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5 easy family dinners for £25 – Marmalade pork, parsnip dhal, spiced chicken...

From sticky marmalade-glazed pork to a spiced parsnip dhal, enjoy five 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.

  1. Monday: Cheesy roasted broccoli with lemony mash

    Monday: Cheesy roasted broccoli with lemony mash

    2 broccoli heads
    4 garlic cloves, crushed
    2½ tbsp plus 2 tsp olive oil
    50g grated Grana Padano
    30g dried breadcrumbs
    4 baking potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
    1 lemon, zested and juiced
    200g cherry tomatoes, finely chopped
    1 onion, finely sliced  
    2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil

    1. Heat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Trim the broccoli stems down so they’re about 5cm long, then slice down the stem to cut each broccoli in half through the middle. Using the stem as a guide, cut the broccoli into 4-6 wedges, so the florets keep attached. Blanch the broccoli wedges in a large pan of boiling water for 5 mins. Drain well, then put on a baking tray spaced apart.

    2. Mix half the garlic, 2 tbsp oil and some seasoning. Toss with the broccoli so it’s coated all over, and roast for 20-25 mins until the stalks are tender and the florets are lightly charred. Mix the Grana Padano and breadcrumbs, and scatter over the roasted broccoli. Drizzle with 2 tsp oil and roast for another 5-10 mins until the cheese has melted and the breadcrumbs are golden.

    3. Meanwhile bring the potatoes to a boil in a large pan of salted water and cook for 15 mins until really tender when pressed with a knife. Heat ½ tbsp oil in a frying pan and fry the onion for 10-15 mins until golden and softened, add a splash of water if they start to catch. Stir in the remaining garlic and fry for another minute. Remove from the heat. Drain the potatoes well, leave to steam dry for a few mins in the colander, then tip back into the pan; mash well with half the lemon juice and some seasoning. Spoon over the onion and garlic with any oil in the pan, and all the lemon zest.

    4. Mix the cherry tomatoes with the extra-virgin olive oil and remaining lemon juice; season. Serve the roasted broccoli with the lemony mash and spoon over the vinaigrette to serve.

  2. Tuesday: Spiced chicken and lentil traybake

    Tuesday: Spiced chicken and lentil traybake

    200g red lentils, washed
    400g can chopped tomatoes 
    2 tsp ground cumin
    1 tsp turmeric
    ½ chicken stock cube, made up to 400ml
    1kg chicken drumsticks
    450g frozen green beans
    1 red chilli, sliced (optional) 

    1. Heat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Tip the lentils, tomatoes, spices, and stock into a baking dish about 20 x 30 x 7cm and stir well. Nestle in the chicken drumsticks, cover with foil and cook for 25 mins.

    2. After 25 mins, remove the foil, increase the heat to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C and cook for another 15-20 mins until the lentils are tender and the chicken is cooked through and lightly golden. Cook the green beans following the pack instructions and serve alongside the lentil traybake. Top with sliced chilli if you like.

  3. Wednesday: Cheesy vegetable strudels

    Wednesday: Cheesy vegetable strudels

    2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (about 500g)
    3 peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks
    2 garlic cloves
    10g fresh thyme, leaves picked
    1 tsp dried oregano
    4 tbsp olive oil
    100g salad cheese, crumbled
    200g filo pastry (8 sheets)
    90g rocket salad

    1. Heat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Put the sweet potatoes, peppers, garlic, thyme and oregano on a baking sheet. Drizzle over 2 tbsp olive oil and toss everything together; season. Roast for 25-30 mins until the sweet potato is soft when pressed with a knife. Press the garlic from the papery shells, finely chop, and stir through the roasted veg.

    2. Once the veg is cooked, lay out 2 of the filo sheets on your work surface, keeping the remaining 6 sheets under a tea towel to stop them drying out. Brush one with some of the remaining oil, then add the second sheet over the top. Add ¼ of the filling to one end of the shortest sides of pastry. Top with ¼ of the crumbled salad cheese. Fold over the sides to cover the filling, then brush any exposed pastry with more oil. Working from the shortest side where the filling is closest to, roll the pastry over the filling, then keep going until the filing is rolled up in the pastry, creating a fat cigar shape. Brush the top with a little more oil and transfer to a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Repeat with the remaining filo and fillings until you have 4 strudels.

