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feed a family of 4 for (just over) £100 a month

Meal Plan One

This nutrition article should also answer some of your questions about your family’s diet.

If you are following the meal plan fully, you will need to make a batch of 4 loaves, 10 times over the month. That’s a total of 40 loaves, which I know is a lot! But they are on the small side and there is lots to help you in the bread making post.

Make a batch whenever you need them, each family will vary on how much they use. It’s best to get ahead and store your bread, sliced and wrapped, in the freezer. Slices defrost very quickly, and they stay fresh when stored that way

 Allow the loaves to cool and firm up, then slice, wrap and freeze, ready for when you need them. I’ve found bread slices best on the following day

Monday Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Tuesday Breakfast
porridge
porridge
Lunch
tangy bean pate
tangy bean pate sandwich
Dinner
spanish omelette
spanish omelette
Wednesday Breakfast
apple curd
apple curd on toast
Lunch
houmous
houmous sandwich
Dinner
pasta carbonara
pasta carbonara
Thursday Breakfast
porridge
porridge
Lunch
pumpkin seed butter
peanut and pumpkin seed butter sandwich
Dinner
onion tart
onion tart
Friday Breakfast
apple curd
apple curd on toast
Lunch
tangy bean pate
tangy bean pate sandwiches
Dinner
risi e bisi vegan
risi e bisi
Saturday Breakfast
porridge
porridge
Lunch
spicy pea soup
spicy pea soup
Dinner
pizza
home made pizza
Sunday Breakfast
fruity pancakes
pancakes
Lunch
chicken roast
roast chicken dinner
Dinner
soup
potato & onion soup
Snacks 2 batches
home made bread
homemade bread
1 cake
carrot cake
carrot cake
1 batch
savoury scone
savoury scones
1 batch
raisin scone
raisin scones
1 batch
savoury bites
savoury bites
Extras
1 jar, for 2 weeks
mayonnaise
mayonnaise
to last all month
lemonade
lemon cordial
once you have made all your carrot cakes,
use the saved carcasses to make this marmalade
marmalade
marmalade
Shopping List for Meal Plan 1, Week 12019 Needed at the till
Fresh
800g Butternut Squash 80p
4kg Brown Onions £2.40
4kg White Potatoes £2
2kg Carrots£1.10
7 Oranges £1.15
1 x 4 pk Lemons 79p
2g x Bramley cooking apples 1.3 kg used freeze 400g£3.20
Meat, Fish & Poultry
1 x Smartprice Whole Medium Chicken (Approx 1.8Kg)£3.28
1 x 600g Smartprice Smoked Cooking Bacon Pieces 86p
Dairy
1 x Whole Fresh Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)£1.48
1 x Cooks Value Medium Eggs (30)£3.25
1kg x Seriously Strong Cheddar £3.58
2 x 200g Grana Padano, freeze 120g£4
2 x Lard (250g)78p
Tin, Jars & Cooking
2 x Vegetable Oil (3L) £5.96
1 x Colman’s Mustard Powder (57g)£1.35
1 x Dijon mustard 185g£0.37
1 x Coarse grain mustard 165g£0.34
1 x Rajah Chilli Powder (100g)65p
1 x Rajah Garam Masala (100g)65p
2 x Rajah Garlic Powder (100g)£2
4 x Smartprice Peeled Plum Tomatoes in Tomato Juice £1.12
1 x Tomato Puree (142g)34p
1 x Smartprice Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce 22p
1 x smart price malt vinegar21p
Packets & Cereals
1 x Smartprice Pasta Shapes (500g)29p
3 x Smartprice Self Raising Flour (1.5Kg) £1.35
