{Meal Plan + Giveaway} Donna Hay Simple Dinners Cookbook

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to Taryn S for winning the new Donna Hay cookbook.  

I am a big Donna Hay fan, I love her simplicity in cooking, recipes are not extravagant, her cheat options make cooking easy and the end result always tastes delicious.  I was excited to learn of her new cookbook, Simple Dinners.   We are very busy during the week, with 2 nights out till late with the kids at Karate.  So having some simple weeknight dinners planned is essential.  

In this cookbook, most recipes (140+ recipes) are pantry friendly, with it divided and categorised into pantry items.  Chapters are  Bread – Eggs – Pasta – Noodles & Rice – Couscous, beans & lentils – Chicken – Beef – Lamb – Pork – Fish & seafood – Vegetables – Fruit and of course Chocolate!  Each chapter also has a variety of tips and tricks to help you with your cooking.  One of my favourites is:-

“When freezing a loaf of bread, pre-slice it and pop sheets of baking paper between every second slice for easy use” – Donna Hay 

 I incorporated a few of her new recipes into my meal plan, they were all very quick and easy to put together.  My favourite is the Banoffee Pie which the kids made for me (cheating using a store purchased pastry case).


If you would like to enter to win a Donna Hay Simple Dinners cookbook, you will find the entry form below. To enter you must share your meal plan.  I want to know what you are having for dinner each night of the week.  If you haven’t started meal planning now, I am sure this will show you how easy it will be for you.  You will find here, my tips on how to meal plan.

This weeks meal plan

Monday – BBQ Chicken and salad

Tuesday – My friend made me a Shepards Pie

Wednesday – Parmesan BBQ Steaks with salad – Donna Hay simple dinner cookbook

Thursday – Crusted Chicken tenderloin with vegetables

Friday – Dinner at school

Saturday – Beef Stir Fry – Donna Hay simple dinner cookbook

Sunday – Singapore Chicken Curry – Prima Taste from asian food section at Woolworths

BakingSticky Rice Bubble Slice

Dessert – Bonoffee Tart 

Parmesan BBQ Steaks

Sticky Rice Bubble Slice 

 Banoffee Pie


If you have a blog, please share your meal plan link here and mention in the comments that you linked up. 

  1. Link directly to your meal planning post not your website, post must be about your weekly meal plan
  2. Paste my meal plan button (grab button HERE) on your post so that others can join along and link up too or add a link to The Organised Housewife.
  3. Remember to come back next week!





Good Luck!

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Samy_savva November 21, 2011 - 6:14 AM

I dont have a blog, however this is this weeks meal plan starting tonight:

Monday – Spaghetti and Meatballs – a Dolmio sauce from the supermarket
Tuesday – Chorizo and Tomato Frittata – Donna Hay 10th Anniversary Special Mag
Wednesday – Homemade Pizza
Thursday – Battered Fish and Salad
Friday – Roasted Tomato, Eggplant and Haloumi Burger – Donna Hay website
Saturday – Mummy and Oly Out – Daddy – WHATEVER (hehe)
Sunday – our choice

This household also LOVES Donna Hay. Her recipes are simple, tasty and I never have any fuss out of miss 3 eating any of her meals. They are great for families on the go but also have the more intense cooking experience for when you have the time.

I made the Donna Hay spin on spaghetti bolognese from her 10th Anniversary mag the other night and it was AMAZING and definitely gave food for thought on spag bol night!

Brooke November 21, 2011 - 6:58 AM

Katrina – I’m a big fan of sharing Meal Plans, thanks for making it so simple!

Sabco Australia on Facebook November 21, 2011 - 7:27 AM

We love Donna Hay too – what a fabulous giveaway!

Bev Anderson November 21, 2011 - 7:29 AM

My meal planner for this week
Monday: Chow Mein
Tuesday: steak with steamed Veggi’s
Wednesday: raviolia and bolognese sauce
Thursday: Bbq fish & salad
Fri: Hamburgers on the Bbq
Sat: Roast Lamb in the Webber with friends
Sun: toaties with left over Lamb (if any left)

Elke Robinson on Facebook November 21, 2011 - 8:02 AM

Sunday – toasted sandwiches
Monday – chicken burgers
Tuesday – rissoles and salad
Wednesday – spag Bol
Thursday – slow cooker corned beef and salad
Friday – pasta marinara
Saturday – roast lamb and balsamic roast veges

Liannedgong November 21, 2011 - 8:04 AM Reply
Kylie November 21, 2011 - 8:05 AM

Mon- Stirfry Tues- meat & vege Wed – spag Bol Thurs- beef strog Fri – Homemade pizza Sat – fish and salad Sun Roast dinner. I need meal planners!

