Shopping and budgeting 

Hello Dear Reader,

The larder has had a sort out, stocktake and replenish thanks to Lidl: baked beans, sweet corn, tomatoes, passata, tomato purée, mushy peas, fruit, fish, corned beef, flour, pasta, rice, stock pots, pulses and milk. Several week’s worth of meal additions.

On my way home, we called into B&M as I find it really cheap for cleaning products and toiletries. I found some fleece ladies pyjamas for £15 which I thought I might come and buy at a later date. Then I noticed the men’s were reduced so I bought those instead. I don’t sleep in them but wear them around the house in the evenings instead of putting on the heating. I’ve been wearing old jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt but they’ve definitely seen better days.

I buy food and toiletries for our local foodbank and picked up ten toothbrushes for £1.99. What a bargain. 

Over to you, is anyone else well stocked? Or found any bargains?

I’m now off to cook for the week ahead.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx

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Cooking ahead saves waste


Hello Dear Reader,

I know it Monday, but it feels like a Sunday, when I usually cook for the week ahead. I spent yesterday catching up on myself. It’s early evening now, it’s getting cooler and we’ve lit the wood stove. I’ve meal prepped for a few days.

I cooked roast chicken for today and tomorrow. Chicken and leek casserole for the freezer.

Here’s how I made that

8 chicken thighs (2.50 in Asda) – I removed the skins, cooked them in a separate dish and chopped the skin up for the dogs and added it to their supper bowls.

3 leeks, chopped and washed – 20p today – Asda

1 red pepper – finely sliced – 30p – Asda

Chicken stock pot – 25p with 500ml water

3 carrots – 6p – 20p a bag today in Asda.

Clove of garlic crushed, salt and plenty of pepper

Place in the oven at 180 for an hour an a half.

I also made minestrone soup, which is more of a veggie stew with GF pasta. I’ll take the reheatable mugs into work each day. 

To make these I used

1 pack of leeks chopped up

4 chopped carrots

1 yellow pepper

1 tin of tomatoes 

1 veggie stock pot and 1 litre of water

1 tin of mixed beans

I simmered all of those ingredients until the carrots were soft, about 30 minutes.

I added a cup if pasta and continued to cook until the pasta was soft.

2 minutes in the microwave is all it needs for lunch.

Whilst the oven was on, I popped in four jacket potatoes. I spray them with frylight. They need about an hour. I just microwave when we need them. They can even be frozen until I need to use them. They’ll go well with chicken casserole.

I bought a small chicken and roasted it, we’ll eat one meal tonight and we’ll eat ding cuisine tomorrow when we get home.

Even though it was a small chicke, there was enough to pull off the carcass and one leg for DB’s sandwiches.

I chopped the chicken and added, 1 tbsp of mayonnaise, 1 tsbsp of mango chutney and a sprinkle of curry powder. 

DB has sandwiches for three days and they keep well in the fridge.

Well, that’s me sorted up to Thursday.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxx