Simple end of week meal ideas

This post is sponsored by Coles

As you all know I like to meal plan, I have shared the many benefits here and how to meal plan here.  On a Sunday while having my morning coffee I write out our weekly meal plan and my grocery list.  I only plan on going to the shops once (typically on a Sunday) so I make sure I have enough food in the fridge or freezer to see us through to my next weekly grocery shop.  Life just gets too busy to have to be running back and forward to the shops, by doing your grocery shop once you are saving yourself time and money.

When planning my weekly meals I generally cook with fresh meat at the beginning of the week, as these tend to expire only days after purchase.  However, keeping in mind I don’t want to return back to the shops to buy more fresh meat I need to be conscious of my meal choice towards the end of the week. I could freeze the meat, I do this occasionally, but I don’t have enough room in my freezer for a bulk supply.  Instead there are other options available for end of week meals.

Heat and Serve

coles curry pot butter chickenHeat and serve can be as simple as left overs from last nights dinner or purchase fresh prepared meals and all you have to do is add your sides.  Along with the Lamb Shanks I’ll show you below Coles Brand offer a wide variety of heat and serve meals such as the Curry Pot Butter Chicken and Lamb Korma which can be served with a slice of bread or bowl of rice.  These type of meals certainly do help to have on hand any day of the week especially when you are unwell or had a very busy day and don’t feel like cooking.  There are many more flavours available online or in store.

The Coles Brand products do not contain any artificial colours or added MSG.  Along with the heat and serve products they also have a great range of everyday essentials, milk, cheese, biscuits, mudcake, herbs, nappies, laundry detergent and my favourite is the Coffee Choc Crunch Icecream… all these products are such great value!  View the full range of Coles Brand products here

 I have found these prepared meals have a longer expiry on them compared to fresh meat like mince or steaks, perfect to purchase when doing the weekly shop to have at the end of the week.  The bonus of these meals is that most of the hard work has been done and all you need to do is heat, no standing by the stove stirring the sauces etc.

Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks in Red Wine Sauce

The Lamb Shanks are found in the fresh meat section at Coles.  35 minutes in a moderate oven.  I served them with mashed potato and vegetables.  The expiry on the shanks was 2 weeks after I purchased them.


Simply place the shanks into a casserole dish and coat with the ready made sauce.  Peel and cook potatoes, after 10 minutes baste the shanks again in the sauce and cook for a further 20 minutes, during this time cook your vegetables and prepare the mash.


To save time I cook all my vegetables together in a microwave safe bowl


The Lamb Shanks browned up very nicely!

Coles-Lamb-Shanks-4The shanks were beautifully tender with the sauce being a perfect accompaniment with the mashed potato.  An impressive and very easy meal in only 35 minutes!


Meat Free Soup

Most meat free soup require fresh vegetables, stock, canned milks and sauces

Red Coconut Curry Lentil & Sweet Potato Soup


Using Canned Foods

Meals can still be quite nutritious based on foods from a can.  I have a variety of dishes that I really enjoy using tinned Tuna or Salmon.

Mediterranean Tuna and Rice Pie

Homemade Fried Rice

Tuna Burritos



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Karen Foh May 29, 2014 - 10:36 PM

End of the week tends to be either noodles or pasta dinners. Last night we had chicken cheesy meatballs with cherry tomatoes sauce. Kids and hubby loved it and I already hsdchicken meatballs cooked and freezed on the weekend. They are healthy too being baked and not fried. All I had to do after work was make the sauce which took 15mins.

Michelle Muggleton May 29, 2014 - 10:41 PM

Meat-free nachoes. I cut up wheat tortillas into triangles, spray with oil and sprinkle with seasoning. Pop in the oven for 10 mins to crisp up. Heat up some baked beans, dollop on some nacho sauce, sprinkle with grated cheese (grill to melt if you want) and then top with whatever else is in the fridge – sour cream, avocado, chopped tomatoes, spring onions etc.

Serena Huang May 29, 2014 - 11:11 PM

1. Put on the rice (use Quick Cook option on rice cooker if available)
2. Cover the surface of a 3.5L Decor Microsafe plastic red container with water, place steaming rack (comes with the box) and lay out 1kg of chicken wings (salted generously) on top
3. Cover with the lid and open the air vent, steam in microwave for 15 minutes
4. While everything is going, chop and wash lettuce, cook in boiling water for 30 seconds and drizzle with fish sauce to serve
Minimal preparation and ingredients, and done in the right order, it’s super quick!

Sarah Hudson May 29, 2014 - 11:20 PM

Bean quesadillas!

