Meal Planning Monday (5th January 2015)

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So here we are with the first #mealplanningmonday of 2015. I hope that you’ve had the most marvellous Christmas and New Year? It was relatively quiet for us but that’s the way I like it!

Are we all fed up of the chocolates, biscuits and endless rounds of cheese now? I think I am but there’s still a fair amount in the house and as we’re on a strict budget for the foreseeable, we can’t really afford to just chuck stuff out which means will be eating party snacks for the next week.  All this doesn’t really work well with me “lose weight” resolution, but being as pretty soon I’ll probably have no money for food (*dramatic* I’ll no doubt be eating less anyhow!

Before I get to the meal plan I just wanted to remind everyone of a few things.

1. Firstly, we still have our Facebook group running. If you haven’t joined, come over and find us. The idea is to use it as a source of chat, inspiration, tips and hints for meal planning. You can find the group HERE. I plan to post a lot more inspirational recipes and ideas here over the next year.

2. If you didn’t know (though I mention it enough…) the collaborative Pinterest board is in action, ready for you to share your favourite #mealplanningmonday family meals with the world at large. I will spend some time pinning your recipes (let me know if you’d prefer me not to) but If you want to pin your own tried and tested recipes from your blog, then do get in contact so I can add you to the board. The board is currently edging it’s way to 1,000 followers with more every day. The board can be found HERE.

3. Google+. Meh. I don’t enjoy it but I started a group last year and I intend to try and get things going over there more this year. It’s a blogging goal! Find the group HERE.

4. My “Meet the Meal Planner” feature has been running now for a few months and I’ve loved reading how our members meal plan. If you want to be involved with this in the future then drop me an email! You can see the previous interviews HERE.

Okay. I think that’s it for now. Time to talk food.

Garlic chicken, fries and salad
Chilli con carne with Tex-Mex party snacks
Tacos (maybe fishy, not yet decided)
Spaghetti carbonara
CHEESE (specially baked camembert with bread and potatoes – I’m overrun with cheese)
Chicken balti and Indian party snacks
Roast beef and trimmings

You see. There’s a theme there isn’t there? USE UP ALL THE CHRISTMAS CRAP!

Okay, as usual now it’s your turn.

The instructions… If you’re new to my blog or #mealplanningmonday all you have to do is this – write a blog post about your meal plan for the week and submit the URL of your post using the Linkytools below. If you’ve not got a blog but want to join in, that’s fine – just leave a comment below telling us what you’re planning this week.  Any questions, just holler at me via email (in the contact page) or on Twitter @madamding.

I am going to work harder at getting round to comment on everyone who joins in and if you use the #mealplanningmonday hashtag on Twitter, I will share a selection each week.

I’ve tried to drum up some interest on Twitter and would like to get some more people talking about #mealplanningmonday and joining in during 2015 – all RT’s and shares on Facebook, Pinterest, the dreaded Google+ etc would be greatly appreciated! The more the merrier and more inspiration for us all!

Have a great week, the first back in the old routine and I’ll catch up with you next week!

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  1. I’ll be sure to tweet and share it a bit, try and get the word out 🙂

  2. Ohmy, can I come to yours this week? Roast beef, baked Camembert, curry are all favourites of mine. I’m drooling!

  3. This is my first time Meal Planning and I’m looking forward to keeping up with it in 2015

  4. Oof, the curry sounds amazing. And the cheese. Yay for Christmas leftovers!x

  5. Loving the use of party snacks alongside main meals. Looks like a tasty week, especially that camembert!

  6. Oh wow! Everything sounds so good! Party food and real food together! Genius x

  7. We have got so many things left from Christmas, we do it every year! However this year they are all biscuits and chocolates that were gifts and I am on a diet! Anyway I’ll have treats at the weekend 🙂 the chilli con carne sounds delicious x

  8. Happy New Year Mrs M. Sounds like a fab week planned out.
    Luckily we knew we would be out of the house most of Christmas so didn’t buy too many Christmas treats in but I did replenish the hubby’s biscuit tin at work for the next couple of months with the biscuits we were given for Christmas.
    Have a great week x

  9. Cheese is one of my favourite things, enjoy finishing it off! Never had baked camembert, think this is another must-try 🙂 have a lovely week xx

  10. Have you tried Instagram? I used it loads when on slimming world and it might be worth a try 🙂

  11. Baked Camembert is so indulgent and absolutely delish! I’m jealous x

  12. Happy New Year 🙂 Sadly I am the only cheese lover in our house, and Im pregnant so cant eat the best ones, Im a tad jealous of your cheese stockpile! Some lovely meals, i am stuck in a bit of a meal rut, so getting lots of inspiration from all the meal plans! Your chicken balti and garlic chicken sound delish! Thanks for hosting xx

  13. Sounds great. Could you add me as contributor to the MPM board please? I am already following it. Thank you 🙂

  14. Mmmm sounds delicious! Ha ha I’m overun with cheese too – chocolates all gone though, funny that! Happy New Year! x


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