Meal Planning: Changing the Routine

September 24, 2018

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Today has been a wet and miserable sort of day!  I went for a long run this morning and got absolutely soaked.  (I still loved it!)  When the weather is like this we tend to turn to food to cheer us up.  Plus because we are stuck indoors more there tend to be more opportunities to raid the fridge.  This has led to a bit of a review of our snacking practices.  On top of this we have been changing the routine with regards to our food shop.


A review of last week

Last week was all about soup!  It was so good!  I made spiced parsnip soup and ate a huge bowl of it with gluten free crusty bread and about a kilo of (dairy free) butter.  It warmed my bones, I tell ya!  On top of this we have had some other gorgeous meals, such as satay chicken and bacon risotto.  Both of these are really easy to make and are big hits with the family.


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Meal Planning:  The Normal Week

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The week ahead

Busy weeks continue with the usual array of activities in this house.  Plus added to it this week is that my husband is out of the house at dinner time three times.  This typically means that I try and quick simple dinners that I know the kids will like and don’t require a huge time commitment from me.


This week’s meals



My husband has been busy making his own granola this week.  He is trying to reduce his sugar intake and wants to eat more “fun stuff” which basically translates to nuts and dried fruit.  I might steal a bit of this in the week when he is not around.




Ham sandwiches

Cheese on toast

Carrot & coriander soup

Pizza potatoes

Tuna sandwiches

Leftover lasagne



Cheese & tomato pasta salad

Spaghetti bolognese

Bacon, egg and chips

Jacket potatoes and pulled pork

Chicken curry with rice


Chilli and nachos


This week’s spend

This is one way changing the routine has had an impact.  We switched last week to a fortnightly Tesco shop with a weekly Aldi shop.  I’d been feeling like we had been stuck when it came to reducing the cost of our weekly shop and that we needed to make a change like this to really see a difference.  If it wasn’t for needing to get gluten and dairy free products from Tesco then I would probably do all my shopping at Aldi.  However this has led to a huge saving this week.  As always I am going to try and get more creative and find new ways to bring the costs down.  Any ideas are very much welcomed!


Plans for next week

I think I may spread this idea of change into other areas of my life and see what else I can achieve.  It would be good to save a few quid here and there and even make some more money.


What could you change when it comes to your food shop or meal planning?  What impact would you like to see?


This post is part of the Meal Planning Linky produced by Katykicker.


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13 responses to “Meal Planning: Changing the Routine”

  1. Joanna Stephens says:

    These sound like some delicious meals you have planned! Jacket potatoes and pulled pork would definitely be my favorite.

  2. Poovanesh says:

    I do not meal plan but I can see how it can help you to cut down on your grocery bill.I’m going to try it.

  3. This is an area that I need to work on- keeping my food budget down and meal planning. I’m a big fan of aldi too! Great prices and great selections!

  4. makingthingsisawesome says:

    I’d like to
    Change the amount of money we spend
    Each week. It’s out of control. I’d love to be as organized as you and pre plan our meals. Thanks for the meal ideas!

  5. I have just started meal planning, around a month ago, so always looking for new ideas : )

  6. Mud Cakes and Wine says:

    love this weeks menu, pulled pork and jackets sounds amazing.

  7. katykicker says:

    I must put jacket potatoes back on my meal plan! Thanks for linking up x

  8. Ooh I’m craving bacon, egg and chips now ! 🙂

  9. I’ve been away from the uk too long. I need to put bacon, egg & chips back on my list!

    Thanks for making me hungry 🙂



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