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WEEKLY FOOD SHOP & MEAL PLAN #2


As usual I had our Tesco delivery on Sunday afternoon so I thought I would film a little grocery haul. I love watching these type of vlogs to get some inspiration for meals and finding out new products that I didn't know existed. I tend to always do my food shop with Tesco online purely just for convenience however I often pop into ASDA too if we run out of bits and bobs as it's just 5 minutes down the road from us. I'm thinking of trying Waitrose soon too and perhaps Lidl or Aldi as these are the only other supermarkets local to us so do let me know if you find these better quality or cheaper.

Here's my meal plan for this week(I decide what we'll have on the day as I usually change my mind depending on what I feel like eating)

Chicken casserole (will use half of the packet of chicken)

Thai Chicken Curry with rice (using the other half of the packet of chicken)

Prawn carbonara with garlic bread

Duck in plum sauce with sweet potato mash & pak choi

Homemade pizza (or shop bought if I'm feeling lazy) and wedges

Takeaway 2 nights of the week

For lunches I will usually have a panini or jacket potato.

What are you eating this week?

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78 comments

  1. Great post. You should definitely try Aldi, they're a lot cheaper for the same (if not better sometimes) quality products as you'd find in other supermarkets. You probably won't find everything you need there so you'd still have to go to another supermarket for a few things but it's worth it! I switched from Asda to Aldi a couple of months ago and haven't looked back! P.S. wish we could have 2 take-out's a week haha!

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    1. Thanks Jessica. Everyone keeps telling me that they are cheaper. It's just the hassle of having to go to two places as can't get everything there. Haha I used to have 3-4 but i've cut down x

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  2. Great post! Hope you don't mind me piching some of your menu ideas! They sound lovely!

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    1. Thanks Tracy, of course not! I'm always looking for new food ideas so help yourself :) x

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  3. Your week of food sounds yummy! My partners away so I'll be eating a bowl of pasta every night I'm sure!

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    1. Aww, mines never here as he works apart from the 2 takeaway nights so I have to cook for myself. I can never usually be bothered but I'm trying to get back into it x

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  4. Loved watching your grocery haul video. I'd love to see more videos from you :) x

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    1. Thank you Alex, I'm hoping to do a few every now and again x

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  5. Your meal plan sounds lovely, I do love a homemade pizza but we get a shop one every so often as a treat :) x

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  6. Hi, your meal plan looks great, I also too may steal a couple of meal ideas if that is ok! I need some food inspiration, there is only some many times you can have the same meals weekly!! x

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    1. Of course! Ha I know how you feel. I find browsing Pinterest usually gives me some ideas though :) x

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  7. Love these posts. I like to be nosy. I still can't believe you have take away twice a week, I wish we could but then i'd probably be the size of a house x

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    1. Haha! I didn't think 2 was bad? I used to have 4-5 a week (hides face in shame). x

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  8. We haven't cooked at all this week as we have all had a sickness bug but tonight I will be cooking, just don't know what yet :)

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  9. Great post! (I did write a reply but google kicked me out so not sure if it worked) I find meal planning can help with the shopping! Although I have a fussy other half who will get in and say he is not in the mood for what I had planned to cook xxx

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    1. Thank you Chrissie. I wish I had started meal planning sooner. I did it a couple of times last year but never stuck with it xx

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  10. Nice meal plan - thanks for giving me some ideas.

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  11. I might have to take inspiration from your meal plans!

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  12. always interesting to see what other people purchase!

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  13. Always a good idea to be flexible with your menu - ie We would put something like "Chicken breast, salad and some sort of potato" so we can adapt to how hungry we are, and what the weather's like!

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  14. The Duck in plum sauce with sweet potato mash & pak choi sounds tasty!

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    1. It definitely was! One of my favourites :)

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  15. Also keep you're shopping list slightly flexible in case the supermarket has a good offer on an alternaive to something you were going to cook!

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  16. I always compare prices to size/ weight of item, this week it was cheaper to buy 2 individual packs of biscuits rather than their "special price" double pack!

