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

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  • I need to get inspiration from meal plans like this I think. Lately I have been serving up the same dinners and I need to change it up a bit. I’m trying to add more veggies at night too. I’ve never made a wonton soup because I’ve always thought wontons were too hard to make but you make them sound easy so I may just have to give them a go. Have a great week Kat. xReplyCancel

    • Bec, i am so lost if i don’t meal plan LOL It does become hard trying to think what to cook everynight.
      The wantons really are easy and yummy.:) Hope you have a great week too xReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for linking up the biscuits. I would be lost without meal planning too, I’m going to give the ricotta fritters and the wanton soup a try over the holidays. thanks again. xReplyCancel

  • Vicki, the ricotta fritters are really good! So much flavour.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I’m planning on defrosting the freezer this week before we go away for the holidays. As such all my meals are “freezer finds” this week :)

    Sunday DD14’s Birthday Dinner Celebration at local restaurant

    Monday Sweet N Sour Meatballs with rice. This is an “OrganisedReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I’m planning on defrosting the freezer this week before we go away for the holidays. As such all my meals are “freezer finds” this week :) Week’s like this are great as I just have to make the sides / vegetables and I have much less washing up to do !

    Sunday DD14’s Birthday Dinner Celebration at local restaurant

    Monday Sweet N Sour Meatballs with rice. This is an “Organised Housewife’s” recipe which I made up as a double batch a couple of weeks ago. Fussy Master 10 can have frozen fish fillets.

    Tuesday Honey Mustard Chicken (from Freezer) with Rice

    Wednesday Beef Stroganoff (from Freezer) with Pasta & veggies

    Thursday Coconut Curry Sausages with Mashed Potatoes & Veggies

    Friday Dad’s Surprise – we are flying down to VIC for the first week of the Easter Holidays to stay with my husband who works there.

    Saturday Depends what’s in Dad’s pantry LOL….

    Baking Lemon Coconut Slice ( this is actually a no-bake slice which was super easy. I made it yesterday for DD14 to take to school for a shared lunch)

    Easter Cupcakes – DS10 is in his last year at primary school and so the last year of bringing cupcakes in to share on his birthday. I’m going to make little cupcakes with icing piped to resemble a nest and each nest will contain some mini easter eggs and a little fluffy chicken.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Those Ricotta fritters look yummy. I made something similar years ago that also had spinach in them.
    My Plan:
    Sat – Thai Chicken Kebabs, stir-fry Veg & Rice
    Sun – Porcupine Meatballs, mash & Veg
    Mon – Spanakopita & salad
    Tues – Nachos
    Wed – Pizza
    Thurs – BBQ Pork & Noddle Soup
    Fri – Tuna Mornay Pie
    Baking – Banana Cake and Ricotta Hotcakes(pikelets)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i love the sound of your meal plan Kylie.:) Delicious!ReplyCancel

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

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  • I think that grilled chicken salad and cinnamon tea cake will be on my meal planner very soon! I cooked a big lamb roast yesterday which will hopefully last for the next couple of daysReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I must say, Lauren that the grilled chicken salad is so light and refreshing. It is one of my favourites.:)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Our meal plan this week:

    Sunday Tacos
    Monday Slow cooked roast lamb, veggies & mashed potatoes
    TuesdayReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    Our meal plan this week:

    Sunday Tacos
    Monday Slow cooked roast lamb, veggies & mashed potatoes
    Tuesday Honey Mustard Chicken with rice & green beans
    Wednesday Pork with Plum & Ginger Sauce & Fried Rice
    Thursday Pepper & Peanut Chicken with Rice
    Friday Pizza
    Saturday Spaghetti Bolognese & Salad

    Baking Banana & Choc Chip Muffins
    Oatmeal Slice with Ginger Icing

    DH is working away and so I let the three younger kids each suggest one meal so that they have input to the process – they seem more inclined to eat dinner when they’ve had a bit of input !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      WOW Julie!!! I absolutely love your meal plan!! I am curious with your Pepper and Peanut Chicken?? Sounds very nice.:)ReplyCancel

      • Julia K

        Hey Kat,
        Will send you the recipe so you can check it out. It is originally from one of the Australian Women’s Weekly cookbooks back from the late 80s / early 90s but I have made it MANY times over the years and it is DD13s FAVOURITE meal.
        Julia
        xReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Yum! Thank you so much, Julie.:)ReplyCancel

  • JULI

    Monday – Porcupine Meatballs, Mash and Veges
    Tuesday – Macaroni Cheese with Bacon & Hidden Cauliflower
    Wednesday – One Pot Creamy Spaghetti Bolognese
    Thursday – I haven’t decided
    Friday – Tacos and Salad
    Saturday – Hotdogs and Homemade Chips
    Sunday – Roast Chicken and VegetablesReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yummy meal plan! I love porcupine meatballs! Thank you, you have just given me a great idea for a meal for this week! It has been so long since i have made them.:)ReplyCancel

