Meal Planner - Christmas Week
Everyone has their own Christmas traditions and perhaps special meals; some of our traditions include a full fry on Christmas morning and of course the leftover curries from the 27th onwards. We want to help you take the hassle out of trying to think of what to eat everyday over Christmas week. Planning or using a meal planner can help you cut down on food waste and reduce leftover fatigue (Day 3 of turkey sound familiar?). Not forgetting the extra money saved by preparing your meals and reducing your need to opt for takeaways!
These delicious suggestions will be taken from our 101 Square Meals cookbook (opens in new window) and the Safe Food Recipe hub (opens in new window), both of which are full of healthy and nutritionally balanced meals.Links to the recipes from Safe Food are found at the bottom of the page, you can also find some extra recipes for the likes of roast potatoes and sprouts.
Simply click on image below to access the week's menu. Save the image to your phone or sit down with a pen and paper and make out a shopping list.
Important: These recipes are based on servings for 4-6 people and are just suggestions to get you thinking about planning meals for Christmas week. This is when we can often be found eating chocolate for breakfast and dumping food that could make great leftover meals.
- Take December as an opportunity to clear out your freezer and make room for your turkey and ham
- Be sure to make a list of the items you need in the lead up to Christmas and can potentially buy (budget allowing) if they are on special offer
- Check your cupboard for what you already have, tick items off your shopping list as you go (this works for presents too!)
- When shopping, look out for special offers on long-life products you’ll be using over Christmas, but remember if you don’t need it, it’s not a deal!
- Before you head out to the shops, ensure to have your coupons with you. For example, Dunnes Stores have a €10 off a €50 spend. Supervalu have €6 off a €30 spend. Keep your eye out for other discount vouchers or loyalty cards programmes like Tesco Clubcard, most stores have these.
- Look at store brands as they are usually cheaper and typically located on the bottom shelf. Also, be conscious of the price per packet versus per kilo. For example, pasta usually comes in 1kg bags, but you might have a 500g bag right beside it for a few cent less (or even more sometimes!) Don’t be caught out, especially with products you use a lot.
- Part-baked bread such as baguettes and ciabatta are cheaper alternatives you can buy in advance and have in the freezer. Bonus can be the wonderful smell of freshly baked bread on Christmas Day or any day for that matter
- When making your list, if you have any special recipes for your Christmas meal or maybe plan to bake with the children, remember to include these ingredients in your shopping list!
Christmas Shopping List
Rather than providing a full shopping list, we’ve listed cupboard items that are long-life and can be bought in advance of your Christmas shop to help spread the cost:
Recipe Links from Safe Food
- Cereal with fruit and nuts
- Roast Turkey
- Honey Roast Ham
- Roast potatoes
- Honey glazed carrots
- Sage and Breadcrumb stuffing
- Brussel Sprouts with apple and red onion
- Christmas Nut Roast
- Turkey Curry
- Vegetable Coconut curry
- Chewy Apricot Porridge
- Mexican Bean Burrito
- Spiced Peaches with almonds and honeyed yogurt
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