5 nights of budget family suppers

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

chunky chilli in a pan

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...

Super smoky bacon & tomato spaghetti

Super 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 with poached egg
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

Lamb & chickpea fritter wraps

Lamb & 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 & rocket 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 chilli

Chunky 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

2 red peppers
1 red onion
4 garlic cloves
1 leek
2 lemons
16g rocket leaves 
5 new potatoes
4 carrots
1 celery
175g green beans
4 onions
20g fresh coriander

 4 potatoes



90g feta cheese
5g Parmesan cheese 
72g fat free Greek yogurt

  Meat & fish

500g lean lamb mince 
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

  • Ground turmeric
  • Caster sugar
  • Ground cumin
  • Olive oil
  • Crushed chillies
  • Cumin seeds
  • Vegetable stock cubes
  • Sweet smoked paprika
  • Garam masala 

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...

Comments, questions and tips

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23rd Jan, 2017
Do not trust the shopping list, it's not even close to being correct. The over all menus is good and after a second shopping 1trip to purchase all the missing ingredients it worked well. Good Food please don't put a shopping list when it misses the majority of the MAIN ingredients.
8th Sep, 2016
What a time-saving resource! I am suggesting that you make these menus a weekly feature on the website. It makes dinner so easy to plan for time constrained people. May I also suggest that you have a version for solo dinners. It's so easy to eat the same thing again an again. Also: I cooked the mushroom tart. Easy and delicious.
24th Aug, 2015
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!
4th May, 2014
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!
30th Apr, 2014
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.
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19th Jun, 2014
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...
1st May, 2014
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!
11th Dec, 2017
I'd be interested to know if anyone got their children to eat any of these and what the reaction was. I can see mine eating the bacon pasta and possibly the chilli (though the challenge of beef in a different format than mince is probably too big an ask of my 5-year-old who won't eat roast chicken thighs but will eat chicken thighs cut up and grilled). Is it possible to have a "5 proven to be eaten by all but the most fussy children budget family meals"?
28th Nov, 2016
I'm not sure what is going on with the shopping list, but it is extremely inaccurate. Would it be possible to correct it?
24th Aug, 2015
Hi Lily, I was wondering whether you had other meal plans that is similar to this - a complete list of ingredients and easy recipes - but a meal plan for 1 or 2 people. Appreciate your help.
1st May, 2014
can you please tell me the recipe for lamb and chick pea fritter wraps I cannot seem to find it next to your photo of the meal, thank you Lisa
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6th May, 2014
Hi Lisa, thanks for getting in touch. Here's the link to the recipe: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/lamb-chickpea-fritter-wrapsWe'll also add it to the paragraph above - sorry for the inconvenience and enjoy the recipe! Best wishes, BBC Good Food web team
6th May, 2014
6th May, 2014
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