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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 – Fast Spaghetti and Meatballs TUESDAY – Pork Chops and Vegetables WEDNESDAY – Slow Cooked Sliverside with potato and vegetables THURSDAY – Grilled fish and salad FRIDAY –  Homemade Pizza SATURDAY – Rigatoni with Zucchini, Lemon & Mint SUNDAY – […]

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  • Ashleigh Louise Payne

    This week we’re having sweet chilli chicken drumsticks, poached salmon and pearl cous cous salad, pork stir fry, spaghetti bol, sausage risotto and the weekend is up for grabs so far.ReplyCancel

  • Leesa Watt

    oh those scones!! yum, went and bought ingredients todayReplyCancel

    • I buttered them up Leesa and put them in the freezer for the kids lunch boxes, yummo, glad you enjoyed them when you visited on the weekend xReplyCancel

  • Demi Monfries

    Katrina, did you cut them open and butter them and THEN freeze them?ReplyCancel

Meal planning is something I have done for as long as I can remember.  I meal plan weekly, I attempted to do it monthly but find weekly works best for my family.  There are so many different benefits to meal planning which I have shared previously, read more about benefits to meal planning here.  It’s […]

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  • Grace

    I just wrote a post on meal planning too!
    I use a table in my iPad as it’s easy to switch around the days.
    My tip would be shop specials, your local farmers market AND your own pantry,
    It’s great to have regular meals but try something new each week, that way you’ll be able to add more meals to your rotation!
    Here’s my post:

  • Julia K

    I too have been meal planning FOREVER – such a sanity saver. I have a mini blackboard in my kitchen and always write what’s for dinner which saves the seemingly endless questions from the kids. I try and rotate everyone’s favourites but have made it clear to my kids that it’s not always going to be your most favourite meal but whatever it is – that’s it – they are expected to eat it.
    My almost 10 year old son was sitting down with his sisters for afternoon tea the other day (a fruit kebab, yoghurt and a homemade muffin). He had left his banana announcing that he didn’t like banana anymore. I responded with – “that’s news to me – – you’ve always eaten banana in the past”. I advised that since I had been good enough to shop for the food, prepare it lovingly and present it for him to eat – the very least he could do was eat it ! He ate the banana ( it was only 2 small pieces ). Kids !!ReplyCancel

  • Planning meals makes sense I guess when you have a family but I’m out so many nights in the week I can never plan meals! Should start trying though.ReplyCancel

  • Octavia Vaughan

    I’ve taken it to a slightly nerdy level – I’ve set up a spreadsheet with all our favourite meals and ingredients so all I have to do is select the meals for the week and it gives me my shopping list. This really helps because hubby and I are trying to “diet” and do healthier meals whereas the kids are really fussy and tend to prefer spag bol, fish fingers etc.ReplyCancel

    • Gab

      That’s awesome! Would you be willing to share your template?ReplyCancel

      • Octavia Vaughan

        I would love to share it but like I said above, it’s a bit messy at the moment unless you’re an excel expert (which I’m not, I just know what works for me)ReplyCancel

    • Anonymama

      Octavia I would love to know more about your spreadsheet, that is the kind of thing that I have been wanting except I’m not computer literate enough to be able to create one. Did you write it up yourself?ReplyCancel

      • Octavia Vaughan

        I did write it myself, and it’s working really well for me but involves a bit of manual configuration each week so I’m not quite ready to share it yet. When I learn a bit more about excel and how to automate it for someone who doesn’t know about pivot tables, I’ll share it.ReplyCancel

      • Jodie Essex

        pepper plate is a good app and website for recipes, meal planning and it creates a shopping list all in one.ReplyCancel

    • Haha, I love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Kris

    I love meal planning and display it on the fridge for all the family to see. I also have a section at the bottom called ‘Next Week’. We use this for if someone has a request/suggestion for a meal, or we notice we have a lot of something (eg I stocked up on mince the other week and we need to use some up out of the freezer) we put up an idea for next week’s plan. Sometimes when I go to do the planning it’s all but done, with 4 or 5 suggestions up there ready to go!! Yay :)ReplyCancel

