I’m now very pleased to say that have sort of got the hang of it.
Meal planning didn’t come naturally to us at first and I mentioned in my previous post that we were finding it difficult to remember that “left overs” can, in fact, become a whole new meal.
I’m happy to say that without fail, every Saturday, we both sit down and plan our meals for the week and write a shopping list and even happier to tell you that “left over meals” now make up at least one or two of our weekly dinners.
To avoid getting too bored with our budget friendly food, we sometimes freeze any excess food we have going and save it for a week or two. That makes a really quick and easy meal plus we don’t end up having the style of food two days in a row.
As I am a vegetarian, almost all the food on our meal plan is vegetarian friendly. Mikey sometimes buys some chicken/sausages (or similar types of cheapish meat) and cooks them separately, then incorporates them into our meal. This saves us having to cook two separate meals and he still gets his fix!
Vegetarian Weekly Meal Plan
This week, we have managed to save a few quid by trailing two meals from Gousto Box! We’re looking forward to testing out their vegetarian meals and have high hopes for them!
Quorn Cottage Pie
(Leftover’s in the freezer)
Gousto Box – Harissa Halloumi Sandwich & Carrot Slaw
Cornish Pasties and Salad
(Quorn leftovers from last time I made pasties in the freezer)
Gousto Box – Japanese Aubergine Katsu Curry
Omelette and Sweet Spicy Potato Wedges
(Leftover Chilli used)
I can’t say it’s particularly likely that the meals will stay in that order – it really depends on who’s turn it is to cook that night and what we fancy. Luckily we’re able to shift meals to our moods as they’re all relatively easy to prepare.
The cost for these meals has been relatively cheap this week. The main bits and bobs we have needed to buy have been salad leaves and cucumber etc to go with the pasties and a few additional kitchen bits such as squash and coffee. In fact, coffee was a big expense this week as we are both coffee snobs, but both have different tastes; the only coffee we can agree on is Nescafe Crema.Over all, paying for our weekly meals and a few other necessities like bread and milk etc, our weekly food shop came to around £30 (ordering online from ASDA).