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    SeeWeed
    Monthly Meal Planner
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    • 4th Aug 06, 11:07 AM
    Monthly Meal Planner 4th Aug 06 at 11:07 AM
    Hi

    I am new to this board but have used 'old style' ways for a long time! I though it might be useful to share my monthly meal planner for August to show newbies how it really is possible to have a budget and still eat well. My budget is 40 per week for 2 adults, 1 child, 1 dog and two cats and this includes everything including household supplies. We often have people over for meals so I tend to base most meals on four people and freeze or use the leftovers for lunch the next day. All meat and fresh produce is bought from local producers and where possible is organic, though local is my first choice.

    Week One

    Friday Hummus and Garlic Pitta Breads
    Saturday Pork Burgers with Salad
    Sunday Roast Chicken with Roasted Vegetables
    Monday Chicken Cassoulet with Pasta (using left over chicken)
    Tuesday Salmon and Dill Fishcakes with New Potatoes and Veg
    Wed Bacon and Cheese Fritatta with Tomato Salsa
    Thursday Chilli Bean Tortillas

    Week Two

    Friday Sausage and Mash with Veg
    Saturday Chicken with Cannellini Beans
    Sunday Lamb Hotpot
    Monday Jacket Potatoes with Leeks and Mackeral
    Tuesday Tagliatelle with Smoked Salmon
    Wed Shepherds Pie, Peas and Sweetcorn
    Thursday Pizza and Garlic Bread

    Week Three

    Friday Parmesan Chicken and Chips and Veg
    Saturday Beef Burgers with Salad
    Sunday Picnic
    Monday Spaghetti Bolognese
    Tuesday Lentils with Garlic and Mint and Rice
    Wed Chicken with Red Pepper Crust with Veg
    Thursday Pepperoni Pasta

    Week Four

    Friday Tuna and Onion Pizza and Garlic Bread
    Saturday Chicken Curry and Rice
    Sunday Roast Beef with Yorkshire Puddings
    Monday Sausage and Tomato Spaghetti
    Tuesday Potato, Bacon and Onion Hotpot
    Wed Spaghetti Bolognese
    Thursday Spicy Bacon Pasta

    I hope this helps someone who is maybe trying to cut down their food bill for the first time. Any recipes wanted, please ask!

    SW

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    Last edited by Former MSE Rose; 02-03-2010 at 8:05 PM.
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  • SeeWeed
    Hummus and Garlic Pitta Breads

    2 garlic cloves
    2 red chillies deseeded
    bunch fresh coriander
    2 x cans chickpeas drained
    Juice of one lime
    4 tbsp of olive oil
    salt and pepper to taste

    Place garlic, chillies and coriander into a food processor and whizz until finely chopped, add chickpeas and whizz again. Add lime juice and olive oil whilst the processor is running until the mixture is a paste. Season to taste.

    3 tbsp olive oil
    2 garlic cloves crushed
    2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
    4 white pitta breads

    Mix the garlic, oil and parsley and season well. Grill one side of the pitta bread for about 40 seconds and then turn over and lightly score the other side. Spread with parsley, garlic and oil and grill for another minute.

    Serve with hummus and salad.
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  • SeeWeed
    Pork Burgers with Salad

    500g Minced Pork
    2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
    4 rashers streaky bacon
    Lettuce and tomatoes
    Mayonnaise
    Burger Buns
    Salt and Pepper

    Season the meat and add worcestershire sauce, mix well and shape into 4 burger shapes. Grill for about 8 minutes on each side. Add bacon for last 8 minutes.

    Put tomato and lettuce on burger buns, add pork burger, a dollop of mayonnaise and bacon on top.
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  • SeeWeed
    Salmon and Dill Fishcakes

    700g Potatoes cut into chunks
    2 tbsp Milk
    Tinned Salmon (drained)
    Knob of Butter
    Onion finely chopped
    2 Tbsp creamed horseradish
    1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
    1 Egg
    225g Breadcrumbs

    Cook the potatoes for about 15 minutes until tender. Drain and mash.
    Heat the butter in a pan and cook the onion for 4 minutes, mix into the mashed potatoes with 2 tbsp of milk, the horseradish and dill. Stir in salmon.
    Shape into eight cakes and dip into egg, then breadcrumbs. Heat the oil in a frying pan and lightly fry for 6 minutes, turning half way.
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  • SeeWeed
    Bacon and Cheese Fritatta with Tomato Salsa

