If you have had a roast chicken on Sunday (which is always better value than fillets), you can use leftover chicken to make up the chow mein on Monday. For the rest of the week, there are plenty of family favourites, all cooked within 35 minutes.
This week’s family meal planner includes easy chicken chow mein, mini burgers, frittata with spinach, onion and cheese, potato and pea curry and fish goujons. The approximate cost is just £22.24 for a family of four! (price correct at time of publication – supermarket prices and offers may vary). Links in our recipes will show you where to get the best deal.
Easy chicken chow mein: As a cook this is one of my favourite recipes simply because it is good value and takes minutes to cook with minimum preparation. I always serve extra vegetables in the chow mein like grated carrots, spinach or even a handful of finely shredded cabbage. To balance the meal nutritionally serve a fruit and yoghurt desert or just a piece of fruit. Approx price: £6.64 or £1.66 per portion.
Mini burgers: Mini burgers are a great idea when the ages within a family differ, or when the family is bigger. Choose the best quality mince beef, even if it means buying less and filling with a tin of drained mashed chickpeas. I sneak these in to add extra nutrients and fibre. Personalise your salad with nuts, fruit and dressings. Approx price: £3.89 or 65p per portion.
Frittata with spinach, onion and cheese: Weary Wednesday – take cooking easy tonight with a simple frittata and fill with whatever you have in the fridge. Serve with a tin of baked beans if you fancy a change from salad. Approx price: £3.66 or 91p per portion.
Potato and pea curry: A new recipe added to this week’s meal plan. Simple, easy to cook and delicious. Read the recipe a few times and go for it! Approx price: £3.57 or 89p per portion.
Fish goujons with homemade chipped potatoes: Fishy Friday treat! If using frozen fish, take out in the morning and defrost in the fridge for the evening meal. Why not get the children to help make the batter? Don’t forget the turmeric – the secret to golden looking batter, and the fizzy water to make the batter crispy. No stodgy batter! Approx price: £4.48 or £1.12 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 Siansplan.com.
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).
Every week, Sian from Siansplan.com 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.