Monday, 21 May 2012

Meal Planning Monday - 21/5/12

This weeks meal plan is pretty basic, you'll probably recognise most of the meals as I've made them a lot recently. I might be in a little bit of cooking rut but we like what we are eating so... Who cares!

This weeks shopping came to £36 in total, including cat food, cleaning products, and things for lunch and snacks. I didn't buy a lot of fruit or veg so may pop to Grainger Market this week to grab a few bits, much fresher than the supermarket fayre.

This week I have experimented with down-shifting, swapping my usual brand names with supermarket own brand. Tesco has a new "everyday value" range which I wanted to try out and see if we could save some pennies.

Here is my meal plan;

Monday:
Beef stew.
I'll pop this in the slow cooker ready on Sunday night, lets hope I remember to turn it on this week!

Tuesday:
Pasta Bake
I have a few cooked meatballs, some smoked sausage and chorizo in the fridge, so will throw them in.

Wednesday:
Garlic chicken with homemade wedges
Roasted chicken legs and thighs with homemade oven baked potato wedges, might make the wedges sweet potato.

Thursday:
Chilli and Brown Rice.
A simple beef chilli with nice nutty brown rice, will make enough for leftovers too.

Friday:
Chicken Kievs with mash potato and leek and cabbage.
Just tesco value chicken kievs (trying to see how they are) with a simple mash potatoe and some cabbage and leeks.

I have to say I am massively impressed by this range, My favourite things that I bought were the mozzarella (44p), diet lemonade (17p), orange juice (62p) and the margarine spread (1.69). I honestly couldn't tell they were "supermarket own brand".

Tesco are not the only supermarket relaunching their own brand, I have seem that Morrissons is also getting in on the act. I might try to get a few products from there to compare.

Would you be interested in a full review of these basic ranges? Maybe with tips on how to make the most of them in recipes?

I bought these items myself, the opinions are my own, I was not paid in any way for this post

2 comments:

  1. A VERY innovative plan Nelly! Well Done! OH yes, I am now coming to blog camp in London, was on the waiting list and now have a ticket!

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  2. Lovely plan - I really like the rebranding of the value pack. We get a lot of Sainsbury's own and don't notice a difference.
    Enjoy your meals!

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