Everyone is tightening their belts and what better way than planning and prepping what we will eat for the following week. Not only does it mean you know what you’re spending but it takes the pressure off, knowing what you’re having each day. Prep work can be done ahead of time and there is no last minute panic of forgetting to defrost whatever was left at the bottom of the freezer!
Since I am cooking for 7 every day, including a hubby and 3 growing boys (ages 18, 13 and 12) you can bet they are wanting big servings. Sometimes when I make pasta i make enough so that me and Amelia can have it for lunch the following day too so bear that in mind when I mention packet sizes etc as I am usually making for what would essentially be 8 people.
Chicken & Tomato Pasta
Lasagne & Salad
Prawn Red Thai Curry with homemade Chapati
Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Mozzarella filling and Jacket Potato
Homemade Kebab and Pitta Breads
Homemade Corned Beef Pie & Veg
Chicken Roast Dinner
Chicken Breasts x 2 packs
Beef Mince x 2 packs
Lamb Mince x 2 packs
Prawns x 2 packs
2 Tins of Corned Beef
1k Bag of Pasta
Red Thai Curry Sauce
Oregano and Mixed Herbs
Vegetables for Sunday lunch (your choice)
Ready roll pastry (or make your own)
Pitta Breads (or make your own)
Chipati (or make your own)
Aldi price for all the above including ingredients for making your own pastry, pitta and chipati £57!
So for a little over £8 per day this makes dinner for 8 people over the week!
Obviously I have omitted the fact there is lunch and breakfast to purchase too. In total including desserts, treats and juice, milk etc our total spend for the week was just under £100. I am sure we could get this down further if we used less meat etc but what can I say, I’m raising boys who don’t think its a meal unless there’s meat on it! lol