Meal plan – balanced diet

fish fingers

A balanced diet can be a synonym of quick, easy and delicious. All these recipes meet these requirements.

This week’s family meal planner includes quick spaghetti bolognese, chicken fajita wraps, mexican chilli bean soup, breaded fillet fish fingers with spicy potato wedges and coleslaw, and lentil, potato and chickpea curry. The approximate cost is just £17.69 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.

  • spaghetti bolognese
  • Quick spaghetti bologneseOne of the nations favourite meals, no need for pasta sauce, its cheaper, healthier and tastier to make your own. Add extra vegetables as you cook the bolognese, saves dirtying another saucepan. Approx price: £2.75 or 69p per portion.

  • chicken fajita wraps
  • Chicken fajita wrapsCook and let everyone serve themselves. Approx price: £5.75 or £1.43 per portion.

  • mexican chilli bean soup
  • Mexican chilli bean soup: No special skills needed in cooking this soup, delicious served with whole-wheat crusty bread or rolls. Full of wholesome goodness. Approx price: £5 or 83p per portion.

  • Breaded fillet fish fingers
  • Breaded fillet fish fingers with spicy potato wedges and coleslaw: Both children and adults love these homemade fish fingers, so no fighting. Furthermore, they are a healthy source of protein. Approx price: £5.83 or £1.45 per portion.

  • lentil chickpea curry
  • Lentil, potato and chickpea curry: Delicious heart warming food made in minutes. If you’ve got to buy rice this week try basmati whole grain, it has a nutty flavour but will need 10 minutes longer to cook. Add the rest of the spinach from the grocery shopping to this curry just a few minutes before you are going to serve. Approx price: £3.36 or 84p 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).

More family meal planners

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.