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Using a weekly Meal Plan takes the drama out of midweek dinners. Stay balanced, save money and save your sanity!

Weekly Meal Plan7

This is the 7th weekly meal plan I will be sharing on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok, and so many of you asked for all of the info in one place, so here it is. Watch out for the videos of each recipe coming each night this week, so you can cook along.

Just a couple of notes on the shopping list for this plan:

➡️ I have listed the cheapest eggs on the shopping list but I bought free-range instead, just because that’s a choice I’m happy to pay for.

➡️ I also bought a lower % fat mince as it’s my preference. Again, obviously personal choice.

➡️ There are two vegetarian recipes this week, but if you want to add meat to the Crustless Quiche recipe, it’s really easy, just add some ham or bacon to the shopping list.

For reference, I shopped for this Meal Plan in June 2022 at Aldi and it cost £29.48.

Why use a weekly food planner?

⭐️ Knowing exactly what food to buy for avoids food waste, saving 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 6 – £35 from Aldi
Meal Plan 5 – £35 from Aldi
Meal Plan 4 – 30 Minute Meals


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

⭐️ Annoyingly, Aldi don’t sell breadcrumbs right now. You can either buy them elsewhere or you can make your own. Make your own by putting stale bread into a food processor or grating it. You can freeze it first to make it easier.

⭐️ The recipe uses a mix of beef and pork mince, but here I’ve just used 500g of beef to keep costs down. They are still delicious.

⭐️ Serve with some of your grated cheddar rather than Parmesan.

⭐️ You could also serve with half of the white cabbage (steamed) on the side for extra vegetables. (We are only using half of this in the other recipes this week.)

⭐️ In the shopping list I’ve put the cheapest mince option (20% fat). I prefer to use a lower fat mince like 5% or 10%, but it is up to you and what your budget will allow.

A rich and delicious family favourite - easy Italian-style meatballs served with spaghetti.
4.84 from 31 votes

The BEST Meatballs with Rich Tomato Sauce

This Easy Meatballs Recipe is perfect for a quick supper. This Italian classic recipe is a family friendly dinner that everyone will enjoy. It's also great for batch cooking and  freezes really well.
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Dinner 2

⭐️ Serve with homemade potato wedges and coleslaw.

⭐️ For the wedges:

  • 1kg Potatoes
  • 2tbsp Oil
  • 2tsp Salt
  • 2tsp Dried Oregano
  1. Preheat the oven to 200c, and cut your potatoes into wedges (I don’t bother peeling as am lazy 🤫)
  2. Coat in the oil, salt and garlic granules and spread on a single layer on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 45-60 minutes (depending on your wedge size) turning once.

⭐️ To make the coleslaw:

  • 1/2 White cabbage, very thinly sliced
  • 1 Onion, very thinly sliced
  • 2 Carrots, peeled and grated
  1. Mix with yoghurt (from the shopping list) and a squirt or two of mayo to your taste.

⭐️ Save leftover coleslaw to serve with the burgers on Friday!

Slices of cooked crustless quiche.
4.56 from 47 votes

Crustless Quiche {Easy Vegetarian Recipe}

This an easy and delicious Crustless Quiche recipe. Quick, simple and healthy, this vegetarian recipe is also gluten free and low carb (if that's your thing). This recipe makes a brilliant dinner, packed lunch or brunch dish.
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Dinner 3

⭐️ I used chicken breasts instead of thighs in this plan (just because, ya know, good to live dangerously sometimes) but whichever you fancy is fine.

⭐️ I served with boiled rice and carrots and cucumber (1/2 of the cucumber) cut into strips with a vegetable peeler. Plus another squeeze of lime over everything before serving.

Chicken Satay recipe on a bed of rice and salad.
4.81 from 31 votes

Chicken Satay Skewers {with Peanut Sauce}

This Chicken Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce recipe makes a really tasty family dinner. Learn to make this quick and easy satay sauce from scratch.
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Dinner 4

⭐️ Serve with the leftover coleslaw from earlier in the week and Homemade Chips.

⭐️ I substituted lime for lemon in the recipe as I had them already on the shopping list. You do need zest of 2 limes instead of 1 lemon in the recipe. 

⭐️ I had to cut the skin off of the salmon fillets. It’s worth looking up how to do this on YouTube as once you learn how to do it properly, it’s ridiculously easy.⭐️ I used some of the fresh flat leaf parsley from the shopping list.

Salmon burgers in a bun on a board.
5 from 7 votes

Fresh Salmon Burgers {with Tzatziki Dressing}

These easy Salmon Burgers are a perfect twist on a standard burger. Full of healthy salmon and flavour, the fresh Tzatziki Dressing is a delicious accompaniment.
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Dinner 5

⭐️ This recipe actually serves 6. As the Aldi frozen butternut squash bags come in 500g size, I just used one instead of the full 700g in the recipe. I kept all other measurements the same. So this will probably make 5 portions if you’re following this meal plan? It freezes very well.

⭐️ Aldi also don’t sell curry paste. I used curry powder but you can use whichever you have in your pantry.

⭐️ Serve with boiled rice.

A bowl with butternut squash curry with rice and a fork ready to eat.
4.96 from 62 votes

Easy Butternut Squash Curry {Ready in 30 Minutes}

This vegan Butternut Squash Curry recipe is a deliciously comforting and nourishing dish. It’s also easy, ready in 30 minutes, is full of flavour and the whole family will love it.
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Quick reminder, the printable shopping list can be found here.

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