A week’s worth of meals

I did some food writing before Christmas for a large recipe website, and because I got paid by the recipe (with photo) I found myself making one thing with half a can of chickpeas and then using the other half to make something else. It turned into a kind of chain, where extra rice or leftover veg from the previous meals end up in the next one. That’s kind of how I cook anyway, but it became a more conscious thing. A friend of mine suggested that this was a really helpful way of planning out a week’s meals, so I thought I do just that. For the past week, I’ve made things that follow on from each other, take leftovers as shortcuts or just generally leave as little wastage as possible. All recipes serve 4 (2 dinners and 2 lunches, for us) unless otherwise specified.

On Saturday 2 February I spent £28 in Morrisons, and bought:

14 mushrooms
1 red pepper
4 apples
4 pears
4 oranges
6 bananas
2 massive sweet potatoes
2 white onions
2 red onions
5 massive carrots
3 parsnips
2 butternut squash
2 packs green beans
1 bunch fresh sage
500g fake butter spread
2 pints milk
1 big block cheddar cheese
1 ball mozzarella
400g light cream cheese
3 big pots yoghurt – 2 fruit, 1 plain
500g twirly pasta
4 tins chopped tomatoes
500g frozen summer berries
(Kitchen towel)
1 punnet fancy sun-blush tomatoes in oil, from the deli counter
3 bulbs garlic
1 litre orange juice
6 eggs

We already had: tinned chickpea/beans/tomatoes/sweetcorn, lentils, fresh tomatoes, flour, sugar, herbs/spices, frozen peas, frozen Quorn chunks, frozen Quorn mince, veggie sausages, 2/3s pack fajita wraps, pitta bread, houmous, bagels.

DinnerButternut squash and goat’s cheese bake.
Snacks – Smoothie made with 2 bananas, handful frozen berries, dollop of fruit yoghurt, orange juice (2 portions).
Notes – 1 portion of squash bake left over because we had a friend round for dinner. Apple crumble muffin mix made and put into the fridge.
BreakfastApple crumble muffins, coffee
Lunch Lentil soup
DinnerMushroom risotto with leftover squash bake
Snacks – An orange
Notes – Ony 1 portion lentil soup left over because my boyfriend ate 2 bowls.
Breakfast – Bagel with jam, coffee
LunchLentil soup for me, risotto for him
DinnerWraps with sweet potato, peppers, onions, rice and black beans
SnacksApple crumble muffin
Notes – Cooked extra rice and saved half of the onion cooked for the black beans, for a pilaf tomorrow.
Breakfast – Bagel with honey, coffee
Lunch – Taken out for lunch by my Mum. CHEATING. Delicious cheating.
DinnerRice pilaf, eaten before the theatre
Snacks – Apple
Notes – Did no cooking today!
Breakfast – Cereal with chopped pear, coffee
LunchWrap with sweet potato for me, risotto for him.
DinnerCreamy mushroom pasta
Snacks – None – ate too much lunch!
Notes – Extra pasta cooked, to be thrown into minestrone-type soup
Breakfast – Smoothie with pears, strawberry yoghurt, orange juice
LunchCreamy mushroom pasta
DinnerVegetable korma and naan 
Snacks – Apple
Notes – Three people for dinner, so only one portion of korma left.
Breakfast – Bagel, coffee
LunchVegetable korma
DinnerMinestrone soup and garlic focaccia (for three of us)
Pudding – Cheat’s cheesecake
NotesBanana and oat muffin mix made for breakfast tomorrow
BreakfastBanana and oat muffins (for three of us)
LunchMinestrone soup (for three of us)

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