Five nights of budget family suppers for £30

  • By Lily Barclay - Senior writer -

Stay on budget with our beautiful brand-new recipes. We're talking about fresh, family food that will keep everybody well-fed and happy.

Rising food prices have meant that many families have started shopping and cooking in a thriftier fashion. Our five nights of budget suppers minimise waste, maximise taste and should leave you with plenty of inspiration.

We've also provided you with a handy shopping list at the bottom to make your week even easier, though please note the £30 total has been calculated to not include the 'check your fridge, freezer and cupboard ingredients'. We'd love to hear how you get on...

SpaghettiSuper smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

Serve your pasta with a budget-busting tomato, bacon and paprika sauce. It's a healthy and hearty choice - the addition of streaky bacon also means it is packed full of flavour, and is perfect for a speedy Monday night supper.  Plus, it's two of your seven-a-day done.

Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

Kedgeree with poached egg Kedgeree

In need of a comforting supper? This filling curried fish and rice dish replaces traditional boiled eggs with poached, for a scrumptious meal that's good for you too. There is also very little time and effort involved, so more of the evening is free for relaxing.

Kedgeree with poached egg

Fritter wrapsLamb & chickpea fritter wraps

Mixing minced meat with pulses is a brilliant, budget way of getting your protein. These spiced lamb and chickpea patties with yogurt, coriander and salad make the perfect filling for flatbread, for a fresh and flavour-packed supper.


Mushroom, ricotta & rocket tart Mushroom & ricotta tart

Puff pastry has got to be the ultimate easy, crowd-pleaser when it comes to feeding a family. Top with creamy cheese, garlicky mushrooms and fresh rocket for a simple yet stunning meal for four.

Chunky chilliChunky chilli

Use chunks of stewing beef in your chilli con carne for a robust and healthy dish. Serve with rice, a squeeze of lime and fresh coriander for perfect Friday night food. It's also packed with two of your five-a-day.

Chunky chilli


Shopping list

Fruit & veg

3 onions
10 garlic cloves
1 lemon
small pack parsley
1 red chilli
small pack fresh coriander
1 romaine lettuce
4 tomatoes
1 small red onion
525g family pack mushrooms
50g/2oz rocket
1 lime


5 eggs
150g pot 0% Greek yogurt
1 sheet ready-rolled puff pastry
250g tub ricotta

  Meat & fish

120g smoked streaky bacon
390g pack fish pie mix
250g pack lean lamb mince
400g diced stewing beef

Dry goods

400g spaghetti
3 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
400g can chickpeas
210g can chickpeas
4 large tortilla wraps
1-2 tbsp chipolte paste
400g can kidney beans in chilli sauce

Check your fridge, freezer and cupboards

8 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp smoked paprika
grated Parmesan (optional)
300g long-grain rice, plus extra (optional)
1 heaped tbsp curry powder
2.5 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander 
1.25 ground cinnamon
oven chips (optional)

If you would like to try our other five night meal plans, check out our five nights of family suppers and five nights of budget family suppers.

Have you followed our meal plan? We'd love to hear how you got on...

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cocoinlondon's picture

This is so great, when I had some friends staying for the week, I did an online food shop of all the ingredients and we had home cooked food every night. Recipes are easy to follow, and very quick, something different every night! Thanks!

sinesteele's picture

Radeth - did you try any of these recipes? Or did you really dismiss them out of hand because they were called supper dishes? A "few" of the UK people call the evening meal supper, a few call it tea and a few call it dinner, I personally can cope with eating a supper recipe for my tea. Please comment on the recipes.

The chilli was delicious!

radeth's picture

These recipes are meals, not 'suppers' - they should be lunch, dinner or tea.
A supper is eaten just before bedtime, it was originally soup and bread (souper), but usually now simply a drink of milk and a light snack. This is why I never take Good Food articles seriously - they are written with only a choice few of the UK population in mind.

donna_wowee's picture

Do you take all articles literally? The articles that Good Food generate are generally interesting and at least they are trying to do something to help people who find their purse strings have been tightened where their taste buds have not. If you don't care for the articles produced in general, then don't waste your time reading them...I personally don't waste time on things I find inadequate - talking of which...

flash-harry's picture

You don't take Good Food articles seriously because they have used the word 'supper' as a means of describing a hearty meal?!? Seriously? Love the supper ideas GF, keep them coming!