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  • WelshWoofer
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    • 4th Dec 08, 9:59 AM
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    • 4th Dec 08, 9:59 AM
    Morning all!
    I haven't posted on this thread for ages as I've been all over the place (literally) with work.
    So here goes....
    • Thursday - enchilladas
    • Friday - quorn escalope, salad and HM wedges
    • Saturday - fish, chips and mushy peas
    • Sunday - quorn "meat" pie, mash/roasties, peas, one other veg and gravy
    • Monday - jacket potato, cheese and beans
    • Tuesday - chick pea curry and rice
    • Wednesday - kiev, salad and jacket spud
    • Thursday - pasta, veg and pesto with garlic bread
    I am trying to make some room in the freezer for the Xmas shop (have a whole tribe straying with me ) and also attempting to economise a bit this week just buying what I need to make up the meals rather than doing a "big" shop as this will be the last shopping week before pay day and I'd rather keep the money for Xmas emergencies than spend unnecessarily.

    Good luck to everyone else - who I'm sure will have a more exciting menu than mine!
    January grocery spending - 82.73/ 120
  • Penny-Pincher!!
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    • 4th Dec 08, 10:25 AM
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    • 4th Dec 08, 10:25 AM
    Hi Rach

    Your menu sounds delish to me!....anyway....just think of the space your making for all the gorgeous Xmas food. Remember to freeze and surplus and extra veggies etc could be made into soup or curry etc.

    To repeat what others have said, requires education, to challenge it,
    requires brains!

    • gingin
    • By gingin 4th Dec 08, 10:58 AM
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    • #4
    • 4th Dec 08, 10:58 AM
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    • 4th Dec 08, 10:58 AM
    Hi everyone

    Eating the contents of the freezer this week

    Fri - Chilli, hm guacamole, rice, nacho's.

    Sat - Curry, rice

    Sun - Beef casserole, roasted sweet potatoes

    Mon - Something with chicken breasts

    Tues - Acapulco chicken (chilli but made with chicken), rice, salad

    Weds - Spag bol

    Thurs - hm pizza

    Have a great week
  • MrsMcK
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    • 4th Dec 08, 11:15 AM
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    • 4th Dec 08, 11:15 AM

    I did not do so good last week so starting back this week.

    Thurs - Hake wedges veg
    Fri - Burgers and salad
    Sat - Sweet & sour chicken rice
    Sun - Steak champ veg
    Mon - Meat pie potato veg
    Tue - Chilli rice
    Wed - Chicken & broccoli bake

    Gingin how do you make acapulco chicken?

    Have a good week everyone and Merry Christmas!

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    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 4th Dec 08, 11:32 AM
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    • #6
    • 4th Dec 08, 11:32 AM
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    • 4th Dec 08, 11:32 AM
    Right! at this time of year I hate going to the shops, so I try and live out of the freezer as far as possible and also plan to do all the food shopping bar emergency purchases of fresh items, as I hate shopping in December. Call me a killjoy/misery guts if you like, but queueing whereever you go doesn't appeal.

    Thursday: Lentil and Chickpea curry and rice (make today)
    Friday: Pub with the Wrinklies
    Saturday: Roast Goose (F) , red cabbage,(F) stuffing etc etc, apricot (F)crumble
    Sunday:Leftovers or go to MIL
    Monday: Fish(F) Pie and Broccoli(F)
    Tuesday: Burgers(F) and Potato Wedges
    Wednesday: Egg, Beans and Toast
    Thursday: Pasta carbonara (bacon in (F))
    Friday Soup (F)and Sandwich
    Saturday: jacket Potatoes
    Sunday: Morris Dancers for lunch. home made soups (F), bread and cakes
    Monday: Pizza (F)
    TuesdayL lamb Casserole(F)
    Wednesday Veg curry (F)
    Thursday: QUiche and Potato Wedges
    Friday Jacket Potatoes
    Saturday Toad (F)in the Hole
    Sunday - out for lunch, it's my birthday
    Monday Corned Beef Hash
    Tuesday: leftovers, whatever
    Wednesday for a few days at Mum's for Xmas!
    "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"
    Trying not to waste food!
    • kassey
    • By kassey 4th Dec 08, 11:36 AM
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    • 4th Dec 08, 11:36 AM
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    • 4th Dec 08, 11:36 AM
    Thurs-Cold cuts Fried potatoes and egg
    Fri- Takeaway
    Sun-Roast Chicken all the trimmings
    Mon-Meat pie mash Veg
    Tus-Sausages mash peas
    Wed Shepherds pie cabbage
    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 4th Dec 08, 12:14 PM
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    • #8
    • 4th Dec 08, 12:14 PM
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    • 4th Dec 08, 12:14 PM
    Hi! My plan for the week is:

