Weekly Family Dinner Plan

Now and then I like to pat myself on the back for managing to cook healthy meals for my family over the last 30 years. Yes, it’s true because it’s easier not to bother. Families aren’t always in the habit of thanking the ‘cook’ after a freshly cooked meal but rest assured that all the evidence leads to home cooked meals using wholesome ingredients being the best choice. Which brings me nicely to my weekly family dinner plan.

Monday – Mexican Chicken Stew
Use chicken fillets or the tastier cheaper legs and thighs but don’t forget to allow extra time for cooking. Leftovers are delicious reheated for lunch the next day.

Tuesday – Spicy Lamb Mince Tacos and Spicy Potato Wedges
Lamb mince is full of flavour, alternatively us leaner turkey or chicken mince. Home made potato wedges are 100% superior in taste and nutrition to frozen wedges or even chips.

Wednesday – Chicken, Broccoli and Sweet Chilli Stir Fry
Yet another ‘Weary Wednesday’ quick meal. Dinner on the table in 30 minutes. Hooray!

Thursday – Pan Fried Citrus Glazed Salmon with Steamed Broccoli
Our fish dish of the week. Serve with a carbohydrate such as basmati rice, mashed potatoes or whole grain pasta. There should be some broccoli left over from Wednesday, if not dig into your freezer for frozen vegetables.

Friday – Easy Tomato and Bean Soup with warm crusty bread
End of the week and all you want is to curl up in front of the telly. This soup fits the bill well.

Shopping List

Baked products
Store Cupboard

8 Taco Shells Baked2 Chicken stock cube
4 Crusty Rolls7 tblsp Olive oil
2 Vegetable stock cubes
Cereal, Grains and Pasta
15 g Cornflour
140 g Quinoa
1 can Chickpeas
1 pack Frozen Peas
Dairy Products
6 Onion
100 mls Natural Yoghurt
3 cans Chopped Tomatoes
100 mls Sour Cream2 tsp Chilli Powder
1 tsp dried Thyme
Fish Products
3 tsp Cumin
4 Salmon Fillets
1 tsp Coriander (leaves)
2 Cloves Garlic
2 tsp Garlic Puree
3 Fresh Lime (or 3 tblsp Lime Juice)
5 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp Tabasco Sauce
Lamb Products
450 g Lamb Mince
1 Can Pinto beans (canned)
Poultry Products
8 Chicken fillets
2 tblsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
2 Broccoli
1 Green Pepper
1 Lettuce Leaves
3 Red pepper
8 Rooster Potatoes
2 Spring onions
4 Tomatoes
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About the Author


Sian Breslin is a qualified home economist, Mum of 3 boys and teacher for over 25 years. She is founder of Sian's Plan and believes that healthy eating can be made convenient with a little organisation.
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