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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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  • 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

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

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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 publish my 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 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 Austin from 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 Lasange with 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

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Chinese Chicken Stir Fry TUESDAY – Lamb, Feta & Zucchini meatballs with potato and vegetables WEDNESDAY – Eggs on toast THURSDAY – Fish fingers, sweet potato mash and vegetables FRIDAY –  chinese takeaway picnic on the lounge room floor, family movie […]

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Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, benefits of meal planning, more meal plans & meal planning printables.   This weeks meal plan MONDAY – Potato and Leek Soup TUESDAY – Spaghetti Carbonara with Garlic and Herb Pull Apart WEDNESDAY – Frozen fish fillets and vegetables THURSDAY – Cheese, Bacon and Spaghetti Pie FRIDAY –  Roast Beef with potatos and vegetables SATURDAY – […]

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  • Lacey

    Kat, thank you so much for your meal plan inspirations, I struggle to come up with creative food ideas for my family and I love reading and getting ideas for your and what your other fans have too. Curry sausages are one of my favourites when I was a child so I am looking forward to making them for my boys.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Lacey, They all look so good don’t they. Hope you and your family enjoy these yummy dishes.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hi Kat, thanks so much for featuring my cheese bacon and spaghetti pie recipe. I hope that you and your family enjoy it, and your readers also. Have a great week. KyrstieReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Kyrstie, Ooh my yes it was very yummy! Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    Do you eat these meals too Katrina? I am concerned there is a lack of protein, and lots of carbs, which will do nothing for your nutrition after having a sleeve. I find I am cooking a lot less after having my sleeve, as I feel I need to change my children’s diet for their long term wellness, so rarely cook sweet foods, and choose my meals to be protein based, with only a teaspoon of rice, pasta or carbs only, I feel they are wasted foods, I need the protein, calcium and vitamins a lot more.ReplyCancel

  • Hi Fiona, yes i can certainly see where you are coming form, in being very honest i only eat half the size meal as what my children eat and when dishing up a casserole i pick out the meat and only ever eat a teaspoon or two of carbs. My portion control is very small.ReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Briohny, from Plan Eat Play Hosting a party can be a nerve racking adventure. One thing people will always comment on is the food; good or bad, every guest will have a lasting memory, and opinion. My dad reminded me of this when he asked me if I could host […]

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  • Renee Wilson

    Great advice. I have a birthday party planned for my daughter this weekend. About 50 people are coming. I have done just about everything on your list. I’m ready! Yay! Thanks :)ReplyCancel

  • Lucy McLane

    This is so comprehensive, I am planning a huge 50th birthday party soon and this will be so very helpful thankyou!ReplyCancel

    • Looks like you’ll be all ready to go Lucy. Just remember to have a drink for yourself and your efforts!ReplyCancel

  • Excellent advice here Kat!. We had a party here on the weekend and even with the help of our party planner, it wasn’t as organised as this. I’m going to have to be more organised for the next one! Thank you for sharing xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      It’s so much more enjoyable for you as the host when you can find the time to plan and organise it so then you aren’t rushing around frantic with no time to spend with your guests.ReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Sunbites My kids are growing fast, the twins are both taller than me now, but we won’t talk about that I am still in denial.  As they are growing they are asking for more food in their lunchbox.  However I don’t want to fill their lunchbox with the wrong food.  I try to […]

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  • Cheryl

    I always struggle with ideas for the lunchbox and never really thought too hard about what I put in, I like the idea of using a plan, may make it easier to work out what to put in every day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Takes the hard work out of thinking sticking to a plan Cheryl, hope this helps you too :)ReplyCancel

  • Larome

    Kat you always cease to amaze me how organised you are. I’m forever trying to work out creative ideas to put in the kids lunchbox, love how simple and nutritious your lunch boxes are. I see all the bento type lunchboxes, and just think I never have the time. I didn’t know the sunbite popcorn packets were available, thanks I’ll be grabbing some of those for sure for the kidsReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I’ve always cooked up a bag of popcorn, but always ends up too much for the kids lunchboxes, so I waste so much, the kids are enjoying the new individual packets and all the different flavours, they’ve been handy to put in their bags at sport as snacks.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine Tilley

    Ooh that lunchbox note is very very cute!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Jasmine, the kids love them too!ReplyCancel

  • Anne At Home

    Hi Kat, great post! I know you’ve probably said this before but where are those lunch boxes from? I am really trying to cut down on plastic wraps/sandwich bags etc and they look great. Are the photos how you send them off to school, with no extra wrapping? Does it all stay fresh (eg are those grain waves still crunchy?! Or in reality do you still wrap stuff? Thanks in advance, Anne xReplyCancel

