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    SeeWeed
    Monthly Meal Planner
    • #1
    • 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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    • poorbutrich
    • By poorbutrich 4th Aug 06, 11:20 AM
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    • 4th Aug 06, 11:20 AM
    That's making me salivate. Thanks so much for all the work you've put into that!
    • nickyhutch
    • By nickyhutch 4th Aug 06, 11:50 AM
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    nickyhutch
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    • 4th Aug 06, 11:50 AM
    That's truly inspiring! It's nice to see a meal planner that takes different food groups into account, and doesn't repeat itslef over and over, like mine does if i don't get my thinking head on! I have a huge huge file of recipes from websites, magazines, books etc, and a huge pile off cookbokks and i have to sit myself down with pen and paper to make our meals interesting and varied. i love cooking, so that helps.
    • Chipps
    • By Chipps 4th Aug 06, 11:52 AM
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    • 4th Aug 06, 11:52 AM
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    • 4th Aug 06, 11:52 AM
    Thanks, SeeWeed
    It's always nice to see other peoples ideas! It's so easy to get stuck with just the same old recipes going round in circles.

    edited to say: Nickyhutch - we cross posted, but that's just what I do. I also have a list of favourite recipes with the main ingredients & which recipe book they are in, which makes it a bit easier!

    ps. just noticed this was my 800th post!
  • jcr16
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    • 4th Aug 06, 3:28 PM
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    • 4th Aug 06, 3:28 PM
    wow thats fab. i'll be printing that later. the best thing i noticed u only had chips once. some weeks it feels like to don't know what do cook so i cook say chilli and chips or sausage casserole and chips.

    very inspiring and u have put alot of effort into that. well done.
    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
  • FTB83
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    • 4th Aug 06, 3:39 PM
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    • 4th Aug 06, 3:39 PM
    SeeWeed

    I just wanted to thank you for this aswell. I moved out a few months ago and cook for myself and my partner and, to be quite honest, I don't plan at all (bar the usual bulk buying meat from the butcher to freeze). We always eat good fresh food, but I am sure I waste more than I should and often throw leftovers away (depending on what it is).

    I would love to start a proper meal planner to make our mealtimes much more cost effective, and will start with yours as a basis.

    I can't tell you how much of a help this is, thank you for taking the time to put it all down onto this forum.

    FTB83
  • SeeWeed
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    • 4th Aug 06, 6:23 PM
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    • 4th Aug 06, 6:23 PM
    Thanks all, just to add each week for those menus the cost is approx £20-£25 for four people and this can probably been done cheaper with little effort.

    SW
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    • jo101
    • By jo101 4th Aug 06, 10:38 PM
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    • 4th Aug 06, 10:38 PM
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    • 4th Aug 06, 10:38 PM
    Hi

    Your menu planner looks great, I have just done a months plan for us and I found it quite hard going to make it interesting, but that looks great. Can you really do all that for £20-£25 a week?

    Jo
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  • SeeWeed
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    • 5th Aug 06, 9:12 AM
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    • 5th Aug 06, 9:12 AM
    Hi

    Your menu planner looks great, I have just done a months plan for us and I found it quite hard going to make it interesting, but that looks great. Can you really do all that for 20-25 a week?

    Jo
    by jo101
    Yes! I will post a shopping list when I have a bit more time, if it helps? But you have to bear in mind I have most storecupboard ingredients so if you are buying these for the first time it may be a little more.

    SW
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    • mossstar
    • By mossstar 5th Aug 06, 9:18 AM
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    mossstar
    ooooh, I'd love to see a shopping list!

    I too plan our meal monthly - our nearest supermarket is 30kms away and i find it's much cheaper if I do one shop a month and then just get veg and milk locally. Thank you so much for taking the time to write that out for us - it's amazing what an inspiration other people's plans can be (esp when you're sick to death of your own usual round of offerings! ha ha)

    Steph
    • sandieb
    • By sandieb 5th Aug 06, 9:22 AM
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    sandieb
    What a great plan for the month's menus. You may well have a regular job on here with that!

    Delicious sounding and plenty of variety.

    I will be copying it too!

