Meal Plan Monday. Looking at my week, and making sure the cries of “I’m hungry” don’t happen too often, but we all know that children are always hungry aren’t they? Feeding my food allergy and food choices family with a mix of cooking from scratch and sometimes throwing a ready made meal their way. We shop between Aldi and Asda, working on a weekly budget and managing sourcing food allergy supplies.
This week is half term. Which means my kids are home with me, and there are no school lunches to fill gaps for the tween and my fridge and pantry will take an extra pounding.
We have a day out planned, the husband is home on leave for two days and we also have play dates and extra kids in the house happening.
Our breakfasts usually tend to be the same, the kids have toast with various things like egg, humous, cheese, marmite, and fruit and yoghurt. The husband has dairy free yoghurt with fruit and nuts, and I am hipster and have avacado on toast or a smoothie for breakfast.
I also mostly plan and cook to make sure the husband has food for the next day for lunch at work, unless he is having lunch with friends or colleagues or is at a work event and food is provided. This saves us money and also means he gets food he can eat, allergy wise.
So here’s what we have planned to eat. I tend to try and be flexible within budget constraints and if plans change, but this is our menu for this week.
Monday: everyone is home and we are doing a DIY day and house sorting day.
Lunch – everyone home: toasted sandwiches with fillings and chopped veggies
Dinner – baked jacket potatoes with fillings (cheese, humous, tuna, baked beans) and salad.
Tuesday: Adults at work, kids at childcare all day and will be fed.
He will eat a packed lunch I have made, I will eat lunch with some work colleagues and we will eat dinner together, later. Salmon and rice for them, veggies and rice for me.
Wedesday: We are going to visit Dad in his new office at work, so will take a picnic lunch, and spend some time somewhere in London.
We have friends of both kids over for tea in the afternoon. I will let them make their own pizzas. I will make gluten free and cows milk free pizza for the husband and I for later.
Thursday: a working day for everyone.
We are all at work, packed lunches and leftovers. Gluten free, dairy free toad in the hole for dinner. I prep the batter in the morning and it takes less than 40 minutes to make when I get home from work with the kids.
Everyone is home. I am at an event in London and will be fed lunch. We are then going to Guilford Spectrum to swim and will eat out as a treat.
Saturday: Apparently there is a rugby match on.
I will provide snacks and treats for those watching rugby (I won’t be) and dinner will be sausage and lentil casserole (and I use vegetarian sausages)
We are out with friends for lunch at their house. Supper will be whatever I find in the fridge and leftovers.
I have lots of fruit, nuts, protein balls, snacks and things in the fridge to fend off the kids when they are hungry (ahem, bored) as well.