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This meal plan is all about cooking up 30 minute winter warmers without having to do the thinking.

Here’s 5 super speedy family friendly dinners that won’t break the bank!

Meal plan 16 images of recipes

For my 16th meal plan I really wanted to create another weekly signpost to some of my super speedy recipes that can be on the plate in 30 minutes or less. What’s more, they’re cosy and comforting to see us through another cold January week.

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 January 2023 at Aldi and it cost £29.59.

Why use a meal plan?

⭐️ 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 Meal Plans here:

Meal Plan 15More 30-minute feasts
Meal Plan 14Sanity savers
Meal Plan 13One pot winners

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Some tips:

➡️ 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.

The recipes

Dinner 1

⭐️ This recipe uses shop-bought meatballs for a quick win.

⭐️ The recipe here calls for 300g mushrooms, the shopping list uses 250g as that’s the pack size available at Aldi. Feel free to add other vegetables if you like.

Recipe for Meatball Pasta Bake with ready-made meatballs and pasta, topped with cheese in a tomato sauce.
5 from 75 votes

Meatball Pasta Bake {30 Minute Meal}

This super-speedy Meatball Pasta Bake recipe uses ready-made meatballs for a quick win. It’s so delicious and is a dead-cert favourite for the whole family.
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Dinner 2

⭐️ Made in 15 minutes.

⭐️ A fun, serve-yourself, sociable dinner.

⭐️ NOTE! If you’re using the shopping list, there’s enough included to make DOUBLE the slaw in this recipe. Then save the rest to serve with the Naan Pizzas tomorrow!

How to make Prawn Tacos with lime and cajun.
5 from 20 votes

Prawn Tacos {with Zesty Dressing}

Serve up these delicious and easy Cajun Prawn Tacos with a zesty lime dressing and homemade coleslaw for a light and delicious dish.
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Dinner 3

⭐️ Quick prep and just 10 minutes in the oven.

⭐️ Customise your own toppings – perfect for a family pizza night.

⭐️ Serve with the extra slaw you made yesterday!

Delicious and easy naan bread pizzas topped with cheese and pepperoni.
5 from 17 votes

Naan Bread Pizza

A quick and easy prep followed by 10 minutes in the oven, you'll be turning to this delicious cheat's homemade Naan Bread Pizza recipe time and time again.
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Dinner 4

⭐️ Whole meal ready in just 10 MINUTES!

A pan full of fresh tortellini lasagne - a simple 10 minute meal.
5 from 32 votes

Spinach and Ricotta Baked Tortellini Lasagne {10 Minute Meal}

Some days just call for a quick, delicious, budget-friendly, cheat's recipe, and that's just what this 10 minute Baked Tortellini pasta dish is.
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Dinner 5

⭐️ Ideal for cooking up a fakeaway in 30 minutes.

⭐️ If you’re using the shopping list above, we’ve included rice and broccoli to serve with this dish.

Close up of cooked Teriyaki Chicken with sesame seeds and broccoli.
4.86 from 111 votes

Easy Teriyaki Chicken {with Sticky Sauce}

This Teriyaki Chicken recipe with a delicious sticky sauce makes a brilliant, quick, healthy, midweek meal. No need to marinate, just stir fry and serve.
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Quick reminder, the printable shopping list can be found here.

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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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  1. Sarah, you are amazing and so are your recepies, the kids love your dinners. I will definitely be ordering the cook book 🤗 😋
    Thank you xx