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Fresh Ideas April 2023 weeknight meal plan: Dinner under $5^ per serve

chicken katsu stir fry

Save money, win weeknights and make the most of what you’ve got with these simple, flavour-packed dishes from Fresh Ideas magazine. What’s more? They’re all under $5^ per serve.

“Spice up your weeknight with our quick one-pan Mexican rice. The no-fuss dish will become a family favourite.” – Nicky Harper, Fresh Ideas Magazine Manager & Fresh Ideas Expert.

Chicken katsu stir-fry

Chicken katsu stir-fry

$3.74 per serve

Japanese-inspired crumbed chicken meets noodle stir-fry in this weeknight dinner that’s cheap, quick and cosy. Plus, each serving not only helps you save, it also gets more veggies on the dinner table, with green beans, broccolini, cabbage and red onion in the mix.

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Quick one-pan Mexican rice

Quick one-pan Mexican rice

$4.75 per serve

Step aside Taco Tuesday, this Mexican rice bowl is sure to be your new weeknight favourite. It’s a one-pan recipe that’s ready in 20 minutes, loaded with veggies and won’t hurt the wallet. What’s not to love? Serve it up with sliced avocado, sour cream and lemon wedges.

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Korean-style beef bowl

Korean-style beef bowl

$4.79 per serve

Hearty, easy and quick: the perfect trio for a weeknight family meal. This rice bowl recipe will take your tastebuds to Seoul via a chilli bulgogi sauce that’ll make your mouth water. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds, and serve up this bulgogi beef dish to beat weeknight dinnertime stress.

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Speedy green vegetable couscous with beetroot hummus

Speedy green vegetable couscous with beetroot hummus

$3.90 per serve

With autumn settling in, shift your focus from cooling dishes and look to warming grain salads. This vegetarian family meal will shake up your weekly rotation with colour, flavour and crunch. On the table in 20 minutes, it’s a budget-friendly couscous salad recipe that ticks all the boxes.

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Crispy pork larb rolls

Crispy pork larb rolls

$4.64 per serve

As a light weeknight dinner or even party nibbles, these homemade pork larb spring rolls will hit the spot. Your tastebuds are in for a treat with the pork mince and noodle filling infused with sweetness from the carrot and sweet chilli sauce, spice from the red chilli and garlic and a fresh crunch from the broccolini, green beans and basil

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^The cost per serve is calculated based on the price of the ingredients in NSW Woolworths Supermarkets at the time of publication. Though pricing is checked nationally, price and products may vary by state and may not be available in all Supermarkets. Prices may also be subject to change from time of publication. Find out more about budget recipes and meals from Woolworths here.

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