Thursday, 4 February 2010


In our current financial crisis (note - current - they happen fairly frequently) I am trying to save money by being savvy with my meal planning. I am planning a weekly menu and only buying the ingredients and items needed for that week. I have to say I feel so much peace about it, having previously been a wait 'til 4pm and then start raiding cupboards and praying for inspiration. Also, we spent about £20 less on groceries this week, which is an added bonus. The children are not so enthused about my plan since to be honest I had become rather lazy and was beginning to rely rather on convenience foods, so now they have to eat real honest tucker. Not popular, I can tell you. I am trying to include a few favourites of theirs in the mix too, so they don't feel so badly done to. Anyway, I thought I'd share my meal plan for next week and see what you think.


Penne rigate with sundried tomatoes and artichoke hearts

French bread


(from Vegan Feasts by Rose Elliot)


Spiced potato turnovers


Colourful bean salad

(Vegan Feasts)


Barley and lentil savoury

Fresh bread


(from Easy Vegan Cooking by Leah Leneman)


Chilli bean roast with tomato sauce

Jacket spuds


(Easy Vegan Cooking)


Homemade Pizza

(from Jo's imagination)


Mixed veg dahl


(Vegan Feasts)


Vegan toad in the hole

Roast veggies and spuds

(Easy Vegan Cooking)

I'm going to make some puddings as well, which will be interspersed with fruit and yogurt for the sake of all our figures. I'll be making

Bread and butter pudding

Strawberry shortcake

Date and pecan cake



Lunches will be a mixture of

Jacket spuds with beans/cheese for the non-vegans/hummous + salad


Filled pitta

Homemade soup

I am also trying hard to bake more of my own bread but this is something I need to work very hard at as I find it hard to fit into the day.

I guess you might say I'm nesting BUT I still can't get my butt into gear and wash any baby clothes or think about what I might need for this littlie. Help, only 10 and a bit weeks to go.


Wendy said...

Really glad you're blogging again -makes me feel like we see each other every day!! Did you know that if you make bread dough in the evening and shape it and put it in the fridge (you might have to use a bit less yeast too) it will rise very slowly and still not quite be there in the morning when you can take it out and bake it when fully risen. cover it with a damp tea towel or it will dry out though! love,

Esther said...

Oooo, sounds lovely! Hope it's been a successful week thus far. Ex