Monday, 1 June 2015

MPM: 1st June 2015

This week's meal plan should be sub-titled "How low can you go?"  D and I have challenged each other to design a budget week.  There are various ground rules as to what constitutes a pantry item (dried stuff, milk, eggs and butter up to a point, herbs and spices, oil) and the goal is to try and see how it is entirely possible to eat well on less money than we are used to spending.  Our weekly grocery budget is around the £100 mark, which for a household of two means we can be fairly profligate - but just because we can, it clearly doesn't mean we should.

Incidentally, the cat is not being made to give up her beloved Sheba pouches in favour of economy biscuits.  That wouldn't be entirely fair.

So, this is my budget plan.  The week actually began yesterday with a delicious roast lamb and potato gratin Sunday dinner, and you'll notice the lamb leftovers popping up on Tuesday...

Smoked haddock macaroni cheese
Lamb and caramellised onion flatbreads, with couscous and Moroccan style carrot salad
Twice baked cheese and bacon jacket potatoes with salad
Creamy lentil dahl with egg pepper fry, cardamom scented rice and cucumber raita
Sausages and mash
Mussel paella

D's budget week begins on Sunday when he has promised a delicious sounding spiced roast chicken.  Sounds good - especially the me not cooking part!

More meal planning fun over at Mrs M's - and if anyone has any top notch food budgeting ideas or recipes, I would love to hear them.


  1. I love the sound of the lamb and caramellised onion flatbreads #mealplanningmondays

  2. See Diana Henry's A Bird in the Hand page 50 for the Sunday roast recipe


  3. Ooh smoked haddock with macaroni cheese sounds good! Will definitely try that. Also sold on the lamb and caramelised onion flatbread! ;)

  4. This sounds amazing for a budget plan!