About Me

We moved out to Portugal to live a frugal but better , simpler and peaceful life, our house is a very basic, semi ruin, up in the hills outside Figueiro Dos Vinhos, where we work our land, enjoy life with each other and our dogs, and hope to make the smallest carbon footprint we can,

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Frugal Living, Menu planning.

Due to all this wet weather time on my hands type thing, Ive made a resolution to actively increase my menu planning, and more importantly that will help with small amount of groceries we do have to buy. Just a little more time each week sat down and planning meals round what we have will pay dividends and mean less spending.
Of course there are things we cant do without, and things you cant grow... loo rolls, shampoo, and washing products, any tips or recipes (practical ones not ones that take hours to produce please) will be welcomed.

I'll try to post the menus on here as often as possible to give ideas for anyone who wants to try this out, any ideas and comments welcome.

Right. ### All veg ´from freezer´ is our own homegrown and frozen by me)

Menus.- only dinner at the mo... as we tend to make do with home made soup and bread or bread and marmite/egg on toast most days...

Chicken stew and dumplings, cost about 1euro! due to my buying the chicken at cheapy deal the other day.
Kiwi and blackberry pancakes (all fruit cost nothing, kiwis grow everywhere here, as do blackberries)

Fri. Left over stew, potatoes and cabbage from the garden.
Apple turnovers (free fruit again)

Sat. Baked pasta ( home made veg and herb sauce, from store cupboard) toms from freezer, cheese bought .

Sun. Pork and Chestnut stew. (has carrots, onions, green beans in a cumin sauce) with deep fried potato cubes .Only thing to buy is pork but only use 2 slices belly pork anyway and carrots.
Rice pudding (home made. )

Mon. Roast veggies and eggs. butternut squash, carrots, pots, onion, turnips,(from garden) in a herby olive oil... with fried eggs, healthier egg n chips...
left over rice pudding...

Tues. Soya Spag bol. made with all own veg, peppers, aubergines, toms, from freezer, I buy soya granules at 1.30e for half a kilo and it does us about 6 meals... spag is 32 c a packet...

Weds. Lasagne made with left over sauce mix from last night, a herby white sauce and a bit of grated cheese on top and there ya go! Cauli from freezer.
fruit parcels... free fruit from freezer, drizzled with honey and cinnamen all in foil parcels popped on top of log burner cooker... yummmy.

Thurs. Liver n Onions... Pigs liver is 2euros a kilo here and does us 4 meals... baked pots and cabbage. ( I do extra pots and cabbage for a bubble n squeak lunch tomorrow. )

So there we have it.... very little to buy at all this week.
I'll also have a baking day as its still wet, to make a few loaves of soda bread, and a few treats for Rik.. biscuits and a cake etc