Monday, 25 February 2013

Menu Plan Monday 25/02/13

This is £70 worth of meat to last the next 5 weeks. I've made a decision to only buy meat from a local family butcher. It is based on the recent horse meat fiasco and because I am loosing faith in supermarkets and would rather see my money go to a hard working husband & wife running a family butchers rather than give it to one of the big greedy supermarkets. They are more expensive than the supermarkets but I know they can produce paperwork documenting where all their meat is reared and slaughtered and another bonus is it is local meat.

I have worked out that I can get 20 x 4 portion meals from this meat which would work out at £3.50 per 4 portions. I most probably will get more meals than I've estimated so I'm going to keep a record of how many meals I get out of the meat over the next five weeks. Mince can be stretched by incorporating lots of veggies and lentils.  I will also be buying a couple of chickens from Aldi which I can stretch to make a couple of meals and a few chicken & mayo sandwiches. My menus are now going to incorporated 2 veggie and 1 fish meals per week. Lets see how it goes.

So the plan for this week is...

MONDAY - Stuffed pork fillet, roast potatoes & carrots, steamed veg, yorkshire puddings, gravy

TUESDAY - Roast chicken, jacket potatoes, homemade coleslaw & salad

WEDNESDAY - Pasta with mushrooms, homemade garlic bread

THURSDAY - Smoked fish, parsley sauce, mashed potatoes, carrots & peas

FRIDAY - Mushroom & chestnut cottage pie, broccoli

SATURDAY - Lamb burgers, chips & homemade coleslaw

SUNDAY - Leftover chicken & leek pie, mash and vegetables


  1. Hope you manage to stretch it out. I'd love to support our local butchers, but as you say, it's always more expensive and we're huge meat eaters. Mick would ask where the meat was if I gave him a veggie meal, as would Daniel and Eleanor. I'd be quite happy to have some veggie meals, but it's hardly worth it if I'm cooking meat for the rest of them. The same with fish, the rest of them aren't keen.

  2. We try and buy at our local butchers as well. At least you can have a slice of this or that and its no problem to them. Plus the butcher also calls me young lady which is quite nice !

  3. I always bought from my local butcher before we stopped eating meat. I used to get a discount for buying in bulk, but I'm glad we don't eat it anymore as I don't think we could afford it!