Six weeks with an extra pair of hands at home and no school run are starting to show. I’m feeling a bit … blurgh. Too many treats. Not enough exercise. BLURGH.
I’m noticing a difference in my skin and my energy levels. I need to get motivated to take better care of myself, even more so now that the weather has turned towards autumn and we’ll be going out and about less. I’m stuck in a food rut. I need new inspiration.
I’m thinking about switching from a weekly online food shop to a couple of smaller supermarket shops. As much as I adore Ocado (the BEST online supermarket there is), I’m now struggling to keep our week’s shopping within our £80 budget (not including the £60 we spend each month at the butcher!) The girls are getting older and NEVER. STOP. EATING. And the prices of everything just keep on rising.
However, the switch isn’t an easy one to make. We have no car and I have a toddler at home. A single big shop isn’t feasible – I wouldn’t be able to carry it all! A twice-weekly supermarket shop would mean choosing between the two supermarkets that are on a bus route – Sainsbury’s or Aldi. Both are around a 30-minute bus ride each way, then I’d have to negotiate the shop with a buggy and a basket, before lugging it all home again, without any frozen stuff defrosting en route. Do-able but such a faff. On the plus side, it’d certainly be a bit of extra exercise! I wonder if I’ll save enough money to buy a car?!
MONDAY: bank holiday takeaway
TUESDAY: spinach and ricotta cannelloni
WEDNESDAY: bacon, squash and chickpea stew
THURSDAY: homemade pizza, onion rings and corn on the cob
FRIDAY: BBQ baked beans and sweet potatoes
SATURDAY: king prawn and chorizo pilaf
SUNDAY: slow roasted oxtail and roasted root veg