Sorry for the late posting everyone, it's been a very hectic few days and going to get busier methinks. My mother collapsed on Thursday morning,she's had a mild heart attack and developed a severe infection and I've been with her at the hospital most of the time since then.
That of course means that some of our meals have been completely off the plan. Tonight I bought a chicken and some coleslaw for tea as we have visitors staying this weekend, thankfully they like freezer meals because the last three days have cleaned up the freezer meal stash :)
So this week we will be eating a modified meal plan:
Sunday: Ham and salad
Monday: BBQ sausages and salad
Tuesday: Spag bol using sauce ready made from the freezer and garlic pita
Wednesday: Tuna Surprise
Thurday: Moo Pizza
Friday: Fish cakes (freezer) and salad
Saturday: Muffin Surprise
The ham, sausages and spag bol sauce are in the freezer. Tuna Surprise is easy and whoever is home at tea time will make it. Last time I made fish cakes I tripled the recipe, made them just a little smaller and was able to freeze the leftovers - enough for three meals. They just need to be thawed and warmed. The bacon for the Muffin Surprises is in the freezer too.
There are plenty of vegetables in the fridge and pantry to round out the meals. I won't get any new baking done but there are muffins and a ginger slice in the freezer if anyone desperately needs a sweet hit and thanks to a generous friend the fruit bowl is full to overflowing with delicious fresh fruit.
This week has shown me yet again that having a meal plan and well stocked pantry, fridge and freezer is worth it. It would have been very easy on Thursday and Friday night to just buy tea on my way home from the hospital, but it would have cost close to $50 for all of us - $100 for two dinners is about my monthly grocery budget at the moment and just not going to happen.
The chicken I bought tonight was marked down to $5.60 and the coleslaw was marked down to $3, so while the cost wasn't planned it wasn't outrageous and with extra salad veg and some bread it was a really nice meal.
With a modified and simplified meal plan in place everyone will be fed and I won't need to spend any extra money either. Meal plans and stockpiles are wonderful.