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I’ve got some corkers for you in this week’s budget-friendly Meal Plan – a total of FIVE brand new recipes for you to try out! 

These have all been tried and tested many times to make sure they tick all the boxes and, of course, are totally DELICIOUS. Hopefully full tummies and smiling faces for another week are in the bag.

Photo collage of 5 meals from Meal Plan 24.

This week’s free weekly meal plan contains a lovely combination of some spring/summery dishes that are perfect for family dinners, make-ahead meals or leftovers lunches.

We’ve got FIVE easy recipes that are bringing all the flavours of fakeaways without the price tag or calorie count – from burritos to pasties, burgers to peri peri chicken and a simple pasta dish. Hope you love them all!

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 June 2023 at Aldi and it cost £34.10.

Why use a weekly food planner?

⭐️ Knowing exactly what food to buy avoids food waste and saves you money.

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

The printable shopping list can be found here.

You can find more of my Weekly Meal Plans here:

Meal Plan 23 – Five dinners under £30

Meal Plan 22 – Menu plan with 3 BRAND NEW recipes

Meal Plan 21 – Family favourites

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 one pot recipe.

⭐️ All in one meal – no need for extra sides.

Chicken, rice and vegetables seasoned with Peri Peri in a big pot for a family dinner.
4.98 from 43 votes

Peri Peri Chicken and Rice One Pot

Packed with veggies, this all-in-one Peri Peri Chicken and Rice One Pot is a surefire hit with all the family. Just what you need from a 30 minute midweek wonder!
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Dinner 2

⭐️ Another NEW RECIPE that everyone will love! 

⭐️ Vegetarian and full of goodness – ready in 20 minutes.

Courgette Spaghetti Pasta in a big pan.
5 from 25 votes

Creamy Courgette Pasta {20 Minute Meal}

This vegetarian pasta dish is light, fresh and ready in 20 minutes. A simple but special midweek winner, Creamy Courgette Pasta is nutritious and super tasty.
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Dinner 3

⭐️ Crispy and totally delicious homemade ‘fast food’ – but NO frying.

⭐️ Serve with a side of Homemade Chips, if you are using the shopping list there will be potatoes left over for this.

⭐️ If you’re using the shopping list, cut the cheese slices from the block of Cheddar.

Crispy Chicken Burgers on a board with a side of dressing and salad.
5 from 27 votes

Crispy Chicken Burgers with Hot Honey Mayo

These Crispy Chicken Burgers with Hot Honey Mayo dressing are the ULTIMATE homemade fast food recipe. Tender chicken breast with a crispy coating inside a burger bun is your healthy fakeaway that’s totally delicious but also quick and easy.
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Dinner 4

⭐️ Perfect 30 minute make-ahead meal or handy on-the-go dinner or lunch.

⭐️ Serve with tortilla chips (you will have some left from the Crispy Chicken Burger recipe).

⭐️ If you’re using the shopping list, we have replaced the mozzarella in the recipe with Cheddar, to save you buying an extra bag of cheese.

Mince beef with rice and beans inside a tortilla for a delicious beef burritos recipe.
5 from 27 votes

Easy Beef Burritos {30 Minute Meal}

This delicious Mexican-inspired Beef Burritos recipe is a hearty meal all in one wrap. It’s super convenient too – ready in about 30 minutes and fantastic for an on-the-go treat or as part of a bigger dinner.
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Dinner 5

⭐️ A homemade version of the classic high street bakery favourite! 

⭐️ You could serve these with salad, peas or extra potatoes. (If you’re using the shopping list, there will be iceberg lettuce, peppers, peas and potatoes left from earlier recipes!)

Four delicious homemade cheese and onion pasties on a baking tray, golden brown and straight out of the oven.
5 from 43 votes

Cheese and Onion Pasties {Greggs Style}

These homemade Cheese and Onion Pasties are the perfect answer to a picnic treat, a quick lunch or a buffet side. SO easy and totally comforting and delicious, this recipe is inspired by our favourite British high street bakery classic.
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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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