Weezl and friends Phase 2 -giving it a whirl for Shirl! Testing meal plan for a month

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  • edited 13 May 2010 at 1:55PM
    kezloukezlou Forumite
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    edited 13 May 2010 at 1:55PM
    Hi everyone i have updated the shopping list. Just wondering if anyone could have a look at it and see what they think.
    Thanks in advance
    Kerry x


    Warning this is a work in progress. UPDATED
    This is based on breakfast, lunch, dinner and carrot cake, scones etc as snacks.
    For those without a lot of storage space.

    Week one
    Fresh
    800gASDA Butternut Squash by Weight (100g)
    2 xASDA Smartprice Brown Onions (2Kg)
    1xASDA White Potatoes (2.5Kg)
    2xASDA Carrots (1Kg)
    1 xASDA Smartprice Oranges (6) 0.67
    1 xASDA Smartprice Lemons (7)
    1.6KgASDA Bramley Cooking Apples by Weight (100g)

    Meat,fish & poultry
    1 xASDA Smartprice Whole Medium Chicken (Approx 1Kg)
    1 xASDA Smartprice Smoked Cooking Bacon Pieces (500g)

    Dairy
    1 xASDA Whole Fresh Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)
    1 xASDA Cooks Value Medium Eggs (30)
    2 xSeriously Strong Cheddar (400g)
    1 xASDA Grana Padano (200g)
    1 xASDA Smartprice Lard (250g)

    Tins, Jars & Cooking
    1 xASDA Vegetable Oil (3L)
    1 xColman's Mustard Powder (57g)
    1 xRajah Chilli Powder (100g)
    1 xRajah Garam Masala (100g)
    1 xRajah Garlic Powder (100g)
    7 xASDA Smartprice Peeled Plum Tomatoes in Tomato Juice (400g)
    1 xASDA Tomato Puree (142g)
    1 xASDA Smartprice Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce (420g)
    1 x ASDA smart price malt vinegar

    Packets & Cereals
    1 xASDA Smartprice Pasta Shapes (500g)
    1 xASDA Smartprice Self Raising Flour (1.5Kg)
    3 xLeo Dried Peas with Steeping Tablet (250g)
    1 xASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)
    1 xThomas Allinson Dried Active Yeast (125g)
    2 xASDA Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg)
    1 xSilver Spoon Granulated Sugar (1Kg)
    1 xOXO Stock Cubes Chicken (6x6g)
    2xASDA Pumpkin Seeds (100g)
    1 xNatco Chick Peas (500g)
    2 xASDA Smartprice Salted Peanuts (200g)
    1xASDA Ready Oats (750g)
    1xASDA Smartprice Porridge Oats (1Kg)
    2 xASDA Smartprice Raisins (500g)


    Frozen
    1 xASDA Smartprice Peas (907g)

    Drinks
    1 xASDA Smartprice Tea Bags (80 per pack - 250g)

    WEEK 1 Breakfast - Porridge Apple curd Porridge Apple curd Porridge Pancakes
    Lunch - Tangy bean pate Houmous sandwich Nut butter Tangy bean pate Spicy pea soup Chicken onion pie
    Dinner - Spanish omelette Pasta carbonara Onion tart Risi e bisi HM Pizza Potato onion soup


    Week two
    Fresh
    2xASDA White Potatoes (2.5Kg)
    1 xASDA Carrots (1Kg)

    Dairy
    2 xASDA Smartprice Lard (250g)

    Meat, Fish & Poultry
    2 xASDA Smartprice British Beef Mince (400g)

    Packets & Cereals
    3 xASDA Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg)
    1 xASDA Smartprice Self Raising Flour (1.5Kg)
    1 xThomas Allinson Dried Active Yeast (125g)
    1 xASDA Smartprice Pasta Shapes (500g)
    1xASDA Ready Oats (750g)
    2 xASDA Smartprice Raisins (500g)
    1 xASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)

    Tins, Jars & Cooking
    1 xASDA Smartprice Red Kidney Beans in Water (400g)
    3xASDA Smartprice Peeled Plum Tomatoes in Tomato Juice (400g)

