Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Back to Ocado Groceries & Meal Plan

We had left the grocery shopping far too late to visit a supermarket, so back to Ocado groceries...


I hastily started the Ocado online shop late on Sunday evening, but could only do so much before the iPad needed charging so I managed to complete it on Monday morning and managed to get the delivery time slot we prefer. I worried that I would end up rushing to meet the minimum spend of £40.00 in order to secure that time slot, but I didn't and I could edit the order until 5:10pm.

Just looking at some of the products I bought today highlights to me how the variety of different foods Ocado offers compares to elsewhere, namely the gluten free breadcrumbs. I doubt I would be able to find them in Lidl or Aldi; I would probably be hardpressed to find a loaf of free-from bread in there to whizz down in the food processer.

I hope to try out Morrisons next week. Thanks to all of you who commented on my last groceries vlog, I appreciate your tips and advice and I am rather envious of the savings you can achieve by doing your weekly shop at Lidl/Aldi.

If you haven't seen this week's Grocery haul and meal plan vlog, here it is.


Meal Plan for week beginning 27th October:


Tuesday: Today we will have cottage pie, with a sweet potato topping of course. Since I will be using the large pack of beef mince which arrived this morning, Rob can take leftovers to work tomorrow as his supper before his games social. That is the plan at least, he may well eat it beforehand!

Wednesday: I think I will give the KFC-style baked chicken thighs and drumsticks another go. Really tasty and the seasoning can be made ahead. If I have the opportunity I will film a tutorial on this recipe. The only problem is that Rob rather dislikes skin on chicken, so I could have to spend extra time removing the skin from the individual pieces of meat, how delightful. Hopefully the seasoning will still adhere to the meat when it is skinless. I don't see why it shouldn't; the egg and flour should glue it on.
Alternatively the kids and I can enjoy something that Rob can't eat, but I will see what my mum thinks as hopefully she will be visiting tomorrow.

Thursday: When I published a vlog inviting YouTube subscribers to get involved and give me some meal inspiration, a lovely lady recommended Hungarian goulash. I thought, this could be perfect, as I know Lily already enjoys it as a lunch at preschool. I'm not overly keen on pork, so I think I will make a beef goulash. I hope I have enough paprika in the cupboard!

Friday: Salmon en-croute may have appeared on the meal plan last week, but never made it to the table. So I am intent on making it this week. Fish Friday after all! I will get Lily involved in the pastry making, I'm sure she will enjoy rolling it out and playing with the off-cuts of pastry. Sometimes I don't get enough leftover pastry to justify keeping it for another meal, so Lily will be free to use it as playdough or alternatively add some sugar or jam and make little tartlets.

Saturday: I think we could have a fairly busy day, so chicken goujons may be reserved for Sunday. I am looking forward to using the new breadcrumbs which arrived from Ocado. I wonder if they will make the chicken goujons extra crispy. Depending on our plans, we have just eat out or throw a quick meal together without any forward-planning. Spontaneous cooking is fun!

Monday: I will make a sausage casserole in the slow-cooker. I don't need to ask Lily whether she prefers a gravy-based casserole or tomato-based casserole, she definitely prefers gravy! I will add half the pot of Waitrose onion soup which already contains beef stock and is rich with flavour.

In terms of a sweet dish, I am considering combining an apple crumble with salted caramel.
Does that sound good to you? I hope you enjoyed reading.

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  1. I really need to get myself organised and make a meal plan. Great idea for eating well and saving money.

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    1. Thank you. A meal plan is quite handy for budgeting too :)

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  2. I agree with Bintu I too need to do a meal plan and eating better. Enjoyed reading your blog will look forward to further ones. Have a great week. Be interesting to see a vlog / blog of how you organise your home/ keep on top of it/ bugeting etc.,

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    1. Thank you for reading and thanks for the ideas. Have a great week too

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  3. Salmon en croute is my favourite suggestion out of all of these! What a lucky family you have, getting to eat such great dishes everyday :)

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    1. Thank you. Hopefully the pastry turns out okay, since I can't use wheat flour :/ I'm looking forward to Friday so I can enjoy the salmon en croute, haven't had it in ages! Thanks for commenting :)

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  4. I always wanted to try Ocado. I find it little pricey comparing to Sans bury event with discounts they giving :(

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    1. I WISH I could shop at sainsburry's I think even that's too price, Aldi and Asda for me, and the green grocers..
      - I always meal plan though so I know what's in the fridge at all times XD

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  5. I really need to get into meal planning more often because I always end up throwing things away which I hate! x

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    2. It certainly helps reduce wastage. My latest meal plan is up now if you fancy a read
      http://www.sophieandlily.co.uk/2015/11/sainsburys-groceries-meal-plan-3rd-nov.html

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  6. I've never shopped at Ocado, I actually work for Morrisons so I suppose I don't need to try anywhere else, we try and do a weekly plan for our meals when we write our shopping list.

    Loving the sound of your Thursday dish, nothing beats goulash, my partner is Hungarian so I'm lucky enough to enjoy hairs cooking most days of the week, we use a lot of paprika in my house! A lot!

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    1. Having made it now just the once, it is on this weeks meal plan already!
      http://www.sophieandlily.co.uk/2015/11/sainsburys-groceries-meal-plan-3rd-nov.html
      It was delicious, I'm not sure why I had never made it before. I've bought some more paprika too. My recipe uses 2tbsp, so it's getting used up.
      What do you serve your goulash with?
      Thanks :)

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