Jodie Carruthers on Facebook November 21, 2011 - 8:23 AM

M – Spaghetti w bol sauce & veg

T- homemade pizza (*buy fresh cheese & ham)

W – frozen fish, salad, homemade chips (Mum over for dinner)

Th – Beef snitzel & veg

F – Brown Bothers pasta sauce w chicken, veg & penne

Sat – eat out

Su – BBQ: sausages, eggs, veg burgers, ham burgers & salad

Caitlin Loder on Facebook November 21, 2011 - 9:26 AM

M – Laksa
T – BBQ steak & salad
W – homemade sweet & sour pork with rice
T – Chicken Caesar Salad
F – takeaway with friends, usually Japanese
S – BBQ Salmon & Salad

Kirrily November 21, 2011 - 10:06 AM

Here’s our meal plan for this week:
Monday – Chicken on sweet potato rosti – I think this is from Food Fast (Donna Hay)
Tuesday – spaghetti bolognese
Wednesday – roast, salad and roasted spuds
Thursday – beef stir fry
Friday – Mulligatawny chicken (Annabel Karmel)
Saturday – Chicken pot pies
Sunday – lasagne

Kirrily November 21, 2011 - 5:02 PM

And for baking I’ve made the Donna Hay blueberry muffins (I saw the link in your “you might also like..” section. The recipe was easy to find with a quick Google search.

Maree November 21, 2011 - 10:52 AM

Meal Plan this week:

Monday- Marinated chicken drumsticks (bbq sauce, sweet chilli sauce & tomato sauce) with salad
Tuesday- Sticky sausages with vegetables
Wednesday- Chiken stirfry with oyster sauce and rice
Thursday- Tuna pasta bake with salad
Friday- Chicken laksa with hokkien noodles
Saturday – Homemade pizza
Sunday – Beef teryaki with sushi rice

Maree November 21, 2011 - 10:54 AM


Mumma K November 21, 2011 - 11:34 AM

Hi, I linked my first meal plan up through blog links on my new blog 🙂

Marita November 21, 2011 - 11:44 AM

I’ve added my monthly meal plan – it includes the meal plan for our week (surprise that). Hope it is okay because that is how meal planning works in our house, on a month by month basis.

Tracey November 21, 2011 - 11:47 AM

Monday – Cornflake Crumbed Cutlets & Vegetables
Tuesday – Fettucine Cabonara
Wednesday – Tacos
Thursday – Homemade Pizzas
Friday – Crispy Skin Chicken Wraps
Saturday – Steak Diane, Potato Bake & Steamed Vegetables
Sunday – BBQ Chicken & Greek Salad

Bec from Because Everything Co November 21, 2011 - 11:56 AM

We love meal planning! We’ve been doing it for almost four years and save ourselves a bundle as well as being more organised and never wondering what we’re having for tea…

Monday ~ Thai Poached Chicken
Tuesday ~ Garlic Pepper Beef Stir-fry
Wednesday ~ Date Night
Thursday ~ Pumpkin and Sage Tortellini
Friday ~ Five Spice Pork with Cous Cous
Saturday ~ Asian Pork Spare Ribs
Sunday ~ Take Away Fish & Chips

Oh I’ve just realised half of these recipes are from the Simple Dinners by Donna Hay feature in our state Sunday paper

Julie-Ann November 21, 2011 - 12:10 PM

Mon – Baked fish with herbs and salad
Tues – Nonna’s Meatballs and pasta
Wed – Pork and Red lentils
Thurs – Chicken Schnitzel and salad
Fri – Spinach and Ricotta canneloni
Sat – Woodfired pizzas
Sun – backyard BBQ

Karen Edwards November 21, 2011 - 12:15 PM

Mon ~ left over silverside with mash and veg
Tues ~ Snags and Veg
Wed ~ Fish and Veg
Thurs ~ BBQ at the school for end of year concert
Fri ~ Taco’s
Sat ~ Takeaway
Sun ~ Silverside and Veg

Sebnar November 21, 2011 - 3:06 PM

Monday – Beef stroganoff
Tuesday – Fish and fennel pie
Wed – Out
Thurs – Out
Fri – Beef in black bean sauce
Sat – Out
Sunday – Turkey Bolgnanise

Paula November 21, 2011 - 3:41 PM

I haven’t meal planned weekly – I prepare 30 dishes over 3-4 days that all go to the Freezer. I add a list to the door of the freezer of what meals (and how many of each)and get to choose the night before or early in the morning without having to do much work – either rice or a salad!

