Weeknight meal planner – September

Weeknight meal planner – September

Here’s everything you need for four nights of delicious nutritionist-approved meals for two, for under $82. Just grab your shopping list and get dinner done.

Step 1

Check your pantry is stocked with the essentials.

Pantry staples

  • black pepper
  • brown rice
  • brown sugar
  • Dijon mustard
  • flour
  • maple syrup
  • oil spray
  • olive oil
  • reduced-salt chicken stock
  • reduced-salt soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • tomato purée

Step 2

Hit the supermarket, here’s your shopping list.

Dairy, eggs

  • small pottle of light sour cream
  • 4 eggs

Bottled, canned, packaged

  • chilli paste
  • filo pastry
  • kimchi*
  • miso
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sesame seeds
  • wholemeal pita breads

*Kimchi is a fermented cabbage and vegetable mix originating in Korea. It has a hot, sour flavour which adds zing to dishes. Find kimchi in Asian stores, or in many supermarkets. In our recipes we used the locally-produced Living Goodness brand.


  • peas

Meat, poultry

  • 300g boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 330g lamb leg steaks


  • 350g broccoli
  • 4 Brussels sprouts
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 red chilli
  • fresh coriander
  • garlic
  • 240g pumpkin
  • 385g spinach, gai lan or silver beet
  • spring onions
  • 250g Swiss brown mushrooms

Step 3

Get cooking! Make these tasty, healthy dinners for two (be sure you cook the recipes in order, to stretch the ingredients).

Monday: Chicken pot pie with creamy broccoli

Tuesday: Bibimbap with grilled lamb and kimchi ketchup

Wednesday: Spicy lamb soup

Thursday: Kimchi fried rice

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