Being organised in the home isn’t just about cleaning and tidying it’s also about family life and meal planning. I have found that planning my meals has really helped with an improved healthy lifestyle plus saved us money.
When I do the food shopping online now I buy what I need for the 7 days of the week so I know I don’t have to rush to shops in the week. Plus this also helps me keep track of money. We have been known to spend £300.00 a week on food and this is mainly due to lack of planning. I have cut down to £125.00 now which is great and the only top ups I tend to need are milk and juice.
I have put together a basic meal planner than you print off to help with your meal planning which you can fill in at the start of the week or the month. Then below a few simple recipes to give you some ideas on great healthy meals that don’t cost the earth.
This is week 1, Week 2 with more simple ideas will be up next week and this will continue to week 4 and then you can roll these over. Don’t forget to fill in your meal planner and pop on your fridge so everyone knows what for tea and can get involved with the food prep and cooking.
Monday – Tuna Fishcakes
Mix 600 grams of cold left over mash
Two tins of drainned tuna
Tablespoon of Mayo
Handful of frozen sweetcorn
3 spring onions finely chopped
mix and season
Divide into 6 equal balls
Roll into bread crumbs
Press into fishcakes
Fry for 4 minutes
Serve with salad.
Tuesday – Sausage and Ricotta Pasta Bake
Heat oil in a frying pan
Add in two chopped onions, 1 chopped chilli and 2 garlic cloves
Add in 200g cooked sliced sausages
Cook 350 grams of pasta according to the instruction
Add the sausages and onion mix to the cook pasta
Mix in 200g of ricotta and 2 ripe tomoatoes finely chopped
Add mixture to an oven proof dish
Sprinkle over parmesan shavings
Cook for 12 minutes
Serve with garlic bread
Wednesday – Thai Green Curry
Into a food processor add in 2 garlic cloves, 1 tbsp of brown sugar, handful of fresh corinader, 2 red chillis, 3cm of ginger and lime zest. Blend
Fry 750g of chicken breast of pawns until cooked
Add a teaspoon of curry paste fry for another 2 minutes
Add in 400ml of coconut milk, 100 g of green beans and 100g of baby sweet corn.
Simmer for 15 minutes
Serve with rice and chopped coriander for decoartion.
Thursday – Italian Shephards pie
Heat the oil in a pan and add in 1 large onion chopped, 3 carrots chopped, 70g of mushrooms halved.
Add 500g of mince beef season with salt and pepper
Add in one glass of red wine
Add in a tin of tomatoes and spme basil leaves
Leave to cook for 30 minutes
Peel and boil 700g of sweet potatoes
Drain add in butter milk and 100g of parmesasen cheese
Pour the meat into an oven proof dish and top with the sweet potatoe mix
Sprinkle over some parmesan and cook for 20 minutes
Friday – Easy Lamb Koftas
Finely grate lemon zest into a large bowl, then squeeze juice into a separate medium bowl. To the juice bowl, add onion and a pinch of salt. Leave to pickle lightly until needed.
To the zest bowl, add 500g of lamb, thyme, cumin, 15g pinenuts, chillies and plenty of seasoning. Mix well (using your hands is easiest). Divide mixture into four in the bowl.
Shape the balls and then arrange on a baking tray and grill for 15 minutes.
Whilst cooking ass mint to 1 large chopped onionand add into a bowl ready for the table.
Bring koftas to the table with tortilla wraps, onion mixture, natural yogurt, iceburg lettuce and tomato, and let people assemble their supper.
Saturday – Beef Fajitas
Thinly slice 2 large beef steaks place slow cooker. Add one tin of tomatoes, 1 jalapeno, garlic, tsp coriander,tsp cumin, tsp chili powder and salt. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.
After 3 hours add 1 large onions and 2 sliced peppers
Continue to cook
Add salse to to the table, along with salad, gradted cheese and tortilla wraps
Sunday – Slow Cooker Gammon
There is no prep required for this simple sunday dish and whilst its cooking you can get on with your sunday cleaning session.
Place a gammon joint into the slow cooker
Pour in 75g of brown sugar ad rub over the gammon a further 75g
Pour in 500ml of cider
Add in 2 bayleaves and 10 peppercorns and leave to cook on high for 4 hours.
Serve with mini roast potatoes and vegtables. or for a warmer day with new potoates and salad.