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{Meal Plan} Chicken and Spinach Lasagne and vegetables

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan As I was away at the conference last weekend Mr Organised planned this weeks meal plan and did the weekly grocery shop.  Was a great help not to do it when I got home, so very grateful! […]

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  • Miss Maudy

    Tonight – Things on Sticks (chicken and vegetable skewers)
    Tuesday – Spaghetti Bolognese
    Wednesday – Steaks and vegetables
    Thursday – chops and/or sausages and veg
    Friday – home made pizza
    Saturday – up for debate (Sir Reg is out for dinner, so kids and I may get takeaway)
    Sunday – RoastReplyCancel

  • fefe

    how do you spoon the yoghurt into such a small nozzle??ReplyCancel

    • Rebecca Jane Boner

      They have a snap lock type seal at the top of the pouchReplyCancel

{Meal Plan} Baked Fish Fingers with Salad

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Baked Fish Fingers with Salad TUESDAY – Sausages, potato mash and vegetables WEDNESDAY – Lamb Kofte with Fattoush Salad, Griddled Sweet Potato and Tzatziki THURSDAY –  Salmon and Spinach Quiche FRIDAY –  on a weekend getaway SATURDAY – on a weekend […]

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{Meal Plan} Vege Packed Bolognese and more

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Vege Packed Bolognese TUESDAY – Honey and Soy chicken stirfry WEDNESDAY – Left over bolognese on toast THURSDAY – Satay Chicken Sausages (from local butcher), potato and vegetables FRIDAY –  Homemade Hamburgers SATURDAY – Smoked Cod Fish Pie (replaced […]

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  • I did a meal plan this week and it’s made such a big difference already because I don’t even have to think about what I’m cooking. I also had all my groceries delivered so it was even less painful!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Simpson

    I absolutely love your meal plans, they have really helped me heaps. Just wondering if you had a lunchbox meal plan for the kids lunchboxes. I am running out of ideas.
    Thanks!ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Cheats Lasagne and more

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Cheats Lasagne with vegetables TUESDAY – Sesame Lamb Rissoles with salad WEDNESDAY – Peppered Beef & Mushroom Casserole with mashed potato THURSDAY – Bacon, leek and corn Risotto FRIDAY –  Dinner out  SATURDAY – BBQ Sausages, mashed potato and […]

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{Meal Plan} Spiced Chicken Noodle Salad and more

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Beef Goulash with mashed potato TUESDAY –Pork Cutlets with carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and corn WEDNESDAY – Eggs on toast THURSDAY – Spiced Chicken Noodle Salad FRIDAY –  Green Burgers SATURDAY – Chicken Snitzel with mashed potato and vegetables SUNDAY […]

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  • linda

    I would love to know the brand of your blue divided lunchbox–it’s adorable and so practical!ReplyCancel

    • Shaz

      It looks like my Tupperware lunchbox. I love it!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Linda, it’s from Tupperware, sandwich keeper plus, also comes in pink! Katrina Springer
      The Organised Housewife

      Also find me: Website | Shop | Facebook | Pinterest | InstagramReplyCancel

  • I love a noodle bowl! I think that may just be tonight’s dinner!ReplyCancel

{Meal Plan} Rigatoni with Zucchini, Lemon & Mint

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Fast Spaghetti and Meatballs TUESDAY – Pork Chops and Vegetables WEDNESDAY – Slow Cooked Sliverside with potato and vegetables THURSDAY – Grilled fish and salad FRIDAY –  Homemade Pizza SATURDAY – Rigatoni with Zucchini, Lemon & Mint SUNDAY – […]

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  • Ashleigh Louise Payne

    This week we’re having sweet chilli chicken drumsticks, poached salmon and pearl cous cous salad, pork stir fry, spaghetti bol, sausage risotto and the weekend is up for grabs so far.ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Watt

    oh those scones!! yum, went and bought ingredients todayReplyCancel

    • I buttered them up Leesa and put them in the freezer for the kids lunch boxes, yummo, glad you enjoyed them when you visited on the weekend xReplyCancel

  • Demi Monfries

    Katrina, did you cut them open and butter them and THEN freeze them?ReplyCancel

How to Meal Plan

Meal planning is something I have done for as long as I can remember.  I meal plan weekly, I attempted to do it monthly but find weekly works best for my family.  There are so many different benefits to meal planning which I have shared previously, read more about benefits to meal planning here.  It’s […]