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  • Yum! I’ve just grabbed some chicken out of the freezer but now I need to make the big decision of whether to make your pasta bake, spaghetti or the burritos… they all look great!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL i totally hear what you are saying, Lucy! They are all so yummy.:)ReplyCancel

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  • Kirsty

    Thanks to you Kat I have started meal planning and making quite a few of your recipes, my family have really enjoyed them and helped me so much as I am just not creative in coming up with dishes to feed the family, I’ve really enjoyed following along and eating yours, thank you for bringing back your meal plans.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yay!! I am so excited to hear you are loving the meal plans! It think it does make life so much easier especially with busy after school activities.ReplyCancel

  • Lyndall

    Ooh yum the Roast Pumpkin, Spinach and Chicken Pasta Bake with salad sounds delicious, I’m happy to try anything with roast pumpkin.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      it is very delicious, Lyndall! I am sure you will love it.:) xReplyCancel

  • Mel Bell

    Kat, I have followed your journey and your site for so long. Just wanted to say a big thank you for inspiring me to be a better me. To be more organised, to try new ideas and to be a better mum. Life can be so busy, but I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge you and all of your hard work!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Mel thank you so much.It really means so much to me when i hear back from my readers and read lovely comments such as yours. It just makes what i do a little bit more special.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Glad this is back, love Meal Planning, it makes life so much easier. Our plan this week (we start on Saturday):

    Sat: Pork Chops with Port & Cranberry sauce with Potato bake
    Sun: Greek Chicken Gyros
    Mon: Ham & Cheese Quiche with Salad
    Tue: Home-made Sausage Rolls with Veg
    Wed: Oven Baked Fish & Chips & Salad
    Thur: Indian Chicken & Tomato Curry & Rice
    Fri: Lasagne & saladReplyCancel

    • Kylie

      Oh and my baking was a Cherry Buckle (like a tea cake).ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        ooh that sounds really good, that would make a nice and light afternoon tea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yum, this plan sounds delicious, I have never heard of gyros, I’m off to google!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love your meal planning Kylie.:) Some delicious recipes here.:)ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Coles From next week I will be continuing to publishmy weekly meal plans. This is where I share with you what our family eats for dinner for the week, plus what I have baked up for the freezer. I don’t feel our weekly meal plan is too fancy, there is […]

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  • Elizabeth

    I started following your meal plan last year and found it enormously helpful. On the three nights I work late I know my family are still enjoying a healthy meal that I pre-prepared for them that my husband just needs to heat up. The leftovers are my perfect lunch the next day. My life would be nowhere near as organised without your fabulous site.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Elizabeth thank you so much! I am so glad to hear you are enjoying the site and gaining so much from it. You sound like you are on to it with the meal planning!.:)ReplyCancel

  • I think you will love doing a fortnightly meal plan. I started doing one a few months ago and have found it has reduced our food bill and number of trips to the supermarket significantly. I love your meal ideas too, will be adding a few of these to our next menu!ReplyCancel

  • I am utterly hopeless at meal planning but I want to improve, so this post is oh-so-timely! Great, easy, doable tips, Kat. I also wouldn’t mind giving online grocery shopping a go – I’m great at it with clothes and shoes, so surely food should be the same, right?! xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Haha yes i’m with you, Sonia! Oh so easy to shop online for clothes!!.:) I just love to meal planning and my house would be incomplete chaos of an evening if i didn’t meal plan. It really is so easy once you start.:) xReplyCancel

  • S

    Hi I made the Monday chicken dish. Is the sauce suppose to be thick. Mine is not…. Do u think it is ok to replace cream with yoghurt?ReplyCancel

  • I had no idea that Coles would deliver for free. This is awesome news! I’ll have to give it a go, especially since we don’t own a car with which to do a big weekly (or fortnightly) shop. :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes, put in your postcode and see which days they will deliver free to your area! That will be a big help for you :)ReplyCancel

  • Sandy

    I started the 8 week program with I Quit Sugar and one of the things she does is a menu plan. I ve not used one in years and was going to the shops almost daily picking up a few things here and there plus a big weekly shop. My grocery bill was astronomical not to mention really time consuming. I will be definitely keeping this habit going afterwards as I can’t get over how much time I was wasting nit to mention money going to the shops all the time. My ultimate goal; coles once a month and fruit and vegie market weekly.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne B

