Meal Planning Monday – hello New Year!

About now is the time to think whether or not meal planning has made a difference to life…well I’m thinking about it cos I didn’t join in last week (still did a vague plan for shopping purposes), and I can say that YES it definitely has. Not that any of you guys reading need telling that. We had people staying with us, so it felt more complicated to try and do a set plan. As a result, I was a bit stressed and even now am unsure of what we actually have in the fridge/freezer/cupboards that needs using…



There’s some chicken in the fridge, and I really fancy a chicken pasta bake…


Sausages and mash with baked beans or gravy.


If we make it to Aldi/Lidl on Tuesday, it’ll hopefully be roast veg with couscous. If not – a freezer surprise!


Satay Chilli Chicken – a Lorraine Pascale recipe, chicken on kebab sticks with a peanut buttery dip.


We’re babysitting our nephews and niece (excited, but also HELP), so will be staying with my brother-in-law…then Saturday we’ll be cooking for the kids…they’re 6, 4 and nearly 2 – any meal ideas for little ones?!


Tea at church 🙂

There we go, hopefully we’ll be sticking to the plan and some yummy food will be eaten. I foresee a large amount of chocolate and cake also being eaten – gotta get through those Christmas treats some time…!

I’m linking up with At Home With Mrs M, head on over for more meal planning love 🙂


22 thoughts on “Meal Planning Monday – hello New Year!

  1. Kate

    Freezer surprise is a favourite in this house too. My little ones are pretty unadventurous – they like fish fingers, chicken nuggets, pasta, pizza, jacket potatoes, toad in the hole and Sunday roasts. Most other cooked meals are a bit hit and miss! Usually go down the fishfinger or bolognese route when feeding other people’s children.

  2. fitfan82

    Kids love chicken nuggets and slimming world have a great recipe, kids think they are getting their fave and the adults remain healthy !! Win win 😃😃 maybe do them with the slimming world chips 😉

    1. Alice W Post author

      Ooh of course…we’ve done homemade ones a few times, they are yummy. Maybe we could treat them on Sunday lunchtime :p Ooh I’d love that post – thank you so much (replying to what I think are both lovely posts from you?)! Don’t worry though if life is too busy xx

    1. Alice W Post author

      I’ll let you know once we’ve tried it, the recipe looks pretty simple though…if it goes well I’ll do a post on it 🙂 xx

  3. Alex Telford

    My son’s favourites are toad in the hole or fish pie. Thinking of the chicken nugget option, there is a lovely version you coat with crushed cornflakes instead of breadcrumbs – very tasty, then I’d do home made potato wedges and peas and sweet corn – might actually add to my meal plan next week. Satay chicken sounds lovely.

    1. Alice W Post author

      Depends what we’ve got in there…we had a couple of helpings of chicken noodle soup which was great, sadly that’s all gone now. We’ll see what Wednesday brings…! Spontaneous fish ‘n’ chips though, always a bonus 😀 xx

  4. Lisa Dick

    Yes, I had a night of “freezer surprise” this week too! (although I didn’t plan for it) It’s a great thing to have something hidden away in the freezer for those busy nights. BTW I love the name of your blog! Sometimes, toast for tea is just the thing, isn’t it?

    1. Alice W Post author

      Isn’t it just?! Haven’t had it for a while, very tempted to do so though! Hope you enjoyed your ‘freezer surprise’ 😀 Xx


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