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Meal planner – A whole month of dinner ideas and recipes

I have always been a firm believer in meal planners, they save money and also allow me to plan healthy meals. I have always planned my meals over a week, but someone suggested doing it for a whole month. It took me about an hour to plan everything for the month, but it was well worth it. On John’s pay day I bought all of our meat for the month and froze it, which allowed me to take advantage of the meat offers that so many shops have such as 3 for £10 or half price items such as a whole Salmon for £8 from Ocado.

Anyway, I thought I would share our meal planner with you. We don’t eat meat everyday, but on the days we don’t we will always get our protein from elsewhere such as eggs, cheese or pulses so this is worth bearing in mind. Also, a lot of these recipes include wine, but I would always just top up with stock. Hope you find it useful 🙂

Week 1

Monday: Lentil Shepherds Pie (Looks a bit weird, but honestly it’s delicious!)
Tuesday: Beef Stew x2 (will freeze one for later date)
Wednesday: Bean enchiladas
Thursday: Hot dogs – I love the Helen Browning Organic Hot Dogs from Ocado.
Friday: Tuna pasta bake
Saturday: Homemade pizza – I use the pizza dough setting on my bread maker but here’s a good recipe.
Sunday: Roast chicken dinner (buy a larger chicken than you need so you have some leftovers)

Week 2

Monday: (leftover) chicken and ham pie
Tuesday: Salmon & pasta
Wednesday: Butternut squash curry
Thursday: Eggs and beans on toast!
Friday: Spaghetti bolognese x2 (freeze one for later date)
Saturday: Fish and chip takeaway
Sunday: Beef stew

Week 3

Monday: Pasta & pesto
Tuesday: Sausage casserole
Wednesday: Tomato & herb chicken pasta bake
Thursday: homemade pizzas
Friday: Spaghetti bolognese
Saturday: Cheesy bean burgers and salad
Sunday: Vegetable lasagne

Week 4

Monday: Meatballs
Tuesday: Mediterranean vegetables with tomato sauce & pasta
Wednesday: Chicken stir fry
Thursday: Toad in the hole
Friday: Fish fingers and chips
Saturday: Chilli
Sunday: Roast chicken dinner

Happy eating!