This week I am going back to work after almost 2 months off. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone again but I am also a bit weary because, although I am much better, I still get tired and out of breath very easily. I am only working 4 half days but 3 of them will be consecutive. We’ll see how it goes…
In preparation, I decided to have another go at meal planning. I tried last year and it all went down the drain very quickly but now I really have to manage my energy. I won’t be able to run around at the last minute, especially when I start doing longer days. So… meal planning it is.
To make life easy for myself, I decided to do only Monday to Friday as there is no way of knowing who will be there at the week end (and I had enough trouble coming up with 5 meals). There is food in the fridge and in the freezer, the boys can fend for themselves.
At the moment, the boys I have are not very keen on vegetables so I don’t bother too much but I always have some in the freezer, that can be ready in a few minutes. Otherwise, I was looking for meals that were easy to prepare, tasty, and frugal (or, at least, not too expensive). I have tried to cost this week’s meals to the best of my ability but I already had most of the spices – and a jar goes a long way – so I haven’t included that.
So….. here it is:
Slow Cooker Cuban Pork served with Rice. Working out at £5.50 (£1.40 per person) not including the spices, this was a little more expensive than I like, especially as it was only for 4 of us. Luckily, the pork was on offer at £3/kg. I was hoping to have some leftovers to freeze, but everything got eaten except for a couple of onions at the bottom of the pan!
After a fairly dear meal on Monday, I decided to go for a more frugal Mushroom Stroganoff at £5.60 but I got an extra 4 portions for the freezer so 70p per person and the boys had seconds.
Considering that Wednesday will be my first day back at work, I decided to cook the Lasagne on Tuesday so, if I’m too tired, the boys can just reheat it. I don’t expect any leftovers but, at £3.20 (65p per person), I can live with it.
Thai Green Chicken Curry. Another £5-ish meal (£1 per person) but it is normally a great success.
Baked Potatoes with cheese and either tuna or baked beans. Baking potatoes are quite cheap at the moment at £1/kg so I estimate another £4.50 to £5 meal (90p to £1 per person)
After this massive effort (for me, anyway), I now have to think of next week’s menu. I just hope that it will get easier as I get used to it!