How to turn 10 ingredients into 10 family meals

You don't need to have lots of expensive ingredients to make lots of different meals for your family. We picked 10 classic ingredients to show you how you can turn them into 10 different dinners that can be on the dinner table in no time!

You don’t always have to use all of the ingredients listed in a recipe – vegetables can be replaced by whatever you have, as can most meats and cheeses. And feel free to make additions of whatever you have in the house to give your meals a personal family twist. This is a great way to get the kids to eat more veggies.

A simple tomato sauce is the basis of a lot of family meals and you don’t need lots of ingredients to make it either. Where the recipe calls for it, use our classic tomato sauce – all you really need is a tin of chopped tomatoes that you probably already have stored in your kitchen cupboard.


  • Mince
  • Chicken (breasts/thighs or fillets)
  • Sausages
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Bag of frozen vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Eggs

We assumed you already had these essentials in:

  • Gravy granules
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Herbs and seasonings
  • Butter
  • Stock cubes
  • Sauces (mustard, Worcestershire sauce etc)

Meal 1

10 ingredients = 10 meals

Get the recipe: Chicken and pea risotto

Try this delicious traditional Italian risotto made with leftover chicken and peas. It’s cheap and quick to make, all cooked in one pan so you save on the washing up too.

Meal 2 

10 ingredients = 10 meals

Get the recipe:

Pasta Bolognese

With this simple spaghetti bolognese recipe, you can ditch the jar of ready made sauce and make a homemade version for a really delicious explosion of flavour. 

Meal 3

10 ingredients = 10 meals

Get the recipe: Sausage and mash

This sausage and sweet potato mash recipe with a twist is a delicious and healthier alternative to a traditional pub grub. 

Meal 4

10 ingredients = 10 meals

Get the recipe: Chicken and potato pie 

This mouth-watering Slimming World’s chicken and leek pie serves 4 people and is just perfect served with freshly cooked vegetables like broccoli, carrots and cauliflower.

Meal 5

Get the recipe: Chicken and tomato pasta bake

Chicken pasta bake is a classic family midweek meal and this chicken and tomato pasta bake recipe is so easy to make.

Meal 6

10 ingredients = 10 meals

Get the recipe: Cottage pie

Easy to make, this delicious pie is packed with a sweet tomato sauce and tender beef mince which make a great combo with a creamy and cheesy mash topper.

Meal 7 

10 ingredients = 10 meals

Get the recipe: Sausage and tomato casserole

Treat the family to this easy-to-make, hearty sausage and tomato casserole made from low-fat sausages, shallots and peas – perfect for any night of the week.

Meal 8 

10 ingredients = 10 meals

Get the recipe: Cheese and onion frittata

A cheese and onion frittata is a cross between a quiche and a fancy omelette. This one is quick and simple to make. Pair it with a crunchy salad for a tasty lunchtime treat.

Meal 9

10 ingredients = 10 meals

Get the recipe: Meatball pasta bake

This cheesy, meatball pasta bake will leave your family with full stomachs and smiles on their faces.

Meal 10 

10 ingredients = 10 meals

Get the recipe: Chicken and veg pilaf

Fancy a healthier version of an Indian takeaway? This chicken and veg pilaf is made entirely from leftovers from a Sunday roast dinner.