    8 rashers of back bacon
    spring onions chopped
    8 eggs
    85g cheddar cheese cut into chunks
    2 tbsp milk
    knob of butter
    4 tomatoes
    red chilli
    bunch fresh coriander
    juice of 1 lime
    red onion chopped

    Cut the bacon into small pieces and fry for 5 minutes. Add spring onions and cook for further 5 minutes.
    Beat the eggs and milk and season. Mix in nearly all the bacon with the spring onions and cheese.
    Melt the butter in a frying pan and add mixture. Cook gently for 6-8 minutes until lightly set. Sprinkle left over bacon on top and finish under grill to brown.

    Chop the chilli, onion, coriander and tomatoes into small pieces, add a squeeze of lime juice.

    Serve the frittata with the salsa and crusty bread.
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  • jcr16
    thanks for all that. i have printed everything out and gonna give it a try. it all sounds so yummy yum yum.
    Very proud mummy to 4 wonderful children aged 8,7 and 4 and 1 months. And our beautiful little angel in heaven she will never be forgotten .My children and Husband are my world.I'm a sahm and enjoying every minute to the full even if sometimes it can seem a bit tough x
  • SeeWeed
    Chilli Bean Tortillas

    500g mince beef
    onion chopped
    1 tsp chilli powder
    1 tsp cumin
    tin chopped tomatoes
    200g can drained kidney beans
    8 tortillas
    lettuce shredded
    grated cheddar, soured cream and lemon to serve.

    Brown mince and drain fat, add onion and cook for 8 minutes. Add chilli powder and cumin and cook through for a minute. Add tomatoes and beans and bring to the boil.
    Reduce heat and cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
    Warm the tortillas in the microwave.
    Serve and let everyone help themselves!
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  • SeeWeed
    Chicken with Cannellini Beans

    2tbsp olive oil
    4 chicken breasts
    1/2 tsp paprika
    onion chopped
    100g bacon chopped
    tin tomatoes
    can cannellini beans
    150ml chicken stock
    lemon juice
    2 tbsp fresh parsley

    Heat oil in large frying pan. Season the chicken and sprinkle with paprika. Fry for 8 minutes and turn for a further 6 minutes until cooked. remove and keep warm.
    Fry onion and bacon for 5 minutes until bacon is crispy. Add the tomatoes, beans and chicken stock.
    Add chicken and bring to the boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Season and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Sprinkle over the parsley before serving.
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  • SeeWeed
    Lamb Hotpot

    Ok I have to say being a lancashire lass this is not an authentic hotpot! But it does taste lovely

    8 Lamb Chops
    4 Potatoes
    4 Carrots
    3 Onions
    Sprig fresh rosemary
    600 ml Chicken Stock
    Oil for frying.

    Heat oil in frying pan season the lamb chops before browning.
    Add a layer of potatoes to a casserole dish, followed by a layer of carrots, then onions. Next add the lamb chops and rosemary then a layer of onions, carrots and finish with the potatoes. Add the chicken stock, cover and cook in oven gas mark 4 for 2-3 hours. About 30 minutes before serving add a small knob of butter over the potatoes and take the lid of to brown the top.
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  • SeeWeed
    What about snacks, luch and brekkie? very impressed so far tho!
    by mummytofour
    Breakfast is usually cereal, porridge or toast nothing fancy!
    Lunch is usually sandwiches, soup, salad etc
    Snacks are fruit, yoghurt, cereal or HM biscuits and cake

    SW
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  • SeeWeed
    Jacket Potatoes with Leeks and Mackeral

    4 Baking Potatoes
    2 Leeks sliced
    2 tbsp creamed horseradish
    4 smoked mackeral
    lemon juice
    50g butter

    Bake the potatoes in oven.
    Heat butter in pan and cook the leeks for about 5 minutes, add the horseradish, flaked fish and lemon juice. Season with pepper.
    Halve the potatoes and mash the top with a fork, spread mixture on top and serve.
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  • SeeWeed
    Tagliatelle with Smoked Salmon

