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

Meal Plan 5

This is the 5th 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.

For reference, I shopped for this Meal Plan in May 2022 at Aldi and it cost £34.21.

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 4 – 30 Minute Meals
Meal Plan 3 – £35 from Tesco
Meal Plan 2 – £33 from Aldi

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

⭐️ Serve with the mini wraps, 100g of the grated cheese, the avocado, and some of the 200g of yoghurt.

A baking tray with chicken oven fajitas ready to eat.
5 from 25 votes

Easy Chicken Fajitas {Oven Baked}

These Easy Oven Chicken Fajitas are a simple, quick family dinner. Chicken breast pieces coated in fajita seasoning, with peppers and onions, oven-baked to perfection. Serve with tortillas, sour cream or yoghurt, grated cheese and avocado for a complete meal.
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Dinner 2

⭐️ Sometimes Aldi sell bags of ready chopped ‘casserole vegetables’, which include all of the veggies in this recipe ready-prepared and they are good value. Annoyingly they didn’t have them in stock at the time of my writing this, but if they do you could substitute for all of the vegetables and save yourself some chopping!

⭐️ You can use whatever combination of similar root vegetables you prefer.

Tray filled with cooked sausages and vegetables for the recipe Sticky Sausage Tray Bake.
4.94 from 145 votes

Sticky Sausage Tray Bake {Easy & Delicious}

This simple Sticky Sausage Tray Bake is comfort food packaged in one healthy meal that is super easy and so delicious. A winner for the whole family!
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Dinner 3

⭐️ Use 700g of beef instead of the 1kg mentioned in the recipe (1kg is for 6 portions). You can also increase the spinach from the recipe if you like as you’ll have a larger bag.

⭐️ Replace the 200g of curry paste with 4 tsp of medium curry powder (as Aldi don’t sell paste).

⭐️ Serve with the poppadoms, rice, extra mango chutney and yoghurt on the side.

Beef curry in a slow cooker.
4.94 from 513 votes

Slow Cooker Beef Curry

This Slow Cooker Beef Curry is mixed up in just 5 minutes, no preparation required. A tasty 'fakeaway' it also happens to be light and healthy.
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Dinner 4

⭐️ Double the recipe listed (as that’s only for two people). I used 2x 500g packs of courgettes and 1x aubergine for the doubled recipe (it should be 2x aubergines) but this was a cheaper way of having the same weight of vegetables and still tastes great.

⭐️ Serve with the bake-at-home baguettes.

A large pot filled with cooked halloumi bake recipe.
4.90 from 209 votes

Mediterranean Tomato and Halloumi Bake

This Mediterranean Tomato and Halloumi Bake is a quick, healthy, vegetarian dinner. Delicious crispy, salty cheese slices on top of a rich tomato vegetable sauce.
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Dinner 5

⭐️ No notes on this one, apart from it’s my new shortcut and I actually think it tastes better than a traditional Tuna Pasta Bake – what do you think?!

Pan full of Tuna Pasta Bake.
4.93 from 39 votes

Tuna Pasta Bake {Easiest Ever Recipe!}

There's a reason this is the ultimate Tuna Pasta Bake recipe. A budget-friendly classic that’s super easy, healthy and good for the soul.
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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. Bought the ingredients yesterday and tried out the fajitas today, loved them and so quick and easy! On the shopping list there is a swede – which recipe is this used in please? Thanks!

    1. Hi Stef, sorry there was a mistaken swede on the first list (as you can use it in the sausage traybake) but I removed it as not vital. Is the total on the one you have £34.21? That’s the latest version that’s on the site now, no swede. Sorry for the confusion!

      1. Hi, thanks for your reply! No problem, the list I can see is £34.68 which includes the swede. Trying the sausage tray bake tonight so will add the swede anyway, looking forward to it!

  2. Hi Sarah, thanks again for these meal plans. I’ve saved so much money since shopping to your plan and the food has been wonderful and so different from the boring meals I was cooking before! As an FYI to anyone on here, I just bought all the stuff for this meal plan from Tescos and it cost £ 34.68 (18th May 2022)