Meal plan – 2 for 1 cooking

two meals in one spag bol lasagne

Yippee! I love the back to school routine and it shows in this week’s meal plan. Wednesday seemingly is the worst day for getting a home cooked meal on the table. So guess what? That’s not going happen this week as I’ve chosen Monday to cook a recipe which will give me two meals. Roll on Wednesday  – I’m ready! The rest of the week is full of delicious veggies and easy cooking. Enjoy.

This week’s family meal planner includes spaghetti bolognese, lentil, potato and chickpea curry, lasagne, cauliflower pasta gratin and fish with butter bean, chorizo and tomato cassoulet with a dip in dip out salad. The approximate cost is just £19.12 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.

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  • Lasagne: It doesn’t take much more effort to cook an extra meal for Wednesday. I often prepare the vegetables on Sunday and store them between layers of damp kitchen paper in an airtight container in the fridge. The Lasagne should be cooked on Monday as I find the lasagne curls up otherwise. Approx price: £6.39 for this two for one recipe around 79p per portion.

  • lentil chickpea curry
  • Lentil, potato and chickpea curry: A firm favourite for all the family. Cook extra rice and serve leftover for lunch the next day. Approx price: £3.86 in total or 96p per portion.

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  • Spaghetti bolognese: Leftover from your two meals in one on Monday this spaghetti bolognese will be super quick to prepare this week. Approx price: £6.39 for this two for one recipe around 79p per portion.

  • cauliflower pasta gratin
  • Cauliflower pasta gratin: The rest of the cauliflower from the curry will be used up in this dish along with store food items. Serve will leftovers if you have any or add a tin of tuna or salmon. A really cheap wholesome meal. Approx price: £2.88 or 72p per portion.

  • fish and butter bean cassoulet
  • Fish with butter bean, chorizo and tomato cassoulet: Chunky fish dish served in a delicious sauce. Adding fresh or frozen green vegetables will add extra nutrients. Approx price: £5.99 or £1.50 per portion.

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    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

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).

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Every week, Sian from 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 with 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.