Quick & budget family meals

Save time and money as well as livening up your midweek meals with cheap and comforting recipes that are sure to be a hit with the whole family – you won't look back.

Discover five nights of fresh, budget-friendly family meals that won't create mountains of washing-up or keep you trapped in the kitchen. 

Speedy sausage stroganoff tagliatelle

Sausage tagliatelle

Make instant meatballs with this wholesome, filling and flavoursome recipe that the whole family will love. It might leave you with some lunchbox leftovers, too, if you’re feeding younger kids. It’s on the table in 20 minutes so you can spend more time relaxing on the sofa than cooking in the kitchen.

Speedy sausage stroganoff tagliatelle


Honey & soy chicken thighs with sesame broccoli

Honey & soy chicken thighs

These sticky homemade chicken thighs are sure to be a big hit with the kids and are a great way to introduce them to cheaper cuts of meat. Serve with a steaming bowl of rice and let the family help themselves.

Honey & soy chicken thighs with sesame broccoli

Mexican bean burgers with lime yogurt

Mexican bean burgers

Homemade bean burgers might sound like a faff on a busy weeknight but this recipe couldn’t be any easier and takes just 10 minutes to prepare. If you want, prep ahead, then make double and freeze them, so that next time you can just pop them under the grill.

Mexican bean burgers with lime yogurt

Vegetarian fajitas 

Vegetarian fajita

This 15-minute super-easy recipe means there's no need for expensive fajita kits, and swapping chicken breast for healthy, filling beans is another great way of keeping costs down. Fresh, flavoursome and fast, this is sure to become a family favourite. 

Vegetarian fajitas 


Peanut butter & prawn noodle salad

Prawn noodle salad

Fast Friday food that will pack a bit of a punch, this fragrant noodle salad makes a great alternative to a takeaway and the secret ingredient is peanut butter. You only need 15 minutes to get it on the table.

Peanut butter & prawn noodle salad
 

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