Time saving freezer packed lunches – Weekly Meal Plan – October 19th

This month has gone by so quickly. My month’s run from 25th until 24th around pay day, just how I’ve always done it. I did the fair size grocery haul last pay day and except for milk, yoghurts and a few fresh items we fancied (didn’t need, just wanted), we’ve not needed anything else.

I am really pleased with how well freezing the kids’ packed lunches has worked out. The ham brioche are not in the slightest bit soggy, the cheese is perfect and the yoghurts lovely and chilled by lunch time. We grab them out of the freezer on a morning, they defrost during the day and are perfect to eat when their lunch time comes round. They take up a bit of space in the freezer so I guess you have to prioritise, for me this is such a time saver each day (mentally too!) that it’s a no brainer.

We also have a full freezer of pork in all it’s forms now so you will see that featuring more and more heavily in the meal plans each week. Here’s what I am planning for this coming week.

Monday:  Home reared pork chops, mushroom gravy and seasonal veg from the garden.

Tuesday:  Left over chicken curry (from Sunday’s roast), rice and naan bread.

Wednesday: Soup and pudding night (see options below) 

Thursday:  Corned beef stew, mash and mushy peas.

Friday: Shredded ham and roast potatoes with green salad

Saturday:  Lasagne (homemade from freezer), chips and left over salad

Sunday:  Home reared diced pork and apple one pot.

Breakfasts:  Oat based (porridge, pancakes, cold oats), egg based (dippy, scrambled or omelette) or cereal. Weekends are English breakfast, pancakes or eggs on toast.

SOTW: Chicken and noodle soup or pea soup.

POTW: Chocolate sponge and custard

Snacks:  Mini frittatas, hummus and peppers, home made scotch eggs (using quail eggs)

Please do let me know if you try any of these recipes or meal ideas, or if you would like to know more on how I manage my meals and planning.

If you are interested in seeing what we grow here on the smallholding, feel free to join in the fun on our Instagram or Facebook smallholding pages. We also dabble in YouTube which is rather amusing! Not the content, just that we don’t know what we are doing with it yet!

Happy new week everyone, Tracy x

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