Food Shop & Meal Plan 03.07.17

Hi guys,

As promised, here is my food shop and meal plan for the upcoming week. If you read my update post, you’ll know that I’m preparing myself for a sharp drop in income so I will be curbing my spending and eating more at home.

To prepare for my food shop, I went online to both Asda (as my flatmate has 10% discount) and Aldi (where I live, they are around the corner from each other and only a 5 minute drive from me) to see what special offers there were on meat and vegetables. I then decided which meats I wanted to use and compared them to each other to make sure I was getting the best price. My aim for the shop was £25.

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Frozen items: mixed shredded cabbage (£1) and broccoli & cauliflower (£1.25) from Asda

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Meat: a kilo of chicken drumsticks (£1.89), smoked gammon joint (£2.65) and a half leg of lamb (£7.76) from Aldi

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Fresh items: Charlotte potatoes (95p), 4 baking potatoes (85p), a watermelon (£1.99) from Aldi and semi skimmed milk (75p), 1kg carrots (45p), celery (55p), strawberries (£1) and courgettes (95p) from Asda

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Cupboard items: sugar free tropical blast drink (42p), diet lemonade (19p) from Aldi and mint sauce (83p), bread flour (79p) and mini wraps (75p) from Asda.

In total, I spent £16.68 at Aldi and £7.49 (after discount) at Asda, giving me a grand total of £24.17. I had also planned to get some cherries from Aldi but they were sold out. I still have some avocados, a couple of carrots & potatoes, some smoked salmon, cherry tomatoes from last week’s shop so they will be used up in the next couple of days. I could have been even more under target if I didn’t choose lamb but I have a bad roast dinner craving and I can use the leftovers in sandwiches and whatnot in the week. I can pick up some eggs and rice for free so I will probably top up these at some point too.

Meal Plan

I no longer assign meals to days as I’ve found I’m less likely to follow the meal plan if it’s too rigid! Therefore, breakfasts on my list consist of avocado toast with eggs and tomatoes, granola/cereal with milk or beans on toast with a veggie.

Lunches and dinners will be a mix of: gammon and vegetable soup, gammon steak with potatoes & vegetables, roast chicken dinner, roast lamb dinner, lamb/chicken sandwiches, lamb/chicken stir fry with rice.

So, until next time.. x

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Food Shop – Asda – 01.02.16

Hi guys,

As promised (albeit a little late! Sorry!) here’s my food shop. Went a little off the shopping list and got a few bits which added up.. Ah well. I was running on no sleep and absolutely starving!

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Fresh items: Cathedral City lighter, honey roast ham, jalapeño humous, unsmoked lean diced bacon, continental meat selection, smoked salmon (not pictured) and semi skimmed milk.

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Dry items: chicken stock pots, worcestershire sauce, light sandwich speed, Red’s BBQ rub, lean corned beef, garlic granules, 9pk wholemeal sandwich thins, pickled onions and pickled beetroot.

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Vegetables: carrots, new potatoes, mushrooms, sprouts and frozen peas (not pictured).

I’ve subsequently lost the receipt (this is what happens when you have no sleep and put things away for “safe keeping”) but my total was just a smidge over £28.

Until next time.. x

Grocery Shop – 20.01.16

Hi guys,

As promised, here is my grocery shop for the week. I still have some bits and pieces from the week before so it isn’t a great massive shop.

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Dry things: Tilda wholegrain basmati & quinoa microwave rice, Tilda wholegrain basmati microwave rice, Tetley tropical green tea, Tetley mango and passion fruit green tea, Ryvita Mediterranean herb crisp bread and Asda’s milk chocolate rice cake thins.

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Fresh things: cherry tomatoes, Laughing Cow light triangles, blueberries, bananas, strawberries, 2x mini fruit platter.

Total: £15.97 – not too bad. I was in and out of Asda within 15-20 minutes which is quite rare for me! I’ll be posting my meal plan in the next couple of days – I’m having a horrible time remembering to take photos of my food so there won’t be a food round up quite yet!

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan – Tues – Mon (20th – 26th Jan), Costco Shop (20th Jan) & Weigh In Monday

Hi guys,

As promised here is a summary post of all that I’ve missed the past few days.

Meal Plan – Tuesday – EE

Breakfast: Granola (HEB) with 250ml semi-skimmed milk (HEA) with strawberries (s) and bananas
Lunch: Pea (p) and gammon (p) soup with clementines (s)
College: jacket potato with tuna (p) in light mayo and coleslaw (s) in light mayo (6 syns)
Dinner: slow cooker roast chicken (p) with roast potatoes and roast carrots (s)

Wednesday – SP

Breakfast: Granola (HEB) with 250ml semi-skimmed milk (HEA) with clementines (s)
Lunch: Pea (p) and gammon (p) soup with celery (s) and 2 tbsp houmous (5 syns)
Dinner: slow cooker chicken (p) stew/soup with celery (s), mushrooms (s), leeks (s), onions (s) with a wholemeal bap (HEB)

Thursday – EE

Breakfast: spinach (s) and mushroom (s) omelet (p)
Lunch: slow cooker chicken (p) stew/soup with celery (s), mushrooms (s), leeks (s), onions (s)
College: jacket potato with cheese (HEA) and baked beans (p)
Dinner: miso soup noodles (0.5 syn) with mushrooms (s), beansprouts (s) and a fried egg (p)

Friday – SP

Breakfast: Granola (HEB) with 250ml semi-skimmed milk (HEA) with pear (s), ham (p) and cucumber (s)
Lunch: Pea (p) and gammon (p) soup with celery (s) and 2 tbsp houmous (5 syns)
Dinner: slow cooker chicken (p) stew/soup with celery (s), mushrooms (s), leeks (s), onions (s)

Saturday – EE

Breakfast: Granola (HEB) with 250ml semi-skimmed milk (HEA) with banana and clementines (s)
Lunch: rice with black bean salmon (p) with garlic fried broccoli (s)
Dinner: miso soup noodles (0.5 syn) with mushrooms (s), beansprouts (s) and pan fried scallops (p)

Sunday – SP
Breakfast: mushroom (s) omelet (p)
Lunch: slow cooker chicken (p) stew/soup with celery (s), mushrooms (s), leeks (s), onions (s) with a wholemeal bap (HEB)
Dinner: beef stew (p) with carrots (s), mushrooms (s), celery (s) and a wholemeal bap (HEB)

Monday – SP
Breakfast: Granola (HEB) with 250ml semi-skimmed milk (HEA) with pear (s) and clementine (s)
Lunch: Poached eggs (p) on toast (HEB) with mushrooms (s) and bacon (p)
Dinner: beef stew (p) with carrots (s), mushrooms (s), celery (s)


Costco Shop

Well, I had a bit of a shambles last week so there’s plenty of stuff left in the fridge. I topped up the shop with 2 boxes of clementines, a kilo of strawberries and a few books and clothes for me and OH. I also found a 3 pack of Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion for £5.49 which I thought was a bit of a bargain.


Weigh In Monday

This week I was pretty disappointed with a half pound gain. I have to admit it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting but I was a bit down on myself as I wasn’t able to build on my loss from last week. I slotted a few SP days in this week so I’m hoping for a bit of a boost. I struggled doing SP for a full week so interspersed with EE days is the best for me. I would like to aim for a 3lb loss for next week as I gained this week. I need to get a shimmy on if I want to get near my desired weight for the wedding. Going to group definitely helped as there are some people who have lost so much and the motivation they still have is amazing.

OK, think I’ve talked enough for this week.

Until next time.. x