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  • Julia K

    sun 26 july hamburgers

    mon 27 july mango chicken curry w/rice & green beans

    tues 28 july shepherd’s pie w/ veggies

    wed 29 july creamy lamb & tomato fettucine w/ salad

    thurs 30 july curried sausages, mash & veggies

    fri 31 july sweet ‘n sour pork w/rice

    sat 1 august bacon & cheese croquettes w/salad

    baking gingerbread men
    double choc muffinsReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Julia your meal plan sounds amazing! I love the sound of Mango chicken with rice and green beans! Very yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    those honey and carrot muffins sound good, I have a few carrots in the fridge that need using. Our meal plan for this week is:

    Mon-spaghetti bolognese
    Tue-chicken risotto
    Wed-frozen fish portions with chips and salad
    Thur-silverside in the slow cooker with steamed vegetables
    Fri-homemade beef and blackbean with rice
    Sat-out for dinner
    Sun-Roast lamb and vegetablesReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh another beautiful meal plan! Loveing the sound of Beef and blackbean with rice. And i just love silverside in the slow cooker, a perfect winter meal.:)ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    I haven’t had time to plan this weeks meals as the kids have been sick all weekend. I will be adding the chicken noodle soup to the grocery list, they will enjoy this for tonights dinner, will soothe their poor little throats.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Chicken noodle soup is delicious, quick and easy. I hope your kiddies are feeling better soon.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Katrina! Thanks so so so much for including us in your weekly meal plan! We hope you LOVE LOVE the cauli rice! We certainly do :) e + c <3ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is beautiful! And i real winner in our house.:) Thank youReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Our Meal Plan this week:
    Mon – Pork Medallions with Cabbage & Mash
    Tue – Chicken Caesar Salad
    Wed – Vietnamese Pork Chops & Salad
    Thurs – Takeaway
    Fri – Spag Bol
    Sat – Chicken Noodle Soup
    Sun – Beef & Red Wine Stew in Slow Cooker

    Baking – Banana Muffins

    Your Chicken Noodle soup looks great, so I changed my Plan to cook it next weekend! I’m away in Melbourne for a few days this week, so hubby will do takeaway and Spag Bol for the kids while I’m gone.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i am loving the sound of your Pork medallions with cabbage and mash! Sounds very enticing!ReplyCancel

  • Haha we eat toasted sandwiches for dinner sometimes! Omelettes and easy things are common too! The lasagna looks fantastic!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s great to have something easy and simple on a Friday or Saturday night, i think it is a great way to finish a busy week off.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kirra

    I am just thinking about our meal plan thismorning as i shop on thursdays :) hubby is on night shift here so our dinner is at 2pm lol i also cook up a couple of light easy meals thati can freeze & reheat for my 2yo and i around 5pm.

    Thurs- Corn meat, veg & sweet potato w/ leek white sauce
    Fri- chicken thai red curry and rice
    Sat- left overs ( i will be away)
    Sun- roast pork, veg and gravy
    Mon- salmon pasta bake & salad
    Tue-curried sausages and rice
    Wed- spag bog in whole roast sweet potatos, avo/corn salsa and greek yoghurt.
    Light meals-•skinnymixers cheesy bacon mac & cheese
    •Pumpkin, veg and ham soup
    •Sliced cold pork and corn meat on bread
    Snacks- choc cupcakes and fruity banana cookiesReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Soiunds like a delicious week of meals at your place, Kirra!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Marion Vannucci

    Hi Katrina,

    Last night I made the Cauli-rice recipe, however I replaced the pumpkin with sweet potato. It was soooo delicious. We had it as a main course dish without any extra meat, and it was quite filling.

    Looking forward to trying some more of your menu ideas.


