Our new baby is on the way, so we are trying to save as much money as possible - one of my tricks is meal planning.
When meal planning, I don't tend to work out meals for specific days of the week, as I just decide what I want to eat/make each day, depending on what I fancy. I also bulk-make some of the meals, so that I don't have to cook every day. I either put some in the freezer or just keep it in the fridge for a couple of days. I also try to make things that Jackson will eat as well, so he can have the same as us.
I normally make dinner, or at least part of it, at lunchtime, when Jackson is asleep, as it means we get to eat at a reasonable time when he goes to bed. I also found this helpful when I was suffering from all day sickness in the first few months of pregnancy because it stopped me getting too hungry, otherwise I would end up feeling worse.
Below, I have listed this week's meal plan:
Feta and spinach pie - This is Chris' favourite, it's a brilliant lunchtime meal too.
Joe's Chicken Pie - Another of our favourites (I think we are fans of Filo pastry).
Sausage and Lentil Casserole - This is similar to a recipe I make, except I don't use red wine and put loads more vegetables in it. If we have any sweet chilli jam I also put a tablespoon of that in, as it gives it a bit of a kick. This is also my favourite regular meal.
Lamb and apricot stew - A really tasty one and works well for leftover-lunch too.
Chicken, goats cheese and cherry tomato bake - This is a brilliant dinner party recipe and can be prepared ahead of time and then just put in the oven when guests arrive.
What are your favourite recipes?
Love Sophia xxx