3 x Leo Dried Peas with Steeping Tablet (250g)£1.35
1 x Long Grain Rice (1Kg) 45p
1 x Thomas Allinson Dried Active Yeast (125g)£1
3 x Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg) £1.92
2kg Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar £1.28
Asda chicken stock cubes (12)39p
2 x 150g Pumpkin Seeds £1.80
1 x Chick Peas (500g) £1.15
2 x 200g Smartprice Salted Peanuts 96p
1 x Ready Oats (750g) £1.27
1 x Smartprice Porridge Oats (1Kg)75p
1kg Smartprice Raisins £2.80
Frozen
1 x Smartprice Peas (907g) 68p
Total£59.32
Monday Breakfast
porridge
porridge
Monday Lunch
roasted onion hummus in a small white bowl
houmous sandwich
Monday Dinner
bacon pudding
bacon onion pudding
Tuesday Breakfast
apple curd
apple curd on toast
Tuesday Lunch
tangy bean pate
tangy bean pate sandwiches
Tuesday Dinner
chilli mince
chilli
Wednesday Breakfast
porridge
porridge
Wednesday Lunch
houmous
houmous sandwich
Wednesday Dinner
pasta alfredo
pasta alfredo
Thursday Breakfast
apple curd
apple curd on toast
Thursday Lunch
walnut butter
peanut and pumpkin seed butter sandwich
Thursday Dinner
risi e bisi vegan
risi e bisi
Friday Breakfast
porridge
porridge
Friday Lunch
tangy bean pate
tangy bean pate sandwich
Friday Dinner
cottage pie
cottage pie
Saturday Breakfast
brazil nut butter
nut butter on toast
Saturday Lunch
green pea soup
green pea soup
Saturday Dinner
pizza
home made pizza
Sunday Breakfast
porridge
porridge
Sunday Lunch
chicken onion pie
chicken & onion pie
Sunday Dinner
spicy pea soup
Spicy pea soup
Snacks 2 batches
home made bread
homemade bread
savoury sconesavoury scones
raisin biscuitsraisin biscuits
carrot cakecarrot cake
Shopping List for Meal Plan 1, Week 22019 Needed at the till
Fresh
2kg onions£1.20
1kg carrots55p
4kg potatoes£2
Dairy
250g lard39p
6 pints milk£1.48
Meat, Fish & Poultry
2x 500g Asda Smartprice British Beef Mince. Freeze 200g£3.18
600g cooking bacon86p
Packets & Cereals
2 x 1.5kg strong white bread flour£1.28
1 kg raisins
£2.80
1.5kg self raising flour45p
750g ready oats£1.27
4 x Leo dried peas, 250g per pack£1.80
2 x 500g pasta shapes58p
1kg rice45p
Tins, Jars & Cooking
6 x 400g tins plum tomatoes£1.68
400g tin red kidney beans30p
Frozen
907g peas68p
Total£21.59
Monday Breakfast
walnut butter
peanut and pumpkin seed nut butter on toast
Monday Lunch
houmous
houmous sandwich
Monday Dinner
bacon pudding
bacon onion pudding
Tuesday Breakfast
porridge
porridge
Tuesday Lunch
tangy bean pate
tangy bean pate sandwiches
Tuesday Dinner
pasta alfredo
pasta alfredo
Wednesday Breakfast
apple curd
apple curd on toast
Wednesday Lunch
houmous
houmous sandwich
Wednesday Dinner
curry
bean curry
Thursday Breakfast
porridge
porridge
Thursday Lunch
apple curd
apple curd on toast
Thursday Dinner
pasta amatriciana
pasta amatriciana
Friday Breakfast
apple curd
apple curd on toast
Friday Lunch
tangy bean pate
tangy bean pate sandwiches
Friday Dinner
chilli mince
chilli
Saturday Breakfast
porridge
porridge
Saturday Lunch
spicy pea soup
spicy pea soup
Saturday Dinner
pizza
home made pizza
Sunday Breakfast
walnut butter
peanut and pumpkin seed butter on toast
Sunday Lunch