Take a tin of refried beans, some salsa and some cheese and sandwich between tortillas. Gently toast on both sides in a frying pan and cut into triangles to serve. Also makes a great lunch. You can use leftover cooked chicken or spicy tinned tuna too.

JG Campbell May 29, 2014 - 11:35 PM

Homemade crumbed basa fillets from the deli section with lots of steamed veg. Too easy.

Kristy Payne May 29, 2014 - 11:36 PM

Home made pizza uses leftover vege and just a bit of flour. Plus one meal the kids will always eat

Alison Henderson May 30, 2014 - 12:12 AM

Home made pizzas – Lebanese bread, pizza sauce, ham, tomato, onion, mushrooms, feta, capsicum, and coles 3 cheese pizza cheese.

Julia Quin May 30, 2014 - 12:13 AM

Risotto in the Thermomix…whatever is left in the fridge or pantry (Mushroom, Spinach and Pinenut; Chicken & Mushroom etc…too easy!!

Christine Higgs May 30, 2014 - 12:21 AM

A mince-based tomatoe-y sauce containing things like baked beans and left over veges, over spaghetti. It’s amazing just how many veges you can *hide* this way.

Dragana Gavrilovic Petrusic May 30, 2014 - 12:25 AM

a very hearty chicken stew… I brown some onions, add the chicken (whatever I have in the freezer – drumsticks, breasts, etc) and pile on any vegetable that I have left over from the week. usually it is mushrooms, potaotes, brocolli, capsicume etc… Add in a can of diced tomatoes and stew for an hour on slow…add in the herbs and spices for another 10 mins and once turned off add some sour cream…. yumm! Can’t wait for later tonight!

Carlene Franklin May 30, 2014 - 12:33 AM

There is nothing like a good old fashion Homemade Pizza – Its actually on the menu for tonight 🙂 Everyone can make their own and top them full of whatever is left over in the fridge for the week….Tonight we will be having mushrooms, capsicum, salami, pineapple, cheese, tomato and ham on ours. And best thing is that my toddler LOVES to be involved and make her own – something i find important to encourage in my little one 🙂

Emma Butler May 30, 2014 - 2:27 AM

Pesto pasta. Any pasta you like and a jar of pesto stirred through once the pasta is cooked and drained. If i’m feeling adventurous I fry some bacon and sprinkle over the top. Everyone in the family loves it and its a very quick, easy and cheap meal!

Gary Kathy Bastin Kelley May 30, 2014 - 2:29 AM

Breakfast buritos is my favorite!

Suzy Lenne May 30, 2014 - 2:37 AM

A quick easy vegetarian pasta. Saute onions in butter or oil. Add grated carrot and zucchini if you like and continuing sauteing until soft. Then add either a tin of tomatoes or half a bottle of tomato passata, a teaspoon of stock powder, some tomato paste and 1/4 cup of red wine and 1/4 cup of water. Can omit the red wine or replace with a splash of vinegar.. Add dried herbs – basil is good – and simmer 20 minutes. If using fresh herbs add at end. Add 1-2 teaspoons sugar at end. If a bit runny thicken with 1 dessertspoon cornflour blended in water. If your kids don’t like the texture you can blend with a stick blender. Serve over spaghetti with grated cheese. For some extra nutrients you can throw in spinach leaves at the end if you want some wilted leafy greens or serve spaghetti on top of fresh spinach leaves.

Debbie Lee May 30, 2014 - 2:51 AM

I love the coles heat and serve, lasagne and spinach and ricotta cannelloni, so easy! I have not seen or tried these lamb shanks, but they look fab, will be off to get some on he weekend, anything easy on a Friday in particular is good here

Sally Joyce May 30, 2014 - 3:29 AM

Homemade sausage rolls with whatever mince (chicken, beef, pork, turkey) is left in the freezer, the leftover vegies (finely chopped in a food processor), an egg if we have one, some breadcrumbs and a good squeeze of sauce and herbs. This is such an easy recipe that can be adjusted to use what is left in the fridge and cupboard. I love it because it quick and easy and packed full of vegies that firstly my kids don’t normally eat and secondly would normally get thrown out and my kids love it because it’s finger food and we can eat it picnic style.

Rebecca Hempenstall May 30, 2014 - 3:37 AM

Simple tuna pasta … simply cook pasta and once cooked toss through halved cherry tomatoes, whole black olives, chopped baby spinach, and tinned tuna in spring water. Ready in less than 20 minutes too!