    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Ooh i like the sound of sweet potato. Sounds delicious, i will have to give it a try. Thanks Marion for the idea.:)ReplyCancel

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  • Louise

    Yum, this meal plan sounds delicious. I haven’t made chow mein in quite awhile, I forget about the good dinner ideas like this, it’s a great way to sneak in some vegetables to the kids too! Love your plans, thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s great being able to sneak extra veggies in especially those veggies that they aren’t too fussd on.ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    I made your zucchini brownies on the weekend, the whole family loved them, so moist, definately a keeper recipe.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are so good aren’t they Jen! We just love them.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I make my tuna mornay with crushed plain salted chips. Mmmm, the kids and hubby love it ( and me too!). I am going to try that chocolate brownie with zucchini, looks delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Too funny, that’s exactly how i make my Tuna Mornay, so so yummy.:)ReplyCancel

Create a list of all the dinners your family enjoys with these easy and delicous family friendly dinner ideas.

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  • Julia K

    Each week when I come up with our menu plan – I print it off and put it up on the fridge. This helps avoid the “what’s for dinner Mum ?” nagging which seems to start the minute they come in from school.
    For the past couple of months – I’ve been keeping my old menu plans in a binder so I have a record of what we’ve been eating and I can keep things varied.
    I love checking out websites and blogs such as The Organised Housewife for new – family friendly recipe ideas. I also get a free weekly email from and invariably choose at least one or two recipes from there to try out the following week. Major supermarkets such as Coles, Woolies & IGA usually put out a free magazine every now and then which has great seasonal recipes to try.
    I also love to double up on my cooking and freeze some for another night – saves on time and washing up.
    Another thing I’m getting back into this term is to do the dinner prep in the morning – this takes the stress out of afternoons which are often busy with homework / after school sports and activities. All the prep dishes can be taken care of early too so there is generally only the serving ware and the odd pan or two left for the evening.ReplyCancel

  • I tried the bruschetta chicken the other night! I went down a treat!

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      We love it, we are big bruschetta fans here!ReplyCancel

Family Friendly Weekly Meal Plan plus recipes to help you work out what to cook for dinner tonight.

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  • We have an interesting meal plan this week, as it’s school holidays, I decided that the kids can do the cooking this week, so it’s stir fries, soups and pasta all week. xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOVE IT Nicole, I think I should do the same one week!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for including my recipe lovely. Have a great week and enjoy! xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      so delicious Alexx!ReplyCancel

  • Tara Bock

    Hi Kat, what kind of lamb do you use in the baked lamb dinner? :)ReplyCancel

  • Georga

    I used a Jamie Oliver Lamb Roast from Woolies and it was just amazingly delicious. Definitely on the list to do again, will try with the chicken drummies next time. A definite winner! I used zucchini and potato too and didn’t have to do any extra veggiesReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Louise D’Allura of Meal Planning Your Way Are you struggling to meal plan and get healthy food on the table? Too often we find barriers that stop us from putting our meal plans into action, and reaching for takeaway. Like most of us it will be because you’re too tired […]

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I’m following a restrictive diet over the next few weeks, so my family meal plans are going to be very bland, just meat and veg. I’m going to share some readers family meal plans.  Which is a fantastic way to show what others are eating in their homes.  I’d love to hear what you are […]

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Weekly meal plan plus family friendly recipe ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner.

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  • Julia K

    this week at café de knock

    sun 7 june ham & cheese toasties
    cream of cauliflower soup

    mon 8 june butter chicken w/ rice & garlic naan

    tues 9 june scotch fillet steak, kumera mash & broccolini

    wed 10 june crumbed fish with lemon sauce, pan-fried baby potatoes and veggies

    thurs 11 june greek lamb meatballs w/ fettucine

    fri 12 june wiener schnitzel, salad & chips

    sat 13 june homemade hamburgers

    baking carrot, honey & sultana muffins
    choc chip cookiesReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Julia, i just love reading your meal plans! They sound amazing!ReplyCancel

  • I love barley soup! In fact I love barley anything really. The other dishes also look really tasty too Kat!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s funny Lorraine i hadn’t cooked with a lot of barley until i made this soup and everyone just loved it, quite a popular winter dish in our house now.:)ReplyCancel

Weekly meal plan plus family friendly recipe ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner.