    3. Bake for 15 mins until the pastry is golden and crisp. Serve with the rocket salad.


  4. Thursday: Parsnip dhal

    Thursday: Parsnip dhal

    500g parsnips, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
    3 tsp ground cumin
    1 tsp turmeric
    2 tbsp vegetable oil
    1 onion, finely chopped
    15g ginger, finely grated
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    1 red chilli, (deseeded if you like) finely chopped
    250g red lentils
    1 vegetable stock cube, made up to 600ml
    350g roti

    1. Heat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Tip the parsnip cubes onto a baking tray and sprinkle over 1 tsp ground cumin and ½ tsp turmeric. Drizzle over 1½ tbsp oil and toss everything together, so the spices and oil coat the parsnips. Season and roast for 25-30 mins until golden brown and tender.

    2. Meanwhile, heat ½ tbsp oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion and fry for 10-15 mins until soft and lightly golden. Stir in the ginger, garlic and chilli and fry for another 1-2 mins until fragrant. Add the remaining cumin, turmeric, lentils and the stock. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat slightly to medium-low. Cook for 20 mins, stirring occasionally and topping up with a little more water if it’s all been absorbed, then remove the lid and simmer for another 5-10 mins until the lentils have broken down and the dhal has thickened.

    3. Heat the roti in the oven for 4-5 mins on a baking tray until warmed through. Stir most of the roasted parsnips into the dhal, then top with the remaining. Using a spatula, scrape any of the spiced oil from the roasting tin over the top. Serve with the warmed roti for scooping up the dhal.

  5. Friday: Marmalade pork with thyme-roasted baby potatoes

    Friday: Marmalade pork with thyme-roasted baby potatoes

    600g baby potatoes, halved if large
    2 tbsp olive oil
    10g thyme, leaves stripped from tough stalks
    720g pork loin steaks
    ½ chicken stock cube
    1 garlic clove, crushed
    200g marmalade
    450g frozen green beans

    1. Boil the potatoes in salted water for 12-15 mins until tender when pierced with the tip of a sharp knife. Heat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Drain the potatoes and tip onto a baking tray. Drizzle with 1 tbsp oil and add the thyme. Roast for 20 mins until golden brown.

    2. Season the pork steaks and brush with the remaining 1 tbsp oil. Heat a large frying pan over a high heat for 3 mins, then sear the steaks for 6-8 mins on each side until cooked through.

    3. While the pork is cooking, mix the chicken stock cube, 100ml water, garlic and marmalade in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Stir to dissolve the stock cube and cook for 10 mins until thickened and reduced to a glaze, stirring occasionally.

    4. Cook the green beans for 4-5 mins in a saucepan of boiling salted water until tender. Drain well.

    5. To serve, pour the marmalade sauce over the pork steaks in the pan, stirring to pick up any pork juices. Serve with the thyme-roasted new potatoes and green beans.

  6. Shopping list

    Head to for a shopping list where you can buy everything you need for this week here.

    1 Tesco lemon
    20g pack Tesco fresh thyme
    2 x Tesco sweet potatoes
    4-pack Tesco baking potatoes
    1kg bag Redmere Farms baby potatoes
    2 x Tesco brown onions
    500g pack Tesco parsnips
    1 Tesco garlic bulb
    100g piece Tesco root ginger
    60g pack Tesco red chillies
    2 x Tesco broccoli
    375g pack Nightingale Farms peppers
    250g pack Nightingale Farms cherry tomatoes
    60g bag Tesco wild rocket
    720g pack Woodside Farms pork loin steaks 
    900g pack Willow Farm chicken drumsticks
    200g pack Creamfields Greek-style salad cheese
    100g pack Creamfields grated Grana Padano
    250g pack Theos filo pastry
    175g tub Tesco white breadcrumbs
    350g pack Nishaan traditional roti
    43g jar Tesco ground cumin
    45g jar Tesco ground turmeric
    14g jar Tesco dried oregano
    454g jar Stockwell & Co. orange marmalade
    400g tin Grower’s Harvest chopped tomatoes
    500g bag Tesco red split lentils
    900g bag Tesco frozen green beans

    From the storecupboard:
    Chicken stock cubes, olive oil, vegetable oil, vegetable stock cubes