So we've done dinners and are now onto lunch, breakfast and treats.
And we're into experimental territory for me. I'm not used to having Husband home at lunch time, nor am I used to having three family meals per day. I feel as though I have a lot to live up to here as until now, at the weekends, our lunches have been as carefully planned as our dinners. Ideally, I'd like to retain a degree of flexability in them, but the idea of simply providing a variety of sandwich fillings doesn't so much appeal.
In any case. This is what I've come up with.
Breakfasts: sugar puffs, porridge oats, berries, bananas, yogurt, bread, jam, fruit loaf, eggs, pancakes.
Lunches: cous cous salad, sandwiches, omlettes, baked potato, homemade pizza, vegetable soups, mackerel/tuna salads, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, smoked salmon bits salad with capers.
Treats: Homemade ice cream, tea loaf, homemade shortbread, Toblerone cookies, oaty cookies, Danish dream cake, chocolate cupcakes, homemade cereal bars, banana bread, carrot cake.
Now, comes the tricky part, grouping the various meals into weeks. As I'm back in England on Wednesday, that's when I'll run my week.To begin with, let's take a look at that menu again and score off what to make for this week. Because I have a '£10 off a £50 shop' voucher for Sainsbury's, I'm going to start by scoring out the most expensive meals and adding the various store cupboard/lunch/breakfast items to this week in order to make up the total.
NB: The first four are scored out as they're not things I'm making - it's not because I'm crazy enough to think there are 11 days in a week. :)
At Mum and Dad's At Mum and Dad's At Mum and Dad's On the road - picnic lunch/something for dinner
- Sweet and sour salmon - this can be done with a single salmon steak, leaving 3.
- Mutton curry - going to try making a mint sauce to mix with yogurt for raita.
- Mexican soup with soured cream.
- Pulled pork sandwiches and salad (remaining pulled pork to be frozen).
- Chicken and flageollet bean casserole (1 chicken leg)
- Fish pie (1 salmon steak and some prawns)
- BBQ ribs - cooking the pork steaks on the same BBQ, ribs served with salad and homemade potato salad
- BBQ pork steak sandwiches on homemade raisin bread.
- Chicken curry (1 chicken leg).
- 'Chicken' and mushroom pie - using the condensed soup
- Sweet potato falafel - using gram flour and a recipe from a previous post.
- Chicken and bean tortilla wraps - using homemade wraps, soured cream garlic dressing and guacamole (final chicken leg).
- Remaining pulled pork with cous cous and salad.
- Salmon fish cakes with salad (1 salmon steak)
- Sausage and mash with green beans
- Chorizo quiche with potato wedges and salad
- Paella with chorizo and prawn
- Enormous 2kg pot of bolognese - split the remaining sauce into 3 portions
- Lasagne (1 portion of sauce)
- Smoked mackerel salad with hummus and horse-radish mayo.
- Homemade baked beans with wedges
- Cottage pie.
- Homemade pizza topped with chorizo
- Chilli con carne with homemade guacamole and soured cream.
- Baked fish parcels
- Thai fish soup (final salmon fillet).
I could save money here by going to Aldi to get the eggs and various canned goods, but I think the £10 off voucher is just a little too good to pass up, so it's Sainsbury's all the way. I'm a little worried I won't get us to the £50 mark, but I reckon I can just top up however much I'm short by adding fancy baby rice cakes to the trolley - annoyingly, Daughter will only eat the mini ones.
Which leaves my shopping list as follows (all prices from My Supermarket - for this list, ASDA works out marginally cheaper):
1x Honey Monster Foods Sugar Puffs (320g) 99p was £1.99
1x Sainsbury's Porridge Oats (1.5Kg) £1.49
1x Sainsbury's Basics Plain Flour (1.5Kg) 52p
1x Doves Farm Organic Stoneground Wholegrain Spelt Flour (1Kg) £1.99
1x Sainsbury's Sweetcorn (1Kg) £1.30
1x Sainsbury's Pollock Steaks (520g) £3.00 any 2 FOR £5.00
4x Sainsbury's Basics Chopped Tomatoes (400g) £1.40
1x Sainsbury's Cannellini Beans in Water (410g) 69p
1x Sainsbury's Chick Peas in Water with Added Salt & Sugar (410g) 69p
1x Sainsbury's Flageolet Beans in Water (400g) 69p
1x Sainsbury's Haricot Beans in Water (410g) 69p
1x Sainsbury's Basics Red Kidney Beans in Water (420g) 20p
1x Sainsbury's Corned Beef (340g) £2.29
1x Sainsbury's Basics Pineapple Pieces in Juice (227g) 30p
1x Sainsbury's British Fresh Pasteurised Milk 6 Pints (3.41L) £1.74
1x Sainsbury's Basics Salted Butter (250g) £1.19
1x Sainsbury's Red Leicester (250g) £1.75 any 2 FOR £3.00
1x Sainsbury's Soured Cream (300ml) £1.10
1x Sainsbury's Basics 2% Fat Natural Yogurt (500g) 55p
1x Sainsbury's Woodland Free Range Medium Eggs (12) £2.00 was £2.60
1x Onken Biopot Cherry Yogurt (450g) £1.00 was £1.29
1x Revilla Chorizo Tradicion (390g) £5.00
4x Sainsbury's British Beef Mince (500g) £10.80
1x Sainsbury's Highland Oatcakes (300g) 69p
1x Sainsbury's Pumpkin Seeds (200g) £1.66
1x Sainsbury's Sunflower Seeds (200g) £1.37
1x Sainsbury's Basics Lemons (4) 63p
6x Sainsbury's Fairtrade Bananas Loose (Approx 147g) 60p
2x Sainsbury's Courgettes Loose (Approx 105g) 37.8p
4x Sainsbury's Carrots Loose (Approx 175g) 56p
1x Sainsbury's Aubergine £1.00
1x Sainsbury's Whole Cucumber 80p
12x Sainsbury's Large Red Onions Loose (Approx 190g) £2.05
1x Sainsbury's Basics British Strawberries (250g) £1.00
1x Sainsbury's Basics Avocado (4) £1.50
1x Sainsbury's Wild Rocket Leaves (70g) £1.00
1x Sainsbury's Basics Mushrooms (400g) 97p
1x Sainsbury's Basics Sultanas (500g) 84p
1x Sainsbury's Basics Peppers (600g) £1.29
1x Sainsbury's Basics Potatoes (2.5Kg) 99p
1x Sainsbury's Sweet Potatoes (2) £1.00
1x Sainsbury's Basics Cherries (250g) £1.80
1x Sainsbury's Little Ones Eco Size 4 Maxi 7-18kg (32) £4.99
Total cost? £66.49
Meat is not counted in my voucher, and I might yet skip the nappies and get them from Aldi instead, hence the high price. Aside from top up of yogurt, milk, salad and fruit, this should feed us for the month when coupled with what's in the freezer.