Utterly Scrummy’s £50 a week meal planner

Michelle Rice, the creator of Utterly Scrummy, is one of our favourite food bloggers. We challenged her to take part in our feed a family for £50 a week challenge to see if she could make tasty meals for her family on a budget.

She shared her shopping list and meal planner with us – see if you can get any ideas or inspiration from her creations…

Michelle says: ‘We found the week challenging as I would normally spend about £60 on groceries. The extra money enables me to buy more fruit and vegetables and we did miss having those freely available as quick and healthy snacks. Other than that we didn’t feel deprived or hungry on the £50 Meal Plan. There was just a little more thought, planning and restraint required to get through the week. All of the meals went down well, particularly the macaroni cheese and spicy vegetable parcels which are family favourites.

Armed with the shopping list, I managed to get all the groceries needed for £47.64 by visiting my local Asda store.  I was able to get a few reduced price vegetable bargains which saved me £2.35. In hindsight I should’ve used the money left over to purchase more fruit and vegetables which would’ve made it easier to get through the week. Lesson learned!

Our meal plan consisted of 4 vegetarian meals, 2 meat-based meals and 1 fish-based meal. Packed lunches had variety and plenty of vegetable/salad content. I think we achieved a fairly balanced meal plan from both a taste and nutrition point of view.

My 3 children did miss being able to grab a piece of fruit or portion of yogurt to snack on without checking the amount of provisions we had left. Portions were slightly smaller, although that’s probably a good thing, and we were able to get through the week without running out of supplies – only just though!

Michelle’s meal planner

See all of Michelle’s recipes for her meal planner


  • Weekdays – Porridge with grated apple or chopped banana.
  • Weekend – Scrambled eggs and pancakes


  • Adults weekdays – leftovers from dinner
  • Kids weekdays – tuna/egg salad wrap/sandwiches with crudites and dip, fruit or homemade flapjacks
  • Weekend – beans on toast, leftovers or courgette fritters


Monday: Macaroni cheese with bacon and mixed vegetables

Tuesday: Chicken and bean hotpot

Wednesday: Spicy Vegetable parcels

Thursday: Sausage and bean tray bake

Friday: Savoury bake

Saturday: Family size vegetarian calzone

Sunday: Fish pie with crumble topping

Michelle’s shopping list

35 items: £49.99

Packets and Cereals

  • 2x ASDA Chosen by You Wholegrain Scottish Porridge Oats (500g) £1.30
  • 1x Asda Wholefoods Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg) 80p
  • 1x ASDA Wholemeal Bread Flour (1.5Kg) £1.26
  • 1x ASDA Smartprice Plain White Flour (1.5Kg) 45p
  • 1x ASDA Smartprice Pasta Shapes (500g) 30p
  • 1x ASDA Chosen by You Ready to Roll Puff Pastry (500g) £1.00
  • 1x Asda Home Baking Easy Bake Yeast (6 per pack – 42g) 65p

Tins, Jars and Cooking

  • 2x ASDA Smartprice Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce (410g) 50p
  • 2x ASDA Tuna Chunks in Spring Water (185g) £1.94
  • 2x ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes (400g) 62p
  • 1x ASDA Borlotti Beans in Water (290g) 39p
  • 1x ASDA Butter Beans in Water (400g) 68p
  • 1x ASDA Cannellini Beans in Water (300g) 64p
  • 1x ASDA Chosen by You Chilli Beans (290g) 68p


  • 2x ASDA Smartprice Mixed Vegetables (1Kg) £1.50
  • 1x ASDA Whitefish Fillets (500g) £2.00

Dairy and Eggs

  • 1x ASDA Soured Cream (150ml) 60p
  • 4x ASDA British Semi Skimmed Milk 4 Pints (2.27L) £4.00
  • 1x ASDA English Mature White Cheddar (500g) £2.74
  • 2x ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g) 90p
  • 3x Suffolk Farm Medium Free Range Eggs (6) £3.00

Fruit and Vegetables

  • 1x ASDA Smartprice Sultanas (500g) 98p
  • 20 ASDA Smartprice Apples by Weight (100g) £2.36
  • 21 ASDA Bananas by Weight (100g) £1.43
  • 2x ASDA White Potatoes (2.5Kg) £3.50 (2 FOR £3.50)
  • 3x ASDA Whole Cucumber £1.50
  • 2x ASDA Round Lettuce £1.14
  • 1x ASDA Celery 89p
  • 1x ASDA Garlic Loose 30p
  • 2x ASDA Courgettes (3) £2.00
  • 1x ASDA Smartprice Brown Onions (2Kg) 98p
  • 2x ASDA Carrots (1.2Kg) £2.00

Meat, Fish and Poultry

  • 1x ASDA Chosen by You 8 Pork Sausages (8 per pack – 454g) £1.38
  • 1x ASDA Butcher’s Selection Unsmoked Back Bacon Thick Cut (6 per pack – 300g) £2.00
  • 1x ASDA Butcher’s Selection Boneless Chicken Thigh Fillets (4 per pack – 515g) £3.58

Where to next? 

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