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  • Grace

    I just wrote a post on meal planning too!
    I use a table in my iPad as it’s easy to switch around the days.
    My tip would be shop specials, your local farmers market AND your own pantry,
    It’s great to have regular meals but try something new each week, that way you’ll be able to add more meals to your rotation!
    Here’s my post:
    http://healthyindesign.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/meal-planning-101-my-weeks-meals.htmlReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I too have been meal planning FOREVER – such a sanity saver. I have a mini blackboard in my kitchen and always write what’s for dinner which saves the seemingly endless questions from the kids. I try and rotate everyone’s favourites but have made it clear to my kids that it’s not always going to be your most favourite meal but whatever it is – that’s it – they are expected to eat it.
    My almost 10 year old son was sitting down with his sisters for afternoon tea the other day (a fruit kebab, yoghurt and a homemade muffin). He had left his banana announcing that he didn’t like banana anymore. I responded with – “that’s news to me – - you’ve always eaten banana in the past”. I advised that since I had been good enough to shop for the food, prepare it lovingly and present it for him to eat – the very least he could do was eat it ! He ate the banana ( it was only 2 small pieces ). Kids !!ReplyCancel

  • Planning meals makes sense I guess when you have a family but I’m out so many nights in the week I can never plan meals! Should start trying though.ReplyCancel

  • Octavia Vaughan

    I’ve taken it to a slightly nerdy level – I’ve set up a spreadsheet with all our favourite meals and ingredients so all I have to do is select the meals for the week and it gives me my shopping list. This really helps because hubby and I are trying to “diet” and do healthier meals whereas the kids are really fussy and tend to prefer spag bol, fish fingers etc.ReplyCancel

    • Gab

      That’s awesome! Would you be willing to share your template?ReplyCancel

      • Octavia Vaughan

        I would love to share it but like I said above, it’s a bit messy at the moment unless you’re an excel expert (which I’m not, I just know what works for me)ReplyCancel

    • Anonymama

      Octavia I would love to know more about your spreadsheet, that is the kind of thing that I have been wanting except I’m not computer literate enough to be able to create one. Did you write it up yourself?ReplyCancel

      • Octavia Vaughan

        I did write it myself, and it’s working really well for me but involves a bit of manual configuration each week so I’m not quite ready to share it yet. When I learn a bit more about excel and how to automate it for someone who doesn’t know about pivot tables, I’ll share it.ReplyCancel

      • Jodie Essex

        pepper plate is a good app and website for recipes, meal planning and it creates a shopping list all in one.ReplyCancel

    • Haha, I love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Kris

    I love meal planning and display it on the fridge for all the family to see. I also have a section at the bottom called ‘Next Week’. We use this for if someone has a request/suggestion for a meal, or we notice we have a lot of something (eg I stocked up on mince the other week and we need to use some up out of the freezer) we put up an idea for next week’s plan. Sometimes when I go to do the planning it’s all but done, with 4 or 5 suggestions up there ready to go!! Yay :) ReplyCancel

    • Octavia Vaughan

      I like your “Next week” idea. I try to make a note of pre-made meals that I have in the freezer so I remember to use those up as well. Spag Bol I always make in bulk (eg 2kg mince) so I have heaps in stock in the freezer.ReplyCancel

      • Shelley Knox

        Omg. I’m one week into using an APP from the App Store called Food Planner. It cost $1.99 after a short free trial and does what you mentioned above automatically. It’s awesome!ReplyCancel

        • Octavia Vaughan

          That sounds pretty cool, I’ll have to check it out.
          I spoke to hubby about my spreadsheet tonight and he had a brilliant idea to make it easier so I might not be too far off sharing it. :) ReplyCancel

    • Jo

      I love the “Next Week” suggestions!! Great idea.ReplyCancel

    • Very clever!!ReplyCancel

  • MellyDG

    Love your theme of the day idea. Have been meal planning for years now and think it’s the only way to go. However my husband sometimes complains of the lack of variety in our meals. I finally decided to do something about his complaints (besides telling him to cook for a change!) this year. I’ve created a list of all our ‘usual’ meals (list A) and a second list of 20+ recipes taken from various cookbooks of recipes we’d like to try (list B).
    Now when I sit down to plan I make sure to take 1 meal from list B while the rest are from list A. Makes the shopping list almost a no-brainer. ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    I have a white board on my pantry wall and write up the week’s dinners and also my planned baking for the week. I base my meals on the primary ingredient. For example, Tuesday/Beef Mince, Wednesday/Chicken, Thursday/Pasta. Friday/Fish etc.ReplyCancel