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  • Hi Kat, Thank you so much for sharing my chicken salad recipe. I can’t wait to try your chicken and roast pumpkin pasta bake this week, and of course your yummy banana and pecan muffins… yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      My pleasure, Lucy! It was so delicious we really enjoyed your Chicken Salad! The chicken and roast pumpkin bake is another big winner with my kids too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    This week at Cafe de Knock:

    Sunday – Lamb Noodle Salad

    Monday – Vanilla Braised Beef Cheeks w/ Mashed Potatoes & Green Beans

    Tuesday – Chicken & Cashew Stir Fry w/ Thai Basil & Jasmine Rice

    Wednesday – sticky apple pork chops with pan-fried baby potatoes & veggies

    Thursday – Spaghetti Bolognese

    Friday – Chicken Kiev & Fried Rice

    Saturday – Take Away or Dinner Out at a local restaurant

    Baking Chocolate Coconut Bars
    Peaches & Cream MuffinsReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Julia, Your meal plan sounds delicious! I love the sound of your Lamb noodle salad….YUM.:)ReplyCancel

  • What a great sounding dinner menu! I love the 4 ingredient apple slice 😀ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      The apple slice is a real favourite of mine too, Lorraine.:) So yummy!ReplyCancel

Weekly meal plan family friendly recipe Ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner

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  • Kylie

    love the look of the fish and coconut rice, will have to put that on the menu for next week. Our meals:

    Sat: Homemade Spring Rolls & Fried Rice
    Sun: Tuna Patties & Salad
    Mon: Thai-Marinaded Chicken Skewers and Crunchy Noodle Salad
    Tue: Ravioli
    Wed: Silverside & Veg
    Thus: Slow-cooker Massaman Beef & Rice
    Fri: Takeaway

    Baking – Cheesy-mite ScrollsReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh what i beautiful meal plan! I just love Massaman beef and rice…YUM!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Here’s our plan for this week:

    Sunday – Lamb Roast w/ veggies
    Monday – Cream of Cauliflower Soup
    Apricot Chicken w/ rice & green beans
    Tuesday – Coconut Curry Sausages w/ mash & Veggies
    Wednesday – Crumbed Chicken Tenderloins w/ Plum Sauce & Fried Rice
    Thursday – Oven Roasted Pork Fillet with Orange & Macadamia Nut Sauce, Creamy Mash & Broccolini
    Friday – Dinner at a local restaurant – my Birthday :)
    Saturday – Baked Fish w/ coconut rice – this sounded so delicious it just HAD to go on this week’s plan !

    Baking – Buttermilk Cinnamon Scrolls ( I discovered my long lost recipe while doing some decluttering last week and as my oven is finally fixed – I couldn’t wait to make these for breakfast on Sunday – not a crumb left LOL)
    Jam & Cream Muffins – Made these this morning for the kids’ lunches – I thought the mixture looked quite dry and added a little more milk – they really are quite yummy !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Julia what a gorgeous meal plan! So much variety, i love it.:)ReplyCancel

These tips to make grocery shopping easier will to help reduce the time you spend at the grocery store, cut the cost and eliminate shopping frustration.

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  • Tab

    I like to organise my list into sections, with all meat together, veggies together etc, because I tend to forget things. I also NEVER shop on an empty stomach, it cuts down on impulse buys.
    And, if your supermarket has one, check out the clearance racks first. You can pick up awesome bargains of food that might be short dated or has damaged packaging.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I use all these tips when I physically go to the supermarket, but I prefer to shop online, from the comfort of my own home. No need to take the kids who end up nagging you to buy extras that add $50 to your bill! I can do it at anytime and enjoy a little glass of wine at the same time.ReplyCancel

  • For me the biggest difference occurred when I started to menu plan. I now know exactly what I need to buy to cook all of our meals for the week. If it’s not on the shopping list, it doesn’t go into the trolley. http://www.lifewrangling.comReplyCancel

A list of easy dinner meal ideas for those that don’t like to cook. From toast to pasta, there is no excuse with these hubby friendly meal ideas.