    • Octavia Vaughan

      I like your “Next week” idea. I try to make a note of pre-made meals that I have in the freezer so I remember to use those up as well. Spag Bol I always make in bulk (eg 2kg mince) so I have heaps in stock in the freezer.ReplyCancel

      • Shelley Knox

        Omg. I’m one week into using an APP from the App Store called Food Planner. It cost $1.99 after a short free trial and does what you mentioned above automatically. It’s awesome!ReplyCancel

        • Octavia Vaughan

          That sounds pretty cool, I’ll have to check it out.
          I spoke to hubby about my spreadsheet tonight and he had a brilliant idea to make it easier so I might not be too far off sharing it. :)ReplyCancel

    • Jo

      I love the “Next Week” suggestions!! Great idea.ReplyCancel

    • Very clever!!ReplyCancel

  • MellyDG

    Love your theme of the day idea. Have been meal planning for years now and think it’s the only way to go. However my husband sometimes complains of the lack of variety in our meals. I finally decided to do something about his complaints (besides telling him to cook for a change!) this year. I’ve created a list of all our ‘usual’ meals (list A) and a second list of 20+ recipes taken from various cookbooks of recipes we’d like to try (list B).
    Now when I sit down to plan I make sure to take 1 meal from list B while the rest are from list A. Makes the shopping list almost a no-brainer. ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    I have a white board on my pantry wall and write up the week’s dinners and also my planned baking for the week. I base my meals on the primary ingredient. For example, Tuesday/Beef Mince, Wednesday/Chicken, Thursday/Pasta. Friday/Fish etc.ReplyCancel

  • Ren Shen

    I’m not an organised person but have decided to try! I need some tips on freezing. Right now my freezer is a mass of processed crap mainly that all needs throwing out. I sometimes freeze leftover curry etc in zip lock bags but I really need advice on how to freeze my baking, other foods. The best containers/bags to use and how to pack the food. How to defrost – microwave/in fridge/on bench. I really am clueless but my weeks are so busy that I think freezing stuff is the only chance I have of being organised and getting the family eating healthily again. Help!!!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Watkins

    Wow thank you so much, I read this yesterday while bubs was sleeping and I was on it. Made the fruit leathers whilst getting my planning on!! I now have a cool frame just like yours, the kids have all helped with the types of meals they like, I have written a shopping spreadsheet which has all my regular things I buy and spaces for additional for the fridge to just tick what I need. Im ready and raring to go, I’ve been meaning to do meal planning for ages but your post got me going so thank you for that, hubby and 4 kids are slightly more organised now than before :)ReplyCancel

    • You are onto it Samantha, great work!! And you will find that in your spreadsheets that if you rotate your meal plans every few weeks your spreadsheet will be all ready to go, no extra work!!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    Have just got back into meal planning after a break of a few years…and am finding it great again, especially with my husband working nights (we do the main meal for lunch). I also have done a spreadsheet shopping list, with regular purchases divided into catergories (eg pantry, fridge/freezer etc), which I printed off and laminated…all I need to do is just tick off items or add during the week and then take shopping. I also used the catalogue to check out grocery specials and planned some meals around that.ReplyCancel

    • That’s a fabulous idea Suzanne, I can imagine how helpful that is! Katrina Springer
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  • […] you all know I like to meal plan, I have shared the many benefits here and how to meal plan here.  On a Sunday while having my morning coffee I write out our weekly […]ReplyCancel

  • […] If you aren’t really sure where to start with meal planning – check out these great tips from The Organized Housewife. […]ReplyCancel

This is the first week of February and as promised this month I am getting back into my regular blogging routine.  Typically on Monday’s I will share our family meal plan (from the week prior, so I can include recipes and photo’s of our food).  However, I was really overwhelmed by the excitement and busy-ness […]

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  • Grace

    I love the look of that Teriyaki chicken! I might have to add it to my meal plan for next week.ReplyCancel

