Meal plan – yummy, healthy and quick recipes

Store cupboard pizza

Recent research carried out by Bird’s Eye discovered that over a third of Britons failed to cook healthy meals because of lack of time. Reality is that homemade meals are much healthier, cheap and usually yummier. It can also be a relaxing hobby with a reward at the end!

This week’s family meal planner includes Shepherd’s pie with cabbage and grated carrot, chicken pieces, pan fried with onion gravy and bubble and squeak, tuna pasta bake with sweet corn and spinach, falafel and sweet pepper salad, and store cupboard pizza with coleslaw. The approximate cost is just £24.19 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.

  • Shepherds pie
  • Shepherd’s pie with cabbage and grated carrot: Who doesn’t love Shepherd’s pie and fresh green shredded cabbage with carrots? Cook, double the amount of potatoes, cabbage and carrots and then use half for bubble and squeak on the next day. Approx price: £5.18 or just £1.30 per portion.

  • chicken pieces meal plan
  • Chicken pieces, pan fried with onion gravy and bubble and squeak: The recipe states chicken fillets, if you have more time for cooking, legs and thighs are delicious but remove the skin after cooking. Approx price: £4.75 or £1.18 per portion.

  • tunapastabake meal plan

  • Tuna pasta bake with sweet corn and spinach: A simple pasta bake meets all purposes. Serve with corn and spinach to balance the meal. Approx price: £4.22 or £1.05 per portion

  • falafel salad meal plan
  • Falafel and sweet pepper salad: The meatless meal for the week. Delicious and fairly quick to make. Approx price: £5 or £1.25 per portion.

  • Store-cupboard pizza meal plan
  • Store cupboard pizza with coleslawLook no further than your store cupboard for tonight’s meal. Top with ham, canned pineapples and whatever toppings you like. Approx price: £5.04 or £1.26 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.