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Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan Monday – Double batch – Chicken Honey, Soy & Garlic Stir Fry (maggi stirfry sauce), lots of vegetables & Rice  Tuesday – Steak with Gourmet Pepper Gravy and vegetables Wednesday – Mince pasta bake with left over Chilli Con Carne from freezer Thursday […]

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  • Alyce B

    Oh wow Kat, so exciting!!! Congratulations!!! And good luck to everyone who enters 😀ReplyCancel

  • Jenny

    Ooh wow, I love reading your meal plans, this is just a bonus to read about this GREAT competition, I’d LOVE for you to visit my home, I need all the help I can get. ReplyCancel

  • MummyToFive

    This is certainly a competition I could do with winning! With hubby away and 5 kids, you could only imagine how messy the house can get some days!! So exciting Katrina, that you have this amazing competition going!!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you, yes I can only imagine that with 5 kids they would surely keep you on your toes. xxReplyCancel

  • Mary456

    Kat can you please come to my place, I really have no clue how to sort through all my things and organise them tidily. Off to enter the comp, thank you for letting us know.ReplyCancel

    • Good luck Mary, hopefully you can find some great tips through the website. My biggest tip for you would be to take little steps eg drawer by drawer, tabletop by tabletop, rather than making it a huge job like room by room.ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    The slice looks good Katrina – what a fabulous competition.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    Your slice recipe appeared at just the right time yesterday, as I was about to look for something to whip up for some last minute guests. Was super quick and easy to whip up, and as my 7 yr old “Masterchef judge” proclaimed…”You are the best baker ever!”ReplyCancel

  • […] For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie. and participate in Menu Plan Monday. More menu planning fun can be found at The Organised Housewife. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie. and participate in Menu Plan Monday. More menu planning fun can be found at The Organised Housewife. […]ReplyCancel

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. I was super busy over the past week, so our meals were very simple. I was also very lucky to be invited to a Lenards Bloggers Lunch, where we got to try some of their new range. Please don’t laugh that my children are […]

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  • Leah

    Would love to know what the lunch box containers are that don’t allow cut apple to go brown please?ReplyCancel

    • Renee

      The lunchbox/ container is a Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus.
      They are great lunchboxes. I use them for both my girls.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    They don’t go brown until around lunchtime and then it’s only a slight tinge of brown.ReplyCancel

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan Monday – Chicken Stirfry and rice Tuesday – Peppered Beef and roast veggies inspired by Good Food Week Wednesday – Fish and salad Thursday – Chilli con carne with wedges and vegetables Friday –  Nacho’s using last nights Chilli con carne Saturday –Tuna […]

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  • Shari Wakefield

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my meal plans each week :) Shari from http://www.goodfoodweek.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • flyingdrunkenmonkey

    Thanks for the opportunity to share again! i might be back later in the week with the meals we had while camping! :)ReplyCancel

  • Love this … I’m making Nutella muffins this week also — I think Nutella is WAY more popular than I ever knew. We got introduced to it by our newest son; it was a favorite of his when he came home this summer and so we have been working into so many things. The newest success around here is a TB of it in a big ole bowl of oatmeal :)ReplyCancel

  • flyingdrunkenmonkey

    Just linked up again with our camping meal plan :)ReplyCancel

  • […] For more Menu Planning inspiration stop by and visit Laura at Organizing Junkie. and participate in Menu Plan Monday. More menu planning fun can be found at The Organised Housewife. […]ReplyCancel

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan, more meal plans & meal planning printables. This weeks meal plan Monday – Chicken Enchiladas and salad Tuesday – Spaghetti Bolognese Wednesday – Curry Chicken  Thursday – Fish (for adults) & fish fingers for kids and salad Friday –  Kids – noodles & Adults – left overs Saturday – Spoil ourselves with takeout Sunday […]

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You all know I am a huge fan of meal planning.  At the beginning of each week I sit down and organise what meals we will have for the week and then do one big grocery shop. However, this year I am trying to make more of an effort to plan the kids lunch box […]

