45/365 Today I…am menu planning

Today I… am planning my menus for the week ahead. This is something that I have been doing for a few months with great success-and it only takes a few minutes and a notebook. I tuck any recipes I have torn out of magazines into the back of the book, and also jot down anything I need to add to the grocery order at the bottom of the page. I have noticed several benefits from this simple task:


  1. When I get home from work, I don’t have to think ‘what’s for dinner’
  2. We are wasting less; I almost never throw anything away ( freezer full of SOUP)
  3. Our shopping bill is much less than it used to be as I only order what we need.

We had an Asda delivery tonight so the store cupboard shelves look pretty full.  While putting stuff away, I did a quick stock-take of the fridge and  freezer and scribbled down a list.

I try to vary things through the week, depending who will be here for dinner. For the week ahead, I have planned:

Boston baked beans, with slow cooked pork belly- I tore this recipe out of a magazine a while ago, it looks terrific and it can bubble away all day in the slow cooker while we get on with other things. I will serve it with potato wedges and some home made coleslaw as I have some cabbage and chinese leaf that need to be used up. Later, some guacamole and tortilla chips with a glass of wine while watching The Voice- Hello Saturday night!

Lasagne with minced beef and extra vegetables, maybe some garlic bread- might be having a visitor so will make a big one.

Home made sweet and sour chicken with carrots, red onion, peppers, pineapple and any leftover bits of vegetables with rice or noodles- maybe some prawn crackers on the side (with chilli dip!!)

Smoked haddock and leek  kedgeree with spinach and hard boiled eggs- picked up a recipe card in the supermarket *note to self* buy a lemon

Wholewheat tagliatelle pasta with bacon, leek and tomato sauce.  Simple but yummy.  I often put mushrooms in this if I have any.

I am out this evening, so Mr K will be having some chicken stew from last week. I made a big slow cooker full and froze what was left.

Something easy for the end of the week.  There are some lovely butcher’s sausages in the freezer, I will cook them with some oven chips or home made potato wedges. Maybe open a can of baked beans. Definitely open a bottle of wine- hey, it’s the weekend!

Next weekend- I know my lovely sister and brother in law are visiting so I will be planning something yummy.

Happy eating xx

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Interested in cooking and eating, books, theatre, crafts, thrift and upcycling.
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