    Many thanks.
    • Aril
    • By Aril 5th Aug 06, 11:06 AM
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    Aril
    Thank you for such a useful posting. Please could you post the recipe for letnils with mint and garlic. Sounds an unusual combo. I've done lentils with cinnamon before which I loved and OH hated. Oh well!!
    Aril
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  • SeeWeed
    Week 1 Shopping List

    Garlic
    4 red chillies
    fresh coriander
    2 x 420g cans chickpeas
    1 lime
    olive oil
    fresh parsley
    4 white pitta breads
    500g Minced Pork
    4 x Streaky Bacon Rashers
    Lettuce
    Tomatoes x 6
    Burger Buns x 4
    Whole Chicken
    Potatoes
    Sausages x 6
    Tinned Tomatoes x 2
    Tin of Beans x 1
    Pasta
    White Onion
    Red Onion
    Tinned Salmon
    Creamed Horseradish Sauce
    Fresh Dill
    Eggs x 9
    New Potatoes
    Back Bacon x 6 rashers
    Spring Onions
    Cheddar Cheese 125g
    500g Minced Beef
    200g Kidney Beans
    Soured Cream
    Lemons x 2
    Veg of your choice x 4
    Chilli Powder
    Ground Cumin
    Mayonnaise
    Worcestershire Sauce

    I think thats everything, I would estimate for the first time this may cost you about 30 if you had to buy everything on the list, but you would then be building up your storecupboard and wouldn't need to buy certain items next time. I would also say instead of getting pots of fresh herbs from the supermarket, plant some from the garden centre in your garden and you will always have them!

    SW
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  • SeeWeed
    Thank you for such a useful posting. Please could you post the recipe for letnils with mint and garlic. Sounds an unusual combo. I've done lentils with cinnamon before which I loved and OH hated. Oh well!!
    Aril
    by Aril
    Hi

    I got it from the recipe index on this site, but I have no idea how to do links so you may need to search for it, sorry!

    SW
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  • SeeWeed
    Week 2 Shopping List

    Sausages x 8
    Potatoes (may still have some from Week 1)
    Vegetables of your choice x 2
    Chicken Breast x 4 (skin on if possible but not essential)
    Paprika
    Onion x 5
    100g Bacon
    Tinned Tomatoes x 2
    400g can Cannellini Beans
    Chicken Stock (made from chicken in week 1)
    Lemon x 3
    Fresh Parsley
    Lamb Chops x 8
    Carrots
    Baking Potatoes x 4
    Leeks x 2
    Mackeral Smoked x 4
    Creamed Horseradish
    Taglitelle
    Smoked Salmon Trimmings
    250g Mushrooms
    200ml Creme Fraiche
    500g Minced Beef
    Tinned Sweetcorn
    Frozen Peas
    Beef Stock
    Worcestshire Sauce (from week 1)
    Pizza Base Mix
    Mozzarella x 2
    Garlic (from week 1)
    Pepperoni
    Ciabatta
    Butter

    Again this should cost no more than 25 for the week.

    SW
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  • SeeWeed
    Week 3 Shopping List

    Skinless Chicken Breast x 8
    150g Parmesan Cheese
    Egg x 1
    Potatoes
    500g Beef Mince x 2
    Burger Buns
    Cheese Slices
    Lettuce
    Tomatoes
    Onions
    Tinned Tomatoes
    Spaghetti
    Oregano
    Garlic
    Red Lentils
    Fresh Mint
    Rice
    Fresh Parsley
    Red Pepper
    Vegetables of your choice x 4
    Pasta
    Pepperoni

    This should cost about 20 but we had a picnic on the Sunday which is not included!

    SW
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  • aurora borealis
    Thank you SeeWeed. That's a lot of work!

    I'm going to send it to my daughters who will each be house sharing for uni this year

    ... recipes will be gladly accepted
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  • SeeWeed
    Week 4 Shopping List

    Pizza Base Mix
    Tinned Tuna
    Tinned Tomatoes
    Oregano
    Onion
    Ciabatta
    Butter
    Garlic
    Chicken Breast x 4
    Tumeric
    Chilli Powder
    Ginger
    Ground Coriander
    Fresh Coriander
    Rice
    Beef Joint
    Flour
    Eggs
    Potatoes
    Vegetables of your choice x 2
    Sausages x 6 (herby ones)
    Olive Oil
    Onion x 2
    Tinned Tomatoes x 3
    Bay Leaf
    Spaghetti
    Courgettes x 2
    50g Parmesan
    Back Bacon x 2 Packs
    500g Beef Mince
    Chilli Flakes
    Pasta

    I will post some recipes if anyone is interested, just let me know!
    I hope this is of help to someone I am a firm believer that sticking to a budget does not mean compromising on taste or your health.

    SW
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    • **purpleprincess**
    • By **purpleprincess** 5th Aug 06, 1:58 PM
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    **purpleprincess**
    Recipes would be great SeeWeed!!!
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    • mummytofour
    • By mummytofour 5th Aug 06, 2:06 PM
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    mummytofour
    What about snacks, luch and brekkie? very impressed so far tho!
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