On this page I share menu plans for one person.
My plan is to share menu plans designed around:
- providing a well balanced, healthy list of meals for the week
- a minimum of 3 serves of vegetables in each meal
- the smart use of ingredients so that you have variety in the meals you eat, but also use up most ingredients each week - e.g. your fridge is not piled high with half used tins and jars of things or fresh vegetables left to perish
What you will see below is a big array of types of menu plans - and many different ways of trying to present the information so that it is easy to use.
Menu planning is definitely the part of this blog that is the biggest work in progress! So if you have ideas on what format works best or what you would help you, please leave a comment below. Kelly
ps: If you want ideas on what to cook, take a look at the page of 'Meals I cooked this week'.
Outline of the 7 steps of the traditional approach to menu planning. I walk you through the key steps to successfully creating a practical weekly menu plan.
A 7 day menu plan based on recipes for one person. Using simple recipes for quick weeknght meals, the plan is designed around minimising leftovers and maximising taste and nutrition so the solo cook.
A five day menu plan based on a need for healthy and interesting meals made without access to a lot of pantry staples and minimal wasted food.
Healthy but not too strict menu plan for easing off the indulgences of Christmas and New Year
This is my menu plan for the week starting 20 June. Check it out to see how I've 'audited' my fridge and cupboards, to work out what I have to work with, what needs using up and how it can be made in 7 dinners for the week!
A week of healthy recipes that includes tarts, risotto, a fish curry and a simple fish stew with saffron. A combination of light meals and comfort food to match the mixed weather of early Autumn.
This week's menu plan is both a nod to the beginning of Autumn and an antidote to Easter indulgence! e.g. it is fairly healthy with lots of fish, vegetables and salads - but with a couple of cosy / comfort food dishes thrown in. 3 recipes are from a set of recipes torn out of Body and Soul a couple of years ago - turns out they are from the Arthur Street Kitchen - my new favourite blog!
This is one of those weeks when there just doesn't seem to be enough time to eat and cook all the flavours and meals I would love to eat!
Despite being at the start of Autumn it is still incredibly hot, so I have tailored my menu plan around light, summery food and trying to eat more seafood and try different flavours and cooking methods - all whilst creating an economical, healthy, simple meal plan.