If you’re looking to save money and eat well for less, the key really is meal planning. Sitting down each week, planning a menu of tasty family meals and only buying what you need can save your family an awful lot of time and money. I try where I can to meal plan, setting out a fortnightly menu and then doing a big online shop for everything I need. This saves me so much time and money, plus knowing what I’m cooking on whichever night takes the thinking out of it.
It’s easy for me to say the meal planning is the key to success, but I can guarantee that when I sit down with my blank piece of paper to plan out the next 14 family meals, I cannot think of one single family meal. Over the last few months I’ve been putting together a list of the meals I’ve made, so when meal planning day arrives I just have a quick look through my list for inspiration and then get down to work.
If you’re stuck for ideas for family meals your family will actually eat, below you will find a list of 55 family meals that we cook on a fairly regular basis, where there is a recipe for that dish on my blog I have included a link to it.
55 ideas for family meals your family will actually eat
Baked butternut squash
Baked fish and vegetables
Battered or breaded fish and chips
Beef or mushroom stroganoff
Chicken casserole served with potato gratin
Chilli con carne
Curry and rice
Egg and chips
Fishfingers chips and beans
Galette (a bit like a pie)
Homemade Chicken nuggets or goujons
Hot dogs or these pizza hot dogs
Imam Bayildi (Baked aubergines)
Jacket sweet potatoes with sour cream and spring onions
Jamie Oliver’s Butternut Squash Penne Pasta
Lentil cottage pie
Pie and mash
Pizza – shop bought or homemade
Sausages and mash
Spaghetti and meatballs
Spanish style sausages in bravas sauce
Spinach and ricotta cannelloni
Sweet and sour pork or chicken
Thai style curry
Toad in the Hole
Tuna and Sweetcorn Pasta Bake
55 family meal suggestions – that’s not a bad place to start from is it? I hope you’ve found some inspiration. I’ll be adding to this list as time goes on, so expect it to grow and grow.
What are your favourite family meals? Have I missed anything essential off my list?