    • Roslyn Woodhouse

      The lunchbox is a sandwich keeper plus from Tupperware. I can’t speak for Kat’s kid’s lunches, but i use these for my kids and i don’t use any wrap at all. Everything stays fresh and sealed in it’s compartments. (there are ridges in the lid) I even give my kids homemade sausage rolls some days, and I put sauce in one of the smaller compartments. It never leaks.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Love how you don’t need to wrap anything, mmmm, sausage rolls sound good!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Anne, yes they are from Tupperware, they are called the sandwich keeper plus, they have smaller ones for just sandwiches. I have used these since the twins were in kindy, they are now 11. I have only ever purchased them once, if they have broken over this time tupperware have replaced them. I don’t use any extra wrapping, I only put the wetter types of fruit like oranges or watermelon into their own containers so they don’t leak over the sandwiches. All food stay fresh in them and I like that we don’t use clingwrap, less waste in the environment.ReplyCancel

      • Anne At Home

        Thanks so much for the replies! Now I just need an invite to a Tupperware party…!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes Anne, this is exactly how they are sent, I really prefer not to use any glad wrap and everything stays perfectly fresh!ReplyCancel

  • Vonni

    I love your posts on lunchboxes. My kids are not allowed to use the school bins for lunchbox waste which means it all comes home again. It has been a real eye opener as to what I have actually packed into their boxes and how much plastic I’m putting out there. Sandwich bags, yogurt containers, cling wrap, chippie packets, raisin boxes… Scary stuff!! Not to mention that it is easy to overpack a lunchbox with too much food that will not last the day and will add to the waste pile.

    I managed to find 2 Tupperware ‘Sandwich Keeper Plus’ lunchboxes on ebay for $10 each as a consultant was going out of business. Bargain!! They will have paid for themselves after my next grocery shopping trip. No more waste, no more overfilled boxes or mangled food and they are easy to wipe out at the end of the day.

    Thanks for putting me onto them and I look forward to more lunchbox posts soon :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Love it Vonni, exactly why I love these lunchboxes too. Wow you found them at a bargain price so happy that my blog has inspired you!ReplyCancel

  • Liz McRoy

    I always get inspired when I see your lunchbox posts. I get your organised and all, but it’s real and foods that the kids will eat, thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Pikelets are a big hit here at the moment :)ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Love love love this. My little one starts kindy in Jan so I’ve been keeping an eye out for lunch ideas. This will be printed and stuck to the fridge!
    Question though, does that container keep the food fresh in summer or would you use an insulated lunch bag for school?
    Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

    • Amanda

      Tammy, definitely use an insulated cooler bag with an ice brick… our spring/summers are just too hot to keep food at a safe temperature otherwise :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Tammy we do use the insulated bag with these to help keep the fruit fresh. Tupperware sell the insulated bags that fit the sandwich keeper plus perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I have a 5 item plan for my kids’ lunches. There are always 5 components, I simply increase the serving size as their appetites increase.

    My 5 elements are:

    1) Main Event (usually a sandwich / wrap / scroll)
    2) Drink (water or an occasional popper / flavoured milk)
    3) Fruit (fresh or canned)
    4) Savoury Snack (crackers & cheese, veggie sticks & dip, potato chips)
    5) Sweet Treat (slice / muffin)

    My biggest problem is DS 10 who dislikes sandwiches. What a PAIN – he usually has extra fruit, some carrot sticks, whole tomatoes. I’m hoping to bake some pizza scrolls etc for the freezer this holidays to inspire him.

    Another winter treat is Hot Dogs. I send along a buttered hot dog roll, a small container of tomato sauce, a frankfurter wrapped in foil, a mini pair of tongs and a flask of boiling water. At lunch time they carefully open the flask, pop the frankfurter in the water, rescrew the lid and leave for a couple of minutes – then remove the heated frankfurter using tongs and make up their own hot dog. NOT RECOMMENDED for younger kids – I usually put a post-it note with a warning on the flask reminding them to be extra careful and I always warn the kids in the morning. They really love this though – a change from “boring” sandwiches !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      love that idea Julia K, my kids would love it as an occasional treat, I might just give it a go!!ReplyCancel

  • Paige

    Do you find this is enough food for the kids? I love the idea of a Tupperware lunch box, but my son would need 2 for the day! one for morning tea and one for lunch! He is almost 4 and is very active, but eats so much food I cant keep up! we currently just use a massive container with a gazillion smaller containers inside, the washing up is painful though! Does anyone have any suggestions?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Paige i understand what you are saying, my daughter eats a lot at school too. I still like to use the Tupperware Lunchbox container as it does save with washing up lot s of smaller containers but i also do put in another container (not as big) for other food so she doesn’t get hungry ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Eileen

    Hi Katrina, I love the fact that you give your kids such healthy options in their lunchboxes, but please be careful with the Grain Waves – the plain ones are fine, but the flavoured ones contain MSG (flavour enhancer 621), which (amongst other things like causing headaches etc.) triggers the pancreas to release insulin, which in turn makes you hungry. This probably explains why the Sour Cream & Chive Grain Waves are so more-ish! Please DO read the ingredients list on packets – the less “numbers”, the better the product.
    I also love the fact that your kids spend time in the kitchen, cooking! It will set them up for when they eventually leave home and with a bit of luck, they will eat their own home-cooked meals rather than buying “take-aways”, which is what so many young people do today.
    Keep up the good work, Kat – you really are a “Super Mum”! :-)ReplyCancel