Meal plan – mix it up


Home cooks are often all too happy to keep repeating the same old recipe week in week out. It’s tiring for you and the family eating the same meals every week. That’s why I love meal planning –  it makes it easier to remember all those delicious recipes you have at the back of your mind and forgotten all about. That’s what this meal plan is all about this week. What recipes haven’t you cooked recently?

This week’s family meal planner includes chilli con carne and rice, chicken and broccoli stir fry, easy tomato and bean soup with Caesar wrap, tuna pasta bake and carbonara. The approximate cost is just £21.07 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.

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  • Chilli con carne and rice: A nutritious dish made with kidney beans. Add diced carrot along with the peppers and onion for a well balanced meal. Approx price: £4.89 or £1.22 per portion.

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  • Chicken and broccoli stir fry: The sweetness of the banana brings an unusual dimension to this very healthy and fast recipe. Omit the bananas if you prefer. Serve with noodles. Approx price: £5.00 or £1.25 per portion.

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  • Easy tomato and bean soup: A chunky or smooth soup that be made with beans of your choice. Serve with Caesar wrap with brie and rocket. Approx price: £1.13 for the soup and £3.05 for the wraps (total £4.18 or £1.04 per portion.

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  • Tuna pasta bake: A simple recipe for all the family to enjoy. Delicious served piping hot with winter root vegetables such as cabbage and grated carrots. Approx price: £4.22 or £1.05 per portion.

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  • Carbonara: A simple yet delicious hearty pasta meal that can be prepared quickly at the end of a busy day. Approx price: £2.78 or 69p per portion.

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  • 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

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.