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?

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Lunch:  Brunch*
Dinner:  Chicken in a tomato stew** (sauce) with rice and mixed vegetables
Snacks: Banana, yoghurt, pear and hummus sandwich


Lunch: Vegetable pasta bake
Dinner: Fish pie
Snacks: Banana, blueberries, cheese biscuits and veggie sticks


Lunch: Chicken and rice with mixed veg (Monday’s dinner)
Dinner:  Spaghetti bolognese
Snacks: Grapes, pear, veggie sticks and cheese spread sandwich


Lunch: Fish Pie (toddler); Tuna sandwich (adults)
Dinner: A freezer meal
Snacks:  Yoghurt, banana bread, raisins and grapes


Lunch: Spaghetti bolognese
Dinner: Tuna, rice and veggies (toddler); Date night meal (adults – could be takeaway)
Snacks: Grapes, blueberries and cheese biscuits


Lunch: Brunch
Dinner: Vegetables noodles stir fry
Snacks:  Available options


Lunch:  Sausage rolls
Dinner: Roast
Snacks:  Available options

* As it was New Year’s day, we treated ourselves to a cooked breakfast for brunch

** This is a Nigerian tomato-based stew – one of the few Nigerian dishes I remember how to cook and the husband likes too

Shopping List

Fruit and Vegetables

  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Pear
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrot
  • Frozen peas
  • Peppers
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Potatoes
  • Seasonal veggies


  • Mince meat
  • Chicken thighs (pack of 6 at least)
  • Fish cuts for fish pie
  • Sausage
  • Bacon


  • Milk
  • Yoghurts (toddler and adult)
  • Cheese spread
  • Cheese
  • Butter

Cupboard (Dry)

  • Tin tomatoes (6)
  • Tomato paste
  • Baked beans
  • Flour
  • Chickpeas (4)
  • Tahini
  • Bread: sliced and rolls

That’s the meal plan for this week. We got a slow cooker for Christmas with a recipe book so some of the meals will be cooked in there. Other half is weirdly excited about it so I’ve left him in charge of the slow cooker meals (Fish pie & Bolognese). Some of the dinners are also lunches during the week so we double or triple the portions accordingly – especially if freezing too.

What are you cooking this week? If you are stuck for inspiration, head over to Katykicker and The Organised Life Project for more ideas.

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8 thoughts on “Meal Plan and Shopping List – Week 1

  • January 5, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    I love seeing meal planning. Im the person who goes shopping and spends a fortune with nothing to show for it. Im shopping tomorrow and we are saving fora holiday so a list would be great at for us:)

    • January 5, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      List is definitely good when shopping. Doesn’t stop me buying extras but I stand a better chance of remembering the essentials 😁

  • January 5, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    I find it a bit weird to not see breakfast on the list, as it is definitely the most important meal for me and I can’t go without it.
    On another side, I’m so eager to try a slow cooker. Need to get one too!

    • January 5, 2018 at 8:27 pm

      Breakfast is usually cereal or something on toast. We eat at work so only need to feed toddler. Not exciting for the meal plan I figured hahaha. I wish I could do fancy breakfast dishes but no time for that really

  • January 5, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    This is a brilliant meal plan! I love meal planning but I never really think about lunch, beyond having a few ideas in the cupboard. Thanks for linking up!

    • January 5, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      I have to provide meals for toddler to take to nursery (I refuse to pay £6 a day for his meals and snacks unless I have to) so we have to plan lunches. Also means us parents spend less buying everyday so only have to get something when I can’t be bothered.

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  • January 8, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    I love how you’ve put your shopping lists in as well – it definitely helps when you go shopping! Thank you so much for linking up with The Meal Planning Linky.


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