Monthly Meal Plan?

It’s funny how things, thoughts, plans, and life ebbs and flows. A few years ago I set out to reduce and eventually eliminate single use plastic from our home. I came to realise that it wasn’t realistic for us. We do what we can, but our focus at this point in our lives has to be our budget and buying zero waste pantry staples was much more expensive than pre-packaged.

This year I have realised however, that rather than zero waste, I really would like to focus, where I can, on purchasing items locally grown and produced.

You see, I talk a lot about buying and supporting locally but as I mentioned earlier, finances have always taken priority, particularly in terms of meat. And when, in the past, we have bought meat packs, I was horrified by the amazing amount of plastic. So we bought our meat from the local butcher, who could sometimes tell us where the meat was from, but it seemed an inconvenience and so I just stopped asking.

Not too long ago I read a post by Heidi. She talked about how the local meat she had recently bought tasted insanely good, and that she knew that could never buy any other meat again. It sparked my interest of course, so I headed over to the website of the meat she was buying. But really thought I needed to look closer to home.

So I thought we’d try again. I thought this was worth spending our money on, supporting local farmers, reducing food miles and getting to chat with the producer.

Saturday we picked up our very first Sage Choice CSA (community supported agriculture) monthly membership meat pack. $140 per month for 6kg mixed beef and lamb is going to be perfect for us. CSA is a subscription based production supply system in which each subscriber receives a monthly delivery of Beef and / or Lamb directly from the farmer.

I love the idea of having no middle man, being able to support the farmer directly, of having a better understanding of where of food really comes from.

So from this I have created a 20 meal meal plan. It’s our first month, so we will see how it goes. We’re trying not to eat all the meat each month, as we were pleasantly surprised by the quantity we received, which is way more meat than we would usually eat per month.

I know Claire does monthly groceries, do you? Do you think you’d remember to buy everything? I’m interested to give this a go. I think we might be able to save some money, save me time, and use what we have in our stores. I’d love to hear your thoughts. We didn’t shop for the month this time, we might have to pick up a few things but mostly I imagine, we’ll just make do with what we have.

Gnocchi & Squash Sauce – Jamie’s Comfort Food* – pg 144

Mexican Burrito Bowls

I love adding a vegetable type beany chilli, with some rice, avocado if we have it, some corn chips, some sour cream and cheese. YUM!

Baked Falafel – Apples Under My Bed

We’ll serve this similarly to the Mexican Burrito Bowls, with some rice and salad, some homemade hummus.

Beef Brisket ‘n’ Beer with Gravy – I Quit Sugar Slow Cooker Cookbook* pg 88

Sweet Cherry Tomato and Sausage Bake – Jamie Oliver

Biryani

BBQ & Panzanella with Heirloom Tomatoes – Community Cookbook* pg 129

BBQ & Chargrilled Zucchini and Pearl Barley with Whipped Feta and Dill – Community Cookbook* pg 151

Roast Beef and Vegetables

The Cheapest Stew Ever – Simplicious* pg 212

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spiced Lamb Cutlets with Radish & Bean Salad – Women’s Weekly Real Food* pg 77

Pizza

Eggplant with Spicy Tomato Sauce – Women’s Weekly Real Food* pg 67

Chickpea ‘Polenta’ with Tomato Zucchini Stew – A Year In My Real Food Kitchen* pg 202

Turkish Zucchini Fritters with Garlic Yoghurt Sauce – Women’s Weekly Real Food* pg 64

Lazy Ladies Fritata

Heirloom Tomato and Quinoa Tart – Women’s Weekly Real Food* pg 63

‘Real’ Chilli Con Carne – Wholesome Kitchen* pg 111

Dahl with Chapati and Spiced Potatoes 

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3 thoughts on “Monthly Meal Plan?

  1. You hit the nail on the head with ‘we do what we can’ which is far better than doing nothing! It isn’t about being perfect but I think when you consciously make a decision to change something like reducing the amount of single use plastic you get better at it over time and being aware of the problem and actively trying to change it is pretty damn good 🙂

    As for buying in bulk and enough to last a month I try to do this as much as I can, especially with meat and other other household items. I try to stamp out as many quick dash to the shops as I can so I don’t buy anything I don’t need! How many times have we all been to the shop for one thing and returned with 20 things we don’t need lol.

    I’ve had the sausages from Sage before but at the time it was hard to get hold of their meat. I’ve got my favourite local butcher now, Paddock to Table in Laverton who are big advocates for pasture raised animals and nose-to-tail eating. We also often eat cheaper cuts of meat like beef hearts, slow cook meats and I like to add in minced liver to not only stretch things like burger patties out but to add extra nutrition.

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  2. Hi Clare,
    I’m new to your site but am completely drawn in – I can’t wait to give the sourdough a try!
    I just have a questions about your weekly meal plans…
    how to you keep your fruit and veg fresh on the second week?
    We get a mixed veggie box every fortnight but by the second week the veg is a little sad and the fruit is even sadder and everything I have planned ends up in a curry or mystery pasta sauce that needs the buggary cooked out of it 🙂
    Any tips on how to store it in your fridge? Or are most of your fruit and veg home grown?
    Thanks so much 🙂

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    1. Hi Dani, thanks for the lovely comment! At the moment a lot of our veg is homegrown, as far as it lasting in the fridge, we never really seen to have a problem with anything except leafy greens. But like you, we tend to turn it into a sauce or curry.

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