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Five dinners for under $100

Made to save you time and money, we've partnered with Love Food Hate Waste to create four meal plans for autumn.

This week one meal planner has five easy and tasty dinner recipes that can feed four people for under $100*. With ingredients that can easily be swapped to suit your tastes or what’s in season, a handy shopping list, and tips on using leftovers, there will be zero food waste at the end of the week. It’s never been easier to feed the whānau!

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Week one features light and easy salmon kedgeree, mildly spiced lamb roti rolls, a simple chicken curry, quesadillas and vege burgers.

Tips for the week one meal plan

  • We recommend cooking the kedgeree first as this meal uses fresh salmon, otherwise you can cook the meals in any order you like.
  • Lettuce is used to wrap the burgers for the Friday meal, to keep lettuce fresh and crisp store in a lettuce crisper or wrap your lettuce in a paper towel and place it in a resealable plastic bag. If the lettuce leaves become limp, revive them by soaking in cold water for up to 20 minutes in the fridge.
  • Seasonal salad leaves are shared between two meals this week. Storing fresh salad leaves in an airtight container can keep them fresher for longer, if you don’t have an airtight container handy, put your salad leaves in a resealable plastic bag with a paper towel to help extend their life.
  • Broccoli stalks can be eaten and are loaded with nutrients. We’ve used them this week’s recipes, just be sure to peel off the outer layer which can be tough and woody.
  • You will have extra basmati rice this week, store it in an airtight container in a cool place and use in other dishes.
  • Adapt the ingredients and portions to suit the needs of your family.

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.

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About the Love Food Hate Waste weekly meal plans

Under $100

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 the availability of items at your local store.

Seasonal ingredients and easy swaps

The recipes in this meal planner are designed for winter 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.