The Meal Planning Linky 2018 – Week 1

Welcome to our new meal planning linky! This is a linky hosted by Naomi at The Organised Life Project and Katy at Katykicker.

We are both absolutely passionate about meal planning.

For me, knowing what to make for dinner each night can be quite stressful: I have two small children and work part time. By the time I get home after doing the school and nursery pick ups, I’m tired, the kids are tired, and cooking is the last thing I want to do, let alone stressing about what to cook.

Meal planning is one of my key tools in The Organised Life Project. I know that meal planning is the only way to make sure you’re making healthy, economical choices. It’s the only way to make sure you have variety in your meals. We use up our leftovers, and plan carefully to make sure we’re not left with half a packet of feta cheese that hangs around for ages in the fridge.

For me, meal planning is win-win: it takes away the stress, it saves us money and it means we don’t throw things away. I’ve learned to plan quick, easy meals for the days I’m working, and to make the most of the days I have longer to cook.

But I know we all need a bit of inspiration and motivation when it comes to meal planning. That’s why we’ve launched The Meal Planning Linky. We’ll share our posts about meal planning, and you can link yours up too. Seeing others’ meal plans – and sharing our own – not only keeps us accountable but also will inspire us.

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The Meal Planning Linky – Week 1

If you’ve seen my post How to meal plan for a whole month, you’ll know that’ I’ve already got January’s meals all planned.

Our meals for next week are as follows:

Friday: Chicken and Mushroom pie (using leftover chicken casserole as pie filling)

Saturday: Malaysian Sweet Potato curry (New recipe)

Sunday: Warm Tuna, green beans and potato salad

Monday: Baked potatoes with cheesy bacon filling (Quick and easy on work night)

Tuesday: Supermarket fishcakes, chips and frozen veg (Work night)

Wednesday: Cajun chicken with sweet potatoes and sweetcorn salsa

Thursday: Marmite chicken ramen (another new recipe)

As you can see, I’ve planned for some really quick, low-effort meals for when I’m at work. The first week back is always a killer, and I’m anticipating having a lot of marking and planning to do! I’m also trying to avoid wheat, dairy and sugar as my eczema seems to be so much better without them, and all of these recipes are easily made dairy and wheat free. I’m finding my Winter Meal Ideas Pinterest board really helpful too.

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