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  17. I do a food menu each week as I have 6 adults to feed! (My kids are all grown up!) It gets hectic if I dont plan :)

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  18. kayleigh watkins28 March 2015 at 17:55

    my partner has suffered severe toothache all week so hasn't eaten a proper meal and when he doesn't eat I don't see the point of cooking just for myself so snack all then cook my children meals, cant wait til his mouth is healed as he had to have the tooth removed, being fancying spag bol, ive also recently started using aldi and haven't looked back I use Iceland for freezer bits and aldi for fruit veg and cupboard bits, also fridge goods xxx

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  19. I'm a bit like you, I buy the slightly larger meat packs and split them into two days. Mince Beef = Spag Bol & Chilli, Chicken = Stirfry & Fajitas, always roast chicken dinner on a Sunday which will make stock and either soup or casserole and usually takeaway night on a Saturday :)

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  20. To further save on the shopping bill, we "bulk out" a few meals by adding mushrooms! Works very well in chilli!

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    1. Thats a great idea! Perhaps I could do that with other vegetables?

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    2. Probably could - We buy the cheap "value" mushrooms, peel and chop up in the chilli - doesn't affect the taste of the meal, but gives it a different texture!

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  21. Im a little bit of an organise freak I write down what options we have for 7 days and hubby chooses before we go to work.

    Options this week Beef baguettes (beef in slow cooker before we go to work)
    fish pie
    pizza chips beans
    roast dinner
    pasta bake
    chicken burgers with jackets and salad
    honey mustard chicken.

    Lunches are provided at my sons school as hes in reception and its free here.
    My daughter has sandwiches/crackers/wraps
    I tend to take jackets or rice/pasta salad
    the hubby eats whatever he likes as he never puts weight on xx

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  22. I'm always interested to see what others buy. I never EVER plan. I really should start!

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    1. I never used to but having recently started it I find im not wasting as much food and tempted to get takeaways. I would eat takeaways 4-5 nights a week and most of my food would end up in the bin. xx

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  23. another week has come around and another weeks meal planning! we seem to eat the same things on the same days!

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  24. I love nosying at other people's shopping!

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  25. Great post, I love hearing about other people eating habits, makes me want to eat better and cook something!

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  26. I do the same and try to think of ingredients that can be used for more then one meal, so I get a chicken every week and use the majority of it in a curry and then the leftovers in a pasta bake for the following day. I'm always looking for inspiration in other peoples meal planning as I'm not particularly adventurous myself.

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  27. Elizabeth Hinds31 March 2015 at 22:31

    This is brill! I feel like our usual weekly teas have become so predictable and samey - thank you for the inspiration! X

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  28. Can I come and live with you? Your menu for the week looks a lot more appealing than mine!

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  29. We've had a whole month of having no takeaways at all - can't believe how much we've saved! Anyway, we'll be treating ourselves to a pay day takeaway .... once we've argued over what we'll be having! The rest of the week we seem to have a pretty samey menu usually involving some pasta or potatoes, meat and veggies. We need to branch out more and be a little more adventurous but I guess everyone needs to start somewhere x

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  30. Thanks, some good ideas there, I find it so hard thinking of something to cook each day, that everyone will like.

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  31. I seem to spend more on household non-food items than anything to actually eat, kitchen roll, washing powder, loo roll etc! my groceries would be a lot cheaper each week without all that!

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  32. I wish I was a s organised as you! I have a house where one child likes one thing and the other one doesn't, luckily though I have a husband that will eat pretty much anything!

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  33. Oooh two takeaways a week, how exciting! I'm lucky if I get one!

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  34. Wraps with chilli, nachos tomorrow :)

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  35. Some great ideas, Thank you.

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  36. Always check the "price per unit" on those so-called special offers before you are tempted to change your menu!

