Meal plan – chicken and spices

roast citrus chicken

Delicious roast chicken takes centre stage in this meal plan. You can also make a second meal and a lunchtime broth out of the leftover meat and carcass. Spice your week up as well with some cumin and thyme!

This week’s family meal planner includes roast citrus chicken with roast root vegetables and gravy, shredded chicken quesadillas with lime salsa and quick guacamole, vegetable & lentil hot pot, devilled sausages with hot mash, cabbage and grated carrot, chowder (mixed fish) with crusty bread, and vegetable broth/soup. The approximate cost is just £32.51 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.

  • roast citrus chicken
  • Roast citrus chicken with roast root vegetables: Choose a good plump chicken, as you will need some of the leftovers for the chicken quesadillas. Shred the leftover chicken, cover with cling film and place in the fridge for tomorrow. Approx price: £6.05 or £1.51 per portion

  • shredded chicken quesadillas
  • Shredded chicken quesadillas: Although the recipes states to use a frying pan I often cook both at once in the oven. We all get to eat at the same time then. Serve with beans, vegetables or salad. You can use up the leftover cooked chicken in this recipe. Approx price: £8.61 or £2.15 per portion.

  • lentil hot pot

  • Vegetable & lentil hot pot: So easy and so wholesome. If this recipe is a little bland, add a teaspoon of cumin or a few teaspoons of thyme. Approx price: £2.31 or 57p per portion.

  • devilled-sausages meal plan
  • Devilled sausages with hot mash and cabbage and grated carrot: Just the thing you need on these cold evenings. Adding mustard to the mash gives it that extra warmth and it’s so easy to do. Approx price: £4.74 or £1.18 per portion.

  • chowder mixed fish meal plan
  • Chowder (mixed fish): One of the ultimate comfort foods. Much easier to make than you think,  salmon and cod are usually used but you can put in whatever fish you like. Approx price: £1.28 or 28p per portion.

  • vegetable broth
  • Vegetable broth: To get the most out of the chicken, make this vegetable broth and this will be lunch for a couple of days this week. Approx price: £5.93 or £1.98 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.