Meal plan – home cooking

meal plan home cooking feature

Processed food and food waste have raised their ugly heads again this week, but it just means there’s no better time to get home cooking.

After all, there really is no substitute for cooking using fresh basic ingredients. We owe that to our children!

  • meal plan home cooking
  • All the meals included in our weekly meal planners are child friendly, form part of a daily balanced diet, and will provide nutrients from each of the food groups (proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals), says Sian.

    Every week, Sian from puts together five 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.

  • roast-beef mealplan
  • Roast beef: A favourite traditional British dinner served with Yorkshire Puddings, roast vegetables, delicious gravy and horseradish sauce. Choose round roast for lean meat, rib eye roast or sirloin for full on flavour. With the leftover beef a delicious quick meal of crispy beef wraps served with Homemade potato wedges is on the menu for Monday.

  • lemon meringue meal plan
  • Lemon meringue pie: This is a really tangy tasting dessert. You can make individual pies or you can even bake a 20cm pie. Make your own pastry case if you have plain flour in the store cupboard, or alternatively purchase them.

  • crispy beef wrap
  • Crispy beef wrap: Delicious at lunchtime or dinner time, use the cooked roast beef from the Sunday joint. Use colourful peppers, and courgettes to mix in with the flavours of the beef cooked with cayenne pepper and cajun spice in a tortilla wrap. Serve with spicy potato wedges.

  • chicken-chow-mein meal plan
  • Easy chicken chow mein: Not only easy and delicious but also quick to make. Stir fry the chicken before the onions. Serve with spinach and corn which can also be added to the stir fry 5 minutes before serving.

  • fish fingers
  • Homemade fish fingers: Crunchy, delicious and full of goodness. Fish is high in protein and fish oil is also one of the few natural food sources of vitamin D. Serve with green pea and red onion pasta.

  • vegetable curry
  • Vegetable curry: Use up any leftover vegetables to make this wholesome meal. Curry paste is available in varying levels of spiciness, korma being my favourite. It is even more delicious the following day so cook up a big pot.

  • meal plan shopping list home cooking
  • Download this week’s shopping list here for free.

    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