Each of the four autumn meal planners has five easy, tasty and family-friendly dinner recipes with a shopping list for the week that will feed four people for under $100*.
The meal planners are made to be nutritionally balanced and zero food waste – so all the ingredients you buy should be used by the end of the week, and we've also include tips for how to store and use up any leftovers. The recipes are created using autumn produce but can be made at any time of the year with seasonal substitutions.
Autumn meal plans
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These meals are budgeted to cost under $100 (not including the staple items). Any substitutions or alterations may affect the overall cost, as can seasonality and availability of items at your local store.
Seasonal ingredients and easy swaps
The recipes in this meal planner are designed for autumn as they use seasonal produce but can be made at any time of the year with seasonal substitutions.
We've also given you tips on how most of the main ingredients can easily be swapped to suit your dietary preferences. If there’s an ingredient you or your family doesn’t like, swap it with one you’ll all enjoy and avoid waste.
Zero food waste
The meals are designed to be zero food waste. All the shopping list ingredients you buy should be used by the end of the week. For some meals you may have leftovers and the recipe will tell you whether they’re suitable for freezing or are best eaten the next day.
Ready-to-go shopping list
The shopping list tells you the ingredients to buy for the week. The pantry staples lists other ingredients you will need but are likely to have in your fridge or pantry already. Before going shopping check you have the staple ingredients and check your fridge, freezer and pantry as you may already have some of the ingredients on the list.
If you view these recipes online and click ‘shop for ingredients’ the products added to your cart will reflect what’s available at your local store at the time – this may vary from week to week.
Some ingredients will be used across more than one meal in a week. These ingredients are all marked with a * so you know not to use all of the ingredient in one meal.
Protein balance based on nutrition guidelines recommendations
These recipes are based on current nutritional guidelines. Varying the type of protein in your evening meals can help you get a good balance of nutrients. A good guide is to aim to have fish once or twice a week, chicken with the skin removed once or twice a week, lean red meat twice a week, one egg-based meal, and one vegetarian meal. The ‘adapt it’ tips show you how to change up the recipe to enhance the nutritional content or change ingredients to suit your dietary needs.
Value tips to keep your groceries fresh
Michelle's tip for getting the most value from lettuce
When I get my whole lettuce home, I cut out the root head and put the lettuce in a bowl of water. It goes super crisp and if you change the water every second day it keeps for a couple of weeks.
Diane's tip for getting the most value from your bananas
Store your bananas in the fridge. The outside of them goes dark brown but don't let this put you off - on the inside they taste and look like they have just been bought!
Kirsty's tip for getting the most value from your groceries
I freeze yoghurt in mini Tupperware FreezerKeepers so that I can just pull it out as needed for smoothies, curries, or cooking. No more off yoghurt AND I can buy yoghurt in bulk to save money.