One thing I hear from people is how can I feed my family healthy meals on a budget. It is no surprise that a recent study in the Journal of Public Health Nutrition said the Irish shopping basket contained 45.9 % ultra-processed foods, making Ireland the third highest consumer after Britain (50.7 %) and Germany (46.2 %). This happens because we are rushed for time, and those products are cheapest. So I tried to come up with a Healthy Family Meal Plan based on Supermarket specials to help busy families
The great thing about meal planning is that if you take 10 -15 minutes to plan for the week ahead you will ultimately save you time, save you money and you will end up eating healthier. So follow my Healthy Family Meal Plan today and start a healthier life for your family.
Healthy family Meal plan
Here is your downloadable Free Meal Planning Printables so you can make your own budget using local stores to you and I have included a Freezer Inventory to help you shop from your freeze.
Healthy family Meal Plan – recipes
Mince is on special a lot in supermarkets and this Tasty Slow-cooker chilli is full of flavour and great on a cold and miserable day. he great thing about chilli is you can make it as spicy or as mild as you like if you make it yourself and if you pop it in the slow-cooker in the morning you will come home to a delicious dinner.
Tip: You can swap beef mince for meatless mince which is 1.99 a bag. Going Meatless is one way of eating more Organically.
I am sharing this amazing Pan-fried Trout with Lemon in my newsletter – sign up below. Fish is so good for your family and if it is on special offer that makes it cheaper.
Tip: Look out for special offers to save money – Trout is on special in Lidl this week €3.00
Pizza is one of those processed foods we all love but you can make your own this tasty Gluten-free Pizza is so actually easy to make and with low-fat Mozzarella makes this a healthier meal. You can also use wholemeal pitta bread as bases if you want to make mini pizzas.
Tip – You don’t have to give up all your favourite foods to eat healthy just find ways to make them healthy
Turkey is a healthy meat and this stir-fry full of vegetables is a great family meal – printable recipe card here
Tip: Skinless turkey is low in fat. White meat is lower in kilojoules and has less fat than the dark meat
Chicken fillets are also on special offer, this amazing Easy Lemon Chicken with Asparagus and Potatoes is a great one pan meal that is easy to make and tastes fabulous.
Tip: If you can’t get a certain vegetable like Asparagus on special swap it out for green beans or broccoli
Sometimes you need quick and easy dinners and this Quick and Easy Bacon and Mushroom Pasta is great when you are in a hurry and kids love it.
TIP: You can get pasta in all sorts of varieties now from wholemeal to gluten-free
On Sunday I will be cooking our usual Roast Dinner with vegetable from the garden.
For dessert, I will make this Lemon Drizzle Cake with crunchy lemon icing, as February 25th is my daughter birthday and she is a lemon cake fan.
Tip: Make your own treats at home that way you know what ingredients are in them and you cut down on processed food.
The total for all these dishes is €47.15 and I have even designed a Shopping list to help you – click the image to download. If you have a good store cupboard it will be a lot less
Disclaimer: these Prices are correct in Ireland for this week 19/02 – as some prices fluctuate this could be slightly more if used at another time. Also obviously I can only describe the prices in my country. I would love to know how others got on in their countries with this list.
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