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  • PaulineN

    Fantastic ideas for lunch box prep. How long does cut up watermelon or other fruit last in the containers? I find watermelon goes a bit blah a day or so after cutting?ReplyCancel

    • Mishelle Smethurst

      If you put it in Tupperware fridgesmarts, I’d normally get at least a week. (I do go in every few days to drain the liquid that builds up though)ReplyCancel

    • I cut the watermelon up the day I buy it, usually only takes a few minutes, it rarely lasts any longer than 2 days in the fridge before its eaten, either as snacks or added to lunch boxes. But I agree watermelon is just one of those fruits that needs to be eaten quickly. I find we eat more fruit when it’s pre cut.ReplyCancel

  • Liz Hawkins

    OMGoodness!! I can’t explain how excited I get looking at these pictures LOL!!ReplyCancel

    • LOL, if you like me I love seeing how other people do things, so I can understand 😉ReplyCancel

  • It’s like you’re reading my mind LOL I’ve been thinking about this and now I can actually do it … thanks! :O)ReplyCancel

  • Niki Jonesano

    I absolutely love this post. I can not stress the importance of a good lunch for kids. It is my ‘thing’ if you know what I mean, I put as much, if not more time, into lunch boxes than dinner. I can not stand the thought of my kids hyped up on chemicals, colours etc. Funnily enough it is nearly impossible to do lunch boxes without these nasty’s. I am forever learning & looking up new things. I have a nearly 17 year old, all the way down to a 6 year old & I still take care of their lunch supplies, the older boys can get their own, but like you I always have a great range of foods for them to choose from, now if I could just get as passionate about the dinners, ha.ReplyCancel

  • Good lord you are a freak (I mean this in the nicest possible way!) I don’t know how you get the time to do all of this stuff? I would love for my house to be cleaner and more organised but I spend the whole day chasing my tail and never get anything done!ReplyCancel

    • juli

      Me too. 4 kids under 9 is non-stop chaosReplyCancel

  • :( Looks like Howards don’t do the Deep Split anymore??ReplyCancel

    • They should do Peta, I just couldn’t find a link to it on their website, but you will definitely find it instore, they have quite a good selection of sizes to organise your fridge.ReplyCancel

  • jenny

    This is a BRILLIANT idea. With 5 kids i always stuggle to have enough for everyone to have the same thing. I love the idea of a plan! (why didnt i think of that!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Maree Weeks

    Love it! Only need to worry about two lunches a week for school, but should do it for me at home!ReplyCancel

    • That’s a great idea Maree, might make me eat and snack more healthily.ReplyCancel

  • mel

    Love this idea. Would love some ideas on what to pack in a lunchbox to fill the tummies of my always hungry kids. :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I have four kids – three at school and one grown up.Each day their lunch box contains 5 things:

    1) Main item ie a sandwich / wrap / dinner leftovers eg fried rice,

    2) fruit (usually fresh but sometimes tinned depending on availability)

    3) savoury snack (vegie sticks / crackers / dip / savoury muffin)

    4) sweet treat (cupcake, banana bread, muffin or cookies)

    5) calcium hit (yoghurt / flavoured milk or cheese).
    We are very lucky in that all our classrooms have fridges for lunchboxes. I try and make lunches the day before while my kids are eating their afternoon tea. They take their lunch out of the fridge in the morning and it goes straight into the school fridge.

    I have made a list of favourite foods in each of these five categories and it makes it easier to throw the lunches together quickly and ensures they get plenty of variety. This works well for me.
    Our school tuck shop operates on two days per week. I usually let them have tuckshop once or twice a term as a treat. They had it today and my goodness – it came to about $25 !!!!! Now that there are three of them at school – it may only be once a term !ReplyCancel

  • Another Mum

    Would love to see your plans on what you have feed your kids. With one now at school doing lunch boxes is a new thing (he was feed good food at daycare). Need inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Do you leave the precut fruit and the deli meat in the fridge all week?ReplyCancel

