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    • AsherBat
    • By AsherBat 20th Sep 16, 11:28 AM
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    Weekly Meal Plans Thread ?? 20/09/16
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    • 20th Sep 16, 11:28 AM
    Weekly Meal Plans Thread ?? 20/09/16 20th Sep 16 at 11:28 AM
    Hello! I used to use MSE years ago and was really active in this group. At the time my wife and I had a weekly thread we would post on with our meal plans. I was wondering if I could start this up again if there's interest? I'll post mine first My weekend is Sunday & Monday so my plan begins Tuesday, but I think if people like it I will try to post the thread every Monday! We are vegan, but all diet types welcome!

    Breakfasts:
    green smoothies (bananas, mango or blueberry, lime, ginger and spinach)
    Lunches:
    veg couscous or salads or toasties
    Dinners:
    tuesday - Spiced root & lentil casserole w/ giant couscous
    wednesday - Sweet potato dhal w/rice
    thursday - Mushroom risotto
    friday - Out at friend's 30th birthday do
    saturday - Chana masala wraps w/ mum's indian salad
    sunday - Tomato, pepper and chickpea tagine w/ giant couscous
    monday - Chilli bean burritos

    I hope the thread takes off
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    • amandaatnumber7
    • By amandaatnumber7 21st Sep 16, 7:42 AM
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    • 21st Sep 16, 7:42 AM
    Hi
    I shop on a wednesday so I'm going to run from shopping day. I havent meal planned for ages but I'm finding I'm in a real cooking rut so here we go
    Breakfasts - Hubby takes fruit and cereal to work, DS1 doesnt eat breakfast, teenagers!! and DS2 & DS3 have one of or a combination of toast, fruit, cereal & yoghurt
    Lunches - hubby takes leftovers or makes a salad, DS1 buys at school & DS1 DS2 have either sandwiches or hommus and crackers with fruit
    Dinners
    Wed - Shepherds Pie with veg
    Thur - Tray bake chicken with salad
    Fri - Pasta bake
    Sat - Beef massaman curry (the little boys will have LO pasta bake)
    Sun -Left overs (I'm at work all day )
    Mon - Roast Pork dinner
    Tues - Tacos
    We don't really have puddings, sometimes I've baked and there will be that or there is always ice cream in the freezer
    • AsherBat
    • By AsherBat 21st Sep 16, 11:54 AM
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    • 21st Sep 16, 11:54 AM
    Do you buy the massaman sauce/paste or make it? I'[ve fancied making a veggie version for a while
    • buzzyzoe
    • By buzzyzoe 21st Sep 16, 4:19 PM
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    • 21st Sep 16, 4:19 PM
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    • 21st Sep 16, 4:19 PM
    Here are mine

    Wednesday 21st – HM veggie burgers and wedges
    Thursday 22nd – Hot and sour noodle soup
    Friday 23rd – Fish fingers and HM chips
    Saturday 24th – Pizza
    Sunday 25th – Meal out
    Monday 26th – Veggie chilli
    Tuesday 27th – Veggie sausage and mash
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    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 21st Sep 16, 7:57 PM
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    • 21st Sep 16, 7:57 PM
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    • 21st Sep 16, 7:57 PM
    I'm Wed - Wed too...

    Breakfasts are cereal for DH, yoghurt for me at work, lunches are sandwiches for DH, leftovers for me (I,m home by lunchtime)

    W - Lamb steaks with dauphinoise spuds and spinach
    T - Pork in creamy cider sauce
    F - Date night
    S - Steak, salad and Jacket potato
    S - Beef and orange stew - HM bread
    M - Veggie lasagne
    T - Pork burgers with tzatziki and sweet potato chips
    W - Fridge clear night
    Note to self - STOP SPENDING MONEY !!


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    • ariarnia
    • By ariarnia 21st Sep 16, 8:04 PM
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    • 21st Sep 16, 8:04 PM
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    • 21st Sep 16, 8:04 PM
    I'm not doing too well this week, but determined to get back on track - OH has been cooking while I've been under the weather so lots of 'on toast' meals.

    We shop on a Sunday so I want to get through this week with no purchases.

    Thursday - Turkey fillet with courgette, broccoli, carrots, and baked white potato (and proper butter).

    Friday - Turkey fillet with sweet potato mash, carrots, and courgette

    Saturday - Faggots and gravy with sweet potato mash and mushy peas
    Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. Anne Lamott

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    • amandaatnumber7
    • By amandaatnumber7 21st Sep 16, 11:36 PM
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    • 21st Sep 16, 11:36 PM
    Do you buy the massaman sauce/paste or make it? I'[ve fancied making a veggie version for a while
    Originally posted by AsherBat
    I buy the paste and then add fish sauce, tamarind paste and some palm sugar, I should try and make it from scratch I'm sure I've got a recipe somewhere
    • SouthCoastSkies
    • By SouthCoastSkies 22nd Sep 16, 11:35 AM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 11:35 AM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 11:35 AM
    Ooo yes, I'd love to join in please ? Here are this week's meals (hopefully!). Not the best of plans, too many "chips n beans" but feeling a bit creaky this week, so it will have to do

