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    Ways We Try to do Food Shopping Quickly and More Efficiently

    Food shopping is my least favourite type of shopping. I really dread it but alas we must eat so I am always looking for ways to make it quicker, easier and maybe more fun (Is that even possible?) Shopping List Creating a shopping list is a no-brainer. It focuses my mind as I move through the aisle so I am less distracted by the tempting offers around. I take it a step further and organise it into little sections – grouping similar ingredients together. It also acts as a prompt for the next shopping list. I thought about organising it logically by aisle order but the supermarkets are forever keeping…

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    Meal Plan, Shopping List, Takeaway and Tapas-Style Pancakes – Week 4

    It’s another Meal Plan Friday. Earlier in the week, I met up with The Growing Dad for lunch as planned which was really lovely. I almost forgot about Burns Night this week so haggis was a late addition to the shopping list. The last time I had it, I could only handle a small quantity so I’ll be tucking in with caution with a back up meal at the ready! Now without further ado, here’s the next instalment. Monday Lunch: Salmon pasta bake Dinner: Chicken Curry Snacks: Bread & butter, baked beans, fruit, yoghurt, veggies Tuesday Lunch: Curry (toddler), Chicken Sandwich (adults) Dinner: Lasagne Snacks: Veggie sticks, hummus, fruit, banana…

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    Meal Plan, Shopping List and a Lunch Date – Week 3

    A few tweaks were required to last week’s meal plan as the little one fell ill. He coped well with dishes of a smooth consistency so he had quite a bit of soup and dishes involving mash potatoes. He is on the mend now so hopefully his appetite and ability to chew will return soon. Monday Lunch: Soup with crusty bread Dinner: Creamy seafood pasta Snacks: Tuna sandwich, veggie sticks, fruit, yoghurt Tuesday Lunch: Chilli with rice Dinner: Couscous with beef stew/casserole Snacks: Veggie sticks, fruit, banana bread, cheese Wednesday Lunch: Toddler @ grandparents; Lunch date (adults) Dinner: Chilli Snacks: Grandparents providing for toddler; fruit and veg for adults Thursday Lunch: Spaghetti bolognese…

  • Meal Plan and Shopping List – Week 2

    It’s Meal Plan Friday for the second time this year and the enthusiasm is still going strong. Yay! So what’s on the menu? Monday Lunch:  Veggie pasta bake Dinner:  Leftover takeaway from the weekend Snacks: Hummus sandwich, veggies, banana, cheese and raisins Tuesday Lunch: Chicken hot-pot with crusty bread Dinner: Pork stir-fry Snacks: Banana, cheese biscuits, yoghurt and veggies Wednesday Lunch: Bacon and egg sandwich (adults); toddler at grandparents Dinner:  Chilli Snacks: *grandparents providing for toddler; fruit and veg for adults Thursday Lunch: Sausage casserole with bread Dinner: A freezer meal Snacks:  Yoghurt, banana bread, veggies, raisins and grapes Friday Lunch: Tuna with rice Dinner: Chilli(toddler); Date night meal (adults –…

  • Guide to Meal Planning For The Family - The Growing Mum

    Guide to Meal Planning For The Family 

    Until recently, meal planning was one of the first tasks to get dropped if I had a busy week or couldn’t face being organised. I go through phases of having everything under control then suddenly we’re ordering takeaway or eating beans on toast. Nothing wrong with that of course, as long as there’s a good balance at other times. Everything changed when I returned to work and little one started Nursery. I chose to provide his daily meals as paying the set amount for my 10 month old, who was still downing milk, seemed a bit ridiculous. We’ve been doing it weekly so this year, I’m attempting to get even…

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    Meal Plan and Shopping List – Week 1

    It is the first week of January and Meal Plan Friday is well and truly underway!  Of course you can start at anytime but I’m all geared up as it is one of my 2018 goals – consistent meal planning. So what’s on the menu? Monday Lunch:  Brunch* Dinner:  Chicken in a tomato stew** (sauce) with rice and mixed vegetables Snacks: Banana, yoghurt, pear and hummus sandwich Tuesday Lunch: Vegetable pasta bake Dinner: Fish pie Snacks: Banana, blueberries, cheese biscuits and veggie sticks Wednesday Lunch: Chicken and rice with mixed veg (Monday’s dinner) Dinner:  Spaghetti bolognese Snacks: Grapes, pear, veggie sticks and cheese spread sandwich Thursday Lunch: Fish Pie (toddler);…