A list of hubby friendly meal ideas – for those that don’t like to cook

My husband gave me an extra special gift on Mothers Day and I have to tell you I loved it!  Usually I sit down on the weekend and work out our weekly or fortnightly meal plan and grocery list.  I do it not because I am the female of the house, but because I am the control freak of the family, I want to make sure it’s a balanced meal plan getting in enough vegetables and good meats.  But sometimes it does get monotonous and I do get tired of thinking what to cook and being creative.

I went to start my meal planning on Saturday just after lunch, my hubby grabbed the pen, meal plan and shopping list off me and said, “allow me, my Mothers Day gift to you”.  I LOVED IT!  I didn’t have to think about what to cook for dinner nor do the grocery shop, bonus.  I stayed home and relaxed, so rare!  It worked out well as I was in Sydney for a few days that week so he was able to plan dinners that he knows he can manage.  So today I share with you my husbands meal plan, please don’t pick on him if you don’t think it’s healthy or balanced, this once off plan is an exception and I think he’s done OK.


My hubbies go-to dinner when I go out is meat pie and chips, the kids love it. I also asked on facebook what the communities partners signature dishes are, I listed them all below. Tell me in the comments below:

What is your partners go-to dinner when your partner cooks?

Meal planning tips:  How to meal plan & meal planning printables.

See my previous weekly meal plans here.

My husbands weekly meal plan


Chicken schnitzel from the grocery store deli with mashed potato and vegetables


Beef stirfry using a packet sauce mix and fresh vegetables with rice


Frozen meat pie and frozen chips (cooked in the oven, not eaten frozen LOL)


Spaghetti bolognese


BBQ sausages, mashed potato and vegetables


Beef ravioli with a tomato based sauce (found in the cold section) and garlic bread


Curried Salmon Rice Pie


I had some Apricot Yoghurt Muffins in the freezer along with some biscuits.

Fruit muffins are always a great addition to the kids lunch box.  This recipe is easy to prepare, you can do it on the weekend and freeze so you can add to lunch boxes through the week or prepare it while you are waiting for dinner to finish cooking in the oven or stove top.


More Hubby friendly meal ideas:

I asked the community what their partners go-do dinner dish is, this is an awesome list of ideas:

What is your partners go-to dinner?

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Elita hooper May 18, 2015 - 6:29 AM

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.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 18, 2015 - 3:39 PM

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!

Vonni May 18, 2015 - 7:13 AM

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 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 18, 2015 - 11:27 AM

He did do a wonderful job!.:)

[email protected] May 18, 2015 - 8:38 AM

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.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 18, 2015 - 3:38 PM

that’s a creative meal Anne!

steph May 18, 2015 - 11:02 AM

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 salad

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 18, 2015 - 11:28 AM

Ooh good on hubby.:)

Sarah codling May 18, 2015 - 12:23 PM

There is nothing wrong with your hubby’s menu! Love it that he has the confidence to plan ahead!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 18, 2015 - 12:33 PM

Thanks Sarah.:) I was very proud of him, he did a great job x

Tracy May 18, 2015 - 1:18 PM

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.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 18, 2015 - 3:37 PM

that’s a good trade Tracy, and I am sure such a big help too!

KezUnprepared May 18, 2015 - 4:42 PM

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 😉

Kimsy May 18, 2015 - 6:56 PM

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!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 21, 2015 - 8:56 AM

Oh yum! I like the sound of your hubby’s crispy skin salmon! Sound delish.:)

Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me May 19, 2015 - 10:47 AM

This is very similar to what my hubby cooks! But some new ones here too – thanks x

Suzi May 19, 2015 - 2:36 PM

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.

Susie May 22, 2015 - 2:58 PM

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!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 25, 2015 - 8:49 AM

Ooh that sounds delicious, Susie! x

Karen @ a house full of sunshine May 23, 2015 - 10:18 PM

Wow, I’m impressed! He did great! 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 25, 2015 - 8:49 AM

Ooh thanks Karen.:) I was very proud of him.:) x

Lorraine Salvi May 25, 2015 - 2:14 PM

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. 🙂

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 27, 2015 - 8:38 AM

Ooh i love lamb shanks! Well done to your hubby and yes i too love roast on the webber, such a delicious flavour!


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