Meal plan – simple cooking

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This week’s meal plan is packed with vegetables to spring clean your body and mind, and legumes (beans) to provide slow release energy for all the extra activities that summer brings. Cut down on portions and to save money by making the most of your leftovers.

See below for delicious recipes including chicken, spinach and lentil casserole, veggie curry, chilli con carne, fish with butter beans and chorizo and tomato and bean soup.

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  • Chicken, spinach and lentil casserole: One of the healthiest and filling recipes you can serve the family. If your children are quite small, share one fillet to reduce the cost of your weekly shop.

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  • Vegetarian curry: A cheap, nutritious, delicious meal. A popular leftover recipe as you can  use up cooked and uncooked vegetables to make this wholesome meal. A favourite ‘takeaway’ meal which can be made faster than the trip to your nearest takeaway.

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  • Chilli Con Carne: A delicious mexican food, this recipe is great for the home cook as it‘s quick and easy. If you want to save a few more pennies you can double the beans and reduce the amount of beef.

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  • Fish with butter beans and chorizo: White fish such as haddock, whiting, coley, cod etc contrast nicely with the chorizo and tomatoes to make a striking nutritious dish. Serve with wilted spinach.

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  • Quick tomato and chickpea soup with crusty bread and salad: This soup is easy to make and when served with bread and salad it makes a sound, nutritional meal. Blend using a stick blender if you feel the children in your family favour a smooth soup. You can even replace the chickpeas with a tin of baked beans.

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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.