Christmas meal planner

Christmas meal plan

Did you know that the cost of Christmas dinner for the average family this year has risen to £93?

This is my Christmas meal plan. It’s going to help my family over Christmas, and I hope it helps yours.

If you take into consideration that one third of this food could end up as food waste, a little forward planning could save you a fortune!

My savvy five day Christmas meal plan starting on Christmas Eve includes mince beef, one turkey, plenty of vegetables, homemade pudding, cranberry and bread sauces, plus lemon and thyme stuffing. Yummy!

Tips for an affordable 5 day Christmas feast

1. Plan five days’ meals in advance (or just follow my simple five day meal planner here)

2. Write out a shopping list (or print off the one below) and check it twice – once in your larder at home and once as you shop in the supermarket.

3. Make your own cranberry sauce, bread sauce and stuffing – it’s all cheaper and definitely more delicious.

4. Don’t hoard food – a shop close to you will be open on boxing day.

5. Store food correctly to avoid waste.

This is my Christmas meal plan. It’s going to help my family over Christmas, and I hope it helps yours.

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

About our family meal planner

All the meals included in our weekly meal planners are child friendly, form part of a daily balanced diet, and will provide nutrients from each of the food groups (proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals), says Sian.

They include plant and animal protein such as red meat, white meat, fish, and eggs along with cheese, chickpeas, nuts and seeds for meatless days. Sian says the secret to stress-free, low-cost healthy meals is to plan what you’re cooking to make sure you have the right ingredients in the right amount in your kitchen ready cook.

Every week, Sian puts together five easy recipes for the 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 (below) that you can print out and take with you to the supermarket.

This week’s meal planner

With very little effort, we can all dine in style this Christmas and more importantly within our means. Planning in advance, buying only what you need according to your list and never shopping when you or the children are hungry will help immensely.

I have already added double the amount of vegetables into the list to use as leftovers on Boxing Day and in the broth. The turkey in the list is big enough for a family of four for the main Christmas dinner and two leftover meals.

If you use turkey for sandwiches then a bigger turkey may be required.

All that’s left is to wish you and your family a truly wonderful and delicious Christmas!

Christmas eve:

Christmas day:

Boxing day

27th December

28th December

Shopping list

Baked Products

Baking soda – 1 tsp           
Breadcrumbs – 310g


Brandy (optional) – 3 tblsp    
Port (optional) – 1 tblsp      
Sparkling water – 200 mls

Cereal, grains and pasta

Corn flour – 3 tblsp           
Plain flour – 1-2 tblsp           
Spaghetti dry – 120 g           
White self raising flour – 275 g           
Basmati rice – 2 cups

Dairy and egg products

Butter or Flora (green tub) – 350 g           
Eggs – 2           
Milk – 825 mls           
Butter (unsalted) – 50 g           
Single cream – 120 mls

Fats and oils

Olive oil – 2 tblsp

Fruits and fruit juices

Pineapple – 1 tin           
Fresh cranberries – 300 g           
Lemon – 4           
Orange – 3          
Mixed fruit – 250 g

Legumes and legume products

White beans – 1 can

Beef products

Lean minced beef – 350 g

Pork products

Pancetta (or 4 bacon slices) – 200g

Poultry products

Turkey – 4 kg

Soups, sauces, and gravies

Vegetable stock – 1 litre           
Turkey or chicken stock – 1 litre           
Tomato sauce – 5 tblsp

Spices and herbs

White wine vinegar – 1 tblsp           
Mixed spice – 1 tsp           
Nutmeg (ground) – 1/2 tsp           
Whole cloves – 15           
Bay leaves – 6           
Black peppercorns (optional) – 14           
Fresh thyme – 2 bunches            
Small stick cinnamon – 1           
Fresh rosemary sprigs – 3-4   
Turmeric powder (optional- for colour) – 4 pinches       
Mixed herbs (e.g. thyme/parsley) – 1 bunch       
Parsley – 2-3 sprigs           
Chopped chives – 1


Sugar – 140 g           
Demerara sugar – 250 g

Vegetables and vegetable products

Onion – 9           
Tomatoes (canned, in tomato juice) – 1           
Cabbage (optional for broth only, use leftover brussel sprouts instead) – 1/8th            
Carrots – 11           
Parsnips – 5         
Leeks – 500 g           
Brussel sprouts – 1kg            
Red lentils – 6 tblsp           
Spring onions – 11           
Potatoes (peeled and cut into even chunks) – 5 kg

Don’t forget to add store cupboard breakfast and lunch ingredients.

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