I have tried to ensure that we eat a rainbow this week so that we can kick this flu. Mine has turned in to a chest and ear infection.
Menu or meal planning is one of the most effective ways that I save money. By menu planning I make sure I only buy the food we need and we rarely have any waste.
Also one of the most soul destroying parts of parenting for me is the constant cooking and what used to be the stress over meal times.
I have got round this as the boys have grown (they are six and seven) by involving them in planning the food for the week.
Why Meal Plan?
Well apart from the obvious wondering what to cook at the last minute, it is a brilliant way to budget and save money. On Average a family of four throws away £680 of food a year.
This is a shocking statistic, which equates to about £50 a month.
How to Meal Plan
I start by looking at the bare bones of the food I want to cook. I try to make one ingredient cover more than one meal. For example if we have a roast chicken, then I use the leftovers for curry, risotto, pies, soup and stock. Similarly mince will make shepherd's pie, mince and dumplings, bolognese lasagna, burgers and much much more. I use the mySupermarket Top Offers shelf to help me find out which meat is a best buy, as this is often the main expense when it comes to our meals.
I get my inspiration for lots of places, including other blogs. Mrs M has a weekly meal planning Monday link up, which is great for getting ideas.
I also look cookery programs, we all do and they are something that we watch as a family and love cook books too.
My most used ones are:
I would love to know what your most used cook books are.