::Menu Plan Challenge::

::Menu Plan Challenge::

A few emails dropped into my inbox over the last few days after my post about my wonderboard and meal planning (see previous post). You want to know how we menu plan here at Thrifty Towers.Simply we have one ‘favourite’ meal a week, an old goodie that we love. One ‘new recipe’ day a week and the other days we work out what we have in our freezer, fridge and cupboards. We go through our inventories and use up those items that were bought first. We also have to work around days where we come in late from work, sports nights and other commitments. We sit down and work out what days we are where and what time we are likely to eat on those days and do something to suit. There is no point planning a roast dinner or a lengthy stew if you know you only have 20 minutes to cook it.

Things like beans and lentils need to be soaked overnight so we need to make sure to pop them in some water the day before. We’d never get round to eating lentils or beans if we didn’t have them on the meal planner.Anything marked in red will be taken to work as leftovers for lunch the next day (if we don’t scoff it all!).This is our menu plan for the week¬† Salmon en croute and green salad (we found some frozen pastry that needs using up!)Tuesday – Beef and rainbow veg stir fry with noodles (Mr Thrifty had hockey practice on Tuesday nights so we do something simpleWednesday – Puy Lentil and feta salad (need to soak the lentils before bed on Tuesday night)Thursday – Jacket potato with salads and a choice of fillings (Mr Thrifty plays badminton so dinner is something simple that can just be popped in the oven and pulled out when he comes home. Stops us reaching for the takeaway menus)Friday – Chorizo, chicken and chickpea stew (an old favourite)Saturday – Squid and lemon risotto with french beans (new recipe)Sunday – Pizza (we love Jamie Oliver’s recipe)I think we’d be dragged back into eating the same things over and over again or sending out for food every night if we didn’t have the meal plan. We got so bored of all the takeaways etc.

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at one point that it nearly drove us up the walls. Yes, sometimes we don’t stick to it. We have had bad weeks we have fallen off entirely and lived off takeaways and meals out. But that is rare now.As sad as it is, I love meal planning.So now is the time.If you have been thinking about meal planning for a while, now is the time to start. Grab a piece of paper and a pencil and work out which days you’re out, which days you’re in. Go through your freezer, fridge and cupboards and work out what you have, what needs using up (when you do use something up, note it down on your shopping list) and how many meals and portions you need to serve up. If you have nothing in, plan your meals anyway and get each item jotted down on your list and head out shopping. Then get planning. If you are jumping in let me know and pop the details of your meal planning on your blog. Give your life a week of meal planning and report back on your blog after the one week is up. What have you got to lose? Good luck!Pop the image at the top of this post onto your blog with a link back to this post and hopefully we can save many more people, time, money and sanity.

How to join the meal plan challenge:

1. When you comment on this post let me know if you want to join in.2. Pop the image and link to this post on your blog3. Meal plan for one week.4. Post your main meal, meal plan for one week on your blog.5. After one week post about your experiences of meal planning. Let us know how you got on. Did it improve your life even just a little bit?I will put links on my blog to all of those that have joined in so we can check in and support each other and also get ideas.TTFN,The Thrifty Mrsxx