What We Are Eating This Week (W/C 02/02)

I was on the phone with my sister, having a chat like we do when we got round to the subject of food. As it happens we are both trying to have a super budget week of food, one google hang out later where we went through what bargains we had found and meal suggestions we had, I came up with this meal plan. I'm using up a lot of items that I have in the freezer and cupboards to help reduce the budget.

Saturday - Sausage and Beans

On Saturdays I spend time with my Mum, either doing her shopping for her, or going out with her if she is up to it and it takes up a large proportion of the day. I don't mind though because she's my Mum and I like spending time with her. I do then hate having to come home and stand alone in the kitchen as I rather like seeing my family so this week we've got Sausage and Beans which cooks easily in the slow cooker meaning it can be on whilst I'm out and served when I home!

Sausage and Beans Casserole

Sunday - Sunday Roast

A Chicken Roast with Roast Potatoes, Peas, Carrots and home made Gravy. The children get a treat of Yorkshire Puddings with their meal and we'll have Apple Crumble or Scones for pudding as Daddy is great at making both and it is mine and Daddy's treat day.

Monday - Meatless Monday 

The soup and toasties last Monday went down so well that I've planned it again for this week, for the children. Daddy and I were supposed to have Mushroom soup, but when I got back from the gym we decided to have mushrooms on toast instead. I've decided to do that again this week, but with the addition of  Tarragon butter on the mushrooms for Daddy and I.

Tuesday - Slow Roasted Pork Ribs and Rice

The pork ribs we had a couple of weeks ago on a Friday night were a big success. Big Boy wasn't too keen on the idea of ribs, but I know that he'd like them if he gave them a try. This week I'm serving them with rice as I know that the ribs would be the lesser of two evils for Big Boy. This is a completely free meal as all the ingredients are already in my cupboards and freezer.

Wednesday - Home Made Pizza for the Children

Big Boy has a friend coming for tea tonight, as it is his first after school play date they get something a little special as they get to make their own pizzas. This gives me a chance to discover what foods BB's friend likes so the next time he comes round they can have something they like. I have a feeling that the pizzas may look something like these Hello Kitty and Toad from Mario pizzas I made for the children's lunches last September.

Daddy and I will have Chicken Stir Fry with Rice, heavy on the vegetables and a fair bit of Chinese Five Spice for flavouring.

Thursday - Coconut Milk Broccoli Pasta

We have this new air freshner in the bathroom (stick with me) and every time it sprays it makes me think of coconut milk. I've been trying to think of something I can make with it, and decided that a mix of the Seasame Broccoli Pasta recipe and the Penne with Broccoli and Coconut Milk recipe would be best for my family. I was thinking of adding some small amounts of ham or bacon for my meat loving family but if I forget I'm wondering if they will notice!

Friday - Fish Pie

Yes, I know that Daddy doesn't like Fish Pie all that much, but we have fish in the freezer that has to be used up and I was reading Jamie Oliver's website and came across a fish pie recipe that seems quite light so thought that Daddy might appreciate it more than the more traditional versions I normally make. We're going to eat it whilst watching Monsters Inc as it is one of our favourite family movies.

What are you eating this week? Do you have any meals that you have on weeks when you are trying to eat cheaply?

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