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  • Elita hooper

    this list is amazing, As a mum I use lots of packet mix when making stir fry, casserole, i really do not like to cook much so anything that cuts that time down I am going to use.
    Most of the list is what I plan on regular basis.
    My boys are currently going through a one pan dinner thing,if they can serve themselves they will eat more.

    Thank you for the list.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      The packet mixes do make it easy, I used to use them a lot, now I have more time to cook and I enjoy creating recipes to share on the blog I don’t so much these days. Ooh what is their favourite one pan dinner at the moment? Love this idea, less washing!ReplyCancel

  • Vonni

    How can anyone pick on a hubby who compiled a meal plan like that? If I was away for a few days I’m sure my family would be eating take aways until I returned. Well done, Mr Organised. I’ll be sure to email a link to this post to my hubby, just in case he’s after some ideas for next Mother’s Day, or my birthday, anniversary, Christmas etc etc :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      He did do a wonderful job!.:)ReplyCancel

  • What a tasty sounding meal plan. My other halves go to is a packet of pasta paired with a tin of tomato soup and some cheese.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s a creative meal Anne!ReplyCancel

  • steph

    My husband is a good cook if he wants to be but hates cooking (so do i!). His go to meal is steak, packet of continental microwave pasta, mash and saladReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh good on hubby.:)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah codling

    There is nothing wrong with your hubby’s menu! Love it that he has the confidence to plan ahead!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thanks Sarah.:) I was very proud of him, he did a great job xReplyCancel

  • My hubby’s version of meal planning is asking what the kids are cooking! He really doesn’t cook, but he does all the laundry. It’s a trade-off I am more than content with.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that’s a good trade Tracy, and I am sure such a big help too!ReplyCancel

  • Haha this has me wondering what my husband would make if I ever left home for more than a long weekend! He’s great when we’re all together and I ask him to cook something – he’ll make a mean pad thai or steak with some veggies, but when I’m out of the picture it’s pies, chips, toasted sandwiches and very little forethought haha. Makes me think I should test him out more often so he gets more practice!
    In saying that, he does a lot of non cooking stuff that I hardly ever nail so I guess we just play to our strengths 😉ReplyCancel

  • Kimsy

    Great list! My husband makes crispy skin salmon or steak with steamed vegetables when it’s his turn to cook. His other favourite thing is “grab whatever’s in the fridge and add eggs, cheese and herbs”, which usually turns out quite delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh yum! I like the sound of your hubby’s crispy skin salmon! Sound delish.:)ReplyCancel

  • This is very similar to what my hubby cooks! But some new ones here too – thanks xReplyCancel

  • Suzi

    If I can cook it in the oven, then it becomes a staple. Every week I make a pasta bake. 1 can of tuna, what every veggies are in the fridge or frozen works even better. What ever pasta and sauce is in the cupboard. It freezes well, so I make a huge batch of it. It tastes great and if I’m having one of those days with the little one, there is alway food in the freezer.ReplyCancel

  • Susie

    I got a husband-friendly meal idea, a few years ago, from an Aldi brochure. It is gnocchi, pesto and a few cubes of frozen spinach. Serve up with parmesan. Easy and yum. My husband makes it if I’m out on a weeknight. Weekends are for pizza (might be homemade) or takeaway -if I’m out!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that sounds delicious, Susie! xReplyCancel

  • Wow, I’m impressed! He did great! :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thanks Karen.:) I was very proud of him.:) xReplyCancel

  • I love the meal plan he made. Very in-depth. My Hubby cooks every night and is a great cook however he excels at slow cookers – my favourite Lamb Shanks. He is also fantastic at any roast on the Weber. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i love lamb shanks! Well done to your hubby and yes i too love roast on the webber, such a delicious flavour!ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Coles Typically when grocery shopping each week I have a list of essential items I always purchase.  These essentials are usually something that we use everyday or many times throughout the week.  Apart from the typical fresh fruit,vegetables and meat, my essential everyday products are good to have on hand to make up […]

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  • Lilian

    I’ve wanted a list like this for awhile, I buy similar stuff and have been meaning to write it down but don’t get time, thanks Kat this will be a great help.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It is handy having a list of items that you purchase every week, I find I am forgetful so it’s great to refer to.ReplyCancel