    Frozen
    2xASDA Smartprice Peas (907g)


    WEEK 2 Breakfast Porridge Apple curd Porridge Apple curd Porridge Nut butterPorridge Lunch Houmous sandwich Tangy bean pate Houmous sandwich Nut butterTangy bean pate Green pea soup Chicken onion pie Dinner Bacon onion puddingChilli Pasta alfredo Risi e bisi Cottage pie HM Pizza Spicy pea soup

    Week three
    Fresh
    2xASDA White Potatoes (2.5Kg)
    1 xASDA Carrots (1Kg) 2.50
    2 xASDA Smartprice Brown Onions (2Kg)

    Dairy
    2 xASDA Smartprice Lard (250g)
    1 xASDA Whole Fresh Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)

    Meat, Fish & Poultry
    1 x 500gASDA Pig Liver by Weight (100g)
    1 xASDA Smartprice British Beef Mince (400g)

    1 xASDA Smartprice Smoked Cooking Bacon Pieces (500g)


    Packets & Cereals
    3 xASDA Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg)
    1 xASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)
    2 xASDA Smartprice Pasta Shapes (500g)
    1 xASDA Smartprice Self Raising Flour (1.5Kg)
    2xASDA Ready Oats (750g)
    2 xASDA Smartprice Raisins (500g)

    2 xASDA Pumpkin Seeds (100g) 2.00
    2xASDA Smartprice Salted Peanuts (200g) 1.08
    1 xASDA Smartprice Raisins (500g) 4.55
    2 xLeo Dried Peas with Steeping Tablet (250g)

    1xASDA Smartprice Porridge Oats (1Kg) 1.16
    1 xASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)

    Tins, Jars & Cooking
    1 xASDA Vegetable Oil (3L)
    2 xASDA Smartprice Red Kidney Beans in Water (400g)
    3 xASDA Smartprice Peeled Plum Tomatoes in Tomato Juice (400g)

    1 xASDA Tomato Puree (142g)
    2 xASDA Smartprice Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce (420g)

    Frozen
    1xASDA Smartprice Peas (907g)


    Drinks
    1 xASDA Smartprice Tea Bags (80 per pack - 250g)


    WEEK 3 Breakfast Nut butter Porridge Apple curd Porridge Apple curd Porridge Nut butter Lunch Houmous sandwich Tangy bean pate Houmous sandwich Apple curd Tangy bean pate Spicy pea soup Chicken onion pie Dinner Bacon onion pudding Pasta alfredo Bean curry Pasta amatriciana Chilli HM Pizza Butternut squash risotto

    Week 4
    Fresh 1xASDA White Potatoes (2.5Kg)
    1 xASDA Carrots (1Kg) 2.50
    1 xASDA Smartprice Brown Onions (2Kg)

    Dairy
    2 xASDA Smartprice Lard (250g)

    Packets & Cereals
    3 xASDA Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg)
    1 xASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)
    1 xASDA Smartprice Pasta Shapes (500g)
    1 xASDA Smartprice Self Raising Flour (1.5Kg)
    1xASDA Ready Oats (750g)
    2 xASDA Smartprice Raisins (500g)
    2 xLeo Dried Peas with Steeping Tablet (250g)

    1 xASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)

    Tins, Jars & Cooking
    2 xASDA Smartprice Red Kidney Beans in Water (400g)
    4 xASDA Smartprice Peeled Plum Tomatoes in Tomato Juice (400g)
    2 xASDA Smartprice Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce (420g)

    Drinks
    1 xASDA Smartprice Tea Bags (80 per pack - 250g)


    WEEK 4 Breakfast Porridge Apple curd on toast Porridge Apple curd on toast Porridge Pancakes Porridge Lunch Houmous sandwich Nut butter on toast Houmous sandwich Lunchtime pate Houmous sandwich Potato onion soup Spicy pea soup Dinner Risi e bisi Veggie burgers Pasta carbonara Spanish omelette Bean curry Onion tart roast chicken dinner

    Should hopefully based on the above no shopping needed to be done. So Shirley can have time to meal plan and do her shopping list for the following month.

