Since late last year we’ve been trying to cut back on our food waste, and keep an eye on how much money we spend on food.
An easy way for us to do this was to start meal planning, and since doing it I’ve honestly no idea how we ever managed before without one! I totally used to wing it, going to the shops sometimes four times a week buying whatever I fancied that day. And of course I can’t walk into a supermarket without buying at least one of the tempting offers.
This in turn meant a lot of waste. Stupid.
So anyway, I’ve just sat down and wrote out next weeks plan and thought I would share it, you never know. It might just inspire you. Each week I tend to pick a different book, this weeks is Jamie Oliver’s 30 minute meals.
Friday. Paella, the inspiration for this came from another blogger called Olana and you can find the recipe here.
Saturday. Order in. We’ve got company and ordering in will be a treat.
Sunday. Roasted belly of pork with all the trimmings. I always try to cook a roast on a Sunday, even in the summer.
Monday. Wonkey summer pasta from page 46. A easy simple pasta dish comprising of Parmesan cheese, egg yokes, fresh lemon, fresh basil and that’s it. I’ll cut up fresh lasagne sheets for the pasta, I always cook a simple pasta dish on Mondays and this sounds wonderful to me.
Tuesday. We always have dinner with the in-laws on Tuesday’s so I don’t have to cook anything today.
Wednesday. Chicken pie, smash and posh peas page 92.
I’ve not made pie for about a month, and this looks like a nice recipe. Smash is smashed carrots with a bit of fresh thyme and the peas are cooked and added to little gem lettuce, butter, chicken stock, fresh mint and a bit of lemon juice. Lovely!
Thursday. Mustard chicken with quick dauphinoise potatoes and greens. Page 98. Another recipe I’ve not tried (I try to cook at least one new thing every week) the chicken is cooked in cream, mustard, white wine and leeks. The potatoes have red onions, nutmeg, Parmesan cheese, cream and fresh thyme.
So that’s it, I always do a shopping list so I know what I need to buy and I stick to that. Always checking dates as I go along to make sure nothing will get wasted. What will you be eating next week?