Meal plan – save money

roast citrus chicken

Meal planning is becoming more and more popular with 83% of now saying we do some sort of meal planning. The main reason being to save money. If you haven’t started, why not join the growing number of mums who want to cut costs by cooking from scratch?

This week’s family meal planner includes a roast citrus chicken, wok tossed stir-fry with cashew, salmon fish cakes, lentil curry, Mexican mince and carrot cake muffins.

  • roast-chicken meal planner
  • Roast citrus chicken and roast root vegetables: Lemon, limes and oranges give the chicken and gravy a delicious sharp taste which compliments the roast vegetables. It’s more economical than using chicken breasts too. Serve with herby roast potatoes.

  • wok cashew-chicken-pineapple-stirfry
  • Wok tossed cashew with chicken and pineapple stir-fry: A delicious, refreshing, sweet chicken dish using up leftover chicken from your roast. To make this dish go a little further add a tin of reduced calorie coconut milk with the sweet chilli sauce.

  • salmon fish cakes
  • Salmon fish cakes: Don’t forget a portion of fish this week. Salmon fish cakes served with tartar sauce, potatoes of your choice and a portion of veggies such as stir-fry cabbage and grated carrots work perfectly.

  • lentils
  • Lentil, potato and chickpea curry: This delicious recipe is really quick and easy to make midweek for the family. It’s a cheap meal too and you can use up almost any cooked or raw leftover vegetables. Serve with rice.

  • mexican-mince meal plan
  • Mexican mince with spicy potato wedges: Add fibre and nutrients to this spicy Mexican dish with a tin of beans, a money saving way to make the meat go further in this flavoursome cheese-topped meal.

  • carrot cake muffins meal plan
  • Carrot cake muffins: These yummy muffins only take 15 minutes to cook, compared to 50 minutes for a cake so you’re saving time, and you can even freeze a batch to save for next time.

  • meal plan shopping list menu
  • 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.