Christmas can be expensive – especially the food… but we’ve found a way to eat well for less. Get your Christmas week meal plan sorted (including Christmas day) for under £50 (that’s just £2.50 per person!)
This Christmas week meal planner includes winter vegetable lasagne and green Thai chicken curry for the start of the week. Then for Christmas day: salmon fish cakes, succulent roast turkey, gravy with roast root vegetables, champs, brussels sprouts with pancetta and chives, lemon and thyme butter stuffing, and cranberry and port sauce. Finish with Christmas sticky toffee pudding with toffee brandy sauce. Then use up the leftovers and enjoy vegetable broth at the end of the week.
The approximate cost is just under £50 for a family of four! (price correct at time of publication – supermarket prices and offers may vary – exclusive of store cupboard staples). Links in our recipes will show you where to get the best deal.
WEDNESDAY – Winter vegetable lasagne: Pack in the veggies today to keep you fit and healthy for the coming week. Place leftovers in one-size portion plastic containers, label and freeze. These portions will be very handy for hungry family members over Christmas. Approx price: £5.53 or £1.38 per portion.
THURSDAY – Green Thai chicken curry: Christmas eve is all about last minute shopping and preparing for the ‘big day’. This meal slots in nicely. Quick, easy and delicious. Approx price: £4.31 or £1.08 per portion.
CHRISTMAS DAY – Salmon fish cakes to start, followed by a hearty traditional main course: succulent roast turkey and delicious gravy with roast root vegetables, champ, brussel sprouts with pancetta and chives, lemon and thyme butter stuffing and cranberry and port sauce. Finish with Christmas sticky toffee pudding with toffee brandy sauce. Approx price: £34.23 or £8.55 per portion (you can get you turkey at Lidl for just £9.99).
BOXING DAY – Leftover turkey dinner. We all love cooking on Christmas Day, but on Boxing Day, we’re usually exhausted and don’t want to start dinner again from scratch. The ideal meal is yesterday’s, all you have to do is portion, plate and reheat. The magic of this arrangement is that as members of the family will probably be doing their own thing today, so they can reheat their meal whenever they want.
SUNDAY – Vegetable broth and turkey, cranberry and stuffing sandwiches. By Friday you will be stuffed, tired and in the throes of cabin fever. A brisk walk in the park or along the beach clears the cobwebs and re-energises. What could be nicer than returning home to a bowl or two of homemade vegetable broth and leftover turkey, cranberry and stuffing rolls/sandwiches. Approx price: £5.93 or £1.98 per portion.
Download this week’s shopping list here for free. 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 every day for their families, she created her own meal planning system.
All the meals included in our weekly family meal planners are child-friendly and provide nutrients from each of the food groups (proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals).
Every week, Sian puts together five quick and easy recipes for our week’s family meal planner. You can choose to make them on whichever day of the week suits you best. She also puts together a shopping list that you can download for free and print out to take with you to the supermarket.
There is plenty of variety throughout the week, and each recipe is specially designed with a family and busy lifestyle in mind. None of the meals will take you long to prepare, and they will be ready for hungry tums to enjoy in no time. Quite simply a yummy family meal planner that includes quick and easy recipes so you can plan ahead, use leftovers, get the nutrients you need and save money in the process.
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