It’s time for me to construct the family weekly meal plan and as social media would lead me to believe, today is blue Monday.

First thing this morning the boiler was as dead as a dodo. PANIC. After a few minutes of both Mr Vista and I standing there, pressing buttons and scratching our heads we realised something vital… the washing powder box had the pressed the boiler switch on the wall to off.


We may be dummies but the point that I’m making is this: things aren’t always as bad as they first seem. When faced with certain peril, stop. Take a deep breath and like the kids of ‘Bear Hunt’ figure out a way to go through it. There is always a way – sometime it is as simple as turning the switch to on.

It’s blue Monday. It’s wet. The toddler has a snotty nose and we’re skint. But I will SMILE. We have a lot to be grateful for.


This week is going to be a challenge (and next week is going to be really interesting but we have Burns night and Chinese New Year to look forward to). We don’t have a huge amount of cash available due to a slight hiccup with our MEP (Monthly Expenses Plan) in that we forgot to budget for food or fuel for the car in January (read above ^^ we are total dummies!), which meant us starting the year in a £300 deficit.

We’re going to be cheap, cheerful and syn free on Slimming World this week as much as possible. We might struggle with speed foods (berries, melon, fresh leafy greens, salad) due to cost – but that just means my Christmas belly will come off a little slower than planned.


Breakfast – Arla Skyr yogurt (4.5 syns for a large pot and well worth it for its tummy filling properties) with honey and x2 hi fi bars.
Lunch – Home made vegetable soup made with stock and left over veg from yesterdays roast dinner.
Tea – Bisketti (Spaghetti to you and I) has been requested by the small person. We’ll have this with pasatta, mushrooms and yellow peppers. I’ll put out the left over pork from yesterdays roast too.


Breakfast – Overnight oats with whatever speed fruit is on offer in Tesco this morning. It is most likely going to be grated apples.
Lunch – More veggie soup.
Tea – Unplanned as my Dad provides our Tea on a Tuesday night.


Breakfast – Bran flakes with Whitworths Shot and semi skimmed milk.
Lunch – Heck chicken Italia sausage with pea pasta, roasted peppers and onions.
Tea – Unplanned as my Mum in law provides tea on a Wednesday night.


Breakfast – Chocolate porridge (Oats, milk and one sachet of options hot chocolate).
Lunch – Home made savoury rice with frozen mixed veggies.
Tea – Braising steak with onions, carrots and lentils.



Breakfast – Boiled eggs on toast.
Lunch – Sweet potato jacket (frozen from Tesco) with cheese and beans.
Tea – Pork ribs in BBQ sauce with rice and fried onions.


Breakfast – Bran flakes with a Whitworths Shot and semi skimmed milk.
Lunch – Vegetable soup (frozen from Monday) served with carrot sticks and pickles.
Tea – Slimming world Cheese Macaroni Pasta.


Breakfast – Chocolate porridge.
Lunch – Cheese, pickles and crackers with cup a soup.
Tea – Roast chicken with slimming world chips and frozen veg.

Snacks for this week will include: Monkey nuts, popcorn, apples, oranges and bananas. The little one almost always demands fig biscuits.


This meal plan has made my shopping list relatively short (and cheap) as we’re using up a lot of what we already have in. The milk man comes twice per week with 2 litres at a time and we have a good stock of UHT just in case. I invested in a large case of bottled water in December and there is still plenty left for me to take to the gym… I must invest in a re-usable bottle this year.

We also have some gluten-free donuts left over from Christmas *Fist Pump* we’ll have those tonight after our tea. All of the above will be made using gluten-free ingredients due to Mr Vista’s intolerance to wheat.

I’m hoping that the cat can feast on any meat scraps we have this week in order to treat him and save money on cat food. We have masses of cat biscuits so he’ll be fine. This will make up for the none food items taking up our none existent shopping budget this week. We need calpol (which I refuse to get on care of the chemist), batteries and cat litter.

What are you eating this week? Thanks for reading: MEAL PLANNING MONDAY: W/C 16/1/2017



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