  • Anne

    I don’t have photos – not that tech savvy yet to know how to get them from the camera and into the computer…but someone else can cook it and take a photo if they like!
    I have a super easy recipe for left over chicken – whether it be left over bbq chook or from a roast. It helps make a little chicken go a long way and of course you can use fresh vegetables if you prefer – I just tend to use frozen as this is my go-to meal when I don’t feel like putting in that much of an effort to feed myself…
    I usually serve it with rice so put the rice on to cook and then do the chicken.
    Shred the chicken into a saucepan, add in a crushed chicken stock cube or equivalent, a tin of apricot nectar(because it’s more apricot-y than just juice), some canned apricots (not the ones in syrup generally as they can make it too sweet) or a cup of dried diced apricots, or you can put in dried apricot halves if you like it chunkier. Add a packet of (salt reduced) dried French onion soup mix and some mixed frozen vegies – we like the celery, peas, corn, capsicum mix. Cook on medium heat, stirring it fairly regularly to stop it sticking to the bottom and cook till the soup mix thickens up the nectar and the vegies are cooked to your liking.ReplyCancel

  • Shruthi Jacob
    Here are my meal plans. I’d be thrilled if you would like to try some of these.ReplyCancel

  • Lou

    we had chicken sliders tonight, although they are from a kiddies food website they are delicious and my son (21months) who is not fussed on meat at all, out eats us on these, they really are moist and very tasty, I didnt take pictures though sorry,
    Enjoy who ever tries themReplyCancel

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan Monday – Beef stroganoff with potato (Thermomix – ED Cookbook) Tuesday – Tomato and Salami Fettucini (Thermomix – ED Cookbook) Wednesday – Scrambled eggs on toast Thursday – Pie, chips and vegetables (hubby’s specialty while I am away) Friday –  Family […]

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  • Hi there, seeing as you’re no running the meal planning link up anymore, I thought that I would start one over at my blog ( ). I would love it if you would like to come over and participate :)ReplyCancel

    • awesome Shari, I’ll be starting back up in the new year, was just too much work to do as well as the Christmas series.ReplyCancel

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan Monday – Fish and salad Tuesday – Poached chicken, vegetables and pasta Wednesday – Cheeseburger Pasta Bake with salad Thursday – Spinach Rice Pie with salad Friday –  Sausage sandwiches Saturday –  Chicken Korma Curry (from bottle) with rice Sunday – […]

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Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan Monday – Chicken Pot Pies Tuesday – Prawn Pad Thai from local takeaway (kids out for the night) Wednesday – Satay Chicken skewers with vegetables Thursday – Sweet Potato and spinach frittata Friday –  Grilled fish with chips & vegetables […]

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  • Jo

    The vegetable pickets would be so good with feta cheese included.ReplyCancel

  • That is what I ended up putting in my frittata last week with pinenuts and fetta insteadReplyCancel

This is a guest post by Jo, from Country Life Experiment Eighteen months ago we picked up our family and moved from Sydney, back to the family farm where my husband grew up. Since our move, our whole approach to eating and shopping has changed. Today I want to share with you how I manage […]

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  • Claire

    Jo – I just loved reading this! The variety of fresh fruit and vegetables you have year round sounds amazing. One day I would love to live this way, even if not on a farm. Right now I’m in an apartment in Bangalore and it’s a struggle just to think up meals for a couple of days let alone a month. You have sent me off into a lovely daydream….ReplyCancel

  • Erin aussiebookthreads

    Awesome post!! And I so relate, we have been shopping once a month for 10 years now. Great tips, and pretty much our experience.
    Couple more tips for you, not sure if your Country Boy is handy at woodwork, but after having the smallest pantry ever when we first moved to our property my husband built a new pantry to the ceiling, same floor space but much much bigger.

