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Category Archives: Meal Planning

{Meal Planning} Parmesan crusted potatoes

This weeks meal plan Don’t forget to link your meal plan up below, or comment letting me know what you plan is for the week…I love seeing new recipes Monday – Spaghetti Bol Tuesday – Oven baked chicken with Parmesan crusted potatoes and vegetables Wednesday – Left overs Thursday – away in Melbourne, but the kids […]

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  • Those parmesan-crusted potatos look SO good! Will keep those in mind – great accompaniment for a BBQ. ReplyCancel

  • I wanted to let you know I really love looking at your meal plans – keep them coming. Thanks.ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Chicken and vegetable pie

What do you have planned for dinner this week?  Do you meal plan? I have read comments recently that some readers find it hard to think ahead about what to put on a weekly meal planner.  You will find some information here that will help you.   How I work our meal planner  we are […]

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  • Looks like a yummy week – especially the Chewy coconut brownies from Frost Bite! Thanks for including it in your meal planning. Susan xxReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Budget friendly meals

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang I have mentioned before that I am trying to reduce our grocery bill, which is working well.  Last week I put the challenge to you to raid your pantry and create your meal plan around food that has been hiding.  Today I would like to share with you some tips […]

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  • I have started in the last month or so making double batches of meals for the days I am too busy or can’t be bothered cooking. Only hassle is we do not have a microwave so I can not afford to forget. Otherwise I have started to develop recipes that use canned tuna or salmonReplyCancel

  • I will have to check the Coles site out now for some inspiration thanks Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • ahhhh good Ol Curtis hehe It helps working for coles that I can grab his recipes whenever i have a shift and they are so easy!

    I budget and meal plan just like you do it works fabulous for us
    xxReplyCancel

  • I cook at least a double batch of most dinners and then freeze the excess in a foil bbq oven tray, then you just pull them out of the freezer and straight into the oven for a quick and easy meal!ReplyCancel

  • I am up for any excuse to see pics of Curtis Stone… oh and the recipes are pretty good too! Am definitely going to give those pastries a go.ReplyCancel

  • Ooh they look so yummy!! I love the Coles website!ReplyCancel

  • ooh yum as always… and beautiful children by the way Katrina!!ReplyCancel

  • busymum

    love your ideas. I’m a shiftworker so always freeze leftovers so hubby can just take out the freezer for his dinner (he also works shifts). Prepare for the week of school by making cakes or pikelets and freezing individual portions, that way kids have yummy snacks for school and I know whats in them. A homemade batch of pikelets cost next to nothing to make and is made with love :) ReplyCancel

  • I make my own pasta sauce with homebrand tinned tomatoes, and puree, I then add vegetables and whatever meat I want to the sauce. It is even cheaper with the homebrand or coles pasta.ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    Thabks for the great tips! I’ll definitely be putting them into action :) thanks :) ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Chicken with mushroom sauce

  It has been such a wonderful, but busy week.  I took the kids to watch the Smurfs, not sure who loved it more, me or the kids?  It made me feel like a kid again just hearing the theme song.  Then, late last week we set off on a 13 hour drive to Forbes […]

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{Meal Planning} The best Blueberry Muffins recipe to date

Quick and simple meal plan this week as I had am spending a glorious long weekend away at Airlie Beach. This weeks meal plan don’t forget to link your meal plan up below, or comment letting me know what you plan is for the week…I love seeing new recipes Monday – Salmon and Lemon Pasta Bake Tuesday […]

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{Meal Planning} Spaghetti with Capsicum and Haloumi

Pantry Raid Challenge!!! 1 day each month I’m going to challenge you to a PANTRY RAID!  You need to create your meal plan using items from your pantry.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget the can’s of vegetables or the pasta sauce in the back of the pantry.  So I challenge you pick 4 items from […]

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  • I “raid” every week, I can feed a family of 5 on $160 a week and we only eat healthy foods…… forget mince or snags, they arent even in the menu ever! Lots of thai infulence here . its heatlhy, its cheap and snazzy!!ReplyCancel

  • Great l am up for this one …. My miss 15 challenged me to this about a month ago and l wasn’t allowed to buy anything and I was very surprised as to what we made and the new creations as my pantry and freezer were well stocked .ReplyCancel

