These budget family meal plans are designed with mid-week dinners in mind. All these recipes are quick and easy, using only a few ingredients that overlap in order to keep the weekly shopping cheap. Family-friendly dinners on a budget.
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Whether you use every recipe listed or use these healthy dinner ideas as a starting point for designing your own meal plans, let these ideas guide you to having more inspiration and confidence in the kitchen.
Healthy family meal plan
- Chicken and mushroom pot pie
- Easy teriyaki salmon stir fry
- Sausage and pepper pasta
- One pot Mexican rice
- Prawn Thai curry noodle bowls
- Cauliflower cheese soup with puff pastry twists
Meal prep ideas
Meal prep can be a tremendous help to get dinner on the table on busy weeknights. Below, I've listed some of the quick shortcuts or meal prep you can do to get ahead of the game.
- Chicken pot pie- you can make the filling in advance and keep it in the fridge or the freezer until you're ready to place the pastry on top and bake the pie.
- Cauliflower cheese soup- Almost all soups benefit flavor-wise from being made in advance. This one is no different. It can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- All recipes- slice vegetables for the recipes to come throughout the week. Keep them in separate containers in the fridge until ready to use.
What to do with leftover ingredients
I really try and keep the ingredient list small and make sure to use all the items on it, however, as with most meal plans, there are often a few bits and pieces that are extra or leftover.
- Vegetables- you will probably have leftover vegetables, fresh and frozen. The frozen vegetables will last almost indefinitely in the freezer. Simply, divide the extra fresh vegetables throughout each recipe. Extra courgette (zucchini) in the one-pot Mexican rice, or some extra sweet corn in the sausage and pepper pasta.
- Puff Pastry- save any scraps of leftover puff pastry and toss them with some cinnamon and sugar some make these puff pastry twists.
If you're new to Aldi or new to the website I'll give you a quick rundown of the pantry staples and favourite fresh food that I always like to have on hand.
- olive oil
- brown rice
- white rice or basmati
- tinned beans- black beans, kidney beans and chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- soy sauce- light and dark
- small flour tortilla- great for making tortilla chips or wraps
- coconut oil- please don't even ask me why coconut oil is so expensive everywhere else, but for some reason, in Aldi, it's a fraction of the price. It's also great for skincare, so it's a great pantry item.
- tinned tomatoes- or you can use passata which is a smooth tomato sauce Perfect for making this one-pot chorizo pasta.
- peanut butter- honestly, the smooth pb from Aldi is on par with any high-end brand name. And it's the key ingredient in these peanut butter cookies.
- Fresh vegetables, fruits and whole foods
ground beef (mince)
- chicken breasts
- grape tomatoes
- green onions
- feta cheese
- cottage cheese or Greek yoghurt- I change it up weekly
- sour cream or creme fraiche
- Cheese- this usually depends on what types of cheese feature in that week's Aldi meal plan that I'm creating
About the budget meal plan
These simple budget dinner ideas are ever-changing and they feature a mix of both the Savvy Bites classics as well as new recipes every week. Each recipe has the number of servings it makes as well as the nutritional information for each recipe.
Most of the recipes in each plan are designed to serve a family of 4 and most will have leftovers. The exceptions will be the slow cooker recipes, like this special slow cooker meal plan, which will usually serve up to 6 people. Each recipe also gives tips on how to store and reheat leftovers.
With food waste such an important issue both economically and environmentally never has it been so important to be mindful of what we consume. But of course, it's still important to make delicious, creative, inspiring and healthy meals.
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