While the days have passed in a blur of exciting things like interviews and book launches, the daily chores still have to be done. I know that many people wonder what we eat every week and how I manage the budget. I’ve already been out shopping today and here is what I have bought for the week ahead. I’m also sharing my meal plan for next week so you can see how it can be done.
This Week’s Groceries:
|Vac Pack Beetroot||€0.79|
|1kg baby potatoes||€0.99|
|2 blocks unsalted butter||€2.98|
|2 blocks regular butter||€4.38|
|2 boxes Cereal||€2.98|
|2 packs cream crackers||€0.78|
Before going to the supermarket, I nipped by my local craft butcher, Browne’s of Balbriggan, and picked up my meat for the week as well. A medium chicken, 1lb of quality stewing steak and 1lb of turkey mince set me back €14 for the week ahead.
That brings my food for this week to a total of €60.53.
As our food budget is €70 for the week, that leaves me with €9.47 for other items during the week ahead. I suspect I’m going to need to buy more bananas and milk at some stage, maybe some bread too. This gives me leeway if I need to pick up any of these items and if anything is left over, then I’ll roll it into next week’s food shop and get some extra store cupboard ingredients.
This week I’ve invested in butter, it will freeze if I don’t want to keep it in the fridge; I used up my butter stores baking for Thursday night so needed to replenish my stock. I also bought some parmesan, which will last a week or three providing I am careful with how it’s stored in the fridge. The wok spices which I discovered a few weeks back in my local supermarket are organic and taste amazing sprinkled on top of a salad or in a stir fry. I’ll get a good few weeks out of this jar. Tea is probably the only item that I buy branded, everything else on this shopping list is own brand. A box will do us for 2 weeks so I don’t need to buy it again for a fortnight.
My store cupboard has plenty of baking materials including eggs, some root vegetables (carrots and potatoes), dried goods including beans and corn, frozen fruit & vegetables, fish chunks and chicken stock.
I’ll vary the breakfasts between porridge, cereal with milk or something with eggs – either pancakes or a simple boiled egg and toast. For lunches, we’ll have crackers and cheese, toasted sandwiches, pasta salad, soup and soda scones.
Dinner Meal Plan
- Roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings
- Omelette with potato wedges and spicy green beans
- Beef Ragu with roasted vegetables and spaghetti
- Chicken Stuffing Bake
- Fishcakes with roasted vegetable sauce
- Turkey Dumpling Broth
- Homemade Baked Beans with mash
Snacks & Treats
The kids love popcorn and it’s really easy to make so we will have that as a healthy snack at least 3 times during the week. As you can see, there was a packet of biscuits in the trolley (thanks hubby) so I’m sure they’ll get eaten at some stage. I have plenty of materials for baking in the house and that means we’ll have scones or a soda bread once or twice, along with some cake or treat to be baked & ultimately end up here on the blog too! There are bananas, raisins and other dried fruit in the cupboard – we all love snacking on these.
I stopped buying crisps and nuts a while back. I am trying really hard to be careful about the amount of salt we eat so they’re now off the shopping list. In saying that if I did buy crisps I know they would disappear in a flash!