Monday, 21 January 2008

Little Foodies Budget Trial - Week One Plan

I've been sat here trying to think of some inspirational quotes, they are all evading me!

Meal Plan Week One

Midweek Breakfasts
Choice of cereal with milk, fruit, water
Weekend Breakfasts
Poached Eggs on Toast

Midweek Lunches
Cheese Roll and salad, fruit, apple juice
Tuna sandwich, salad, fruit, apple juice
Spicy rice salad (using leftovers), fruit, apple juice
Pasta salad, fruit, apple juice
Cous cous salad (using leftovers), fruit, apple juice
Weekend Lunches
Sat: Soup
Sun: At cousin's for Roast

Dinners for the week
Spaghetti and meatballs in tomato sauce
Spicy seafood rice
Roast vegetables with fish
Roast chicken with couscous & veg
Chicken and chard curry (for hubs & boys, I'm out for the evening)
Kohl Rabi & other veg stir fry with noodles

What should be coming in our trial Abel and Cole family organic box:
Bananas, blood oranges, kiwis, pineapple, broccoli, carrots, chard, kohl rabi, milva potatoes, mushrooms, white onions, there will also be 3 surprise things as I chose to forego the celery (yuk!), raddichio (not keen!) and beetroot (far too much of a good thing!).
To get a free cookbook we needed to spend over £40.00 so I also ordered an organic chicken, milk, eggs, butter and mayonnaise.

Other shopping to do:
More milk, tomatoes, possibly bread, possibly cucumber (I can't just remove cucumber from the equation, read this post, if you can't understand why. Besides Rome wasn't built in a day!).

It's 12.15pm on day one, so far okay. Hubs made some wholemeal bread rolls yesterday, they were used for the lunchboxes today.


Pat said...

Amanda, I had a look at Abel and Cole and may give them a try after I find out your opinion first. I have been wanting a veg box delivery and they deliver here too. So anxiously awaiting your response.

glamah16 said...

You have some good things to work with.This will really test and develop your creativity with using what you have.

Anonymous said...

Amanda, good luck with your food budget. If it works for you I will definitely give it a try. I'm afraid if you take after me in this respect you are in for a hard time - as often i open the fridge, it groaning under the strain and i still cannot find anything to eat.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Pat, I've heard good things about them. We used Riverford for a long time and then stopped when we moved. Used them again sporadically, then saw this offer and couldn't resist the free cookbook! Will let you know how we get on.

Hi Glamah16, let's see if I can stick to it.

Hi Mum, that's exactly what I want to move away from. I'm sure it's having the choice which creates the excess and then sometimes waste.

Thanks for your comments.
Amanda x

Asha said...

Great plan to get the kids involved in daily meals!:)

slush said...

Man, I wish I could follow a weekly menu. I have tried to do it for dinner at the very least and always fall off the wagon after a week or 2. I am awful with follow through.

Good luck to you! I cant wait to see how it turns out. May the force be with you. ;)

Sylvia said...

Good plan and healthy as well

Cynthia said...

I am so rooting for you and the family! I like the variety you have here, can't wait for the end of the week report.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Asha, you know, I'm really proud of them, they were good anyway but having a back injury has made them even better. Little got breakfast for them both last week when Hubby was in France for a few days. I didn't even realise as I was asleep.

Hi Slush, I've made lots and lots of meal plans in the past, never stuck to it for more than a day so this is going to be a tough one.

Hi Sylvia, I think we do okay most of the time eating healthily as we don't like too much pre-prepared food. The boys also love raw food. They can't go a day without cucumber, raw carrot or tomatoes, etc. They're angels I tell you... I wish I could learn from them.

Hi Cynthia, thanks Sweetie!

Thank you for your comments.
Amanda x

Deborah said...

Wow - that is a great menu. Good luck with the budget - it looks like you are right on track!

Pig in the Kitchen said...

ok, I've forgiven your husband because he made the rolls!
I'm all over your blog like a stalker...

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi Deborah, I'm doing so well I think I could reduce the budget even further!! Please remind me of that in two weeks time.

Hi Pig, Ah! you'll have to read my reply to your comment in the last post. Though I will say again - you make me laugh - may buy myself some fetching incontinence pants!

Thanks for popping in both of you.
Amanda x

KJ said...

I think you are off to a good start. You have plenty of delicious ingredients and some yummy meals ahead of you.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Hi KJ, thanks, Day 3 and I think we're doing remarkably well.

Amanda x

Marie said...

Sounds like you have a week of tasty and nutritious meals all planned. I used to love planning menus when I had all the kids at home. It is definitely more fun cooking for a bunch of people rather than only two. I looked at Able and Cole. Sadly they don't deliver to where I live as of yet! I'd have gobbled up the beetroot. You must try it sometime roasted in the skins and then peeled and sliced into a bit of melted butter, salt and pepper. The roasting brings out the natural sweetness. It's one of my favourite vegetables!

The Cooking Ninja said...

I can't plan ahead for a week's meals even if I tried. My brain just draw a blank. Most of the time, I improvise with what's in my fridge.


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