I am getting a bit passionate about meal planning. I honestly think it’s the one household chore which saves you the most time, energy and money. There’s also something remarkably calming about knowing what you’re having for dinner every day, and knowing the food is in the fridge.
I’ve saved these meal plans for a few weeks. I wanted to get them exactly right, and I wanted to wait until the weather turned cooler. Well, now it’s October, it is definitely cooler! There’s a real chill in the air today, and it’s the perfect time to be turning to warmly spiced, slow-cooked dishes, roasts, pies and family meals.
I’ve only done ‘Dinner’ meals this time. I’ve found so many great ideas for Autumn breakfasts that I’m going to make a post of just that. Plus, I know not everyone wants to have a cooked breakfast every Saturday and Sunday. To be completely honest, I wasn’t using the breakfast ideas!
Like before, each week has at least one vegetarian meal, and at least two fish-based meals. If there’s a roast dinner, leftovers will be used the following day.
Once again, lots of the meals can be adapted for slow cookers, or you can make double and freeze half. They are all meant to feed four.
I’ve been using these meal plans for the last six months, across Spring and Summer and it really does make your life so much easier. You repeat the block of four weeks as many times as you like (usually three, but it doesn’t always work out that way). This time, we’ll be getting in to Christmas, so I’m planning a special meal plan for December, bringing in lots of Christmassy flavours and trying out those recipes you see in magazines and on Pinterest.
The Autumn Meal Plans
The meal plans can be downloaded here: autumn-meal-plans
The shopping lists can be downloaded here: autumn-shopping-lists
Here is a sample of the meal plans:
You can find all of these recipes, and lots of other lovely suggestions on my Pinterest board too:
Just Winter to go! I’d love to hear of what you like to eat in Autumn and Winter.
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