Meal Plan – a Week of Homemade Takeaways

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Meal Plan – a Week of Homemade Takeaways

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Who DOESN’T love a great takeaway? Not the Brits! Apparently the average UK citizen buys a takeaway two to three times a week and the accumulative cost is in excess of £20,000 over a life time.

We are definitely not representative of the average UK citizen in this household (in fact I’m the only UK born citizen in this household). Takeaways are our birthday dinner treat which means, with six of us, we have them once every two months – such daring extravagance.

The good news is that it’s not all that difficult to make your own delicious ‘takeaway’ dinners at home, it’s way lighter on the waistline and the wallet, and you know that no weird red colours or dodgy meat was added (without you noticing). The only downside is the washing up but praise God for paper plates.

At Christmas time I was wandering around a local bookshop and my eye fell on a book by Rob Allison called Home Made Takeaways. I was seduced by the 1950’s American Diner styling of the shiny silver cover and also the endorsement by Nigella Lawson (‘A genuinely brilliant idea for a book and beautifully executed to boot’).

I bought it for Nate – my 13 year old son – who is my greatest fan (I mean in my role as his dinner lady). Out of all my kids, he’s the one most willing to try something new and has the most varied palette. He also enjoys cooking and I thought this cool for a teen-aged boy. There aren’t many cook books aimed at his age group.

So now I have the cooking and the washing up sorted.


This week I asked Nate, together with his youngest sister, to help me devise a menu plan based on his book. They picked these yummy dinners:

Tacos – Mexican

Pad Thai – Thai

Pasta Carbonara – Italian

Chicken Chow Mein – Chinese

Fish ‘n Chips – English

Burgers – American

Chicken Tikka Masala- Indian (or British?)

Shopping List:

I mentioned in my previous posts that my husband is on a carbohydrate free diet at the moment and that I’ve had to adjust some family dinners accordingly. In lieu of the noodles and pasta we cook extra veggies for him and it’s working well.

  • minced beef
  • kidney beans
  • taco shells spices and herbs (chili, smoked paprika, cumin, thyme, oregano)
  • toppings (avo, sour cream, cheddar cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, red onion)
  • rice noodles
  • tamarind sauce or lime juice
  • fish sauce
  • eggs
  • tinned anchovies
  • prauns
  • chili
  • beansprouts
  • peanuts
  • coriander leaf
  • parmesan cheese
  • spaghetti or linguini
  • pancetta
  • parsley
  • chicken Breasts (for two dinners)
  • soy sauce
  • egg noodles
  • spring onions
  • mangetout
  • dry sherry or rice wine
  • fish
  • potatoes
  • peas
  • minced beef or burger patties
  • burger buns or flour and yeast
  • ingredients for coleslaw
  • natural Yoghurt
  • spices (garlic, ginger, garam masala, coriander seed, cumin, paprika, cloves)
  • tinned tomatoes
  • tomato puree
  • double cream
  • flaked almonds

Download your free printable meal plan and shopping list here: Homemade takeaways family meal plan

Homemade takeaways meal plan
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10 thoughts on “Meal Plan – a Week of Homemade Takeaways”

  1. Liberty I love that you managed to engage your teens! That is a result. There is a food theme going on with you right now. Hope you are making good progress and glad to read that there is a nod to something healthy in a teenager too. Love the new blog look. Very sophisticated. #TweensTeensBeyond

    1. Thank you very much Jo, I finally found a template that I absolutely love as it ticks 99% the boxes of what I was looking for. I get a little jolt of joy now whenever I look at it.😊 The food theme may taper off soon, when I get tired of it or inspiration runs dry! I have another teen food combo idea in progress atm so will see after that, although it’s helping me to be more organized too.

  2. That picture is gorgeous Liberty. Wow, you really are on a roll. I’m in awe. I’d also love to know who these people are having 2-3 takeaways per week! But ‘Homemade Takeaways’ I’m loving the style! You could just have persuaded me to crack in with the Tacos this evening! Thanks for sharing with #tweensteensbeyond

  3. You are coming up with these posts just as I need you Liberty! I am getting so sick of deciding what to have for our evening meal and then running to the corner shop because I don’t have ingredients. Thanks so much for this. I’m going to print it out and give it a go. #TweensTeensBeyond

  4. I’ve just printed it off! Meals look great. I am the opposite to you and eat too many takeaways. In fact just lads night I attempted my own salt and pepper chicken instead of ordering in and it was so nice I surprised myself as I’m not the best cook! Thank you #blogstravaganza

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