  • Desma

    Do you have a plan for toddler day meals too? I’m always stumped for ideasReplyCancel

  • Karyn

    I love this idea and it really works well with vegetables for dinners.
    I work afternoons so my husbands cooks dinner, every Sunday when I cook dinner, I cut broccoli, cauliflower, top and tail beans, etc… Store them in the fridge mates and each night its easy to (without the mess) take a handful of each and veggies are on the plates!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic work Karyn!! I love that you are so organised!.:)ReplyCancel

This weeks meal plan

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  • Dannie

    Loving your meals Katrina:-) I am making a scrapbook cooking recipes with some of your dishes. How easy are those mini quiches i’m making them tonight for Chloe’s school lunch box .ReplyCancel

    • How did you go making the quiches Dannie, they are super easy, hope she enjoys them :)ReplyCancel

  • flyingdrunkenmonkey

    Thanks for linking to my meal plan! How awesome are mini quiches?! My mum makes them for every single party we have and I probably eat at least half of them :)ReplyCancel

  • Those mini quiches look yummy!ReplyCancel

I am slowly trying to get back into my regular routine of blogging, however having 3 very active kids at home I’m finding it a little hard to find a spare minute, so I want to thank you for your patience. I am pleased however to resume my weekly meal planning posts. Each week I share our weekly meals (which is from the week prior so I can show you pictures) and also the items I bake for morning teas and lunch boxes. You will find meals that are our favourites used frequently and I also like to find time to make something new.

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  • lissa

    i need help meal planning packed lunches from next week :)ReplyCancel

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  • pt

    How is you’re chicken curry healthy? What oil do you use. And the sauce you add is not made from scratch. Its bought of the shelf. And meat pies, mash potatoes or pasta are not the healthy choiceReplyCancel

    • I’m sure I titled the chicken curry as easy not healthy. I have never suggested that readers follow ‘my’ meal plan, I have just suggested that they ‘do’ meal plan. These posts are simply there to share recipes I have tried through the week. I have never claimed that my meal plans are only ‘healthy choice’ meals.ReplyCancel

      • BB

        There is nothing unhealthy about mashed potatoes and pasta…I don’t know where people get all these unscientific ideas about what’s healthy and not. It’s certainly is more nutritious for kids and adults than just eat a salad instead for example…
        Keep going Katrina, you are doing a great job. Sometimes you have to buy or cook what’s easiest for the family. Better than let them starve or get fast food from the corner…seriously, not everbody has time to cook all day…ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Thank you BB :)ReplyCancel

    • HH

      The focus of this website is not about dieting, losing weight, getting fit or improving your overall health. It is about ORGANISING your home and lifestyle. In this post she is encouraging the concept of meal planning, not low carb, low fat recipes. If you don’t have anything nice to say, simply press the little x in the top right hand corner of your screen.ReplyCancel

  • JG

    I’m sorry but I didn’t see anywhere that she proclaimed this weeks menu to be full of healthy choices? Not everyones a health bunny and that’s not something to be judged on! I love that she makes the effort to share ideas and successfully inspires people :)ReplyCancel

  • Jules

    I love your website! using it everyday at the moment an LOVE it. Thanks for all of your work and effort, My family appreciates it xxReplyCancel

    • Thank you, Jules for this lovely message, I LOVE writing it, so much fun putting it all together :)ReplyCancel

      • I love your help through my email everyday too! Keep it up! Eventho I need to change the meal using Halal groceries, it doesn’t mean I can’t follow Kat and her blog. Thank YOU kat.ReplyCancel

  • pt

    Well in this day and age it should be about healthy choices, its one thing to be organised and another to be lazy. I’m not saying that a lot of effort hasn’t gone into this website, I’m just saying that eating healthy and clean is just as easy, if you are already organised then there really shouldn’t be any excuses. But eating things from a box, or a container is hardly healthy………………………ReplyCancel