  • Maree

    We always have our pantry very well stocked because we live an hour from a shop. Our freezer is always full to the brim with meat and bread and milk. Our pantry seems to be overflowing with tins and packets and we have our own vegie garden out the back. But even with having all of this surplus – we do end up with those tins at the back of the pantry that don’t ever seem to get used. I’ll go searching today – I suspect it’ll be tuna and condensed milk! ;) ReplyCancel

  • I have to say that I hate cooking. My pantry is always full of staples though, just in case. I’m much more into baking. For dinners we have a few family favourites that I cook in large batches and freeze. One day I’ll have the courage to be more adventurous and challenge the kids…ReplyCancel

  • Mmm, that spaghetti looks good! We love haloumi here. Any cheese really, but haloumi is a favourite :) ReplyCancel

  • I totally read that wrong! I was wondering why you’d be blogging about a “panty raid”!! lol. My pantry has items in there so old, it should be looked at by an archeologist. My mother also told me, if there’s a tin of tuna in the pantry, you have a meal…and wouldn’t you know it, there’s several in there. Probably time for tuna mornay so I can use up those frozen veges too. Your meal plan looks delicious this week Katrina!ReplyCancel

  • An

    Thanks so much for your website Katrina – I love it!!

    Your meal plan looks delicious :-)

    My 4 items will be:
    1) Jelly – Mmm that jelly slice looks delicious.
    2) Minestrone soup out of the freezer (use up before it gets too warm for soup).
    3) Kangaroo fillets from the freezer that I probably wouldn’t have remembered if you didn’t prompt me to go ‘raid’.
    4) And some wholemeal spaghetti that again I probably would have otherwise overlooked – the wholemeal variety isn’t a staple in our house unfortunately.

    I also found some meat in the freezer which is past it’s best and I will gradually feed that to our big pooch over the week.

    Thanks again … oh and my ceiling fans are all clean … looking forward to more cleaning challenges!ReplyCancel

  • The choc earthquake cookies look yum. Instead of salmon rissoles, we make them with tuna.ReplyCancel

  • Cornish pasties for tea. A bit of steak, onion, 2 potatoes and a carrot made with homemade flaky pastry. Yumm
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  • Love the challenge idea – sounds fun. Woo hoo! I can finally comment on your blog. Love these suggestions for eating. Yummo! N xReplyCancel

  • An

    I made the salmon rissoles tonight. They were really good, my 5 year old went back for seconds so a winner for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Mmmm…that roast lamb sure does look delicious and if you were lucky enough to have some left overs, you can use that for the next day as lunch fillings! :) ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Zucchini and cherry tomato tart

This is a guest post by author Susan Austin, from Frost Bite. Each month I would like to featrue a Meal Plan from a reader, if you are intrested please see more details HERE.  About Our Guest Susan Austin is the mother of three gorgeous girls and the author of “FROST BITE: Easy Cooking for Your […]

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  • Kate @ Puddles & Gumboots

    Mmm yum such gorgeous food! Those zucchini and tomato tarts look especially great :-) ReplyCancel

  • Helen-gran

    I don’t have a blog or webpage, but I do have a meal plan.
    Monday: Honey Ginger Chicken (adapted from a slow cooker recipe from Best Recipes website;
    Tuesday/Wednesday: Honey Sausage Tray Bake (only 2 of us, so does 2 nights). From Recipes+ March 2001 via Taste website.
    Thursday: Creamy Tomato Pasta Bake (sauce jar) with added vegetables.
    No pictures, sorry!
    Thursday: ReplyCancel

  • The zucchini and cherry tomato tarts look delicious. I might try that out next week! Love reading your menu plans each week. Just gives me new ideas on what I can cook. :) ReplyCancel

  • Learncreatedo

    those tarts look yummy!ReplyCancel

  • meljewel

    hi where is the links for the above recipes esp that yummy looking marshmallow mars bar slice?
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{Meal Planning} Hubby is cooking!

