Meal Planning Sunday: Pasta with Chorizo and Tomato

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

I hope you have all had a great week.  Did you make a start on the 1st Declutter 52 things task, if not see HERE, it wasn’t a hard one, quite easy…hmm, wonder what the 2nd task might be? 

It’s been a busy week here, back into the homework routine.  I’m not a fan with the amount of homework the kids need to do.  I would much prefer for them to come home, have something to eat and run around outside, enjoy the fresh air and have fun with other kids in the neighbourhood.  But it is what it is.

Ok, I want to know how many of my readers follow a weekly meal plan, fess up…would love to hear.  If you do, please share your meal plan.

Here is this weeks meal plan:

Monday –  Chicken kiev with vegetables

Tuesday – Pasta with Chorizo and tomato

Wednesday – night out celebrating birthdays

Thursday – Mongolian lamb with brown rice 

Friday – BBQ with vegetables

Saturday – Nacho’s

Sunday –  Hawaiian Fold Overs

Baking – Apple and oat muffins 

 Apple and Oat Muffins

Apricot and Coconut Cookies (these were really yummy a new favourite)

Apricot and Coconut Cookies

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Marita February 13, 2011 - 5:25 PM

We follow a monthly menu plan because that fits our pay cycle. It can be tricky towards the end of the month. So I write the menu plan fairly loosely, more a list of meals that we will eat over the month and cross them off as we eat them.

April February 13, 2011 - 5:36 PM

I love the idea of having a weekly menu plan, I'm yet to make one though! It is a goal that i have set myself from following your blog!

Marcie February 13, 2011 - 5:57 PM

Every Friday night I sit down, pen and paper in hand and think about what to cook for the next 7 days. Sometimes it is really hard to come up with 7 meals that will satisfy all of us. I do ask the kids for their suggestions, but most of the time all I get off them is chips & nuggets or hot dogs! Nine times out of ten I get it right!!

Cassandra Eastwood February 13, 2011 - 6:24 PM

I do follow some of your ideas for food cause my family loves to try new things :). I have a website about how much homework kids should be doing everyweek. My kids dont get anywhere near that so go have a look if you think its to much bring it up with the P&C they also have to in on it to about homework in the schools.

Katrina February 13, 2011 - 7:17 PM

Thankyou Cassandra, the teacher has said no more than 1 hour each week, but it always adds up to more than that, I think I will talk to the P&C 🙂

Melanie Graham February 14, 2011 - 3:45 AM

We do a very large fortnightly shop for the 6 in our family. I tend to buy a large meat pack that will last for 14 days, and as I am sorting it into freezer bags I mentally sort out the meals for the fortnight too. This seems to work quite well.

I am new to your blog too and I love the Sunday Meal Planning. It has inspired me to do more baking for kids snacks and lunch boxes instead of buying expensive muesli bars etc. Thank you <3

Becci Sundberg February 14, 2011 - 7:19 PM

I love to meal plan! I have been doing it for nearly 15 years now. We are paid fortnightly so I shop fortnightly too. I scour the grocery store catalogues for bargains and meal plan from there.

I have a FB page for people to share their menus, recipes and to ask questions. If anyones interested search for "Beccis Menu Planning Central" and ask to join.

TJ February 14, 2011 - 7:40 PM

Katrina, discovering your website couldn't have happened at a more appropriate time. I've got three kids (son 5, daughter 3, son 1), with my eldest starting school this year. You have helped me get organised with all the school stuff and managing the home as well. I took up your menu planning idea and it has made shopping and preparing dinner so much easier and less time consuming.

Our meal plan for this week is:

Monday: Homemade pizza with salad

Tuesday: Self-crusting quiches with salad

Wednesday: Chicken korma with basmati rice

Thursday: Vegetarian fried rice

Friday: Chicken and vegetable stir fry with noodles

Saturday: Sausages and vegetables

Sunday: Gnocchi with pumpkin & sage

Baking: Wholemeal fruit muffins

Looking forward to your cleaning series, which is something I need to get on top off.

Tam February 15, 2011 - 12:44 AM

Meal Planning is on my to-do list, but for us, I think it will work better along the lines of what Marita does ie have a list of meals and cross them off as they're used.

I find it extremely difficult to come up with different ideas as my family is quite fussy (husband doesn't like rice, pasta and is more the meat and 3 veg type) and it's hard to please everyone :s.

Went to make the Apricot and Coconut biscuits last night but realised we were out of apricots – will have to wait until next week now as I forgot to buy them when I was at the shop today as well lol.


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