  • Ren Shen

    I’m not an organised person but have decided to try! I need some tips on freezing. Right now my freezer is a mass of processed crap mainly that all needs throwing out. I sometimes freeze leftover curry etc in zip lock bags but I really need advice on how to freeze my baking, other foods. The best containers/bags to use and how to pack the food. How to defrost – microwave/in fridge/on bench. I really am clueless but my weeks are so busy that I think freezing stuff is the only chance I have of being organised and getting the family eating healthily again. Help!!!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Watkins

    Wow thank you so much, I read this yesterday while bubs was sleeping and I was on it. Made the fruit leathers whilst getting my planning on!! I now have a cool frame just like yours, the kids have all helped with the types of meals they like, I have written a shopping spreadsheet which has all my regular things I buy and spaces for additional for the fridge to just tick what I need. Im ready and raring to go, I’ve been meaning to do meal planning for ages but your post got me going so thank you for that, hubby and 4 kids are slightly more organised now than before :) ReplyCancel

    • You are onto it Samantha, great work!! And you will find that in your spreadsheets that if you rotate your meal plans every few weeks your spreadsheet will be all ready to go, no extra work!!ReplyCancel

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  • Suzanne

    Have just got back into meal planning after a break of a few years…and am finding it great again, especially with my husband working nights (we do the main meal for lunch). I also have done a spreadsheet shopping list, with regular purchases divided into catergories (eg pantry, fridge/freezer etc), which I printed off and laminated…all I need to do is just tick off items or add during the week and then take shopping. I also used the catalogue to check out grocery specials and planned some meals around that.ReplyCancel

    • That’s a fabulous idea Suzanne, I can imagine how helpful that is! Katrina Springer
      The Organised Housewife

      Also find me: Website | Shop | Facebook | Pinterest | InstagramReplyCancel

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Submit your meal plans or recipes

This is the first week of February and as promised this month I am getting back into my regular blogging routine.  Typically on Monday’s I will share our family meal plan (from the week prior, so I can include recipes and photo’s of our food).  However, I was really overwhelmed by the excitement and busy-ness […]

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  • Grace

    I love the look of that Teriyaki chicken! I might have to add it to my meal plan for next week.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    I don’t have photos – not that tech savvy yet to know how to get them from the camera and into the computer…but someone else can cook it and take a photo if they like!
    I have a super easy recipe for left over chicken – whether it be left over bbq chook or from a roast. It helps make a little chicken go a long way and of course you can use fresh vegetables if you prefer – I just tend to use frozen as this is my go-to meal when I don’t feel like putting in that much of an effort to feed myself…
    I usually serve it with rice so put the rice on to cook and then do the chicken.
    Shred the chicken into a saucepan, add in a crushed chicken stock cube or equivalent, a tin of apricot nectar(because it’s more apricot-y than just juice), some canned apricots (not the ones in syrup generally as they can make it too sweet) or a cup of dried diced apricots, or you can put in dried apricot halves if you like it chunkier. Add a packet of (salt reduced) dried French onion soup mix and some mixed frozen vegies – we like the celery, peas, corn, capsicum mix. Cook on medium heat, stirring it fairly regularly to stop it sticking to the bottom and cook till the soup mix thickens up the nectar and the vegies are cooked to your liking.ReplyCancel

  • Shruthi Jacob

    http://nonapie.wordpress.com
    Here are my meal plans. I’d be thrilled if you would like to try some of these.ReplyCancel

  • Lou

    we had chicken sliders tonight, although they are from a kiddies food website they are delicious and my son (21months) who is not fussed on meat at all, out eats us on these, they really are moist and very tasty, I didnt take pictures though sorry, http://www.annabelkarmel.com/recipes/chicken-sliders
    Enjoy who ever tries themReplyCancel

{Meal Plan} Beef stroganoff and more

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan Monday – Beef stroganoff with potato (Thermomix – ED Cookbook) Tuesday – Tomato and Salami Fettucini (Thermomix – ED Cookbook) Wednesday – Scrambled eggs on toast Thursday – Pie, chips and vegetables (hubby’s specialty while I am away) Friday –  Family […]

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  • Hi there, seeing as you’re no running the meal planning link up anymore, I thought that I would start one over at my blog ( http://www.goodfoodweek.blogspot.com ). I would love it if you would like to come over and participate :) ReplyCancel

    • awesome Shari, I’ll be starting back up in the new year, was just too much work to do as well as the Christmas series.ReplyCancel

{Meal Plan} Spinach Rice Pie and more

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan Monday – Fish and salad Tuesday – Poached chicken, vegetables and pasta Wednesday – Cheeseburger Pasta Bake with salad Thursday – Spinach Rice Pie with salad Friday –  Sausage sandwiches Saturday –  Chicken Korma Curry (from bottle) with rice Sunday – […]

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