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10 easy, affordable meals perfect for weeknight dinner

Beef sausage pides

Budget-friendly family meals for your weekly meal plan

Take the stress out of your weeknight dinner prep with these easy, affordable meal ideas. Each recipe has been developed with you and your family in mind, so that you can get a tasty dinner on the table quickly, with no fuss and without breaking the bank. Plus, we’ve got something for all, from spicy chicken wings and creamy pasta to vegan wraps and Mexican-inspired rice bowls. Read on to find your family’s new favourite weeknight meal.

01

Stuffed zucchini pizza boats

Forgo takeaway pizza with these stuffed zucchini pizza boats. They’re quick and easy with all the classic flavours of pizza but on a tasty vegie base. You can even customise them with your favourite pizza toppings.

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02

Sriracha chicken wings with charred corn

Spicy and mouthwatering, these sriracha chicken wings are a speedy, affordable dinner option that’ll get your taste buds tingling. Serve them with charred corn, creamy coleslaw and lime wedges on the side.

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03

Kale & meatball pasta with garlic breadcrumbs

This pasta with meatballs recipe is sure to become a weeknight dinner regular. It’s ready in just 20 minutes and combines meatballs, kale and a creamy sauce all in one dish for a comforting, affordable meal.

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04

Mexican cauliflower rice bowls

Your family will love these warming vegetarian rice bowls served with avocado, fresh tomato and coriander. And you’ll love the ease of them — they’re ready in just three steps and less than 30 minutes.

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05

Miso pork & mushroom mince with udon noodles

This budget-friendly noodle dish tempers rich miso pork and mushrooms with zingy pickled cucumbers and ginger, making it a tasty, umami-packed midweek meal and firm dinnertime favourite.

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06

Kung pao turkey & greens stir fry

Add a kick to your midweek with this speedy stir fry of turkey mince and greens coated in a hot kung pao sauce. It’s a budget-friendly recipe that’s sure to be a winner with families who enjoy a bit of spice.

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07

Cheat’s beef sausage pides

Use store-bought pizza dough balls to make these simple pides stuffed with beef sausage in a tomatoey sauce. Top them off with minty yoghurt and fresh spinach, and you have a filling and budget-friendly weeknight dinner.

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08

Vegan sweet chilli tofu wraps

Whether you’re eating plant-based or not, your family will love these tangy vegan wraps. The tofu gets glazed in sticky sweet chilli sauce then wrapped up with crunchy veg for an easy, wallet-friendly 15-minute meal.

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09

Taco lettuce cups

Try this fresh take on taco night. Swap tortillas for lettuce cups, and add salsa to the pan as the beef mince cooks. Prefer your tacos a bit spicy? Use a medium or hot salsa instead of mild. You can also go meat-free by swapping the mince for beans or lentils.

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10

One-pan Italian bake

Save time cooking and cleaning up with this one-pan Italian-inspired traybake. It’s an affordable hearty meal that’s ready in four steps: add veg and sausage to a pan with garlic and basil, cover, bake, and then top with crumbled feta for the last five minutes.

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