Cheryl Pruss May 30, 2014 - 4:16 AM

Lamb forequarter chops in caserole dish, surrounded by cut up potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potatoe, cover with water, sprinkle packet french onion soup mix over, cover with foil or lid, cook 1 hour then 20-30mins uncovered, peas on the side/

Nicole Armstrong May 30, 2014 - 5:02 AM

Tomato pasta – mince, onion, garlic, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes. Throw it all together and mix with cooked pasta. Easy. Or homemade pizza but usually have to go to shops to get the ingredients for that and often can’t be bothered.

Michelle Mottershead May 30, 2014 - 6:00 AM

Cooking for a family of 8 can be time consuming especially with allergies. But on Friday night I often make sure it is a one pot wonder. Either a beef stew with beef, baby potatoes, lentils, peas, eggplant and corn on a bed of rice or Tuna Mornay with a homemade white sauce, 2 tins or tuna, a tin or corn kernels and some peas with Gluten Free pasta always goes down a treat.

Kim May 30, 2014 - 6:45 AM

By Thursday night I like to make chorizo pasta. The sausage lasts in the fridge or freezer and it’s a quick cook when I’m tired and a bit hangry 🙂

Janis Bryden May 30, 2014 - 6:47 AM

Friday night is stir fry night, egg fried rice add in whatever I have, ham, capsicum, carrot, peas etc and then add either chicken or beef-YUM

Julia K May 30, 2014 - 6:55 AM

My kids love to make their own pizzas. I buy the pre-made mini bases and then prepare some chopped ham, tinned pineapple, and other chopped veggies along with some grated cheese. They have fun and we have a quick easy meal on the table in a short period of time.

Debbie May 30, 2014 - 7:00 AM

During the week I double up a recipe and freeze it, we then have one of these at the end of the week.

Kate Cole May 30, 2014 - 8:20 AM

Spaghetti bolognese packed with veggies!
My 2.5 year old can’t get enough!! 🙂

Katrina May 30, 2014 - 10:50 AM

Your 2.5year old is eating well Kate, great work!!

karen foh May 30, 2014 - 8:39 AM

End of the week tends to be either noodles or pasta dinners. Last night we had chicken cheesy meatballs with cherry tomatoes sauce. Kids and hubby loved it and I already had chicken meatballs cooked and freezed on the weekend. They are healthy too being baked and not fried. All I had to do after work was make the sauce which took 15mins

Katrina May 30, 2014 - 10:47 AM

that sounds like a delicious end of week meal!

Lisa S May 30, 2014 - 8:55 AM

Impossible pie- usually just with some diced bacon, tinned corn and a grated zucchini
Whole grain pasta with canned tuna, feta, parsley, roast cherry tomatos and lemon juice tossed through

Katrina May 30, 2014 - 10:47 AM

My mouth is watering Lisa…. this sounds so good!

Rachael Collofello May 30, 2014 - 9:43 AM

For my family it is always either a quiche and veges or a pasta bake and veges. I struggle to mix it up with meals. I know what the kids like so I usually cook what I know they will eat.

Mary Ann Dawson May 30, 2014 - 9:44 AM

Curried sausages!

Jo Patterson May 30, 2014 - 9:48 AM

Hidden vege pumpkin soup: onion, garlic, pumpkin, potato, sweet potato, zuchini, spinach, stock. Simmer until cooked, then add a can of cannellini beans and blend until smooth.

A Dose of Dannie May 30, 2014 - 9:49 AM

Love these quick and easy meals awesome. my quick and esy meal to make for the family is Tuna Casserole . Drizzle of oil
1 packet of shell pasta
1 onion finely chopped
1 garlic clove finely chopped 1 or 2 cans of Aldi springwater tuna can
Packet of shredded coon cheese
three medium tomatoes finely chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste

Drizzle a little oil in a pot then add the onion and garlic wait 2 Min’s then add the tuna
while this is going on heat your pasta shells as instructions say
Drain pasta ,when tuna starts to come to boil turn stove off. Pour Tuna over cooked pasta shells then stir in tomatoes and pour shredded cheese over top ,so it all melts in well!

Simple and very yummy as well.

Emma H May 30, 2014 - 10:07 AM

We love nachos.. Quick and easy to make.. We also have corn chips and seasoning in the pantry, mince and cheese in the freezer. It is always a quick and weay meal to prepare.

Katrina May 30, 2014 - 10:46 AM

My son loves Nachos, great idea having everything on hand and in the freezer.

Renee R May 30, 2014 - 10:10 AM

Often I will make a quiche with all the leftovers I need to use up from dinners during the week. It’s always tasty.

Katrina May 30, 2014 - 10:46 AM

I love Quiche too, yummo!

Sarah Kimpton May 30, 2014 - 10:13 AM

My husband taught me this “bachelor’s pasta” when we were dating…. not very health conscious but quick and tasty!

