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  • These all look amazing – but i think I’m going to have to start with the Thermomix roast chicken. That looks incredible!ReplyCancel

  • Louise Thomsen

    These all look fantastic! I’ll have to share some pics with your hashtag! Louise xxReplyCancel

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

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  • Gretel

    I enjoy reading your meal plans, because I sadly don’t have enough time and like that I can use your ideas, my kids will enjoy that beef and bacon pasta.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Fantastic Gretel.:) My kids love the beef and bacon pasta too!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    The Beef & bacon Pasta Bake looks so yummy I’ve added it to my Meal Plan!
    Monday: Beef & Noodle Stir-fry
    Tuesday:Chicken & Cashew Korma & Rice
    Wednesday:Bangers & Mash
    Thursday:Tuna Patties & Salad
    Friday: Beef & Bacon Pasta bake
    Saturday:Chicken, Carrot & Chickpea Tagine with Cous Cous
    Sunday: Spanakopita & SaladReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      This sounds so delicious Kylie, do you mind if I share it as a weekly meal plan with the rest of the community over the next few weeks? :)ReplyCancel

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

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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.

    MarionReplyCancel

    • 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

Weekly Family Meal Plan with family friendly recipe ideas to help you work out what to cook for dinner tonight

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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 Taste.com.au 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!
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    • 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

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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