My current list of dishes is:
Bolognaise Sauce
Rolled Italian Meatloaf
Chicken Curry
Sausage Sweet ‘n’ Sour
Chicken & Spinach Lasagne
Beef Goulash
Apricot Chicken
Chicken Casserole
Satay Chicken
Rogan Josh
Beef Stroganoff
Burrito Mince
Beef in Red Wine
Pork Sweet ‘n’ Sour
Beef Tortilla Stack
Pork Korma
Lamb & Feta Pasta
Citrus Chicken
Honey Mustard Chicken

Cherrytree November 21, 2011 - 4:00 PM

As I don’t work Mon and Tuesday, I cook big meals and freeze for later in the week

Monday – Spag Bol (made 2 lots of mince)
Tuesday – Sausage risotto
Wednesday – Chicken schnitzel
THursday – Chicken Schnitizel
Friday – Lasagne
Saturday – Toasted Sandwiches (having family BBQ for lunch)
Sunday – Crumbed Pork Strips

Kiara M. November 21, 2011 - 4:03 PM

Mon: Beef Stirfry with hokkien noodles
Tues: Spaghetti Bol. and garlic bread
Wed: Dinner @ MIL’S!
Thurs: (quick dinner night) Scrambled eggs on toast
Fri: Creamy tuscan chicken
Sat: Honey Soy chicken wings, Baked veg and Rice
(special night so Pavlova for dessert)
Sun: Fish and chips (with a healthy salad of course! ;))
Baking: Cupcakes for playgroup following Monday

Kristy November 21, 2011 - 4:43 PM

Monday – Homemade rissoles with mashed potatoe and steamed vegies
Tuesday – Chicken Curry with rice and pappadums
Wednesday – Chicken Parm and salad
Thursday – Olive crusted lamb cutlets with vegies
Friday – Apricot Chicken with mashed potatoes and vegies
Saturday – Tacos
Sunday – Roast Lamb and roasted vegies

Lee November 21, 2011 - 4:58 PM

Monday – GF Spaghetti Bolagnese
Tuesday – Chicken burgers with the work – (after school sports)
Wednesday – Asian baked salmon and vegetables
Thursday – Homemade pizzas – (after school sports)
Friday – Mexican Quesadillas – (after school sports)
Saturday – Crumbed chicken tenders and pumpkin risotto
Sunday – Roast pork and vegetables.

Tiffany November 21, 2011 - 9:18 PM

Monday – Homemade pizzas (the kids pick their own toppings)
Tuesday – Pesto gnocchi
Wednesday – Chicken schnitzel and salad
Thursday – Salmon, pea & corn fritters
Friday – Chicken rissoles, homemade chunky chips and salad
Saturday – Pork sausage & vegetable casserole
Sunday – out for birthday dinner
Baking – birthday cake for my husband

Mel Pratt on Facebook November 22, 2011 - 7:34 AM

m -crumbed beef salad jacket potato
T- chicken patties (made & frozen last week) salad
W slow cooked
T-creamy salsa chicken
F chicken leek & corn pie
S pork & waterchesnut rissoles with salad
S savoury slice & salad
Have a big week coming up , sooo love having meal plans 🙂

Sarah Kaye November 22, 2011 - 9:34 AM

Hey Katrina, here’s my post:

Fingers crossed!! That Banoffee pie looks so yummy.

Jasmine November 22, 2011 - 10:12 AM

Monday – Sausage casserole and steamed veg
Tuesday – Chicken potato bake and tossed salad
Wednesday – Steak Kebabs, chips and salad
Thursday – Good old Spag bog
Friday – Roast Chicken and veg
Saturday – Homemade pizza
Sunday – Quiche and salad

Baking – left over cereal into bikkies & muffins 🙂

Stacey November 22, 2011 - 11:42 AM

Monday – Roast Chicken with Roast Potato and Steam Veg
Tues – Left Over Chicken – Chicken Spaghetti
Wed – Thai Chicken Soup (making chicken stock with left over Chicken Bones)
Thurs – Potato & Tuna Patties and Salad
Fri – Hamburgers
Sat – Beef Stirfry
Sun – Home Made Crumbed Fish, Chips and Salad

Baking – Flourless Peanut Butter & Choc Chip Cookies
– Pumpkin Muffins

Kgraham_81 November 22, 2011 - 5:20 PM

Monday Crumbed fish, pommes and salad
Tuesday Chicken Lasagna and salad
Wednesday Roast Beef and roast vegetables
Thursday BBQ Meatloaf and vegies
Friday CreamyChicken Carbonara
Saturday take away/out for dinner
Sunday Beef and Vegetable stir fry

Julie Regan November 22, 2011 - 5:28 PM

Monday – Baked chicken breasts with roast sweet potato, gravy, peas, zucchini
Tuesday – Pizza (Cheap Tuesday)
Wednesday – Taco’s and Burritos night
Thursday – chicken parmagiana with vegetables and mash
Friday – Lamb cutlets with carrots, broccoli and mash.
Saturday – Pea and ham soup – Ravioli
Sunday – Honey, soy and garlic chicken wings, corn on the cob, french fries

tezzinbrissie November 22, 2011 - 5:32 PM

Monday: Greek style roast lamb with risoni
Tuesday: Spaghetti Bolognese
Wednesday: Roast pumpkin and chorizo risotto
Thursday: Left over spg bol
Friday: Out for dinner
Saturday: Pizza
Sunday: Out for birthday dinner