Dice one onion and about 6 rashers of bacon. Place about half a packet of spaghetti (or pasta of choice) in pot of boiling water and cook to packet directions. Drain and tip into large bowl. Fry the bacon in a small amount of butter until edges start to crisp. Add the onion and as much chopped garlic as you like, fry until onion is soft. Tip on top of the cooked pasta and add at least one cup of grated cheese (more is better!). Use tongs or a spoon to mix through. Cheese will start to melt straight away. Pour on some tomato ketchup and mix through. Do a little at a time so you don’t go overboard. When you are happy with the amount of sauce you are ready to eat! (I have found that the ketchup can make the dish cold so I serve it up and then give each serve a quick microwave before eating). You can jazz it up with chilli, chorizo or sundried tomatoes and olives if you like but this version is quick. Enjoy!

Margaret Doro May 30, 2014 - 10:14 AM

We make fritters with any left over meat and vegetables and a few fresh herbs and spices and serve with steamed vegatbles or a salad and chutney. Do a pasta bake using any left over vegetables and meat again serve with a salad or steamed vegetables.

Katrina May 30, 2014 - 10:45 AM

Fritters are a clever idea, I make them regulaly but never considered them an end of the week meal… perfect to use up any left over veg!

Sherry May 30, 2014 - 10:26 AM

Burritos! Usually meat free – can of bean mix, half a can or corn, diced onion, plus any other veggies (capsicum, broccoli work best), spice mix, salsa and cheese!

Katrina May 30, 2014 - 10:44 AM

I love mexican, great choice!

Miss Maudy May 30, 2014 - 10:27 AM

Home made pizza is a standard Friday night easy meal. In fact, I often plan home made pizza for Friday night because I can’t be bothered cooking anything at all – I just chuck the dough ingredients in the mixer, chop up the meat and vegies while the dough mixes, defrost a bag of passata and fire up the Weber and half an hour later, piping hot pizza. Mm mmm.

Eggs are another end of the week staple – omelettes, boiled eggs and soldiers, “Jamie Eggs” – which is bacon, eggs and tomato all cooked together in the same pan. One pan of amaze.

Katrina May 30, 2014 - 10:42 AM

Love it Miss Maudy, home made pizza is a great end of week meal. Do you make your own passata, would love to see the recipe? We have eggs on toast for dinner all the time, it’s more a dinner meal for rather than breakfast, so easy!

Annette Higgins May 30, 2014 - 10:29 AM

Fried rice is my meal at the end of the week – it is so handy corn, ham, bacon, eggs, vegetables can go into it. Whatever is in stock.

Katrina May 30, 2014 - 10:40 AM

A great way to use up left over items, and kids love it too, great idea Annette!

Sherryl May 30, 2014 - 10:48 AM

I cook double & freeze the rest, it’s just me & my daughter. Great standby when I’m tired & sore after a full on day at work

Melissa May 30, 2014 - 11:15 AM

Chicken wraps – so quick and simple. Chicken tenders in oven and quickly cut up some salad.
Also a super quick fried rice using my pressure cooker plus a few spring rolls from the freezer to the oven.

Emma Gill May 30, 2014 - 11:33 AM

Garlic Prawns. Keep prawns in the freezer for a quick meal. Heat butter in a pan, add diced onions, then garlic and wine/cream. Cook up some rice in the rice cooker, There you have it, a very simple, quick meal without resorting to cans of processed sauces etc.

Sharon Thurlow May 30, 2014 - 11:41 AM

Mine is usually home made pizza and chips, pizza dough, 1 cup natural Greek yoghurt and 1 cups sr flour, mixed Italian herbs and parmasen cheeseopped with tomato paste or sauce and anything left over in fridge….topped with cheese and baked for 15 mins…delicious! And easy. My favourite topping is red onion, capsicum, tuna, rocket and feta if I have

Veronica May 30, 2014 - 11:56 AM

A very quick and simple meal.

A piece of steak per person marinated in soy sauce and garlic
A bag of precut coleslaw vegies dressed with your own dressing, I use apple cider vinegar, 1tsp mustard, a little olive oil and a little maple syrup to sweeten to taste.
A boiled potatoe which I serve with sour cream and chives
Nutritious, healthy and takes minutes to prepare. In fact quicker than take away and so much nicer, and not to mention less expensive.

Ps could replace steak with sausages or beef mince burgers to make meal cheaper.

