School’s out soon and family routine is going to be disrupted. Great if you can manage a lie-in a couple of mornings, but not so good for meal times. To maintain a healthy diet and retain a few pounds in your pocket, keep on meal planning over the summer holidays. This will help you avoid filling the family with high calorie, low nutrition snacks and instead fill them up with plenty of summer veggies which are at their cheapest at the moment.
This week’s family meal planner includes Moussaka, chicken fajita wraps, stuffed peppers, tomato, pasta and cheese melt and fish with butter bean, chorizo and tomato cassoulet.
Moussaka: Aubergines are selling from as little as at 50p each in the supermarkets at the moment, so it’s a really good time to try something new. Beef mince can be used instead of the lamb mince if cheaper.
Chicken fajita wraps: A firm favourite in my family. Try using boneless thigh meat instead of chicken fillets because they taste better and are always cheaper.
Stuffed peppers: Peppers are on special offer in most stores at the moment, from as little as a pound per pack of 3 in Asda, so a good time to stock up!
Tomato, pasta and cheese melt: Pan fry and add vegetables like peppers you may have leftover from your shopping basket to this vege recipe. Add a tin of butter beans or chickpeas for extra protein and fibre. Top with plenty of grated cheese.
Fish with butter bean, chorizo and tomato cassoulet: There are a number of obscure fishes available which are much cheaper than sustainable cod and haddock. Coley perhaps being the best choice at the moment.
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 Siansplan.com.
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).
Every week, Sian from Siansplan.com 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.