  • Julie T

    I buy homebrand items often and don’t find any difference in the taste. Good to see that you try and stick to a budget when shopping Kat. This is a great list I have often wondered what people stock in their pantry.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      these growing kiddies of mine are now eating more and more, it’s important to shop frugally now more than ever becasue the weekly shop could easily get out of control.ReplyCancel

  • Eleanor

    I also do have a list of samples and have never run out of those samples in my cupboard, including cornflour and other basic ingredients. Like you, I like to bake and cook. It does help as I only buy meat and other fresh products on special like now all the apples and oranges are cheaper to buy and in the summer, watermelon and mangoes are the favourite ones!

    Another thing I like to stock up on is evaporated skim milk as you can whip up a simple pasta sauce with it and add whatever you want in a creamy sauce pasta. I also buy coconut milk as this is really good to use for Asian themed dinners i.e. stir fry, satay chicken. Each shop, I also keep an eye out for specials on stock, spices and herbs as well as rice, noodles and pasta.

    I also steer away from packaged sauces now as we are trying to cut down on salt and sugar use. There are heaps of recipes that I now use a lot in my slow cooker that helps a lot now that it is very cold here in Sydney and this weather now calls for hot dinners. I have a sausage casserole simmering away at home now.

    Another thing I do is to buy the nappies when they are on special and stock up on at least two packs of night time nappies and lasts for almost a month. The costs does add up especially when you have kids still in nappies all day and all night (only one in this household now and a toddler toilet trained for the day, not quite dry at night). Stocking up on nappies when on special does help. The nappies lasts until the next time they are on special.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      nappies is a great idea to stock up on, I remember like you all too good 3 of my kids in nappies, cost a fortune, if you have the space great idea to stock pile them! Ooh yes I buy coconut milk is a good base for many dishes!ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    One of the best things I have ever done is come up with my pre-printed shopping list. It basically lists EVERYTHING that I might buy and the list is grouped in sections eg
    Bread & Cereals, Canned Fruit, Herbs & Spices. Under each section heading – I list all the items that I’m ever likely to buy. I have a couple of spare lines at the end of each section in case I come across a recipe with an ingredient I haven’t purchased before.
    I keep a stack of the pre-printed lists in my kitchen and, as I run out of an item, I highlight it on my list. The day before I go shopping, I make my menu plan and highlight items on my list that I need to buy.
    Although a lot of work to set up initially, it saves so much time come shopping day. It also saves revisiting various aisles in the supermarket as all like items are grouped together on the list.
    Have been using this list for about 15 YEARS !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aweomse Julia, sounds very much like my grocery list, has most of these items typed up on it. Best way not to forget.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    I also have a list of pantry, fridge and freezer basics and tend to only buy items when needed. I love using my slow cooker and tend to work out meals for the week to save money time and washing up. Having a family of 7 children sometimes 8 means I’m always on the lookout for money saving ideas.
    So far with baking and meal planning and shopping online I have been able to keep the grocery bill around the $200/250 mark per week. Leaving enough funds for other projects around the house and after school activities.
    I absolutely love your website and ideas, thank you so much…..ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      WOW Janelle! You sound like you are so very organised..I LOVE IT.:) Well done to you for meal planning and having great money saving ideas.:)ReplyCancel

  • Robyn

    Great list, very similar to mine. I no longer use ready made pasta sauce. I use tomato soup as my base and add the grated Veges. The soup has a lovely taste, is cheaper and low salt versions are available.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds really yummy, Robyn!ReplyCancel

  • H,

    I try to make my shopping list in order of the aisles the items are in at the supermarket. It saves a lot of time retracing my steps to collect something further down the list.ReplyCancel

  • Great list. I get all of the above plus mozzarella and fresh pizza bases ( love to make my own but doesn’t always time wise…). I’ll print your list because I always get side trackedReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Monique.:) Yum we love homemade pizzas too, so much nicer and healthier too xReplyCancel