October meal plan 4 – Halloween special

october meal planner 4 - halloween

october meal planner 4 - halloweenHalloween is famous for the celebration of the afterlife which is why all things goulish appear in shops and homes this week.

However would you believe, even in Pagan times and at Halloween, people took stock of what supplies they had so that they could budget these supplies over the Winter. Nothing changes, so never feel that budgeting your money for food is a burden, see it as a celebration of being savvy be by stretching your money through meal planning to reduce your food shopping bill.

This week’s meal plan is a celebration of just that – reducing your food shopping bill whilst enjoying healthy family meals. I have also included some some seriously delicious spine curdling recipes to share this week.

About our family meal planner
This week’s family meal planner
Shopping list

About our family meal planner

This week’s meal plan is inclusive of animal and plant protein such as fish, white meat, red meat and eggs. You’ll find nuts, chickpeas, cheese and seeds on the meatless day’s of our meal plans. Sian comments that the secret to affordable, healthy meals is to plan ahead to make sure you are stress-free, and have the right ingredients in the correct amounts in your kitchen, all ready to cook.

These family meal planners are made up of dinners that are child friendly, forming part of a weekly balanced diet. It will give you plenty of nutrients from each of the food groups (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals), says Sian.

Every week, Sian provides you with five simple recipes to plan. You can decide when to make them, on whichever day suits you best. There is also a shopping list (below) that can be printed ready to take with you to the supermarket.

This week’s meal plan

Shopping list

Baked products

Fine breadcrumbs or 8 bread slices – 100 g

Beef products

Stewing steak – 750 g  
Sausages – 8

Cereal, grains and pasta

Plain flour – 200 g           
Pastry cases – 1           
Self raising flour – 120g  
Noodles or pasta (optional) – 200g

Dairy and egg products

Egg  – 6 medium           
Milk evaporated – 250 mls 
Cheese cheddar – 150g         
Cream or creme fraiche – 120mls

Fats and oils

Sesame oil – 1 tblsp           
Vegetable oil – 2 tblsp           
Olive oil – 2 tsp           
Lard – 3-4 cubes    
Suet – 30 g

Fruits and fruit juices

Lime – 1           
Apples eating – 3          
Any fruit for dessert – 4 pieces

Fish products

Salmon Fillets or white fish – 3/4   pieces

Nut and seed products

Coconut milk – 400 mls

Poultry products

Chicken fillets – 2/3

Soups, sauces, and gravies

Fish sauce – 1 tblsp           
Beef stock cube – 2           
Worcestershire sauce – 2 tsp           
Chicken stock – 4 litre           
Sweet chilli sauce – 4 tblsp   
Tabasco sauce (optional) – A few drops

Spices and herbs

Coriander – (optional use dried 2 tsp) – 1 Bunch           
Garlic – 5 Cloves           
Allspice – 1 tsp           
Cinnamon (ground) – 1 tsp           
Coriander – 1 tsp           
Cloves (dried) – 1/2 tsp           
Wine Vinegar – 2 tblsp           
Mixed Herbs – ½ tsp           
Red Chilli – 1           
Ginger root (optional) – 1 tblsp           
Parsley – 2 tblsp


Brown sugar – 200 g           
Honey – 2 tblsp

Vegetables and vegetable products

Cucumber(optional) – ¼           
Onion – 6           
Butternut Squash – 1 large           
Red pepper – 1 large           
Pumpkin – 1           
Shallots – 1           
Carrots – 3           
Chopped Tomatoes – 400 g           
Red cabbage – 500 g           
Red Onion – ½           
Vegetables of your choice  (frozen or fresh /green especially) – 2
Potatoes (optional) – 2,5kg

Sian is a home economist with over 25 years experience as a secondary school teacher and now running her own private cookery school with a focus on meal planning. After years of seeing people struggling to provide healthy meals everyday for their families, she created her own meal planning system at Siansplan.com.