Use up your leftovers
Whatever lunches you choose to make throughout the week for the kids, you'll probably have some leftover ingredients that can be turned into delicious family dinners.
Here are a few dishes to get you started:
If you have leftover bread, you can easily freeze it and save for next week. Alternatively, you can whizz it up into breadcrumbs that can coat chicken or fish, or turn into croutons to bulk out soups and stews.
If you have leftover couscous, try it in these easy fish and couscous parcels, or use it in place of pasta to go with meatballs, Bolognese or any kind of pasta sauce. It's also great to have cold in salads; just add whatever vegetables you have in the fridge.
If you don't use up all your potatoes, try chopping them up and turning into homemade chips or wedges, chop them into smaller pieces and use for your Sunday roast - you can even prep roasties for next week by blanching the potatoes and freezing them.
For perishable foods like bananas, why not turn them into two ingredient pancakes by mashing, combining with eggs and frying for breakfast pancakes. Cheese can be frozen, tomatoes can be thrown into any kind of sauces to add to the flavour, and yogurt can be used for breakfasts or for homemade "frozen bark" on warmer days.