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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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  • 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

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

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

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  • These recipes look so good Kat! I know the Sausage and Vegetable Bake would be popular in our house, but the Ricotta and Eggplant Gnocchi also looks wonderful. We’re having a pantry and freezer clean out this week as we’re on holidays and not home until tomorrow.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lauren, Yes it is very delicious the Sausage and Vegie bake. Our family favourite is the Ricotta and Eggplant Gnocchi, the kids just love this dish! Hope you have had a nice time away xReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    This week’s meal plan:

    sun 3 may spaghetti bolognese

    mon 4 may pepper & peanut chicken w/ rice & green beans

    tues 5 may fish fingers, mashed potatoes, peas & baby tomatoes

    wed 6 may toasties (eisteddfod)

    thurs 7 may slow cooker silverside roast with mashed potatoes & green veg

    fri 8 may tacos

    sat 9 may away in nsw for the weekend

    baking oven door broken so have purchased bakery items this weekReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      YUM! I love the sound of your meal plan! Sounds delicious, Julia.:)ReplyCancel

  • Healthy eating and exercise for life.Clean eating meal plans, including all USA food.ReplyCancel

It has begun to get a little cold here, this week’s Winter Meal Plan will certainly keep you warm. Remember to come back each Monday as I share our weekly meal plan and other recipes to help inspire you

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  • Yum, yum, yum! Printing off several of these recipes for the coming cooler days. xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yum! Thank you Sonia xReplyCancel

  • Vicki @ Boiled Eggs & Soldiers

    Thank you so much for sharing the warm lamb & cauliflower salad. We love it here! I love a good fish pie as well so am going to try that one out and that Mexican dip – I could eat a whole plate of that to myself! Love it!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Vicki the mexican dip is divine, but so hard to stop at just a little bit LOL.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    Some yummy looking dishes there! We had Roasted Pumpkin Soup last week, a very similar Donna Hay recipe (massive family favourite!). Our menu this week:

    Sat: Chicken Casserole & Sweet Potato Mash
    Sun: Chinese BBQ Pork & Fried Rice
    Mon: Shepherd’s Pie
    Tue: Chicken & Sweet Corn Soup
    Wed: Curried Snags & Rice
    Thur: Spag Bol
    Fri: Hot Dogs (my 3yr old’s special request!)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Kylie, your meal plan for this week sounds delicious! They all sound like yummy warm winter night dinners.:)ReplyCancel

  • Susie

    OMG – I want to make everything on this Meal Plan. Looks sooo yum!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      oh you should Susie, they are all so yummy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Hi!
    The warm lamb and cauliflower salad looks fantastic but the link to the full recipe doesn’t seem to work. Can you help as I’d love to try it out this weekend.
    Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Love, love, love menu planning. It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to try out new recipes. I like to pick one new one each week to pop in amongst the old favourites. Keeps me sane and keeps things fresh. Keep up the great work.
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    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree Jen! I love your idea of putting one new meal in a week, what a fantastic idea.:)ReplyCancel

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

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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

  • Vicki @ Boiled Eggs & Soldiers

    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