Meal plan – New year, new you

vegetarian curry

January always starts with a healthy eating challenge but this year is different. Consumer trend forecasters tell us that 2014 is the year everyone wants to eat healthier.

That means more home cooked fresh foods using healthy cooking methods and correct portion sizes. So lets start as we mean to go on. Swap white pasta, rice and breads for whole grains and brown when shopping next. And don’t forget to meal plan because it makes eating healthier so much easier.

This week’s family meal planner includes vegetarian curry, citrus chicken and broccoli stir fry, fisherman’s pie, and bistro stew and herby dumplings. The approximate cost is just £30.09 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.

  • vegetarian-curry meal plan
  • Vegetarian curry: A cheap, nutritious, delicious meal. Approx price: £6.66 or £1.67 per portion.

  • citrus-chicken meal plan
  • Citrus chicken and brocolli stir fry: Save money on this dish by using up vegetables that you may have in the kitchen before you purchase more or swap the chicken for chickpeas and cubes of cheese. Approx price: £7.14 or 1.78 per portion.

  • easy lentil soup meal planner

  • Easy lentil soup: This hearty soup is often what you need in the middle of the week. Approx price: £2.13 or 53p per portion.

  • fishermans pie meal plan
  • Fisherman’s pie: This delicious healthy pie is a balance of all the nutrients you want for the whole family. Approx price: £9.17 or £2.29 per portion.

  • Bistro stew and herby dumplings
  • Bistro stew and herby dumplings: The butternut squash melts into the gravy, thickening it with flavour and nutrients. Approx price: £5.8 or £1.45 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).

More family meal planners

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.