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang I have a wonderful husband who helps around the house when he can (he works really long hours).  I’m fortunate that he helps cooks dinner on weekends.  I love having the night off cooking, even a night off ‘thinking’ what to cook for dinner is a bonus.  His signature dishes are […]

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  • My hubby will also cook on a Saturday night often. His menu is a bit limited, although he’s getting better. His speciality though is pizza, and he really does a great job of a gourmet pizza, even making the base from scratch everytime. My two sons love it when Daddy cooks, but not half as much as I do! ReplyCancel

  • Louise Allana

    My partner doesn’t ‘help’, he ‘does’! And he does cook every evening, apart from when I tell him I’m cooking, since he’s not very conscientious with the rest of the housework so this is our way of evening up the responsibilities somewhat.ReplyCancel

  • My Hubby cooks every Wednesday and our 13 year old daughter cooks on Thursdays. I dont mind the cooking every night (actually I quite like to cook) its the deciding what we will have every night that gets to me!ReplyCancel

  • Almost 10 years ago John & I did a “swap” when I got offered a great job opportunity which meant that I was working looong hours & was interstate quite a bit. He became Mr Mum for 4 years. When I left, we both got other jobs, but since then he still helps cook & clean the house. Was the best thing I ever did… only wish I could train lazy teenagers to do the same… Oh well, I live in hope & keep trying!!! If their Dad can do it…. ;) ReplyCancel

  • Forgot to say that I think Mr Organised Housewife deserves a medal for letting you photograph him!!!! Other husbands probably wouldn’t be so obliging!!! Send him a pat on the back from me!ReplyCancel

  • My husband cooks a roast every sunday night.ReplyCancel

  • My daughter has been cooking most of meals for the last 2 months and hubby has cooked the rest. This comes to an end soon as she is starting a full time course. I have had so much extra time, as she has done all shopping and meal planning including lunches.ReplyCancel

  • jaie

    my partner works away 2 weeks on and 2weeks off (challenging at times with 2 young children 1 and 7), but when he is at home he is always helping around the house whether it is mopping, vacuuming, washing up or even hanging out the washing (suprise). I do prefer to cook , on the off night that i dont he will.
    i love your site katrina it really does help motivate me through the 2 weeks being a single parent, so thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • Dorette

    My husband is a fantastic cook, but doesn’t cook much at all these days with long days at work. I am always amazed how quickly and effortlessly he can whip up a tasty meal using whatever ingredients we have in the house and he’ll be done before you know it! Making dinner is an ordeal for me. I get flustered, frustrated, confused and angry trying to produce even the simplest meal. It takes me ages, it never tastes all that great, and I just don’t have the knack to do it in a productive, logical manner. AAAAARRRRGHHH! I keep trying, though…! In saying that, I can make a mean spinach & feta pastry! ReplyCancel

  • My husband is cooking dinner tonight. I won’t get to enjoy the tasty meal he prepares because I’ll be out with my friends. Thanks Husband for giving me a night off :-) ReplyCancel

  • Joolzmac

    The first paragraph of your post could have been written by me. I too am lucky to have a hard working hubby who loves to cook on weekends. Gus will attempt pretty much anything now so we never know what we might get! He is a cooking show junkie like me so we spend a lot of time watching Food Safari, Poh, MasterChef, Gourmet Farmer etc. It really is nice to have the weekends off from thinking ‘What’s for dinner?’!ReplyCancel

  • Joolzmac

    PS Well done Mr Organised Housewife – fantastic job!ReplyCancel

  • Oh how I crave a night off cooking… my husband is FIFO so isn’t exactly available to give me a night off!ReplyCancel

  • I would LOVE for my husband to cook!! I will keep dreaming!ReplyCancel

  • Alyce Ismail

    My hubby IS the cook! So much better than me. And we love apple in our salads, pear is also good!ReplyCancel

  • Well done Mr. Organised Housewife. Your meal looks great.
    I’ll have to check out the Curtis Stone recipes.
    I’m lucky that my husband is a pastrycook who is currently on his 2nd year of a chef’s course at TAFE. He loves cooking.
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  • Well done Mr. Organised Housewife. Your meal looks great.
    I’ll have to check out the Curtis Stone recipes.
    I’m lucky that my husband is a pastrycook who is currently on his 2nd year of a chef’s course at TAFE. He loves cooking.
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  • Lauren Lowe

    gotta love using the iPad as a recipe book. I do it all the time! :) ReplyCancel

  • Hubby cooking???? In a blue moon like when I’ve given birth that day maybe…. In distant past he would cook spaghetti with Tom and garlic… But was put off when it went wrong a couple of times…ReplyCancel