Susan May 30, 2014 - 12:14 PM

We make home made pizzas using Lebanese bread or dig out some bases I’ve bought on special. Load them up with left over vegetables, ham, pineapple, basically what ever we have at hand. Everyone can make their own. Happy Days

Jade May 30, 2014 - 12:18 PM

Especially nice in cold weather, healthy and is something I always have ready to go in the cupboard. LENTILS & RICE. In a pot caramelise onion, throw in a cup of Brown Lentils,season with salt pepper and cumin and cover with water. Bring to boil then let simmer till soft. Add a cup of rice and 1.5 cups of water. Simmer till cooked. Serve with natural Yogurt and fresh salad. Yummy!! I’ll be making that tonight 😀

Mick G May 30, 2014 - 1:05 PM

Good old Spag Boll. Just boil the spaghetti, prepare the jar mix and all done

Kylie May 30, 2014 - 1:25 PM

I like to get the fridge as empty as possible the night before I do my weekly shop at Coles 😉 so omelettes are a great way to do this. We generally use up bacon, ham, mushrooms, capsicum, leftover cooked vegies, corn, tomatoes, grated cheese etc and it has now become a family favourite on a Friday night.

Sally May 30, 2014 - 1:31 PM

Homemade sausage rolls with whatever mince (chicken, beef, pork, turkey) is left in the freezer, the leftover vegies (finely chopped in a food processor), an egg if we have one, some breadcrumbs and a good squeeze of sauce and herbs. This is such an easy recipe that can be adjusted to use what is left in the fridge and cupboard. I love it because it quick and easy and packed full of vegies that firstly my kids don’t normally eat and secondly would normally get thrown out and my kids love it because it’s finger food and we can eat it picnic style.

Mary Preston May 30, 2014 - 1:31 PM

A Chicken Stir Fry is quick, easy, nutritious & delicious. I use chicken left overs, whatever veg we have to use up, plum sauce and soy sauce.

Kimberly Croft May 30, 2014 - 2:44 PM

good old spag bol and meatballs. I make my own sauce as i prefer to stay away from the pre made jars. I add celery, carrot, onion, (sometimes diced sweet potato/pumpkin) and whole canned tomatoes (or diced fresh tomatoes)
I put it on in the morning to simmer for a few hours for the tomato to cook down and then add the meatballs (mince meat with mixed fresh herbs) seasoon with a little pepper!!

Therese May 30, 2014 - 3:50 PM

Home made pizza. It’s easy and fun to make the dough from scratch with miss 6 and then use up left over meat and vege (eg, chicken, ham, tomato, spinach, pumpkin but not all on the same pizza)

Tracey Lamb May 30, 2014 - 4:33 PM

We love to make our own pizza at the end of a week.
Everybody makes their own, so its a night off for me!
We usually roast vegetables, grate cheese and other ingredients and put them in the freezer so they are ready to use.
Makes a simple meal that everyone enjoys.

Stacey Shailer May 30, 2014 - 5:04 PM

I am usually knackered by Friday night, so my go-to meal on these nights is Spanish Tortilla. Just fry onion and potato in a fry pan until soft, beat 4 eggs together with a pinch of salt and pepper, then pour over the potato mixture. Once it is looking fairly well ‘set’, pop the pan under the.griller to finish cooking and browning the top. Tip out onto a plate to slice, and serve with a salad and crusty bread, yum!

wendy ollington May 30, 2014 - 5:10 PM

Macaroni cheese

Michelle Chapman May 30, 2014 - 6:01 PM

Chicken and beans in an enchilada sauce with salad in a tortilla wrap. Once it’s simmering on the stove, I get the salad prepped. Once it’s ready it’s everyone for themselves as we make up our wraps. Left overs are even nicer the next day as a quick lunch after swim lessons.

Sharon May 30, 2014 - 6:33 PM

Home made pizza is my end of week meal. Pizza
Base made in bread maker. Easy x

Angela Pankhurst May 30, 2014 - 7:02 PM

I like to use up the leftover Bolognaise sauce, from an earlier in the week meal, by baking large potatoes in foil in the oven & then topping them with Parmesan cheese, the Bolognaise sauce & a dollop of light sour cream.
This is very filling, uses up leftovers & great on a Friday evening when nobody feels like cooking

Susan May 30, 2014 - 7:16 PM

Tonight. Friday, we are having spaghetti Bolognese that I cooked in the slow cooker while I was out today.

Jess L May 30, 2014 - 7:52 PM

Homemade takeaway!
The kids think they are being thoroughly spoiled but it’s SO much healthier and cheaper.
We alternate between homemade pizzas, hamburgers and fish n chips.

