Meal plan – quick cooking from scratch

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There is so much in the news about carbs (sugar) and fat in our diets again. Did you have a chance to watch Sugar vs. Fat on BBC2 recently? Providing a good variety of meals cooked from scratch using wholesome ingredients (with the occasional treat of course) has proven time and time to be the answer to optimizing peoples health.

This week’s family meal planner includes Mexican chilli and lime burgers, chicken chow mein, spicy bean burritos, potato and pea curry and fish pasties. The approximate cost is just £17.80 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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  • Mexican chilli and lime burgers with Guacamole: These delicious burgers are spicy, mildly hot and creamy. If you serve them wedged between halves of toasted bread rolls, there’s no need to serve them with any more carbs. If you prefer, serve them with sweet potato wedges, couscous or pitta bread. Approx price: £2.54 or 64p per portion.

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  • Easy chicken chow mein: Making your own chicken chow mein is quick and easy. Use light or low sodium soy sauce, fresh ginger is best but you can add a pinch or two of dried ginger in its place. Serve with green veg like broccoli or bok choi. Approx price: £4.55 or £1.14 per portion.

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  • Spicy bean burritos with spicy potato wedges: A delicious meatless meal. The burritos are very filling and you may not need to serve the potato wedges, flavouring a good mixed salad instead. Approx price: £3.29 or 82p per portion.

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  • Potato and pea curry (Aloo Matar): Yummy leftover dish as you may have accumulated a few extra potatoes. This meal costs pennies per portion and if preferred add slices of cooked or raw chicken into the curry once the liquid has been added. Cooking for 15 minutes. Approx price: £3.57 or 89p per portion.

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  • Fish pasties with steamed green beans: Tasty fish pasties, served with half a plateful of green beans per person. Serve with a carb of your choice or a second vegetable like corn, carrots or even frozen peas if your family is feeling hungry. Approx price: £3.85 or 96p 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

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.