Feel stuck in a rut with weekday family meals? We've worked out a five-night plan of satisfying, child-friendly food that everyone can enjoy together – and on a budget too.
When it comes to cooking on a budget, planning your meals in advance means you can maximise the use of your ingredients and minimise waste. Cooking separate meals for different members of the family not only creates a lot of work, but can easily rack up the expense of your weekly shop. We've chosen these recipes for their taste, simplicty and family-friendly qualities. Simply scroll down to view our handy weekly shopping list, as well as things to check your store cupboard for.
Turkey burgers with sweet potato chips
Welcome the kids home from school with scrumptious homemade burgers, and you are sure to be popular. Turkey thigh mince is a lean but flavoursome meat, simply shape into patties with cheese and spring onions, and serve in healthier wholemeal buns. This hearty meal will count as one of your five-a-day and is high in fibre, iron and vitamin C. We're betting on clean plates all round.
Smoked haddock & sweetcorn chowder with herby garlic bread
A creamy, wholesome soup that is a great way of getting fussy eaters to eat fish. Serve with buttery homemade garlic baguette and plenty of parsley for the ultimate warming supper.
Cauliflower & bacon pasta
What do you get if you add cauliflower cheese to pasta and bacon? Comfort food heaven. This creamy gratin will have everyone round the table in no time. And it's one of your five-a-day, high in calcium, folate and vitamin C.
Oven-baked ratatouille & sausages
Pack in two of your five-a-day with sweet roast onions, courgettes and red peppers, then serve in a tomato sauce alongside sizzling pork sausages. A seriously tasty Thursday night supper.
Nothing says Friday night like a beautiful homemade curry, and this one will kick a takeaway to the curb. It's flavour-packed but mild enough for kids. It takes just ten minutes of preparation - so plenty of time to enjoy the beginning of the weekend with the family.
|2 spring onions|
|1.5kg / 3lb 5oz sweet potatoes|
|1/4 x cucumber (or 1 small Lebanese cucumber)|
|2 x salad to serve with Turkey burgers and Cauliflower & bacon pasta (optional)|
|3 onions and 8 garlic cloves|
|small pack flat-leaf parsley|
|1 red pepper|
|100g bag baby spinach|
|500g / 1Ib 2oz turkey thigh mince|
|225g / 8oz cheddar|
|300g / 11oz streaky bacon|
|300g / 11oz smoked haddock|
|8 large pork sausages|
|450g / 1Ib boneless, skinless chicken thighs|
|5 soft wholemeal rolls|
|325g can sweetcorn|
|300g / 11oz dried pasta shapes|
|2 x 400g cans tomatoes|
|165g jar korma paste|
|7 tbsp olive oil|
|400ml / 14 fl oz chicken stock|
|200g / 7oz potatoes|
|25g plain flour, plus 2 tbsp|
|900ml / 1.5pts milk|
|about 165g / 6oz butter|
|1 tsp Dijon mustard|
|1 tbsp sunflower oil|
Did you try our meal plan? We'd would love to hear how you got on. Or do you have any tips for eating on a budget?