Michelle May 30, 2014 - 9:07 PM

Stir fry – rump steak (about 400g) and your choice of veggies – usually I use capsicum, brocolini, carrot and snow peas. Slice the beef into thin strips and brown. Transfer to a bowl. Slice the capsicum thinly, chop the brocolini into 5cm chunks and thinly slice the carrots. Top and tail the snow peas. Fry the carot, capsicum and brocolini stems in a tablespoon of oil for two minutes, adding 2 teaspoons of water with the veggies. Add the brocolini tops and snow peas for a further two minutes or until everything is softened and cooked through. Add the beef and two teaspoons of hoisin sauce and two teaspoons of salt reduced spy sauce. Stir until combined and heated through. Add cooked rice if desired and serve.

Agnes May 30, 2014 - 9:25 PM

We call it ‘build your own’ dinner – a shop bought roast chook or deli meat or felafels, tortillas, salad veges, grated cheese, leftovers of various descriptions, and a variety of sauces. Pop it all on the table and build your own wrap. So easy, so yummy. Consumed voraciously by all!

Kerri Geoghegan May 31, 2014 - 12:32 AM

Our go to meal is definitely spag bol!!! It’s not so much because it’s quick and easy, but rather because it’s everyone’s favourite. After a hectic and tiring week it’s nice for us all to sit down together and REALLY enjoy a meal 🙂

Jodie Mackay May 31, 2014 - 5:57 AM

A BBQ. Simple and easy. We just add a Caesar Salad and it’s done. So quick and easy!

Lianne May 31, 2014 - 7:51 AM

Friday is usually either a curry made with leftover meat from the weeks roast or tuna bake- pasta, tuna, corn and peas with white sauce topped with cheese and baked. Or chicken chorizo pasta, chicken thigh diced and fried with chorizo diced, onion and capsicum a bottle of pasta sauce and cooked pasta stirred through

Linda parsons May 31, 2014 - 9:58 AM

A quiche to use up any leftover veggies!

Thelma Ann Roberton May 31, 2014 - 10:10 AM

Sausage and apple cider casserole…originally used this recipe but I don’t bother with the dumplings…use whatever sausages you have in the freezer, and just serve with mashed potatoes or even mashed pumpkin and whatever veges are knocking around. If I’m feeling super lazy I add carrot and peas so I don’t have to cook veges separately 🙂 If you don’t have apple cider just use apple juice…the whole house eats it and it’s a lovely comfort food!

Kelly May 31, 2014 - 10:15 AM

Gnochi & Meatballs with a tomato sauce. Quick, easy, filling and delicious – all the things you need at the end of the week. So simple my 9yo can make it – easily stretched when there are unexpected “extras” for dinner.

Curried chicken (or sausages) is also a great end of week standby.

Minestrone soup using all the leftovers.

Kylie May 31, 2014 - 5:23 PM

tortellini carbonara… always gobbled up without complaints and can be ready in 10-15 minutes… especially if I boil the jug to get the pasta water a headstart

Jennifer Faulconbridge May 31, 2014 - 9:35 PM

I like making meatballs in bulk on shopping day. And then freezing. Chicken meatballs are just egg breadcrumbs seasoning (I like to use garlic, cumin and salt and pepper) and I like to add sesame seeds for crunch. Then I just pull them out and dump them in a saucepan with a couple of tins of tomatoes and a quarter cup of korma paste and serve on cous cous plus whatever frozen veg are lurking in the freezer.

Jasmine Moore May 31, 2014 - 9:43 PM

I cook a roast during the week with only three or four eating we only eat half of it so i cut up the rest and put it in the freezer for a quick and easy night. Depending on what meat i make things like stroganoff, tikka masala, casseroles(cos its already cooked it wont take long to chop some vege and pop in a pot and by the time the vege is cooked the meat is all soft and pulling apart), i also make it into pie without pastry just make a gravy add mushrooms and onion and meat cook some mash and peas.

Larissa Jade May 31, 2014 - 9:56 PM

We like to have ‘Brinner’- breakfast for dinner! Usually eggs, toast, baked beans, sometimes grilled tomatoes and bacon, pretty much whatever is left in the fridge and pantry. It’s easy and nutritious enough for dinner, plus it helps use up the last of the eggs etc before the next shop.

Lauren Duyndam May 31, 2014 - 10:09 PM

My chicken and sweet corn soup. It takes 15 mins to cook and taste better than any Chinese restaurant!