    Week 5
    Breakfast Apple curd on toast Porridge Apple curd on toast Porridge - - - Lunch Lunchtime pate Houmous sandwich Lunchtime pate Apple curd on toast - - - Dinner Veggie burgers Cottage pie Bean curry Pasta amatriciana
  • Robson65Robson65 Forumite
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    Hello everyone

    Just de-lurking to ask what is the best way to reheat things ? For example Shirl may have frozen her Bacon and Onion pudding and will need to know how to reheat on the day. Will she need to steam it again IYSWIM ?

    Great job everyone.

    Robson
    I almost had a psychic boyfriend but he left me before we met.
  • kezloukezlou Forumite
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    Wow allegra that's a heck of a list to get done, no offence intended so please don't my comments personally.
    If i (as shirley) looked at that list i would run like the wind and say no chance.
    Also if they have a lack of storage space it just wouldn't work.
    Allegra wrote: »
    Batch Cooking Day 1 (before you start)

    Soak chickpeas the night before (brilliant, that way they can be frozen for later in the month!) )
    Bread x 2
    Apple Curd
    Houmus
    Nut Butter x 2 (i would personally only do one of these)
    Tangy Bean Pate x 2(i would personally only do one of these)
    Liver pate (to freeze) (Do it later in the month, say week 3, along with the tangy bean pate and nut butter)
    Grate cheese
    Slice bacon
    Chop onion
    Onion tart x2
    Carrot cake (Do it later in the month and say freeze orange carcass)
    Marmalade(Do it later in the month )
    Mayo
    Savoury scones (optional)
    Raisin scones (optional)
    Savoury bites(optional)

    Essentials: Bread, spreads (apart from liver pate), one carrot cake and a snack. The rest can be made throughout the week to spread the load. Mayo does not keep well, so make it when you fancy eating it. If you only make 1 batch of bread, you will need to make another on Thursday.

    Batch cooking Day 2 (end of first week)

    Soak marrowfat peas the night before
    Poach chicken, portion up, make stock
    Chicken and onion pie x 2
    Bread x 2
    Pea and apple soup x 3 (move to week 2)
    Potato and onion soup x 3 (do one batch when its needed in week 4)
    HM pizza x 3
    Bacon and onion pudding x 2 (just do one)
    Savoury scones(optional)
    Biscuits(optional)
    Tomato scones(optional)
    Carrot cake (optional)
    Breakfast pancakes x 2 (do one batch when its needed in week 4)

    Essentials: chicken, stock, soups and pies - if you are short of freezer space, just make what you'll eat on the day for soups as they are easy enough to prepare from scratch every time you have them. One batch of bread - you can make another on Thursday; bacon and onion puddings (unless you have a free day for steaming them on Monday)


    Batch Cooking Day 3 (end of second week)

    Bread x 3
    Carrot cake
    Bean curry x 3 (do one batch when its needed)
    Amatriciana x 3
    Savoury scones(optional)
    Raisin scones(optional)
    Savoury bites(optional)
    Biscuits(optional)

    Essentials: Bread. although if you only make one batch, you'll need to make another on Tuesday, and yet another on Friday. As all the other dishes are easy to prepare from scratch on the night if necessary, try to get ahead on the bread and on snacks if you can. Also if you've only made one batch of bean pate and nut butter, and not made the liver pate as yet, now is the good time to do so.


    Batch Cooking Day 4 (end of week 3)
    Bread x 2
    (put the pates and marmalade in this week)
    Carrot cake
    Veggie Burgers
    Tomato Scones(optional)
    Raisin scones(optional)
    Savoury bites(optional)

    Essentials: Bread. You can make another batch on Thursday; ditto for carrot cake. Veggie burgers can be prepared on Tuesday just make sure you can allow sufficient time for them to rest in the fridge. If you finish work late, consider preparing them the night before and leaving in the fridge overnight.


    Batch Cooking Day 5 (end of week four)

    Bread
    Savoury scones(optional)
    Raisin scones(optional)
    Tomato scones(optional)
    Make a start on next month's food

    I think the main thing is to spread it out more throughout the month., For instance i couldn't make all of the above in that order and freeze it. As i don't have the space, also Shirley might in the position.
    Could also be a good idea to write optional next the snacks e,g scones, as they might be full to the gills from the meal plan.