    Thanks Kat, now I don’t even have to think for myself with your already planned menu for each day. TASTE.COM is a great way to store recipes, you have your very own my recipes, etc. I even get my shopping list from here…tick the boxes and add other ingredients and print it off. You can plan menus for special occasions which I love to do on here. You know I have shopped at Coles all over the place until our local Coles opened years ago. I must be one of their loyal customers.lol 43 years… I still like to go in personally,check out everything, pick my own fresh produce but would use the online service if I had to, good idea if you are bedridden, or short of time…I used to love the parcel pickup where you could do your groceries, say before work and pick up later it has been replaced by online shopping. The only negative I have is that all the major supermarkets are replacing products with their own brands, a lot of it are from imported ingredients. I still like to buy AustralianReplyCancel

  • Marilynne Read

    I’ve read lots of meal planning tools but yours has been the most helpful. Thanks.
    I don’t have a family but do lead an extraordinarily busy life and find I waste food. I don’t like all that waste of food or money.
    The thing is will try is particular meals on regular days. I hadn’t thought of that but can see that it should work. I also like the idea of planning lunch meals. Lunch is my most uninspired meals so this may help me to like lunch time again.
    Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • I used to meal plan all the time and found it so much easier to budget and be organised on busy days. I really like the coles recipes and taste. The main challenge I have is planning for a varying number of people each week. Thanks for the inspiration. Time to get back to planning meals and budgeting.ReplyCancel

  • mitsa

    Can we see any ideas on a Summer Family menu Plan it is really hot in Perth lately some inspiration would be great.
    Thank youReplyCancel

  • We try to stick to a meal plan. It’s the best thing we ever did. Little waste, save money and time in the long run. Thanks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree Krystal.:) I would be stressed without mine!ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Susan Austinfrom Frost Bite I work three days a week in the city so we always have a freezer-friendly meal on my work days. This weeks meal plan MONDAY– Pad Thai noodles with prawns and vegetables using Marion’s kit TUESDAY– Barbequed thyme chicken, green beans, jacket potatoes WEDNESDAY – […]

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  • Beth Macdonald

    Thanks for the mention Susan (and Kat!) xReplyCancel

  • Kakoli Das

    I always wonder why your meal planning only includes one meal a day. I am an Indian, and a mother of two preschoolers. I have to plan breakfast, lunch, dinner, school snack box. On most days, there’s always something made specially kid friendly in all the meals in addition to the adult meal. Phew!! Isn’t that a lot ? What advice would you have for me ?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wow yes Kakoli that is a lot! I would suggest doing the same as you do for one meal only using the same method for all your meals.ReplyCancel

Meal planning tips: How to meal plan,benefits of meal planning,more meal plans&meal planning printables.   This weeks meal plan MONDAY– Beef Ragu Lasangewith vegetables TUESDAY– Salmon Patties with vegetables WEDNESDAY – Eggs on toast THURSDAY – Chicken Gnocchi Soup FRIDAY– Homemade Pizza SATURDAY – Fish Stew SUNDAY – Left overs BREAKFAST– Homemade Crumpets BAKING – […]

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  • Chrystal

    Lasagne is a regular at our house, sometimes it gets a little boring, I’ve tried your chicken and spinach version and that’s so good, I’m definitely going to try this ragu one too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I am sure you will love it as much as we did, Chrystal. It is great to have a variation on lasagne.ReplyCancel

    • Kirsty

      We sometimes have lentil lasagna as my kids don’t like mince. We all like this variation.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Wow that is a great idea, Kirsty! I have never tried using lentils. Fantastic variation for vegetarians too.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for the feature, Kat!

    Those crumpets look amazing. I want to give that Gnocchi soup a whirl!

    Erin xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh Erin the crumpets were delicious! So yummy. Enjoy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for the feature Kat,
    I’m all over this meal plan it all sounds delicious xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Ooh that is great to hear, Carla! They are all so yummy.:)ReplyCancel

Meal planning tips: How to meal plan,benefits of meal planning,more meal plans&meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan MONDAY– Creamy Paprika Chicken TUESDAY– Mediterranean Tuna and Rice Pie WEDNESDAY – Left Overs THURSDAY – Chorizo and Vegetable Frittata FRIDAY– Taco’s SATURDAY – Sausage, mash potato and vegetables SUNDAY – Roast Pork with roast potato and […]

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  • Katrina

    Yum, that frittata looks amazing, I’m definitely going to add it to my plan this week, thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

  • I am Home Alone this week, so I have meal planned based on food that nobody else likes!

    Monday – Rogan Josh
    Tuesday – Tortellini Arrabiata
    Wednesday – Spanish Rice
    Thursday – left over rogan josh
    Friday – left over spanish rice.

    There will also be enough leftovers for lunch as well!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s funny! Love your meal plan, sounds very yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Veggie Mama

    Ooh thanks for sharing my Strawberry Pop Tart Scones! I hope you like them :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle foster

    Id just like to meal plan with stuff I can use for next nights etc and not buy to much stuffReplyCancel