    Something else I’ve only implemented in the last couple of years too, a master pantry list, it mirrors my master shopping list but is taped to the inside of the pantry and contains the numbers I should always maintain of items. Saves me each month standing there thinking, “now how much tomato sauce do we need each month” I hate making the same old decisions.
    With a family of 11 we sure get lots of stares with 2-3 trolleys which is why I far prefer to shop at 7am or 8pm, but saves lots of time and money as you say.ReplyCancel

  • Bec A

    Great post! I live 3 hrs from my closest supermarket so I know all about the 2 and 3 trolley shop. I buy long life milk and have a breadmaker which solves my bread and milk issues.ReplyCancel

  • Oh tell me about how different it is to stay in the city where convenience stores are just a short walk away! Doing grocery shopping is like you have to bring moving boxes with you in the car boot to make sure you can carry back all the “stock” for the next few weeks!ReplyCancel

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan Monday – Fast and Easy Chicken Lasange Tuesday – Malaysian Fish Curry with Brown Rice Wednesday – Cherry Tomato and Baby Spinach Frittata Thursday – Lamb cutlets, sweet potato mash and vegetables Friday –  Easy eggs on toast Saturday – Sausages, potato […]

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  • I have done my plan for the week too :-), but I will definitely have a look at the frittata recipe as I have one penciled in for the end of the week but wasn’t sure what I was going to put in it, though I have a glut of sweet potato so that will go inReplyCancel

  • Bake Play Smile

    Yum! You always have such great ideas! I like looking at your menu plans and then incorporating a few of your ideas into our following weeks meals. I just love that you take the thinking out of meal planning for me!ReplyCancel

  • Lee Saxon

    I absolutely love this idea… You’re really my saviour, thank you :-)ReplyCancel

  • Lee

    Fantastic idea, just love it… Thank you :-)ReplyCancel

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan Monday – Peppercorn Italian Style Sausages, potato and vegetables Tuesday – Beef stirfry with rice Wednesday – Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Bake Thursday – Fish and salad Friday –  Dad’s specialty, pie and chips Saturday – Easy homemade fried rice Sunday […]

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  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Yummy! What a great idea for a mid-week meal. Perfect! :-)ReplyCancel

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan Monday – Vege packed Quiche Tuesday – Homemade Rissoles with potato and vegetables Wednesday – fish, pasta and vegetables Thursday – Healthy Spinach & Chicken Roll with vegetables Friday –  Beef stirfry and vegetables Saturday – simple eggs on toast Sunday – […]

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  • Pippa Smith Waddell

    Wow, love the look of the chicken roll. And you can have so many options with the fillings. Thanks for sharing KAt. Are you still doing your link up with the Meal plans?ReplyCancel

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Oh how good do those jam drops look! I’m trying to go a little lighter than usual on the sugar this week… but they are super tempting!!!ReplyCancel

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan Monday – Vegie packed rissoles with vegetables Tuesday – Lenards Maple Pecan Rack of Chicken with roast vegetables Wednesday – Grilled fish and vegetables Thursday – Teriyaki and Sesame Chicken with rice Friday –  dinner out! Saturday – Mushroom Risotto […]

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  • Shari

    Are you not providing a link-up anymore?ReplyCancel

    • No Shari sadly not, the blog has just got so busy for me it was fiddly adding in the link and there also wasn’t much involvement from other bloggers, sorry.ReplyCancel

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan Monday – Sweet Chilli, Ginger And Lemongrass Chicken Burritos Tuesday – Veal schnitzels with vegetables Wednesday – Grilled fish with vegetables Thursday – Creamy Chicken and Pumpkin Pasta Friday –  Thai chicken salad Saturday – Date night!! Sunday – Taco feista […]

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  • Amanda White

    Ohh enjoy your date night!! <3ReplyCancel

    • It was lots of fun thanks Amanda :) My meal plans are from my previous week so I can show you photographs of the meals :)ReplyCancel

    • always Amanda, it’s so nice to go out and not cook!!ReplyCancel

  • Dannie Wallace

    Loving your meal plan (oh i’m making your lamb rissoles Wednesday too) this week sound so good.ReplyCancel

    • those rissoles are really delicious Dannie, hopefully you and your family will love them tooReplyCancel