Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Grocery shop #1 for October

I could easily have done a grocery shop on Sunday, but that would have been cheating, in the spirit of stocking up for the event.  I didn't want to do that, and so the first shopping has come in at £23.90 - ever so slightly over budget for the week, but we had run out of a lot of things!!

2kg frozen veg (mixed cauliflower, broccoli and carrots) 1.98
335g bunch of fresh broccoli x 2 = 1.50
Grapes = 2.00
2 cauliflowers for 1.00
Bananas 1.00
Potatoes 2.00
Braeburn apples, 2 @ 1.80 = 3.60
Cheddar 2.50
Mushrooms 0.97
Carrots 1.00
Ham 2.00
Assorted other cheese 4.35 (Babybels etc)

I would have taken a photo of this little haul, but we have started eating it already!

The menu plan for the week has looked like this:

Tuesday - Toad in the Hole or plain sausages with veg
Wednesday - spaghetti bolognese with carrots & broccoli on the side
Thursday - Tuna pasta bake with veg
Friday - Slowcooker chicken [for after gym]
Saturday - leftover chicken with vegetable risotto
Sunday - Home made pizza/Haddock and veg

I have the makings of all of this in the house, either in the stores or in the fridge/freezer, so no more shopping is necessary - thank goodness - and I will be making plans to shop alone next week, somehow!


saving for travel said...

Good luck with your using up.

I really like the look of your weekly menu.

What recipe do you use for your tuna pasta bake?

Sft x

Morgan said...

@Sft - it is a use-it-up/bung-it-in kind of recipe, which centres around a can of condensed soup, usually chicken or mushroom (from AF), some pasta and a tin of tuna. Whatever veg is available is also included! Heat everything up, cook the pasta, combine all the ingredients, and serve. Simples, as the meerkat would say!

Gill - That British Woman said...

haven't had toad in the hole in a while, need to make that sometime.


Lesley said...

Sounds like a lovely menu plan. How useful do you find a slow cooker? Is it more fuel efficient than doing a casserole in the oven?

Morgan said...

@Lesley - Yes, my little energy monitor hardly notices that the slow cooker is on, whereas the oven sends it sky high! I pop the chicken in there in the morning, just before 9am usually, along with some powdered stock and water, and maybe a chopped onion, and we have a wonderful aroma in the house all day, as well as the benefit of beautifully moist and tender cooked chicken anytime we want to eat it after about 5pm - and it is fine left longer. The meat just falls apart from the bones and is lovely.

When I do casserole/stew type meals in there, I do find that I have a tendency to put too much water in, so sometimes I remove the portions for that day and boil it up in a saucepan with some cornflour just before serving to thicken it, but that is the work of a minute or two, and I will get it right one day and not need to do that! I can also make dumplings and they cook beautifully in there in the last half hour.

I would definitely recommend a slow cooker to anyone!

Morgan said...

@Gill - Toad in the Hole is a wonderfully cheap and filling meal for growing kids and the FH. The EFG just has the sausages, and I can't eat it anyway because of the flour and milk in the batter, but it is a definite favourite here with those who can eat it, and with a couple of little friends of the YFG who come to tea regularly - they often ask for it if given a choice!