chicken roast
roast chicken dinner
Sunday Dinner
butternut squash risotto
butternut squash risotto
Snacks 3 batches
home made bread
homemade bread
savoury sconesavoury scones
raisin biscuitsraisin biscuits
carrot cakecarrot cake
raisin sconeraisin scones
savoury bitessavoury bites
Extras
1 jar, for 2 weeks
mayonnaise
mayonnaise
Shopping List for Meal Plan 1, Week 32019 Needed at the till
Fresh
2kg onions£1.20
1kg carrots55p
4kg potatoes£2
Dairy
500g lard78p
Meat, Fish & Poultry
500g beef mince£1.59
Packets & Cereals
3 x 1.5kg strong white bread flour£1.92
2kg raisins£2.80
1.5kg self raising flour45p
750g ready oats£1.27
1 x 250g Leo dried peas45p
1kg pasta shapes58p
1kg rice45p
125g dried yeast£1
1kg porridge oats75p
2 x 200g salted peanuts96p
Tins, Jars & Cooking
7 x 400g plum tomatoes£1.96
2 x 400g red kidney beans60p
142g tomato puree34p
2 x 420g baked beans44p
Frozen
907g peas68p
Total£20.77
Monday Breakfast
porridge
porridge
Monday Lunch
houmous
houmous sandwich
Monday Dinner
risi e bisi vegan
risi e bisi
Tuesday Breakfast
apple curd
apple curd on toast
Tuesday Lunch
walnut butter
peanut and pumpkin seed nut butter sandwich
Tuesday Dinner
spicy bean burger
veggie burgers
Wednesday Breakfast
porridge
porridge
Wednesday Lunch
houmous
houmous sandwich
Wednesday Dinner
pasta carbonara
pasta carbonara
Thursday Breakfast
apple curd
apple curd on toast
Thursday Lunch
liver pate
lunchtime pateCan't stand liver? See the post for an alternative
Thursday Dinner
Spanish omelette, a close up picture of a slice
spanish omelette
Friday Breakfast
porridge
porridge
Friday Lunch
houmous
houmous sandwich
Friday Dinner
curry
bean curry
Saturday Breakfast
fruity pancakes
breakfast pancakes
Lunch
soup
potato and onion soup
Saturday Dinner
onion tart
onion tart
Sunday Breakfast
porridge
porridge
Sunday Lunch
spicy pea soup
spicy pea soup
Sunday Dinner
chicken onion pie
chicken & onion pie
Snacks 3 batches
home made bread
homemade bread
carrot cakecarrot cake
2 batches
tomato scone
tomato scones
2 batches
raisin scone
raisin scones
savoury sconesavoury scones
Shopping List for Meal Plan 1, Week Four2019 Needed at the till
Fresh
2kg onion£1.20
1kg carrots55p
2kg potatoes£1
4 lemons79p
Dairy
500g lard78p
Meat, Fish & Poultry
500g pigs liver£1
Packets & Cereals
2 x 1.5kg bread flour£1.28
2 x 750g ready oats£2.54
1kg raisins£2.80
500g pasta shapes29p
1kg rice45p
Tins, Jars & Cooking
4 x 400g cans red kidney beans£1.20
2 x 400g baked beans44p
Frozen
907g peas68p
Total£16.00
Monday Breakfast
apple curd
apple curd on toast
Monday Lunch
liver pate
lunchtime pate sandwich
Can't stand liver?
See the post for an alternative
Monday Dinner
spicy bean burger
veggie burgers
Tuesday Breakfast
porridge
porridge
Tuesday Lunch
houmous
houmous sandwich
Tuesday Dinner
cottage pie
cottage pie
Wednesday Breakfast
apple curd
apple curd on toast
Wednesday Lunch
liver pate
lunchtime pate
Wednesday Dinner
cottage pie
cottage pie
Thursday Breakfast
porridge
porridge
Thursday Lunch
apple curd
apple curd on toast
Thursday Dinner
pasta amatriciana
pasta amatriciana

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