Hello Dear Reader,
It’s case of low stock and empty cupboards here. I’ve just done my Tesco order and got it down to £30 for the two of us for at least a week and will probably stretch a lot longer. Here’s our menu plan for the week.
1.Cottage pie, brocolli and peas – cheaper if you use instant mash on top – it’s perfectly OK!
|Call me peculiar! But we like this – on top of cottage pie, or for fish cakes and a pack is 20p|
2.Sausage casserole, oven chips and a tin of peas.
3.Turkey casserole, half a baked potato each (2 minutes in the popty ping) and cauliflower.
|I can do almost a month’s washing with this! I use half of what they suggest as I have very soft water.|
4.Bacon Hotpot – see Hardup Hester’s recipe – I’ll serve it with a tin of tomatoes and a tin of carrots.
5.Fish cakes – make with 99p white fish, some dried parsley and the instant mash potato – it will make ten – we’ll eat four and freeze the rest. with some steamed mixed veg or a tin of peas.
|9p!!!!! It leaves my long hair shiny and rinses out easily!|
6.Turkey hotpot – turkey, carrots, onion, a stock cube topped with layers of onions and sliced potatoes served with broccoli and carrots.
7.Lasagne and garlic bread – all homemade of course!
|Frozen veg is just as nutritious|
8.Pasta carbonara – made with fried bacon pieces, cheese sauce (instant, cheap and it’ll do fine!) and pasta swirls (still 20p a bag)
9. Veggie cheesey pasta bake – steam or popty ping some cauli, broccoli and mixed veg, cook some pasta – combine veg and pasta, stir in cheese sauce, finish in the mini-oven for 20 minutes. – Serve with homemade bread.
Supplement the lot with porridge or toast for breakfast, warmed up left overs for lunch and I’ve well and truly have enough there to keep me going well into the next couple of weeks. How do I do it? Most of what I buy is ‘value’ – a pack of value mince will make two meals, a pack of value bacon bits will make two meals, as will a pack of value turkey leg pieces. I’ve always got the staples of pasta, tinned veg and loo rolls. We eat a mixture of fresh and frozen veg, some of our meals are ‘on toast’, plenty have no meat and we eat for balance and nutrition and try to keep our portions to a reasonable size without going hungry.
I’ll now be prowling the supermarkets at the end of their days trading, looking for reduced meat to freeze as I have the entire family here for Christmas. It will be cheap and cheerful, but everyone will be well fed and entertained.
I’m now off to hang washing in the garden, chop wood and sweep the house through, I may even get to wash the windows – there is brilliant sunshine here today.
Love Froogs xxxx