Meal plan – money saving dinners

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This week we’re trying out two of our favourite veggie meals – because even if you’re a meat-lover, there are some amazing vegetarian dishes that are a) extremely cheap, and b) extremely tasty! Try these mouth-watering dishes…

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  • All the meals included in our weekly meal planners are child friendly and provide nutrients from each of the food groups (proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals).

    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.

  • chicken and vegetable casserole
  • Chicken and vegetable casserole: Cut down on time and energy with this deliciously simple one pot wonder. For a budget meal use 8 chicken drumsticks or thighs instead of the chicken fillets and cook about 15 minutes longer. (Remove the skin from the legs and thighs before frying)

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  • Pineapple upside-down pudding: Fresh pineapples are readily available these days, although this retro pud was originally made with drained tinned pineapples. Feel free to use either. You can also add glace cherries to make pretty patterns and add colour in between the pineapple slices.

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  • Chilli con carne and rice: Kidney beans (or chilli beans as they are also known) are extremely nutritious and cheap. Reduce the amount of beef and double the amount of kidney beans to reduce cost.

  • cauliflower pasta gratin
  • Cauliflower pasta gratin: Deliciously comforting on a cold winter’s day and especially welcome on the purse. The dish only requires another serving of a green vegetables to become a well balanced meal. Serve on its own or with slices of hot or cold meat or fish.

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  • Lentil, potato and chickpea curry: This quick and easy recipe is delicious – and great for using up store cupboard ingredients. It is one of my stand by recipes on a green day. Almost any cooked or raw leftover vegetable can be added when cubed. Serve with rice.

  • fish goujons
  • Fish goujons: This batter is crisp and golden (thanks to the turmeric). Most children will enjoy eating fish this way. It’s as good if not better than good fish from a takeaway – and is a fraction of the cost. Serve with mushy peas and homemade chips.

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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