    HM Quiche, chips and beans
    Spag bol
    Mushroom stroganoff, kale and rosti
    Kung po tofu & sugar snap peas, EFR, tofu skin spring rolls
    quorn sausages, chips n beans
    Smokey chilli sweet potato bean bake with cornbread
    Cabbage curry, Tarka dhal, chickpea bread
    Last edited by SouthCoastSkies; 22-09-2016 at 11:37 AM.
    • AsherBat
    • By AsherBat 22nd Sep 16, 3:20 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 3:20 PM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 3:20 PM
    This all looks great. Some of you obviously like washing up a lot more than me :')

    How early do you guys usually plan the next week's menu? Do you ask your families to chip in with ideas?
    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 22nd Sep 16, 3:23 PM
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    This below is for me & my daughter

    Wednesday 21st – Slow cooker Spag Bol
    Thursday 22nd – Left over spag bol (daughter having dinner at her nans)
    Friday 23rd – Salmon in chilli & ginger with dirty rice
    Saturday 24th – Some form of pasta before I play rugby
    Sunday 25th – Maybe hungover so it could be a chinese
    Monday 26th – Cawl
    Tuesday 27th – Spanish Sausage Casserole
    • Skint yet Again
    • By Skint yet Again 22nd Sep 16, 8:09 PM
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    Hi AsherBat


    There is usually a weekly meal plan thread started each week but the last one seems to have been 4/9/16


    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5520471

    I do Mon to Sun so a bit late this week but here's mine for the rest of the week

    Fri - chicken curry & rice
    Sat - piri piri chicken, skinny fries & salad
    Sun - beef stew
    Aims for 2016
    1. no takeaways !
    2. shop once a week - no "top-up" shops - no unnecessary spending !!

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    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 22nd Sep 16, 9:09 PM
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    I only got round to marinating the beef for rick steins curry this evening so...
    thurs & fri beef vindaloo and veggie rice
    sat fish jambalaya
    sun faggots, roast spuds, veggies and onion gravy
    mon soup night, not decided what type yet but probably tomato based cos have a glut
    tue (finally back to work after 9 weeks off) chilli and rice
    wed chilli and rice
    grocery challenge for Sept 2016 £160
    • amandaatnumber7
    • By amandaatnumber7 23rd Sep 16, 2:48 AM
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    This all looks great. Some of you obviously like washing up a lot more than me :')

    How early do you guys usually plan the next week's menu? Do you ask your families to chip in with ideas?
    Originally posted by AsherBat
    I plan the morning I go shopping, I go through the catalogues and work my menu around the specials
    • AsherBat
    • By AsherBat 23rd Sep 16, 8:45 AM
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    Sunday 25th – Maybe hungover so it could be a chinese
    Originally posted by Oakdene
    My kind of meal plan
    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 23rd Sep 16, 11:00 AM
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    My kind of meal plan
    Originally posted by AsherBat
    I dont even know why I said 'maybe hungover' as its one of the rugby guys birthday so its more of a will be hungover
    • AsherBat
    • By AsherBat 23rd Sep 16, 3:14 PM
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    How often do you guys find you go off track when you make a meal plan? I've had 2 days this week when I've had to work late and ended up not following it properly. I need to be more realistic I think.
    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 23rd Sep 16, 3:32 PM
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    When I was working full time, I would plan more fluidly, ie mince one night, chicken another, throw a couple of easy meals in there like jacket spud beans and cheese, or Crusty Bread and soup.

    Don't worry too much if you go 'off plan' - this time of year I found it easier, I would chop a load of veg on a Sunday ready to be thrown in the slow cooker with whatever meat I was making, so maybe beef stew, or chilli, Spanish chicken etc - anything to stop me from ordering in

    Like any new way of life it's about getting into a routine - you'll get there X

    If you make a curry, chilli etc make enough for a couple of freezer portions, that way you have something to grab when you come home too tired to think - I always have a couple of micro rice in the cupboard for standby meals.
    Note to self - STOP SPENDING MONEY !!


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    • ariarnia
    • By ariarnia 23rd Sep 16, 4:06 PM
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    How early do you guys usually plan the next week's menu? Do you ask your families to chip in with ideas?
    Originally posted by AsherBat
    OH doesn't care - at all. Honestly. As long as it's food, he'll eat it.

    Babies are babies, so they try to be opinionated...

    I meal plan Saturday night/Sunday morning.

    Get a few things out of the freezer to plan around (a chicken or some mince perhaps) then go to the market on Sunday for fruit and veg, followed by a quick whizz 'round the shops if there's anything extra needed (milk mostly).

    I tend to stock the freezer seasonally - joints and whole poultry tend to be cheap right after easter and christmas, sausages/ burgers/ drumsticks towards the end of the summer (now-ish), mince gets rock bottom before christmas.
    Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. Anne Lamott

    It's amazing how those with a can-do attitude and willingness to 'pitch in and work' get all the luck, isn't it?
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