  • I don’t have a hubby, but my boyfriend (of 5 years who I live with) cooks more than I do. He cooks me dinner at least 3 or 4 times a week. It’s always something delicious too, like steak, or homemade pasta, or marinated chicken. He is the best!ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Chocolate Yoghurt Snack Cakes

This week I would love to share with you some delicious recipes shared by the lovely ladies who have linked up to the Meal Planning with The Organised Housewife recently.  I think one of the best recipes you can get is those that are recommended.  One that has be tried and tested by others.  I haven’t tried […]

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  • KM

    Yum! Home delivery please? ;) ReplyCancel

  • KA

    Great Menu. I am a new follower and I am very impressed with your blog. Have printed off some great recipes to try. Thanks and keep up the great work.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Bavin

    Everything looks so good! I think I am going to have to try the beef triangles! The best recipes are definitely the ones that are passed on.ReplyCancel

  • Yum, I’m thinking the beef triangles will be a hit in our household. Loving all these meal planners I’m reading so far, gives me ideas on what to cook!ReplyCancel

  • These recipes look super and healthy. I am trying again this week failed to stick to my plans a few nights because of funeral and we went to movies another – but scored free dinner at SIL & my Bro’s house 2 night …ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles & Gumboots

    Mmm all these meal plans look great! So many yummy looking mealsReplyCancel

  • It all looks really yummy Katrina!ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Slow Cooker Chocolate Zucchini Cake

We visited family for dinner on saturday night and my mother in law made a delicious cake…in the slow cooker.  I cooked casseroles and roasts but never thought about making a cake.  This cake also had a hidden ingredient which the kids never noticed.  This cake was made in the banquet size slow cooker with […]

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  • Your photos look delicious Katrina! I think I’m going to try the carbonara this week. I’m usually not organised enough to meal plan, but I’m halfway there…I have a least of the meats we’ll eat during the week, and then I just have to think of something to go with it. I think I’ll have to go that one step further…your meals look so yummy!ReplyCancel

  • After reading the planning queen’s book again I am determined to menu plan to save a little chaos and last minute throw together dinners.
    I will link up later.ReplyCancel

  • Tina

    Your photos are divine! I LOVE the idea of hiding vegies in cakes! I’ve been meaning to start meal planning again. It would certainly save a bit of sanity at meal times.ReplyCancel

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  • Sevencherubs

    These look great!! Yummo!!ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Puddles & Gumboots

    I would never have thought of putting zucchini into cake! Your meal plan sounds delish! I meal plan every week, it’s necessary with five kids! I will have to do up a meal plan post so I can link up with you in the future :-) ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    I would never have thought of trying to make a cake in the slow cooker. My slow cooker hasn’t had nearly as much use this winter as I would have liked. I love the idea of meal planning for the week, and doing it on my blog might make me more accountable, and might make me try harder to be creative! I will try and get organised to join in next week. ReplyCancel

  • Mabella Cottage

    Sunday – slowcooked braised steak and onions on rice
    Monday – Zucchini slice with salad
    Tuesday – Meatloaf with steamed veg
    Wednesday – Veggie fritters with salad
    Thursday – Chunky chicken soup with veggie drop scones
    Friday – Homemade pizzas
    Lasagne with hidden veg! and salad of courseReplyCancel

  • I used to plan my meals, well, it went on for 2 weeks, then I gave up. Now I purchase the exact same staples – mince chicken, chicken thighs, mince beef, chicken wings and just come up with the ideas of what to cook as I go with what I have. But I love looking at other people’s meal plan. :) And your zuchinni cake looks DELICIOUS! I must try that out one day!ReplyCancel

{Meal Planning} Chicken and Corn Chowder

I have had the most fantastic blog week Celebrating The Organised Housewife’s 1st Birthday Hitting 10,000 followers on facebook, thank you to each of you that follow, I hope you enjoy the daily tasks and tips you find on their Going to Blogopolis in Melbourne. Special thank you to Nuffnang (pictured right, thanks to Danimezza), I […]

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  • Lee

    Yum! Thanks for the chicken and corn chowder recipe!!!!! I’ve just made it for dinner tonight……had a taste test and its devine. Looking forward to sharing it with the family with some crusty bread. Thanks again. xxReplyCancel