    250g mushrooms
    taglietelle pasta
    125g smoked salmon trimmings
    3tbsp fresh parsley
    1 tbsp oil
    200ml creme fraiche
    lemon juice from 1/2 lemon

    heat the oil in a pan and fry the mushrooms until brown. Cook the taglietelle in a large pan.
    Stir the salmon, parlsey, creme fraiche iand lemon juice into the mushrooms and season.
    Drain pasta and stir sauce into it. Serve immediately.
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  • SeeWeed
    Parmesan Chicken

    4 Chicken breasts
    50g parmesan
    1 egg
    seasoned flour
    breadcrumbs
    oil for frying.

    Put chicken breast between two layers of clingfilm and bash with a rolling pin to flatten!
    Add parmesan to breadcrumbs and mix well.
    roll into flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs and fry for 4-6 minutes each side.
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  • SeeWeed
    Chicken with Red Pepper Crust

    4 Chicken breasts
    Red Pepper
    2 Garlic cloves
    Bunch fresh parsley
    2 tbsp olive oil

    Put garlic, parsley and pepper and oil into food processor and whizz until finely chopped.Spread over chicken breasts and bake in oven for 25 minutes gas mark 6.
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  • SeeWeed
    Pepperoni Pasta

    Pasta
    Pack Pepperoni
    Tin chopped tomatoes
    Pinch oregano
    Garlic
    onion
    Parmesan

    Chop onion and garlic and soften in a pan with a little oil, add chopped pepperoni. Add chopped tomatoes and oregano. Season well and simmer for 30 minutes.
    Cook pasta in a large pan and when cooked mix with sauce, serve with parmesan.
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    • recovering spendaholic
    • By recovering spendaholic 5th Aug 06, 3:14 PM
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    recovering spendaholic
    I am so impressed at your organisation SeeWeed!! I must try harder with meal planning - well done for some great inspiration and ideas!!
    Jane

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  • SeeWeed
    Sausage and Tomato Spaghetti

    Olive oil
    Onion chopped
    8 herby sausages
    Can chopped tomatoes
    Bay Leaf
    Spaghetti
    Courgettes x 2 cut into sticks
    50 g Parmesan

    Heat oil in pan and fry onion until golden brown. Remove the skins from the sausages and add to the pan and cook for 10 minutes breaking them up as
    they brown. Add the tomatoes, bay leaf and a pinch of sugar and season. Bring to the boil and cover and simmer for 10 minutes until cooked.
    Cook the spaghetti and add the courgette sticks for the last 5 minutes of cooking time.
    Drain and stir in the sausage mix and half of the parmesan.Serve with the remainder sprinkled on top.
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  • SeeWeed
    I am so impressed at your organisation SeeWeed!! I must try harder with meal planning - well done for some great inspiration and ideas!!
    by recovering spendaholic
    I have to be organised, I work full time as does my OH and I need meals planned in advance so I know when I come home exactly what I am making. Also all the meals I make are ready and on the table within 45 minutes usually.
    I also refuse to spend my hard earned free time at the supermarket so this way I know exactly what I need so can plan a big monthly shop and just top up with fresh stuff each week. This I enjoy as I can potter about the local market which is a lot more fun than Tesco!
    Also I find I stick to my budget without fail this way.

    SW
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    • honey
    • By honey 6th Aug 06, 9:43 AM
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    honey
    Wow! I'm impressed SeeWeed

    I'm about to start monthly meal planning and you've really inspired me.
    I can't wait to try out some of your recipies.

    Thank you for sharing x
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  • mrs mug
    seeweed, you are an angel and a life saver. I'm just starting out on this money saving /OS lark and we were destined for a month of jacket potatoes and beans. You've saved my marriage and my sanity
  • mossstar
    Oh this is absolutely brilliant!! thank you so, so much.

    I printed out your meal planner today and stuck with my usual mess of scribblings, it's so good to get other people's ideas! And now recipes too!

    I'll print them all out too tomorrow.

    I made pitta breads for the first time the other day - i was astonished! they were brilliant! and so easy. I had grand plans of making loads and putting them in the freezer but they seem to get used up for dinners and packed lunches so fast.

    Thanks again!

    Steph x
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