Meal plan – something different

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To add a bit more variety, this week’s meal plan includes a few new recipes, including a new summer salad that is easy to make and packed full of nutrients.

This week’s family meal planner includes lentil and cheese burgers, shredded chicken quesadillas, pasta provencale, mexican chilli and lime burgers and fish with butter bean and tomato cassoulet. The approximate cost is just £22.89 for a family of four! (price correct at time of publication – supermarket prices and offers may vary). Links in our recipes will show you where to get the best deal.

  • lentil and cheese burgers
  • Lentil and cheese burgers: If possible, do the prep for these the day before or at least cook the lentils when you’re making Sunday lunch. These burgers are delicious, so cheap to make and so nutritious. Serve with salad. Approx price: £2.62 or 66p per portion.

  • shredded chicken quesadillas
  • Shredded chicken quesadillas: This is a new recipe. It’s basically a hot tortilla sandwich cut into quarters. Each sandwich serves two people. Just be careful sliding the tortilla sandwich out of the pan and onto the baking sheet. A shallow pan is best. Approx price: £8.61 or £2.15 per portion.

  • pasta provencale
  • Pasta provencale: Wednesday has been declared the hardest time for choosing a home cooked meal, so this week just make a simple pasta dish. Use whatever leftovers you have to add extra flavours.  Approx price: £3.13 or 78p per portion.

  • mexican burger meal plan
  • Mexican chilli and lime burgers: There is nothing wrong with reducing the amount of meat in this recipe and adding a tin of drained chickpeas or kidney beans. Save money and add some extra nutrition. Serve with cranberry power salad and tortilla chips. Approx price: £2.54 or 64p per portion.

  • fish and butter bean cassoulet
  • Fish with butter bean, chorizo and tomato cassoulet: Nice and easy, chunky fish to finish a busy week. Frozen fish is quite acceptable as long as it is defrosted in the fridge. Serve with baby potatoes. Approx price: £5.99 or £1.50 per portion.

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  • 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).

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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.