archers, very kind of you to say so
Today hasn't begun quite as I had planned - there is a free class running for 6 weeks that I had hoped to attend (2nd one) but between son calling me late last night, which meant I was more tired than usual + the unfriendly weather outside, it was just too, too easy to roll over and grab a bit longer under the duvet But, (there's always a 'but', isn't there? ) I *did* end up going out last night for a brisk and lively walk which will counterbalance the walk I would have had this morning. As for missing the class, I can practise at home and it has saved me the expense of parking fees, which at £3 a time is a worthy saving, I think.
It has opened a window of opportunity too. Because I'm at home, I am putting the bonus time to good use. I have a free recipe software programme called "Big Oven" (US based but easily used for UK purposes). I first came across it a good number of years ago and at that time it was a paid for program, but, the company now offer it free and over a good range of platforms too. I think this is going to be a great help in a) storing SW recipes, b) drawing up a meal plan from those recipes and c) garnering a shopping list from that too. So, this is how I have spent the past couple of hours:-
- created an excel spreadsheet for the SW "Budget Menu" with suggested (ASDA) shopping list
- reviewed which 'suggestions' will meet both *my* needs and DH's fussiness :giggle;
Now, I notice on that particular "menu" plan there are 2 mince meals (Days 1 & 4); so, to make the menu more flexible I have searched the recipe database on the SW website, created a search for "minced beef" and patiently sifted through all the recipes to find the ones both of us would actually eat and enjoy
- created a "SW" recipe box within the software
- inputted 13 mince meals into the recipe file
- created a menu plan using those meals for Days 1 & 4 of each week (only days 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 to go )
The next step is going to be:-
- cook up a "Basic Mince" recipe
- Freeze in portions
The basic mince recipe will be used (defrosted) to make several of the dishes (e.g. Bolognese, cottage pie, lasagne, chilli, Hash) ; the next mince purchase (next week) will be frozen in portion sizes for those recipes which can only be made from fresh mince e.g. meatloaf, meatballs, burgers: there are 5 different 'burger' recipes! I've always made my own burgers so these will be pivotal in our meal plans.
* Going through the recipes has also inspired me for Saturday's main meal: I had some leftover pasta and Bolognese sauce from yesterday's dinner.
DH was going to gobble it up when he got back from the gym (yes, all to himself
) *but* there is a lovely recipe for Pasta Bake
in the SW database.
I didn't have quite enough of the sauce left to make the bake, but, I did have some leftover baked beans in the fridge (about half a tin) so I've added that to the pasta sauce, mixed in the cold pasta, covered it in foil and returned it to the fridge for tomorrow's meal.
All I need to do when I get home from work will be pop it in the oven, heat through, top with a little cheese and serve with salad
I also notice that particular plan has 2 turkey meals (Days 2 & 7 ) - yummy! - However, going over my receipt, I now see that turkey fillets are not so economical (certainly not enough to be called "Budget"!) when I can buy, as an alternative and for less, a whole chicken and cut it into portions myself. Next search will focus on poultry meals
Eggs are a free food here, not just on the Extra Easy, but because I keep chickens and ducks; carpe diem MrsSOS!! So, I also need to do a search for meals with eggs.
It is a bit time consuming, but, I'm in no hurry and I'd rather take my time and get it all right than not bother and find I'm struggling to stick with a plan.
B: Bran Flakes (HexB) with milk (HexA) + banana
L: Speedy quiche (made yesterday) with salad (DH) roasted veg (me) + FF yogurt
D: SW Cooked breakfast + Apple Betty for dessert (made yesterday)
That should keep me out of mischief for a while
An evening walk with my dog