same meals which I said I was going to do this week.  Hopefully you do get some inspirations from the meals which I set out to consume this week .

Meals

Monday-  Chinese Takeaway, Monday is actually my birthday. So I thought we would have a treat and have a Chinese takeaway this is not something which we have done in a long time and I am really looking forward to been able to consume salt and pepper chicken.

Tuesday-   Coconut and Lime Crusted Chicken. Served with rice and mango chutney. I have a number of limes which I need to use up so I though this would be a nice easy meal to use them up with. I do not think I have ever had coconut and lime crusted chicken. For sure this is a meal which I am looking forward to consuming. Of course, we will be reporting how we find this meal.

Wednesday- Quesadillas and Mexican Rice served with tomato and corn salsa. I think this is a recipe which we actually got from the Hello Fresh book. Mexican food is something which in this house we adore and something we do not make enough. This sounds like something different to what we have been having in the last few months so I can not wait for this. I know Joe will enjoy this as well for sure this is a meal which I may make for Jess in the future.

Thursday-  Tomato and Mozzarella basil tart with Salad. Again this is another meal which has come around because I have some tomatoes which need to be used up. Since the weather has become very warm this is why we choose to make this meal. I am hoping this is going to be as nice as the pie which I made recently. I may end up having enough for a lunch as well.

Friday-  Herb Crushed Haddock, I still have some haddock left in the freezer from where I have purchased it reduced. I thought I would turn this in to a meal again this may end up been served with some salad depending on the weather. If not it will have baby potatoes with it. For sure I will share the recipe if this is one which we end up loving in the future.

Saturday-  Homemade Pizza, I am actually at work on Saturday which means that we will be eating separate I think. We have the pizza bases which we picked up in Aldi because they were so cheap.  We have some pizza sauce already which I want to use. I have purchased some pepperoni and chorizo then of course we can put some left over veg on the pizza as well. I know this is a meal which Jess loves it may be served with chips as well.

Sunday-  Poppy seed crusted chicken rigatoni and peas. This is a recipe which I found online.  I fancied a pasta dish because of course this is rare because we usually have at least one of them in. I thought I would do something a bit different as this is not something which we would normally make.  Of course, I will let you know how this works out.

Of course, like every meal plan this is linked up with the amazing Katy. I get a lot of the inspiration from her and the linky which she runs. If you are struggling and consuming the same meals I would recommend checking it out. You may find a meal which you love.

What meals are you planning on consuming this week?

Charlotte xxx

Meal Inspiration Monday- Ham and Leek Cannelloni

Today I am going to share with you a meal which Joe and Jess ate at the weekend. Sadly I was not feeling very well which meant I choose not to consume the Ham and Leek Canelloni. As a result of this it did mean that they had it both days. Which says something for sure they must have enjoyed it enough. This is a recipe which I added to pinterest. I get a lot of my inspiration from there this is one of the reasons we have such a wide range of different meals every single week.  If you ever see a meal on my meal plan which you would like the recipe for leave a comment below. .

Ingredient- Serves 4

3 leeks sliced into 1cm chunks

300ml Vegetable Stock

85g Wafer thin ham ripped

8 Fresh Lasanga Sheets

200g Fat Free Creme Fresh

1 tbsp wholegrain mustard

50g Grated Mature Cheddar

85g Breadcrumbs

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 200c
  2. Simmer the leeks with the stock in a covered pan for 5 minutes until they are tender.
  3. Drain the leeks reserving the stock then mix the them with the ham and some seasoning
  4. Divide the mixture into 8 spooning it along the middle of each lasagne sheet roll them up and tuck into an ovenproof dish. Make sure the joined side is down.
  5. Mix 300ml of the reserved stock with the crème fraîche, mustard and most of the grated cheese.
  6. Season the mixture, then pour over the cannelloni.
  7. Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and remaining cheese, then bake for 20 mins until the top is golden and crisp, and the leek filling is piping hot.

Have you ever made Ham and Leek Cannelloni?

Charlotte xx