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As always we’re creating a combo of easy family meals for a week and we’ve got a super budget-friendly meal plan for you.

Most are so simple, some are speedy, and ALL are totally delicious! That’s the diner thinking done for another week, then..

Five recipes included in Meal Plan 23.

Another brand new weekly meal plan is here! You know the drill – 5 dinners, for 4 people and the total bill for this one is under £30. 🤩

As always, there’s loads of variety and there’s a strong focus on convenience, but despite this we’ve still got curry, pasta, a stir-fry and a pie! Hope you love it.

I’ll be sharing this meal plan on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok, so watch out for the videos so you can cook along.

For reference, I shopped for this Meal Plan in May 2023 at Aldi and it cost £28.20.

Why use a weekly food planner?

⭐️ Knowing exactly what food to buy for avoids food waste, saving you money.

⭐️ Having a plan for dinner each night avoids the mental load of “what’s for dinner?” questions every night.

The printable shopping list can be found here.

You can find more Weekly Meal Plans here:

Meal Plan 22 – Menu plan with 3 BRAND NEW recipes
Meal Plan 21 – Family favourites
Meal Plan 20 – Old classics and new creations

Some tips for using a family meal planner:

➡️ Check for any items on the shopping list that you already have in your cupboard.

➡️ Maybe think about doubling up and freezing a recipe or two where the recipes are suitable, so save cooking another day or for the weekend.

➡️ Remove ingredients for any meals that you don’t want to cook.

➡️ The shopping list includes the cheapest version of each ingredient. Obviously if you want to buy lower fat mince or free range etc, that’s personal choice.

➡️ All of the recipes are to serve 4, so if you’re cooking for 2, simply halve the ingredients.

Weekly meal ideas – The recipes:

Dinner 1

⭐️ A BRAND NEW slow cooker recipe. 

⭐️ Super easy vegetarian curry that’s ready in 3 hours.

⭐️ Serve with naan bread (we have included these in the shopping list).

Chickpeas and spinach in a tomato, creamy sauce in the slow cooker for a vegetarian Chana Saag recipe.
5 from 74 votes

Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry {Chana Saag}

This vegan Spinach and Chickpea Curry made in the slow cooker is so easy, made of simple store cupboard ingredients, takes little effort or time, and is satisfying and delicious. An all-round winner!
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Dinner 2

⭐️ Another NEW RECIPE 🤩

⭐️ Shortcut, simple, affordable AND delicious!

Fresh basil and buffalo mozzarella over the top of a rich, tomato and basil pasta dish.
5 from 18 votes

Tomato and Basil Pasta {with Mozzarella}

This simple but classic dish involves roasting the ingredients to make a rich sauce, making this low-effort dinner into something special. Tomato and Basil Pasta is perfect served up as a family midweek dinner or a simple lunch.
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Dinner 3

⭐️ Another super-shortcut quick win for this BRAND NEW recipe.

⭐️ Ready in under 30 minutes and a perfect healthy fakeaway.

Rice, beef mince and vegetables mixed together for Beef Fried Rice dish.
5 from 36 votes

Easy Beef Fried Rice {30 Minute Fakeaway}

If you’re looking for the perfect weekend fakeaway, you’ve got to try this Chinese Beef Fried Rice. A quick stir fry in less than 30 minutes, it’s also healthy, budget-friendly, so easy to make and totally delicious. Enjoy!
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Dinner 4

⭐️ An old school dinner classic that’s hearty and satisfying. 

⭐️ We have included cheddar on the shopping list for the topping here, but you could use whatever you have left at home.

⭐️ Serve with peas on the shopping list as a side.

Cowboy Pie straight out of the oven. Sausage and beans topped with mash.
5 from 61 votes

Cowboy Pie {Mash-Topped Sausage & Beans}

Sausages in a pie with beans and topped with cheesy, buttery mashed potato. Hello old school dinner classic! This Cowboy Pie is a hearty feast that’s so simple and will be a massive hit with kids (and adults).
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Dinner 5

⭐️ This recipe uses 1kg chicken thighs, you may want to use more to ensure that everyone gets two each – they often vary in the number in the pack.

A large pan of chicken with carrots and potatoes to make up a tray bake of Honey Mustard Chicken recipe.
4.78 from 79 votes

Honey Mustard Chicken {One Pan Meal}

This baked Honey Mustard Chicken tray bake is a deliciously sticky and tasty one pan dish.
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Quick reminder, the printable shopping list can be found here.

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Featuring 100 delicious recipes that can be cooked in one pot, you can open any page in this book and find something that will give you not only a meal that the whole family will eat and enjoy, but also one that makes your life a little simpler in the process.

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Sarah Rossi founder of and author of 'What's for Dinner?' books.


Hi, I'm Sarah. I help busy people decide 'What's for Dinner?' Find hundreds of recipes here, and also in my bestselling recipe book. Hope my recipes make your life easier ❤️

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