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    • Maiden Mum
    • By Maiden Mum 5th Jan 18, 9:18 PM
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    Monthly meal plans
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    • 5th Jan 18, 9:18 PM
    Monthly meal plans 5th Jan 18 at 9:18 PM
    Hi . I am keen to reduce my food bills and know from reading on here that meal planning is a good way to achieve this. I was wondering if anyone who creates monthly meal plans would be willing to share them on here? I have to create gluten-free meals as my DS has Coeliacs but that doesn't matter too much in respect of other people's meal plans as I may be able to adapt them anyway, We seem to eat the same things week in, week out and I think we could all do with a bit of variety!
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    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 19th Feb 18, 6:49 PM
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    Errggh! Just tried to copy and paste the grid into here. I'm happy to share it, but you might have to PM me your email address! Will watch out for messages!
    "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"
    Trying not to waste food!
    • Maiden Mum
    • By Maiden Mum 19th Feb 18, 10:10 PM
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    Thank you purpleivy, I will PM you.
    • Maiden Mum
    • By Maiden Mum 22nd Feb 18, 10:48 PM
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    Thank you I got them purpleivy, they look very interesting. I'd never heard of chicken basque although I don't like olives but it looks nice other than that. Thanks for sending them to me.
    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 23rd Feb 18, 10:24 AM
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    Thank you I got them purpleivy, they look very interesting. I'd never heard of chicken basque although I don't like olives but it looks nice other than that. Thanks for sending them to me.
    Originally posted by Maiden Mum
    we leave out the oranges.
    "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"
    Trying not to waste food!
    • AstroTurtle
    • By AstroTurtle 23rd Feb 18, 10:44 AM
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    I dream of being this organised.


    Subscribed!
    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 23rd Feb 18, 6:36 PM
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    I dream of being this organised.


    Subscribed!
    Originally posted by AstroTurtle
    Well, it does fall apart rather often! I haven't yet got to the stage where I have all the right stuff in, but it really is making life easier on the whole.
    For example, this week it fell apart as my adult daughter is away from home, so decided to have the things she doesn't like/can't eat.
    "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"
    Trying not to waste food!
    • Maiden Mum
    • By Maiden Mum 2nd Mar 18, 8:38 PM
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    Or South_Wales_Saver it klbooth, do you have a new meal plan for March with anything different on it?
    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 2nd Mar 18, 9:26 PM
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    umm, mostly the same, a couple of different ones include

    Mongolian beef (not tried this one before)
    Cottage Pie
    BBQ Pork belly strips
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    • Maiden Mum
    • By Maiden Mum 2nd Mar 18, 9:36 PM
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    Ooh Mongolian Beef sounds interesting klbooth! Let me know how that one goes down after you!!!8217;ve had it, will you?
    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 2nd Mar 18, 11:06 PM
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    Will do, it's not until the 21st, disasters not withstanding, but will pop back and let you know, lol.
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    • Maiden Mum
    • By Maiden Mum 3rd Mar 18, 5:31 PM
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    Thanks klbooth.

    I bought a 2nd hand copy of the Saving Dinner book by Leanne Ely so I 've been looking through that today. A bit American but nether the less quite good!
    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 4th Mar 18, 4:09 PM
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    Well, it does fall apart rather often! I haven't yet got to the stage where I have all the right stuff in, but it really is making life easier on the whole.
    For example, this week it fell apart as my adult daughter is away from home, so decided to have the things she doesn't like/can't eat.
    Originally posted by purpleivy
    ...was expecting parents and had a menu plan suitable for 5 people, some of whom (Parents) not desperately adventurous, or things I know that I cook that they like, that they don't cook. Also using things from the freezer as the core of the meal plan. But parents trip has been delayed as they come East to West via country lanes and the M62.

    SO had a few fill in things. Daughter requested chips last night... as in from the chippy.

    Were going to MIL's with my parents today, but they're not here, so she's hoping they weill be here soon and we will go there on Tuesday. So we are having gammon, cauliflower, mushy peas and boulangère potatoes. Bread and butter pud to use up a half a home made loaf languishing.

    So the meal plan is only a starting point!
    "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"
    Trying not to waste food!
    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 4th Mar 18, 4:12 PM
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    ....and I made a dish not on the planner, so it's on there now. Keema Lamb & Peas with home made naan bread
    "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"
    Trying not to waste food!
    • Maiden Mum
    • By Maiden Mum 4th Mar 18, 8:37 PM
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    Well at least you have that starting point purpleivy!
    Funny you mentined keema curry. I purchased loads of beef mince yesterday & was looking for recipes for it but most were lamb mince and the one I found that was beef mince had another agreement that I didnt have in. I've never made it before but I liked it when I had it at my sister's.
    • Maiden Mum
    • By Maiden Mum 2nd Apr 18, 9:33 PM
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    klbooth - did you have the Mongolian Beef? Was it a success?
    • thegirlinthegreenscarf
    • By thegirlinthegreenscarf 5th Apr 18, 11:53 AM
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    Hi Would you mind sharing this month's meal plan?
    Also, do you change your meal plans according to Summer/winter?
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    • thegirlinthegreenscarf
    • By thegirlinthegreenscarf 5th Apr 18, 11:54 AM
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    Sorry if this is a silly question, but whats keema? What does it taste like?
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    • cat4772
    • By cat4772 5th Apr 18, 4:31 PM
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    Errggh! Just tried to copy and paste the grid into here. I'm happy to share it, but you might have to PM me your email address! Will watch out for messages!
    Originally posted by purpleivy
    ooh, ive sent you a pm with my email address, if you could share it with me too? it sounds great.

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    • cat4772
    • By cat4772 5th Apr 18, 4:36 PM
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    following with interest...

    many years ago I used to try some meal plans at http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/category/monthly-meal-plan but after a few months with my fussy eaters (1 veggie, 1 incredibly fussy meat eater and 2 incredibly fussy children) we have morphed into a family that will eat chicken, fish and as many vegetarian dishes as mummy can sneak onto the weekly menu! but with after school clubs and busy work schedules, I'm always keen to explore more organised options.
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