    Again please don't be offended my comments as they are not directed to you personally in any way.

    HTH

    Kerry x
  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    kezlou wrote: »
    Wow allegra that's a heck of a list to get done, no offence intended so please don't my comments personally.
    If i (as shirley) looked at that list i would run like the wind and say no chance.
    Also if they have a lack of storage space it just wouldn't work.



    I think the main thing is to spread it out more throughout the month., For instance i couldn't make all of the above in that order and freeze it. As i don't have the space, also Shirley might in the position.
    Could also be a good idea to write optional next the snacks e,g scones, as they might be full to the gills from the meal plan.

    Again please don't be offended my comments as they are not directed to you personally in any way.

    HTH

    Kerry x
    hiya kez :) Thanks :D

    What were you thinking shirl will do for snacks in week one though?

    I'm worried about hunger pangs! I mean if she doesn't make any of them... I love your attention to detail and concern for shirl :)


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  • hornetgirlhornetgirl Forumite
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    I agree some things could potentially be moved from the week one list, but it is definitely worth making more than one bacon and onion pudding at one go because the steaming does take a long time.
  • AllegraAllegra Forumite
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    Twinkle, all help gratefuly received :) I am very happy to put things in the right order, but I will need help - a lot of it - on the exact timings, as I have never been able to do anything uninterrupted, so have only the vaguest idea how long things actually take ! What I am hoping to be able to do is make a rough draft, and then everyone chips and and picks it apart and hopefully makes it foolproof :D How does that sound, everyone ?

    Kezlou, no offence taken at all - in fact, your feedback is exactly the sort of thing I was hoping for :T So if anyone else has something similar to contribute, but was worried they might hurt my feelings, please please please chip in :D

    I do disagree with you on just one issue, Kez, and that's the carrot cake - as it's listed as a snack on each and every day of the plan, it ought to be done before you start, I'd say ;) But again, we won't be there to police Shirl's kitchen, so if she can't be bovvered, good for her :rotfl:

    The feedback so far makes me think that different levels is definitely the way to go for - here's what you should do if you shop weekly and haven't got much storage; here's what you should do if you haven't got any time during the week.

    I just don't know what to do for a Shirl that has no time and no storage, though :(
  • kezloukezlou Forumite
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    Hi weezl,

    I would say make the carrot cake and biscuits or savoury scones. That way if the kids are at school, the food is not going to waste and the snacks will last longer.
    Also they could choose between something sweet or savoury.

    My main concern is if all the snacks are made in one what if no one like them? It could mean they go hungry anyway and the food is wasted IFSWIM.

    Not sure if i've written that right :o.
  • SmlSaveSmlSave Forumite
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    That list looks great Kezlou, nice and easy to order online :)
    Currently studying for a Diploma - wish me luck :)

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  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    allegra/kez ok perhaps time for me to attempt to steer things :)

    I think we need a batch day guide made as friendly as poss, with suggested timings. BUT, I think we need in big letters at the top:

    Please don't be daunted by this list, it's just here to help you. If you would prefer this month just to make a few meals from the planner until you feel more confident, that's great! You'll still save money that way :)

    howzat?

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  • edited 13 May 2010 at 10:42AM
    kezloukezlou Forumite
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    edited 13 May 2010 at 10:42AM
    Yes definitely write that on top in big bright letters, that way if anyone can do exactly on the list, then brill. If not they know the plan can still work them.:T
    Allegra wrote: »
    I do disagree with you on just one issue, Kez, and that's the carrot cake - as it's listed as a snack on each and every day of the plan, it ought to be done before you start, I'd say ;) But again, we won't be there to police Shirl's kitchen, so if she can't be bovvered, good for her :rotfl:

    I just don't know what to do for a Shirl that has no time and no storage, though :(

    Actually yeah i never thought of that lol :rotfl:

    hmm no time and storage, now that's a tricky one. Will get my thinking brain on for that.;)
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