Meal plan – recipe challenge

spicy lamb tacos

Interesting fact about recipes: on average mums have eight cookbooks, yet only use five recipes from them. Try out this week’s challenge to stick to all five, and save money whilst eating a healthy and balanced diet. Tip: always read through the recipe first and make sure to prep before starting the cooking process. Good luck!

See below for delicious recipes including chicken and prawn laska, lentil and chickpea curry, spicy lamb tacos, salmon fish cakes and cauliflower pasta gratin.

  • chicken and prawn   laska
  • Chicken and Prawn Laska: This Malaysian creamy main course soup is very easy to make. Served traditionally with noodles or rice, which is placed in the soup. Alternatively serve with mashed potatoes and finely chopped spring onions.

  • lentil chickpea curry
  • Lentil, Potato and Chickpea Curry: This quick and easy but delicious recipe uses up store cupboard ingredients. it is a good stand-by recipe for a meat-free day. Almost any cooked or raw leftover vegetable can be added when cubed.

  • spicy lamb tacos
  • Spicy Lamb Tacos: A delicious wholesome meal in 30 minutes. Quicker than a takeaway and tastier than a read-made meal. Alternatively use turkey, mince or good lean beef mince. To save money, reduce the mince by 1/3 and add couscous or wholegrain breadcrumbs, or mashed kidney beans.

  • salmon fish cakes
  • Salmon Fish Cakes with Salad: If the family prefer tuna, you can simply swap the salmon for tuna. Use leftover potatoes from a roast dinner to make these fish cakes, and prepare in advance and freeze until required.  Serve with tartare or sweet chilli sauce and with salad.

  • cauliflower pasta   gratin
  • Cauliflower Pasta Gratin: Deliciously comforting and especially welcoming on the purse. Serve on its own or with slices of hot or cold meat or fish. The ingredients are not included  in the shopping list – so use food from the store cupboard and leftover ingredients from this week’s meal plan.

  • meal planner stress   free
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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).

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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.