Frugal February week 4

Where has this month gone? I can’t believe it has flown by so fast and we’re in our last week of Frugal February. This week is going to be slightly different, as the hubby and I are going away for a couple of nights by ourselves, the first time since before our daughter was born. In fact it’s going to be the first time in her (almost) four years of life that we’ve ever left her overnight with anyone! Some friends of ours from church very kindly bought us a couple of nights away as a Christmas present. We’re so blessed! We’re all very excited, as are my parents who are driving five and a half hours to babysit for us! Anyhow, I only need to plan two meals this week as a result:

Monday: Throw it all in veggie mac & cheese. Using up veggies left in the fridge, a simple homemade cheese sauce and crispy breadcrumb topping.
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Tuesday: Roasted veg and salmon tray bake. Using half a side of salmon we have in the freezer and veggies already in the fridge.
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Wednesday & Thursday we’re away.

Friday: Kubbah hammute. I made extra and froze them last time I made them, so mum is going to make the soup and poach them for when we arrive home.

You might notice I haven’t put any prices on, the reason being I haven’t actually had to buy anything, so actually in one sense this is an extra frugal week, although no doubt hubby and I will enjoy a couple of meals out while we’re away.

What will you be eating this week?

Frugal February. Week 2.

Welcome to the second week of frugal yet satisfying, (mostly) home made meals. If you missed last week, you can have a look here. Otherwise, here is our menu this week (please note all costings are approximate, and I haven’t accounted for things we’ve already got in the cupboards):

Monday: slow cooker vegetable curry, rice & naan using vegetables we still have in the fridge. £2.60. I loosely followed this recipe although I left out the Coconut milk as I didn’t think it needed it, cut back on the curry powder for Phoebe’s sake, and added in yellow pepper, courgette, frozen spinach and half a carton of passata instead of fresh tomatoes, oh and of course a couple of dashes of lemon juice. Oooh, and I used white kidney beans because I’d run out of chickpeas. It was lovely.
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Tuesday: Assyrian macaroni using quorn mince. £2.80
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Wednesday: Vegetable bake. £3.50
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Phoebe was especially excited about tonight's dinner and polished it off in about five minutes!


Thursday: Sweet & sour prawns, stir fried veg and rice. £4.00
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Friday: Cheat (aka shop bought) pizza for the hubby & little one as I’m out at a local charity fundraiser. £3.50
Saturday: Valentine’s Day… I’m hoping my DH will give me the evening off!
Sunday: Good old Sunday roast with all the trimmings. I’ll see what offers there are on meat at the supermarket tomorrow.

What’s on your menu this week?

Frugal February. Week 1

For us self-employed types, the deadline for paying our tax bills was yesterday. Ouch. Don’t panic America, I’m writing from the UK. Anyway, January 31st equals a very frugal February for us, so I thought share my plans for our main meals trying to keep them relatively low cost.

Obviously, all costings are approximate, and I haven’t included things like seasonings, home grown herbs, condiments or eggs laid by our own hens. So, here goes, this is what we’ll be feasting on this week. The amounts are per entire meal, rather than price per portion.

Monday: Vegetarian chilli & rice £3.04
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Tuesday: BBQ beans using the left over chilli as a base, with ciabatta. Find the recipes here. £1.46
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Wednesday: Roasted vegetable and red pesto pasta. £3.17
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Thursday: Spinach and Salmon frittata with greens. £3.30
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Phoebe was especially excited about tonight's dinner!

Friday: Our weekly curry night. This week prawn balti. £3.61
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Saturday: Steak fajitas with guacamole (quorn version for hubby). £5.70
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Sunday: Vegetarian toad in the hole with vegetables. £2.14… Unfortunately after a hectic day of church then hosting a Contact the Elderly tea party I was too tired to cook, so we had a cheat tea of sausage butties instead!
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That comes to a grand total of £22.42, or on average £3.20 per day, or £1.07 per portion for the three of us. Happy days!  What’s on your menu plan this week? I’d love to know so do leave a comment below. You might inspire me for next week.