    T - pie, mash, peas and carrots
    F - tuna pasta bake
    S - salmon and cous cous
    S - turkey meatballs and pasta from freezer
    M - sausages, mash and beans
    T - turkey curry and rice
    W - chilli and mash batch for freezer

    Have a good week everyone

    Nikki x
    Last edited by angelnikki; 09-12-2008 at 7:01 PM.
    • newlywed
    • By newlywed 4th Dec 08, 12:18 PM
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    • #9
    • 4th Dec 08, 12:18 PM
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    • 4th Dec 08, 12:18 PM
    HI all, - purpleivy - I hate supermarkets at this time of year too! I try and shop in my lunch hour and find it a nightmare to get back to work on time Just wish the freezer was bigger so I could last most of December with no food shops.

    Here's my list:

    Today: HM chilli in wraps
    Fri: Smoked salmon omelette (was meant to be weds but I was ill so didn't buy any eggs).
    Sat: Gammon with veg
    Sun: Turkey fajitas (something different as I'm getting bored)
    Mon: Mackerel/Kippers and veg
    Tue: ??? Something from the freezer - seem to have Tuesday decision issues :confused: Think there's turkey curry in there though, or else salmon fillets
    Wed: Smoked pork sausage mash and veg
    Thur: Chilli wraps
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    • ifonlyitwaseasier
    • By ifonlyitwaseasier 4th Dec 08, 12:22 PM
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    this weeks plans are:

    Thursday - toasties eaten
    Friday - Jackets and mince (batch cooked) eaten
    Saturday - pasta and more mince and potato layer bake
    Sunday - Sausage/chicken cobbler
    Monday - hm soup and rolls
    Tuesday - fajitas
    Wednesday - corned beef hash and dumplings
    Last edited by ifonlyitwaseasier; 05-12-2008 at 10:05 PM. Reason: changed my mind
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  • champys
    Hello there - I'm also still trying to make space in the freezer. And I'm not going shopping either! Here's the plan:

    thur - ratatouille from freezer with chickpeas and couscous
    fri - pumpkin & blue cheese risotto
    sat - HM pizza with sardines and broccoli
    sun - potatoes mashed with kale from garden, smoked sausage
    mon - organic veal escalopes with HM wedges and red cabbage from garden
    tues - chickpea/chorizo stew with brown rice
    wed - liver & bacon, cabbage from garden (January King) and/or turnips.

    On Thursday I leave for a training course in the UK, so DH will live on 'leftover meals' from the freezer for the 4 or 5 days after that.

    Have a nice week!
    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 4th Dec 08, 5:04 PM
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    Well, I had a list divided into a few places, but in the end decided that I could get everything for immediate use, so no point in going further than Lidl. I have to go past other supermarket when I get my petrol on the way to choir tonight, so just left it. Or might just wait till Sunday when I usually shop as early as poss to get whoopsied items. Was lovely to come straight home.

    Now my next challenge is to try and sort out January. I'm sure I've got enough staples and meals in the freezer already, will just need to get fresh food. Life will change early next year. DD is already abroad on gap year till May. She'll be in Uni next Sept. Dh is embarking on working abroad, short visits till Feb, then away for most of 2 years. So it will be a bit of a different way of life, just ds and I. He's applying to a specialist school for 6th form, which will necessitate boarding. So I could end up on my own.

    I need to start and plan for all the above so that I have appropriate meals without going and buying loads of stuff in specially.
    "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"
    Trying not to waste food!
  • Boodle
    This is what I have planned for us next week from Friday evening:

    Breakfasts - Toasted teacake poss with lemon curd (!) for me and LO, to drink: tea for me, milk for LO. Hubby takes cornflakes and a banana to have with coffee at work.

    Lunches - Saturday: lunch out Sunday: Sausages, yorkies, veg and tatties
    Monday & Tuesday: Root veg and thyme soup for all of us
    Rest of the week: Cream cheese or PB & J sarnies, yog and apple for hubby's packed lunch each day; Egg mayo salad, cheese toasties, pasta salad & PB & J sarnies for me and LO across the week. Water for all.

    Snacks - Fruit cake, lemon curd tarts, and some cherry, apricot and sultana flapjacks made throughout the week.