    • Renee

      PT if your so against the way that Katrina has set up the meal planning, then don’t follow it. Set up your own meal plan if your not happy with the way it is organised here. This website is designed to help people not to judge and give negative critism. Like what HH said if you have nothing nice to say then maybe you should try a different website that is more suited to you.ReplyCancel

    • diane hecksher

      Really, if your so into health why not share your meal plan for a weekReplyCancel

  • Janevstar

    So missed your inspiring meal planning ideas, we try to low carb but you remind me of such variety, so welcome back to a new yearReplyCancel

  • MB

    PT, we would all love to be able to eat healthy meals but sometime it is just not possible. I have a home with 8 people living in it, 6 of the little people are under the age of 12 so for me having a meal plan is fantastic along with Kats other house hold tips. When I can I will substitute ingredients to make it a little healthier however sometime I just can’t. My point is, it’s the whole idea of having a plan is to keep me on track when organizing my family and Kat helps me and many other do that, don’t see why you’re not able to do the same and take the plan for what it is, a plan.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I think you do a fantastic job and I take my hat off to you.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    I find it very difficult to read your negative comments PT. I actually think that Katrina’s followers are a community and support within itself. We all have family, home and other pressures and its nice to be reminded on the tough days that other women feel the same struggle, pressure and exhaustion to juggle the lives of all the people in their home. This e-environment was designed to connect and support and you don’t seem like a very supportive person. I feel sorry for you that you tinge it with negativity instead of sharing something helpful that could contribute to fellow followers.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My mother always taught me that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. I think this is an awesome site and the meal planner a fantastic example of getting organised – what this site is all about – and if I don’t like every meal on the example given, I don’t make all the meals from the example given. Cooking is about choices and I think PT needs to take their negative comments to a more appropriate forum. A health food site perhaps. I love the daily updates and ideas and will keep following. I don’t usually put my 2 cents worth in but sometimes I feel the need to speak up. Keep up the fantastic job and remember people who criticise just because they can are doing it just because they can. Says more about them than you/your site. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn

    I love your website! I have found some really great recipes. I get sick of cooking the same things all the time. I have organised my pantry, so I can find everything. So thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • Denise

    I love this website You have so many great ideas. I also love to read the positive comments from all the other members. Thank you Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • TW

    Hi I don’t usually post, but comments from PT judging your meal planning got me quite angry. Please there is enough negativity in this world without you being rude to someone who is just trying to help others. It is not up to you to tell strangers what they should or should not be eating. If you disagree with these choices fine, but please keep it to yourself. ….. Katrina I follow your page and have found many hints and tips fantastic! I have been able to organize my home and I can now really enjoy being a stay at home mother without the chaos ! Just want you to know your work is much appreciated !!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Thank you for creating an honest meal plan that we can actually follow and adapt to fit our families. I am loving this blog! It’s helping me when I’m a bit down with a couple of young children and renovations. I’m determined to use your site to help me declutter and really be organised so that i can teach my children these skills. Thank youReplyCancel

  • Ann-Marie Paterson

    Thank you Kat for sharing your knowledge and experiences. Life is not always as straight forward as we would always like it to be. Your website continues to inspire me and motivate me in the ongoing journey of staying on top of the little things so we can deal with the other trials of family life. I have found your organisational tips helpful and at times an absolute blessing! Thank you for reminding about the neccessity of variety in meal planning but at times to just keeping it simple to get through the evening. YOU ARE AWESOME!ReplyCancel

  • Robyn davies

    PT please go away. Just hit the x
    This is not for goodie goodies like you.
    I personally love the fact that its real and freeReplyCancel

  • Sonia

    PT.. Looks like we all feel the same. .. Go away and join another group if you have nothing helpful to say. .. I have one child that is G/F and one that is D/F so I can’t always make the recipes posted by Katrina BUT if I really like it and can…I simply adapt it to our needs! I certainly don’t feel the need to criticise her on her page! I think you are doing a great service Katrina. .. You’ve really helped a lot of mums and dads out there. .. Keep it up.. Your followers love you and your efforts xxxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Sonia, I’ve totally missed PT’s comment.ReplyCancel

