Thursday, 24 May 2018

Thursday, 24-05-18

Good morning:

Today's plans:
B:  something different for a change.  Bacon medallions with 'fried' (minimal fat) tomatoes and mushrooms
L:  mushroom omelette, side salad
D:  chicken with gravy, broccoli and carrots; fruit yogurt
S:  apple

From the freezer:
The bacon medallions, a bit of gravy and the chicken thigh

The frugal factor:
It's a sort of middly day.  I saw the medallions on Morrisons, they weren't dreadfully expensive and I rather fancied some for a change as I haven't had bacon for months and months.  Lunch is using up stuff that needs to be used up.  The chicken is thigh and is about 60p (free range) while the broccoli is the last of a head (and I shall make soup with the stalk).

I'm pleased with the gravy.  I saved some bones and skin, etc, from previous meals and boiled it all up with a bay leaf and some thyme (both from the garden) which gave me a lovely stock which I thickened with a few thickening granules.  I had some left over so froze it for another day.

When I cook the chicken, I might pop another medallion on top before popping it in the oven - it should make for a lovely flavour.  I will keep the skin and the bones for future gravy/stock too!

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Wednesday, 23-05-18

Good morning.

The meal out yesterday evening was lovely, I didn't have dessert, just black coffee and a free refill, so came home feeling smugly full up!

Today's plans:
B:  muesli with natural yogurt
L:  tuna 'pate' with celery and carrot batons
D:  I'm afraid I am out again.  A lovely lady is moving on from school into a different job and it's her farewell meal.I was asked if I'd like to go and I definitely would.  I've been 'good' and selected something from their under 600 calories range so fingers crossed that's accurate.  What was really nice is that it would likely have been my choice anyway!
Ss:  as yesterday, trying for nothing but ifi have to, it will be an apple.

From the freezer
Nothing - again!

The frugal facter
er . . . nope!  There's a time in everyone's life, etc.

I'm very much looking forward to it all.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Tuesday, 22-5-18

Good morning

Today's food plans
B:  porridge with natural yogurt
L:  feta and tuna salad
D:  girls' meal out at The Hare.  Ther do 'smaller plate' meals which are still generous and I rather fancy the 'smaller superfoods salad'.  Diet pepsi/water all the way too and by the time I have finished the salad, I won't have room for dessert!  It's easier to resist when others are there too, I find.  And it's a swimming day so I will earn any extra calories beforehand!
Ss:  trying for none but if I do, it will be an apple.

From the freezer
Nothing today

The frugal factor
With a meal out, frugal comes nowhere near but the Hare's small plate meals are more than ample enough and better value.
The enjoyment is not in stuffing myself, it's in having a great chinwag with good friends.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Monday, 21-05-18

Good morning!

We're into the last third of the month.  Time is flying!
After a disastrous Saturday, yesterday went much better as far as food is concerned and I managed an hour's fairly vigorous (for me anyway) swimming followed by a couple of hours of allotment work so I think I have more or less made amends for Saturday.

Today's plans:
B:  muesli (30g) with fruit ( a few blueberries and a few raspberries) and yogurt (2 tbsp)
L:  one poached egg on a toasted crumpet
D:  beef pancake cannelloni (a sort of bolognaise-y mince thing and the pancakes are quite small), side salad (just lettuce and tomato as I'm getting short of salad veg), potato salad (two new potatoes left over from yesterday with a bit of mayo and chives from the garden); fruit yogurt
Ss:  piece of fruit x 2
No swimming today, there isn't really time, but I hope to get some more forking and weeding done down the allotment.

From the freezer:
The crumpet, the bolognaise mix, the pancakes (2) and some grated cheese.
A good day today but I just hope I can find the crumpet without getting frostbitten!

The frugal factor
The muesli isn't cheap but not outrageously expensive as it's home made, as is the yogurt.
The mince is leftovers from a family meal.
The pancakes are also home made.
Home made-mostly-anything is going to be cheaper than its bought equivalent and portions are small and measured out so today's meals are comparatively frugal.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Sunday, 20-05-18

Good morning!

Not a great day yesterday!  My will power obviously wasn't enough, neither for the party, not, later on, back at home.  I cooked the nice healthy chicken leg and didn't eat it so guess what I'm having today!!  For lunch and then for dinner!

B:  muesli with fruit and natural yogurt
L:  chicken drumstick, salad, coleslaw
D:  chicken thigh, new potatoes, broccoli; yogurt and fruit
Ss:  apples x 2   I've found building in extra snacks on swimming days doesn't work for mke, it makes me want more, so I shall increase portions in real meals instead.  So today's muesli will be 35g instead of 30g, and so on

From the freezer:
None today

The frugal factor:
As yesterday's really - I'm pretending yesterday didn't happen.

I need good vibes today - will power and lack of hunger vibes, please.  I'm feeling very disappointed with myself which isn't helping one bit.
Onward and downward!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Saturday, 19-05-18

Good morning.

Today's food plans:
B:  porridge, natural yogurt and fruit
L:  tuna and feta salad pitta
D:  roast chicken leg, new potatoes, broccoli; fruit yogurt
Ss:  fruit x 2

From the freezer.
Pitta bread and a chicken leg

The frugal factor
The chicken is very old but I had it labelled and very frugal so could've been a YS.  It's not kind chicken, I'm still using up previously bought chicken.
The new potatoes were a gift.
The pitta was YS, not that pitta is that expensive anyway.
I shall only be using part of the tuna, the rest is for lunch tomorrow.
The feta is Savers and is called Greek cheese or something similar!

Friday, 18 May 2018

Friday, 18-05-18

Hello, everyone.

The 'curried chicken salad' was lovely and surprisingly filling so I have posted about it separately.

Today's plans:
B:  porridge with fruit and natural yogurt
L:  crustless quiche and salad
D:  steak (still ploughing through the supplies of steak in the freezer), SW chips, coleslaw; fruit and yogurt
Ss:  apples x 2; 30g feta with some mini tomatoes (a swimming day)

From the freezer:
20g cheese for the quiche
Some flat iron steak

The frugal factor:
Steak isn't cheap but flat iron steak is one of the less expensive steaks - at least, it was when I bought this steak, it may have gone up since then.
The rest really isn't too bad at all.

Edited to add - 2lbs off this week - phew!