Cheryl Lee Britton May 31, 2014 - 10:11 PM

My go to meal is PESTO PASTA., Slice bacon and heat 1 min in microwave, pour in pesto sauce, coles brand is very good and a great price, and heat for 1 minute more. Pour over cooked pasta. Super quick, easy and cheap. Can also add mushrooms and/chicken. Seriously there is nothing easier!! 🙂

Jodi Wittenberg May 31, 2014 - 10:16 PM

healthy home made pizzas – using pita bread, tomatoe paste, cheese, fresh bazil, onion and ham. Cheap, easy, healthy and hardly any washing up!! everyone wins. I make extra for the kids to take to school for lunches too.

Chantel Earle May 31, 2014 - 10:36 PM

Seven layer sausage casserole (Google it, trust me). So so easy to prepand then it’s in the oven and that’s it. And with meat and veg all in one dish the clean up is quick and easy!!

Shannon May May 31, 2014 - 11:59 PM

We love homemade pizzas on a Friday or Saturday night. I buy the Vitastic Piites Lite Souvlaki & Pizza bases from Coles for my husband and the kids and for myself I buy the Simply Wize (Gluten Free) Pizza Crusts. We top them with Leggos Pizza Sauce and coles Pizza Cheese, a bit of oregano and if we have it some shredded ham from the Coles Deli. Simple, quick, easy and tasty. The kids, aged 3 and 1 enjoy helping to make their dinner too.

Maree Staples June 1, 2014 - 12:25 AM

my kids love burritos. It’s really easy and a good balance of protein, carbs & some veggies. just us an Old El Paso Burrito Kit, with some lean beef mince, sour cream, grated cheese, diced fresh tomato & lettuce, then it’s ready to serve. The kids used to like each ingredient spread on their plate, but as they’ve gotten older, they now like it as a wrapped burrito.

Sharyn Whiting June 1, 2014 - 12:26 AM

I buy a leg of lamb which can the serve my husband and myself for several meals. First night as a roast: another night slices of meat heated up in gravy with vegetables/or cold with salad in summer; slices of cold lamb on sandwiches for lunch and then the rmainder I make into a cottage pie with frozen peas and corn added and mashed potato, sweet potato and/or pumpkin on top. this usually makes enough for 4 so we eat one serve and then freeze the second serve for another time. My other easy go to Friday night meal is home made pizza made with pita bread, wraps or scone dough. I just add whatever vegetables are left in the crisper (slightly braise things like zuchhini, onions celery) any leftover ham and top with grated cheese. Takes minutes to assemble and is healthy and filling.

Naomi June 1, 2014 - 7:39 AM

We often have spaghetti bolognaise on a Thursday night then after dinner I use the leftovers to make lasagne for Friday night…then when we all get home all I have to do is pop it in the oven….

Kristy Rodrigues June 1, 2014 - 7:50 AM

Generally at the beginning to mid week I will throw together a fresh salad with lots of great veggies. Keeping it in a Tupperware container in the fridge it stays fresh for up to a week. Towards the end of the week (because hubby is more of a 3 meat and veg guy than a salad consumer) I usually make something like beef or chicken mince tacos or wraps/pita rolls which minimises cooking, just fry off mince/grill chicken etc add spices and a little sauce and top with the left over salad. It’s a great way to use up the end of the salad and freshens up the palate to reset for the hearty meals of beginning of the week!!

Jacelle June 1, 2014 - 7:57 AM

BBQ chicken pasta bake. I’ll often buy and freeze a couple of BBQ chickens when they are reduced in price near store closing time. So they are great for a quick and fairly cheap end if week pasta bake. Simply break up the chicken meat, add any leftover veggies, place into a baking dish, pour over a chicken condensed soup mix or jar of pasta bake sauce, sprinkle over tasty grated cheese. Bake in oven until cooked and cheese golden brown. Easy and yummmm!

Cass Steedman June 1, 2014 - 7:57 AM

Trick I’ve started using is to make a big batch of say mince with onion, garlic, tomatoes and herbs. I then make bolognaise, lasagne, chilli beef and savoury mince with rice dishes for the whole week. You just divide the ‘base’ mince up and add other ingredients to change it to something else. It’s great when a particular meat is on special.

For chicken (diced with onion, garlic) you could make a curry, stir fry, soup, Mexican burritos, casserole etc.

Hope this helps others.

Anna Dougan June 1, 2014 - 7:58 AM

Our go to meal is either spaghetti bolognaise. I always have some bolognaise sauce in the freezer. Homemade with plenty of veg, tinned tomatoes and passata – a family favourite. Or fritata with any meat and veg left from the week. My kids love it and it’s so easy.

