5 easy family dinners for £25 – March week 2

From a veggie pasta bake to indulgent loaded chips, 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 – you can either shop online, choose Click+Collect or screenshot the list before you head in-store.


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  1. Monday: Cauliflower cheese fritters

    Monday: Cauliflower cheese fritters

    1 cauliflower
    460g jar macaroni cheese pasta bake sauce
    100g plain flour
    3 tbsp vegetable oil
    300g pack crunchy coleslaw mix
    40g mixed watercress, spinach and rocket

    1. Remove any leaves from the cauliflower. Cut the cauliflower into small florets and cut the stalk into 1cm cubes. Boil for 10 mins until tender.

    2. Drain the cauliflower and leave to steam dry for 5 mins. Put the cheese sauce and 100g flour in a large bowl and season with pepper. Mix together until smooth.

    3. Chop the cauliflower into small pieces. Add to the cheese sauce and stir well to coat.

    4. Heat the oil in a large nonstick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Using 2 dessert spoons, add scoops of the cauliflower batter into the pan, well-spaced apart. Flatten and shape into rounds. Fry for 3 mins until golden around the edges and set, then flip and fry for another 3 mins. Repeat with the remaining mixture – you should get 12 fritters in total.

    5. Meanwhile, tip the crunchy veg from the coleslaw mix into a bowl and add the sachet of mayonnaise. Season with pepper and stir well until the veg is well coated. Chill until ready to serve.

    6. When all the fritters are cooked, divide between plates and serve with the coleslaw and salad.

  2. Tuesday: Beef ramen

    Tuesday: Beef ramen

    1 tbsp vegetable oil
    5cm piece ginger, grated
    2 garlic cloves, crushed 
    50g spring onions, sliced, greens and whites separated
    2 beef stock cubes, made up to 1.25ltr 
    2 tbsp light soy sauce
    1 tsp sugar
    395g pack Boswell Farms thin cut beef steaks
    150g pack sugarsnaps
    250g pack fine egg noodles

    1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Fry the ginger, garlic and white parts of the spring onions for 2 mins until golden and fragrant. Pour the stock into the pan and cover. Simmer for 5 mins.

    2. Add the soy sauce and sugar to the broth. Thinly slice the beef steak into 1cm strips. Add to the broth with the sugarsnaps and noodles. Cook for 5 mins over a medium high heat until the beef is cooked through and the noodles are tender.

    3. Divide the ramen between 4 bowls. Scatter with the greens of the spring onions to serve.

  3. Wednesday: Chicken nugget pittas

    Wednesday: Chicken nugget pittas

    600g frozen steak-cut oven chips
    450g pack frozen breaded chicken nuggets
    100g 50% less fat garlic & herb soft cheese
    6 large white pittas
    1 round lettuce, leaves separated and roughly torn
    1 cucumber portion, quartered lengthways and sliced

    1. Heat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Put the chips on a baking tray and cook for 20 mins. Put the chicken nuggets onto another baking tray and cook for 15 mins.

    2. Meanwhile, put the soft cheese in a bowl. Add 1-2 tbsp hot water and season with pepper. Mix until smooth.

    3. To serve, toast the pittas. Split them in half width-ways then open each half to make 12 pitta pockets. Spread each pitta pocket with some of the soft cheese and stuff with lettuce leaves and cucumber. Put 2-3 crispy chicken nuggets into each pitta. Drizzle with the remaining soft cheese, and serve 3 pieces per person, alongside the chips.

  4. Thursday: Ratatouille pasta bake

    Thursday: Ratatouille pasta bake

    500g frozen Mediterranean vegetables
    2 tbsp olive oil
    350g penne
    400g tin chopped tomatoes
    110g medium Cheddar, grated 
    40g mixed watercress, spinach & rocket

    1. Heat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Toss the vegetables in a large baking dish, measuring about 20 x 30cm, and drizzle with the olive oil. Season and roast for 15 mins, stirring halfway through.

    2. Meanwhile, boil the pasta for 10 mins until just al dente (it will continue to cook in the oven).

    3. Remove the veg from the oven and tip in the chopped tomatoes and 200ml water. Add the cooked pasta and stir to coat in the veg and sauce. Top with the grated cheese. Bake for 20 mins until the sauce has thickened, the cheese is bubbling and the pasta is tender. Serve with the salad alongside.

  5. Friday: Tuna melt loaded chips

    Friday: Tuna melt loaded chips

    900g frozen steak cut oven chips
    300g jar mild salsa 
    325g tin sweetcorn, drained
    50g spring onions, finely sliced
    2 x 145g tins tuna chunks in brine, drained
    100g 50% less fat garlic & herb soft cheese
    110g medium Cheddar, grated

    1. Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Place the chips on a large baking tray and bake for 20 mins until golden and crisp.

    2. Meanwhile, combine the salsa, sweetcorn and most of the spring onions in a bowl and season with pepper. Gently fold in the tuna, trying not to break it up too much.

    3. Mash the soft cheese with about ¼ of the grated Cheddar. Heat the grill to high.

    4. When the chips are cooked, spoon tablespoons of the tuna and salsa mix over the chips. Top with spoons of the soft cheese mix, then scatter over the remaining Cheddar and grill for 5-10 mins until the cheese is bubbling. Scatter with the remaining spring onions to serve.

  6. Shopping list

    1 Tesco whole cauliflower
    1 Tesco garlic bulb
    100g piece Tesco ginger
    150g pack Tesco sugarsnaps
    1 Tesco cucumber portion
    100g Tesco bunched spring onions
    80g pack Tesco watercress, spinach and rocket
    300g pack Tesco crunchy coleslaw mix
    1 Nightingale Farms round lettuce
    395g pack Boswell Farms thin cut beef steaks
    220g pack Tesco medium Cheddar 
    200g Tesco 50% less fat garlic & herb soft cheese
    6-pack Tesco large white pittas
    460g jar Tesco macaroni cheese pasta bake sauce
    300g jar Tesco mild salsa dip
    325g tin Grower's Harvest sweetcorn
    400g tin Grower’s Harvest chopped tomatoes
    150ml Tesco light soy sauce
    2 x 145g tins Stockwell & Co tuna chunks in brine 
    250g pack Tesco fine egg noodles

    500g pack Hearty Food Co. penne
    700g pack Tesco frozen Mediterranean vegetables
    1.5kg Tesco frozen steak-cut oven chips
    450g pack Tesco frozen breaded chicken nuggets
    500g Tesco plain flour  

    From the storecupboard:
    Beef stock cubes, olive oil, sugar, vegetable oil  

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    *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.