    Friday: Bean chilli and rice
    Saturday: Roasted veg and avocado fajitas
    Sunday: Egg sandwiches, crisps, followed by cake
    Monday: Double cheese and salmon pasta
    Tuesday: Leftover stir fry and rice
    Wednesday: Carrot, pea, broccoli and cauli korma with rice
    Thursday: Lasagne made with an anchovy tomato sauce
    Last edited by Boodle; 04-12-2008 at 5:23 PM.
  • frugalswan
    There's some lovely mealplans here this week. Mine are:

    Thursday: Pizza
    Friday: Jacket Potato with Melee Beans
    Saturday: Chilli con carne
    Sunday: Chicken Curry
    Monday: Leftover Chilli with pasta
    Tuesday: At Mum's
    Wednesday: Sweet and Sour Chicken
    Thursday: Shepherd's Pie with veggies

    As usual, lunches will be sandwiches or leftovers, and desserts will be yoghurts or fruit (or chocolate if my will breaks...) Have a good week, everyone *hug*

    x frugalswan x
    Continually trying the Grocery Challenge. Gotta keep trying!
    • Skint_Catt
    • By Skint_Catt 4th Dec 08, 6:28 PM
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    Hi all

    Tonight - leftover 3 Bird Roast with roast pots & mixed veg TICK
    Tomorrow - Chicken with ham & cheese, mash & green beans TICK
    Saturday - Pasta - Mum & Dad are coming over TICK
    Sunday - maybe out, maybe shepherds pie Shepherds pie!
    Monday - Quorn spaghetti & meatballs TICK
    Tuesday - Ham & Turkey Burgers & mixed veg Nope - OH out so chicken & chips
    Wednesday - Quorn fillets, mash & green beans
    Thursday - Fishcakes & veg OH away so pasta for me!
    Friday - Quorn curry & rice OH still away but I'm out with work!

    C xx
    Last edited by Skint_Catt; 09-12-2008 at 9:05 PM.
    • juicygirl
    • By juicygirl 4th Dec 08, 9:03 PM
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    Mine are:

    Friday - Spaghetti Bolognese
    Saturday - At friend's for dinner
    Sunday - Roast beef, pots,mixed veg, gravy
    Monday - Pasta and sauce, garlic bread
    Tuesday - Salmon, pots, sweetcorn
    Wednesday - Chicken with garlic mushroms, rice, peas
    Thursday - Chicken fajitas

    Loving being organised!
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    • SunnyGirl
    • By SunnyGirl 4th Dec 08, 10:24 PM
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    Hi everyone

    This week we're having:

    Thursday - HM Lentil & veg soup with Naan bread
    Friday - Sausage Pasta
    Saturday - Liver or fishfingers, pots & peas
    Sunday - Meatballs & spaghetti
    Monday - Stuffed baked potatoes & beans
    Tuesday - Pitta pizza, chips, garlic bread & salad
    Wednesday - Chicken curry & rice

    Lunches: Generally sandwiches, HM soup, leftovers and pancakes

    Breakfasts: Porridge

    There's some great ideas on here for menus
    • La-Cara
    • By La-Cara 4th Dec 08, 11:29 PM
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    fri: chicken stir fry and noodles root veg & barley stew thingy from the tesco mag
    sat: leftovers from fri
    sun: salmon fishcake catfish goujons, wedges & peas (all F)
    mon: sausages (F), mash & beans couldn't find sausages in the freezer, so had chilli (F) instead
    tue: steak (F) & chips (if I can find the steak in the freezer )
    wed: garlic chicken (F) & stir fried veg (F) and noodles
    thurs: leftovers from wednesday
    fri: HM pizza (need to remember to make it will make extra for the freezer though)

    trying to use up stuff from the freezer because I'm not entirely sure what's in it! The meal plan will probably change again through the week, it usually does
    Last edited by La-Cara; 08-12-2008 at 11:35 PM.

    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 5th Dec 08, 8:32 AM
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    Sun 7th Local beef burgers, HM rolls, HM wedges
    Mon 8th Chicken casserole, dumplings, swede and roast tatties
    Tue 9th Macaroni cheese & garlic bread
    Wed 10th Mince n tatties
    Thu 11th out
    Fri 12th Spag bol & HM doughballs
    Sat 13th Toad in the hole (with mini smoky bacon sausages), mash & gravy
    Last edited by OrkneyStar; 07-12-2008 at 4:15 PM.
    • gingin
    • By gingin 5th Dec 08, 10:37 AM
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    Tue 9th Macaroni cheese & garlic bread

    Originally posted by OrkneyStar
    Orkney or anyone

    When I make my macaroni cheese, I can't seem to get it right. If I make a white sauce and then bake it in the oven with the cooked pasta, it seems to lose it's "sauciness" and just comes out one great big gloopy lump. Is there a magic trick to making a nice cheesey, thick sauce for macaroni cheese?
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