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  37. Leaving one day a week off your menu planning as a "make do with what's left" day, further reduces any wasted food being thrown away! If there's not much left, then we have a tinned meal (beans, soup etc)

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  38. takeaways means putting on weight and not healthy

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  39. Another tip, from my wife. She says she never walks down supermarket isles that she doesn't need to walk down, so she's not tempted by cakes, biscuits, crisps etc...

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  40. Tonight hubby is cooking a Quorn 'chicken' Tikka Masala and tomorrow we will have sunday roast at my parents. That's as far ahead as I plan! Love seeing other peoples meal plans for inspiration though :)

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  41. as far as I know most of the supermarkets are only closed on Easter Sunday, you would think the shops are closing for a month looking at the queues of traffic waiting to get in our local supermarkets! I was going past as I was just getting petrol and I saved some money by using my fuel points!

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  42. I really need to plan my meals more! That's my downfall and so I end up getting takeaways too often. I love watching food shopping hauls though.

    Emily//Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  43. Great post - especially love the sound of the prawn carbonara - never tried that before, going to have to now!

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  44. By menu planning, I think we've had about one takeaway meal per year for as long as I can remember, and that's usually when we are both feeling unwell!

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  45. i will popping to the supermarket tomorrow for some top-up items before my weekly delivery, but I will stick to a list and not be enticed into buying reduced easter eggs!

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  46. I saw a great tip for ASDA shoppers - pick up receipts that people drop and put them through the Asda Price Guarantee - this person said they ended up with £5 to £10 of vouchers every week! Not sure how sort of legal that is though.....

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  47. I must admit that recently I seem to have done ok on the Price Match at Tesco, for the past 2 months I have been given back between £2 - £5 odd how if was an overcharge how getting it back later seems a gain!

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    1. just got another £2.77 back this morning!

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  48. Hi luckily I work at Nandos so only make myself something a few times a week, I loce how much variety of food you have! My usual meals include jacket potatoes, and pasta with home made pasta sauce. Loce your ideas, but will be cooking for two soon enough cause my baby is due september so can imagine my shopping experience will be similar to yours!

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  49. After a while, menu planning becomes difficult. So keep a list of meals you make for inspiration, because there's always two or three you haven't made for a while that you will forget about. (Or is that us getting old? lol)

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  50. I am not too organised to plan however I know I will make lasagne one day and marinated chicken with roast potatoes and veg another. I usually have soup for lunch with a slice of bread.

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  51. I now do the same as you and work out a meal plan and then buyaccordingly, it means i don't buy and waste so much

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  52. also, when items are on offer I buy several to put aside, coffee is always something I am on the look out for, we get through lots of it and it is very expensive, have never found a supermarket own brand cheaper coffee that we have liked, so always have to pay £5-£6 for a 200 gram branded jar that doesn't last a week!

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  53. Sounds like such a lovely meal plan, I'll definitely be stealing some of your ideas

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  54. I like your meal plan and it shouldn't be too much work or too expensive either (depending on the price of the takeaways!).

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  55. we always plan meals to a degree. I wonder how many people don't plan at all and have no idea in advance what they will be eating later?

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  56. I am so disorganised, my first thought ever morning is what can I make for dinner!!! My repertoire is pretty repetitive, I wish I could change my ways and plan in advance, it would make life so much simpler :)

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  57. we are very much into routines, the groceries are always delivered on the same day and we have the same meals on the same day, not very adventurous, but it does avoid food wastage.

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  58. Your shopping looks yummy! I have switched to Aldi being my main shop now as I save so much money (even over sainsburys own brand) and it is so much better quality, I won't be switching back, although I do still stick to main brand for some items (washing liquid, fabric conditioner and my daughters Dairy free products)

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  59. we don't have an Aldi near us, I would check it out if we did, we don't have a Morrisons either

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  60. I'm completely OCD about the weekly food shop and plan it down to last ingredient. I do like to mix it up though as it can be a bit boring.

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  61. Thanks for sharing - I love all the planning, you're just like me.

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  62. I've never written down a meal plan but I always have a rough idea how the week's eating is going to go.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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