      • Kath

        Thank you Kat for sharing these great recipes. I think the recipes are perfect for families! The meals look hearty and nourishing and let’s not forget children are growing bodies and do need a little bit of fat in their diet. I think people need to be appreciative that someone has taken the time to share their meal ideas and recipes for free!!! While we would all like to advocate healthy eating for our children and ourselves, it’s not always possible to cook healthy meals from scratch or buy whole food ingredients which are often very costly! everyday. I know that I don’t.
        Please be thankful for these great meal ideas.
        Kat I love your blog! I visit it on a daily basis and it has provided a sanctuary to retreat to from my messy and chaotic life….ReplyCancel

This weeks meal plan Monday – Beef and Bacon pasta bake Tuesday – Scotch Eggs and salad Wednesday – From the freezer Thursday – Chicken Kiev and vegetables Friday – date night Saturday – Chicken Curry Meatballs with mashed potatoes and vegetables Sunday – Tuna Mornay on toast Baking – Apricot and Coconut Cookies Meal planning tips: […]

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This weeks meal plan My hubby was away for a few days at the beginning of the week and I forgot to take photo’s of our meals, then I was away for the end of the week  so wasn’t home to cook.  Instead, this week I will share a meal plan using some of the […]

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  • Some yummy suggestions there! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane B

    Lamb dippers, mash & veggies, Yumm..
    A very delicious meal plan.ReplyCancel

  • flyingdrunkenmonkey

    Oh cool to see that I inspired you! Will love to see what you think of it :)ReplyCancel

This weeks meal plan Monday – Night out, Kamikaze Teppanyaki Tuesday – Chicken Pot Pies Wednesday – McCormick Massaman Beef Curry (satchet packet) with bread Thursday – Fish (frozen fish fillets from supermarket) with chips and vegetables Friday – BBQ chicken and salad Saturday – McCormick Herb & Parmesan Crumbed Chicken with mashed potatoes and vegetables […]

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  • Sara

    Yum for the curry and pot pies! We’re having slow cooked beef casserole, lamb koftas and home-made pizza this week. I’ve also starting making sugar free biscuits (completely sugar-free, not just substituting with honey or syrup) and baking my own bread. Fun, easy, cheaper and healthier!ReplyCancel

  • lindsey

    the link for masaman curry doesn’t work!ReplyCancel

    • Belinda

      I was after that as well, what a shame. I think my family would like this!ReplyCancel

      • Cheryl S

        The curry was a packet mix. Probably why there is no recipe for it.ReplyCancel

Welcome to all our new readers that participated in the ’20 days to organise & clean your home’ challenge.  Each Monday I share my families weekly meal plan, which is our plan from the week that passed so I can then share photo’s of the meal after I have cooked it. Please click on the […]

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  • The McCormick spices are fabulous :) Their little blister pack ones have enticed my girls to try food they otherwise wouldn’t :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    i love this weekly meal thing. I thought of doing something like this but didn’t know where to start. thanks. ReplyCancel

  • I have a 10-week meal plan. Yes, 10 weeks, and i just rotate through the weeks. It means we only have the same meal about 5 times a year, although I do always cook a double portion and we have the same meal twice in that week…not necessarily on consecutive nights! For me it just takes the stress out of “what am i gonna cook this week?!?”, and having recently-ish gone back to out-of-house employment 3 days a week (with 3 kids) it’s fantastic – Monday is cooking day, I cook 2 double-size meals while the little ones sleep and that gets us through to Thurs, which is the end of my working week. Then I have time on Friday to cook again… Yes, sometimes i get bored of a meal, or find the kids don’t like it so much…so i just substitute in another meal with the same base meat, perhaps a recipe I’ve been wanting to try, and if it work – it stays! I <3 meal plans…can u tell?!? :-)

    Thanks for '20 Days', I wasn't able to keep up with every day, but i have all the print-outs and have made copious notes so that i can do things as i can get to them. My kitchen has had quite a birthday these school holidays!ReplyCancel