Sometimes it’s all the jars and pots of delicious accompaniments that add to the cost of a meal. But then that’s what often makes a delicious meal a wow meal!
The downside is how much sugar, salt and preservatives are added to sauces. Making your own not only saves you money because you won’t buy so many bottles but homemade is much better for you and your family.
This week’s family meal planner includes quick spaghetti bolognese, lentil and cheeseburgers, shredded chicken quesadillas, salmon fish cakes and cheese omelette. The approximate cost is just £22.33 for a family of four! (price correct at time of publication – supermarket prices and offers may vary – exclusive of store cupboard staples).
Quick spaghetti bolognese: This dish has everything you want in terms of taste, goodness and value. No need for side dishes and accompaniments here unless you want to add more veggies from the freezer or a fresh homemade salad. Approx price: £2.75 or 69p per portion.
Lentil and cheeseburgers with coleslaw: If you haven’t made a lentil burger before, give it a go. Homemade coleslaw is delicious and you’ll have enough ingredients to serve with the fishcakes or omelette. Approx price: £2.62 or 66p per portion.
Shredded chicken quesadillas with lime salsa and quick guacamole: It’s great fun to make as well as good fun to eat. All the accompaniments like guacamole and salsa are included in the recipe. Shredded cooked chicken is really good value as it looks like you have so much more. Approx price: £8.61 or £2.15 per portion.
Salmon fish cakes with frozen mixed veg and hot chilli dressing: You can cook and mash the potatoes for these fishcakes the night before, it’s just that much handier. Love that this meal is really good value and can be served with a homemade chilli sauce for a bit of extra punch. Approx price: £5.43 or £1.35 per portion.
Cheese omelette: A simple meal for the end of the week. You could have some spinach and perhaps a tin of corn to add extra nutrients. Serve with leftover coleslaw from Tuesday night. Approx price: £2.92 or 73p per portion.
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).
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.