5 easy family dinners for £25: January week 3

From speedy broccoli pasta to a hearty cowboy pie, enjoy five delicious midweek meals, all for less than £25*. We've done the hard work for you and prepared a shopping list, shown at the bottom of the page – be sure to screenshot the list before you head in-store.

  1. Monday: Bean quesadillas

    Monday: Bean quesadillas

    2 tbsp vegetable oil
    2 red onions, finely chopped 
    1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped
    395g tin taco mixed beans in spicy tomato sauce
    2 tbsp BBQ sauce
    325g tin Grower’s Harvest sweetcorn, drained
    15g fresh coriander, finely chopped
    2 salad tomatoes, finely chopped
    1 lime, juiced
    8 plain tortilla wraps
    170g mature Cheddar, coarsely grated
    150ml soured cream 

    1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a nonstick frying pan over a high heat. Fry the onions and pepper, stirring occasionally, for 6-8 mins until softened. Transfer to a bowl and mix with the taco beans and BBQ sauce. Tip the sweetcorn into a bowl and mix with half the coriander, the tomatoes and lime juice and season well. Set aside.

    2. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat. Place 1 tortilla in the pan and top with a quarter each of the bean mix, cheese and remaining coriander. Top with a second tortilla and fry for 1-2 mins until the base is crisp. Using a spatula, carefully flip the quesadilla and fry for a further 1-2 mins until piping hot and the cheese has melted. Transfer to a plate and keep warm while you repeat with the remaining tortillas.

    3. Cut the quesadillas into triangles and serve with the sweetcorn salsa and soured cream on the side.

  2. Tuesday: Pizza baked squash

    Tuesday: Pizza baked squash

    2 small butternut squashes, peeled, halved lengthways and seeds removed
    1 tbsp vegetable oil
    3 tbsp tomato purée with herbs
    4 salad tomatoes, thinly sliced
    2 x 210g packs Creamfields mozzarella, thinly sliced
    60g pack wild rocket
    2 tbsp balsamic dressing
    15g fresh basil, leaves picked

    1. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Score a 1cm-deep diamond pattern across the cut sides of the squash and rub all over with the oil.  Season and place cut-side up on a baking tray. Roast for 40 mins until tender.

    2. Preheat the grill to high. Spread the sundried tomato paste evenly over the cut side of the squash halves and top with slices of tomato and mozzarella. Grill for 2 mins until golden and bubbling.

    3. Meanwhile, toss the rocket with the balsamic dressing. To serve, scatter the squash with basil and serve with the dressed rocket.

  3. Wednesday: Sausage, red pepper and potato hash

    Wednesday: Sausage, red pepper and potato hash

    2 large baking potatoes, cut into 2cm cubes
    1 tbsp vegetable oil
    8 frozen pork sausages 
    2 red onions, thinly sliced
    2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into thin strips
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    3 tbsp tomato purée with herbs 
    100g Grower’s Harvest frozen garden peas 
    15g fresh coriander, chopped

    1. Cook the potatoes in a large pan of boiling water for 12-15 mins. Drain and set aside.

    2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in large frying pan over a medium heat. Fry the sausages and onions for 15 mins, stirring occasionally, until the sausages are fully cooked through. Increase the heat to high, add the red pepper and cook for 2 mins.

    3. Add the potatoes, garlic, sundried tomato paste and peas. Cook for a further 5 mins until the potatoes are crispy, the sausages are piping hot and the peas are tender. Serve sprinkled with coriander.

  4. Thursday: Zesty ricotta and broccoli spaghetti

    Thursday: Zesty ricotta and broccoli spaghetti

    1 head of broccoli, separated into florets and stalk finely chopped
    250g ricotta
    1 lemon, zested and juiced
    15g fresh basil, stalks finely chopped and leaves torn
    300g Hearty Food Co. spaghetti pasta
    300g Grower’s Harvest frozen garden peas

    1. Cook the broccoli stalk and half the florets in a large pan of boiling water for 8 mins until very tender. Drain, tip into a bowl and mash to a rough paste. Add the ricotta, lemon zest and juice, basil (reserving some to garnish) and seasoning and mix until smooth.

    2. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to pack instructions, adding the remaining broccoli and peas to the pan for the final 5 mins. Drain and return to the pan along with 50ml of the pasta cooking water and the ricotta mixture. Mix until the spaghetti is evenly coated. Scatter with the remaining basil to serve.

  5. Friday: Cowboy pie

    Friday: Cowboy pie

    8 frozen pork sausages
    900g pack frozen mashed potato
    1 tbsp vegetable oil
    2 red onions, thinly sliced
    3 garlic cloves, crushed
    2 x 420g tins Stockwell & Co. baked beans
    2 tbsp BBQ sauce
    50g mature Cheddar, coarsely grated
    400g Grower’s Harvest frozen garden peas

    1. Preheat the grill to high. Place the frozen sausages on a nonstick baking tray and grill for 20 mins, turning frequently, until evenly golden and cooked through. Cut into bite-sized pieces on a slight diagonal.

    2. Meanwhile, cook the mashed potato according to pack instructions. Set aside.

    3. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a high heat. Fry the onions and garlic for 5-6 mins until lightly golden. Remove from the heat and stir through the sausages, baked beans and BBQ sauce and season. Tip into a large ovenproof dish.

    4. Top with the mashed potato, swirling it with a fork to encourage a crispy finish. Sprinkle over the cheese and grill for 10 mins until golden and bubbling.

    5. Meanwhile, cook the peas in a pan of boiling, salted water for 3-5 mins until tender. Drain and serve with the cowboy pie.

  6. Shopping list

    1 Tesco lime
    1 Tesco lemon
    30g pack Tesco fresh coriander
    30g pack Tesco fresh basil
    1 Tesco garlic bulb
    1kg pack Redmere Farms red onions
    2 large Tesco baking potatoes
    6-pack Tesco salad tomatoes
    60g pack Tesco wild rocket
    3 Tesco red peppers
    2 small Tesco butternut squashes
    1 Tesco loose broccoli
    220g pack Tesco British mature Cheddar
    2 x 210g packs Creamfields mozzarella
    250g tub Tesco ricotta
    150ml pot Tesco soured cream
    8-pack Tesco plain tortilla wraps
    395g tin taco mixed beans in spicy tomato sauce
    2 x 420g tins Stockwell and Co. baked beans
    325g tin Grower's Harvest sweetcorn
    135g tube Tesco tomato purée with herbs
    480g bottle Tesco squeezy BBQ sauce
    175ml bottle Tesco balsamic dressing
    500g pack Hearty Food Co. spaghetti pasta
    900g pack Tesco frozen pork sausages
    900g pack Tesco frozen mashed potato
    900g pack Grower's Harvest frozen garden peas

    + From your storecupboard:
    Vegetable oil

    *Based on a family of four. Total cost is based on online prices at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Dependent on product availability, total basket price online may change due to substitutions.