Welcome to a new year and a whole new budget meal plan! We're starting with a 4-week dinner meal plan full of easy family recipes that require few ingredients but deliver in the flavour department!
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This week's meal plan comes in at £23.44 ($29 USD)! These are all easy 30 minute dinners this week with very little prep ahead jobs!
Cooking on a budget shouldn't mean boring tasteless meals or the same dinner over and over. My meal plans include easy pasta recipes, one-pot meals, and simple slow cooker classics. But the one thing they all have in common is that they are budget-friendly and keep the ingredient list to a minimum. Cheap meals can be exciting, full of bold flavour, and still be nutritious and easy to make.
Dinner is on me! For the next 4 weeks, while these meal plans roll out I'll be giving away a £25 Aldi gift card each week to help get dinner on your table! *See bottom of post for details.
For the next 4 weeks, you'll be able to make 5 easy, healthy, and delicious dinners that you can make on a budget of £25.
Here's what's included:
- Meal plan with 5 costed recipes for the week.
- Itemised shopping list so you can check off what you have, so you just get the ingredients you need and don't forget anything.
- Prep guide with quick tips to get ahead and how to store and reheat leftovers.
As with all my previous meal plans, these are completely free and will always be free.
You may want to make all five recipes and have leftovers for lunches, or you may pick just a couple and add them to your weekly rotation. Either way, these recipes are designed to fit into your life and make budgeting easier.
Week 3 Recipes
Dinner 1- Turkey Meatballs in Thai Curry sauce Recipe cost- £5.18
These juicy, tender Thai meatballs are bursting with bold, exotic flavours. The perfect balance of spicy, sweet, and savoury, with a hint of lemongrass and coriander, create depth and complexity while still keeping this a 30-minute dinner.
*You can easily use mince chicken or pork instead of the turkey.
Dinner 2- One pot Mexican rice Recipe cost £2.72
All you need is one pot and a few ingredients for this one. It's a 30-minute dream dinner. This is a one-pot rice so do measure the liquid accurately. You can add in some grilled chicken or grilled halloumi to bulk it out.
Dinner 3- Air Fryer Chicken Thighs Recipe cost- £5.82
These boneless skinless air fryer chicken thighs are low in fat but high in flavour and protein. Coated in homemade seasoning with savoury garlic, smoky paprika, and earthy oregano. They're air fried until crispy on the outside with the juiciest tender meat once you cut into them.
*You can use chicken breast for this recipe or even substitute some pork chops with this spice rub.
Dinner 4- Smoky Mushroom Tacos Recipe cost- £4.65
Grab a big pack of wonky mushrooms for this recipe and keep them whole. Mushrooms have a rich, meaty umami flavour that is so satisfying. The pineapple salsa is sweet and tangy, but you can use a jar of salsa if you prefer.
*Save leftover mushroom filling to stir into soups or pasta.
Dinner 5- One Pot Chorizo Pasta Recipe cost- £5.28
Mildly spicy with a rich tomato sauce, this one pot pasta is always a crowd favourite. It takes less than 30 minutes and you can easily turn it into a pasta bake, for extra cosy comfort.
How did you cost the recipes?
Each recipe has been costed individually so you can decide which dinners you want to make based on how much each one cost.
Each recipe has been calculated adding the costs of each ingredient used, in the amount used, rather than adding the full price of items purchased. Some argue that you can’t just buy 2 tablespoons of olive oil or soy sauce, so the recipe actually costs more to make.
The counterargument to that is that you don’t buy an entire bottle of oil or sauce every time you make a recipe, nor do I consider an ingredient “free” if I already have it in my cupboards and didn’t need to buy it for that recipe. Both methods have their caveats, but I find the method used here to be the most representative of the recipe’s true cost.
This meal plan was designed to use the least amount of ingredients possible to keep costs down, but to use them in unique combinations. So, you'll see alot of the same ingredients over and over. This not only keeps costs low but reduces waste. Below are the ingredients that you will see repeated.
- olive oil
- vegetable oil
- dried herbs and spices
Before you shop for this meal plan please check your cupboards and fridge/ freezer for ingredients you may already have.
*Especially items like fresh garlic, limes, lemons and fresh herbs.
Sign Up To Receive Our Full Meal Prep Guide
So yes, now you have a list of links that gives you what you need to make a seriously delicious week of meals.
But we took it a step further than just a list of links.
We have a full grocery list and meal prep guide for you!
This £25 meal plan series is 4 weeks long. That means that you'll get all 4 plans, along with the shopping list, and the prep guide sent to you every week so you have a month of dinners taken care of for £100!
How to get me to buy you dinner?
For the next 4 weeks, I'll be giving away a £25 Aldi gift card!
How to enter
To enter this promotion, visit Instagram and do the following:
2. Like the post and tag at least one friend in the comments section of the Savvy Bites £25 Week One Instagram post advertising the prize draw.
One winner will be randomly selected using a computer process on 22/01/2023
I would love to know what your experience is with meal planning. Drop a comment below and let me know if you love meal plans or if you're a cook who wings it at dinner time!