Larknorm November 22, 2011 - 5:39 PM

Monday – Chicken Yakitori and salad, Tuesday – Mexican beef stirfry, Wednesday – Spring vegetable soup, Thursday – Lamb fajitas, Friday – Steak with baked potatoes and salad, Saturday – sausages with mash potatoes and steamed vegetables and Sunday – home made potato and rosemary pizza

Tasha Moon November 22, 2011 - 7:05 PM

Monday – Roast chicken and veges
Tuesday – Pork and Vege noodles
Wednesday – Home made turkey hamburgers
Thursday – Haloumi Chicken (Donna Hay)
Friday – Home made pizzas
Saturday – BBQ and salad
Sunday – leftovers

Kristie November 22, 2011 - 7:36 PM

Monday – Terriyaki Chicken
Tuesday – Pasta Bolognaise
Wednesday – leftovers
Thursday – Beef & cous cous salad
Friday – Salad wraps
Saturday – Satay chicken
Sunday – leftovers

Jess Frisch November 22, 2011 - 8:05 PM

Monday: Zucchini Slice and Garlic Bread
Tuesday: Chicken and Spinach Cannelloni and Salad
Wednesday: Corned Silverside and Veges
Thursday: Pumpkin Rissotto and Asparagus
Friday: Gourmet mini pizzas
Saturday: Daddy’s cooking so probably takeaway lol
Sunday: Homemade chicken sausage rolls and salad

Katherine November 22, 2011 - 10:03 PM

My meal week starts on a Wednesday (I shop on Tuesday) so…
Wednesday – Homemade burgers with salad, frozen chips
Thursday – leftovers (burgers)
Friday – out
Saturday – our ‘takeaway’ night: frozen pizza and icecream cones : )
Sunday – eggs and tomato on toast
Monday – sausages, mashed potato and pumpkin, corn, vegies
Tuesday – leftover sausages, bubble and squeak

Kylie November 22, 2011 - 10:16 PM

We always plan our meals, makes it alot easier to shop!

Monday – Beef Stroganoff & Rice
Tuesday – Cheese & Spinach Triangles & Salad
Wednesday – Out for daughters birthday dinner
Thursday – Porcupine Meatballs & Mash
Friday – Cherry Tomato Spaghetti
Saturday – Lamb Kofta Korma & Rice
Sunday – Oven Baked Fish & Chips & Salad

Baking – Cupcakes and daughters Birthday Cake.

Carla Dalton November 22, 2011 - 11:01 PM

Monday – spaghetti bolognese & garlic bread (both prepared in big batches & frozen for Mondays after gymnastics
Tuesday – Macaroni & cheese (recipe from “Frostbite” by Susan Austin – usually make enough for 2 extra kid sized serves)
Wednesday – chicken & leek risotto (with peas) – always make enough for 2 extra serves for Thursday lunch or dinner
Thursday – organic pork sausages & grilled hash browns for kids; leftover risotto for parents after martial arts
Friday – cottage pie (always make 3 serves of the mince, so only need to do the mash the next 2 times – prefer to do that fresh, although occasionally freeze kids’ serves)
Saturday – home made pizza with various toppings to suit each person
Sunday – something from Donna Hay “Fast, Fresh, Simple”, my current fave!

Carla Dalton

Gemmiealliston November 23, 2011 - 8:48 PM

My meal plan:
Monday: tofu roast with veggies!
Tuesday: veggie burgers
Wednesday: Spaghetti with lentil and tomato sauce
Thursday: Roast vegetable salad
Friday: Mushroom risotto
Saturday: Pizza
Sunday: Felafel wraps 🙂


Jessicajryan November 23, 2011 - 9:27 PM

My meal plan

-Monday chicken and salads
Tuesday seafood rissotto
wednesday veal involtini
thursday lasange and salad
Friday guinness beef pie and sweet potato chip
saturday – Pizza
Sunday – BBQ outside sausages, chicken kebabs chips

Inrb November 25, 2011 - 8:39 PM

Friday – tacos
Saturday – BBQ and salad
Sunday – Roast Lamb and Vegies
Monday – Tikka Marsala and Rice
Tuesday – Stir fried vegies and Quinoa
Wednesday – Spaghetti Bolognaise
Thursday – Fish and Salad

Linda November 26, 2011 - 6:08 PM

Our meal plan for the week…
Sunday – roasted vegetable lasagna
Monday – moroccan chicken salad
Tuesday – homemade salmon patties and salad
Wednesday – homemade lamb souvlaki
Thursday – chicken chow mein
Friday – grilled fish and salad
Saturday – homemade pita pizzas


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