Meal plan – wholesome ingredients

easy tomato and bean soup

Families aren’t always in the habit of thanking the ‘cook’ after a freshly cooked meal but rest assured that all the evidence leads to home cooked meals using wholesome ingredients being the best choice.

This week’s family meal planner includes Mexican chicken stew, spicy lamb mince tacos and spicy potato wedges, chicken broccoli and sweet chilli stir fry, pan fried citrus glazed salmon with steamed broccoli, easy tomato and bean soup with warm crusty bread. The approximate cost is just £24.01 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.

  • mexican chicken stew
  • Mexican chicken stew: Use chicken fillets or the tastier cheaper legs and thighs but don’t forget to allow extra time for cooking. Leftovers are delicious reheated for lunch the next day. Approx price: £8.33 or £2.08 per portion

  • spicy lamb tacos
  • Spicy lamb mince tacos and spicy potato wedges: Lamb mince is full of flavour, alternatively us leaner turkey or chicken mince. Homemade potato wedges are 100% superior in taste and nutrition to frozen wedges or even chips. Approx price: £5.64 or £1.41 per portion.

  • chicken broccoli stir fry meal plan
  • Chicken, broccoli and sweet chilli stir fry: This is a nutritious and quick meal, dinner on the table in 30 minutes. Approx price: £5 or 1.25p per portion.

  • salmon meal plan
  • Pan fried citrus glazed salmon with steamed broccoli: Serve with a carbohydrate such as rice, mashed potatoes or whole grain pasta. Approx price: £4 or £1 per portion.

  • easy tomato and bean-soup
  • Easy tomato and bean soup with warm crusty bread: Sometimes you just want to curl up in front of the TV, and this soup fits the bill well. Approx price: £1.28 or 28p 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.