Meal plan – simple and quick

chicken fajita wrap

Keeping your meal plan simple is very important when you’re first starting out and here are some meal planning ideas for families that everyone should enjoy. Any leftovers can be eaten for lunch the next day.

This week’s family meal planner includes quick spaghetti bolognese, chicken fajita wraps, vegetarian curry, cauliflower pasta gratin and fish chowder. The approximate cost is just £22.71 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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  • Quick spaghetti bolognese: A quick tip here is to add up to 150mls red wine if you have any leftover after Christmas. Wine gives a rich flavour to the sauce but will need to simmer for at least 20 minutes longer. Approx price: £2.75 or 69p per portion.

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  • Chicken fajita wraps with potato wedges: Say no to chips for your family. Potato wedges are virtually zero empty calories when you use olive oil sparingly. Approx price: £5.75 or £1.44 per portion.

  • vegetarian-curry meal plan
  • Vegetarian curry with wholegrain rice: Besides being a delicious, easy recipe it is extremely healthy and easily digested. Don’t forget you always have the option to add a couple of diced chicken fillets into the curry at the same time as the curry paste is added. Approx price: £6.66 or £1.67 per portion.

  • cauliflower pasta gratin
  • Cauliflower pasta gratin: Yummy leftover dish. Pop in extra vegetables like peas, corn and even diced ham etc. Try using half low fat cheddar cheese and half low fat mozzarella cheese to cut calories. Approx price: £2.88 or 72p per portion.

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  • Fish chowder with wholegrain brown bread: Look out for fresh or frozen bags of seafood, what is an easy way to add variety into the chowder without compromising nutrient value. Approx price: £4.72 or £1.18 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.