Sharyn Pitman June 1, 2014 - 8:15 AM

I buy a bbq chicken and pull all the meat off , separate into 3 bags to freeze-1 for sandwiches , 1 for mini pizzas and the other I will use to make a pie ect chicken and leek. I also pre chop meat into cubes for stews , strips, fillets ect before freezing to save time during the week. Its amazing how much time u save when u dont have to chop .I do a weekend cook up of cakes biscuits muffins scrolls ect to freeze for school lunches

Kirsty June 1, 2014 - 8:32 AM

My go-to meal on a Friday night is normally something quick that I can have leftovers for Saturday night (Saturdays in my house are taken up with sport)
I love to cook family favourites like homemade pizza, curried sausages or spaghetti bolognese.

Rebecca Uhlmann June 1, 2014 - 8:35 AM

Fried rice and san choy bow. Home made fried rice is a great way to use up tag ends of deli meats or vegetables in the fridge. Goes great with so many dishes but my kids love it with san choy bow. Pork mince and some flavouring fried up and it’s done. Perfecting the art of good lettuce cups can take some effort but it’s a lot of fun even with broken ones. Fried rice left overs great in the thermos for kids lunches the next day too.

Suzanne Gray June 1, 2014 - 8:36 AM

I plan my weekly menu every week based on specials but I always have a couple of things in the freezer and cupboard I know I can grab and make a quick dinner with that everyone will like. This is my kids favourite meal at the moment, it is quick, easy and healthy and it looks good (the kids are right into the cooking its all about presentation) Moroccan chicken and cous cous. I like to use chicken thigh and just coat it with Moroccan chicken seasoning and cook in a non stick pan, mean while I just buy the seasoned cous cous you just add boiling water and cover with glad wrap for five minutes (too easy) I add some feta and spinach or shallots to the cous cous, squash the cous cous into a 1 cup measuring cup and turn it out on the plate, my kids like sprouts so they go on the plate somewhere and then I put a bit of greek yogurt on the chicken, dinner done and everyone happy

Kylie June 1, 2014 - 8:41 AM

My Friday night go-to meal is cooking up a batch of mince be it beef/turkey/pork/chicken, and adding it to pasta, burritos or nacho chips for a super easy Friday night dinner. Also doubles as a yummy lunch for Saturday and sometimes it’ll make it to Sunday… Depending on how indulgent we’ve been!!

Hana June 1, 2014 - 8:59 AM

Our Friday night go to is pasta – bolognese or chorizo or pesto. And we do Soup Saturdays, all the tired looking veggies, any leftover meat and stock all simmer away all afternoon for an easy and healthy dinner. We also make our own bread on Saturdays when there is no fresh bread in the house! Homemade soup and fresh warm buttered bread! Best way to end the week!

Nadia June 1, 2014 - 9:18 AM

Home made honey soy chicken wings! I buy the wings from Coles (so cheap!) and cut the tips off then cut them in half at the joint to make them nibble size. Then get 1/3 cup tomato sauce, 1/4 cup soy sauce and 1/4 cup honey. Mix it all together and pour over wings. Makes enough to coat 2 kgs of wings. Bake on baking paper (for easy cleaning) in oven on 180 degrees for about half an hour. Perfect! We just serve it with corn on the cob, chopped cherry tomatoes, some cucumber and some cold tinned pineapple for the kids.
The wings can be prepared the night before so there is very little to do on a Friday night except for turning on the oven!

Melissa June 1, 2014 - 9:31 AM

Being a gluten free household, quick dinner is not a saying in our household but we cope. The kids love ‘bacon pasta’ it’s really bacon carbonara but they don’t like bacon carbonara but will happy scoff down bacon pasta, go figure.

1 packet of coles gluten free spaghetti, cooked, drained & put back into hot pot.
A few rashers of bacon & an onion, cubed & fried.
4 egg yolks, about 3/4 carton of pure cream, lightly whisked together & then a handful of grated parmesan cheese thrown in.

Add bacon mixture to pasta, stir. Then add egg mixture to pasta & stir. Egg mixture will thicken & cheese will melt with the heat of the ingredients & pot.

You can also add an vegetables you’d like. Kids love mushrooms, corn or peas. This recipe is great because you can use whatever you have on hand & no measuring, it’s a recipe you just can’t stuff up. What more can you ask for?

Kimberly June 1, 2014 - 9:37 AM

Eggs on toast is our go to meal, usually cooked by my husband! Even better 🙂

Catherine McDonnell June 1, 2014 - 9:44 AM

It usually involves eggs, either scrambled with left overs or baked beans if nothing leftover thy are made into pancakes, the old breakkie for dinner… The hubby & daughter love it:))

The Flying Drunken Monkey June 1, 2014 - 10:46 AM

I love to make risotto using those veggies that have started to go soft. I do a cheat’s risotto – I pour the stock over the rice and leave it to absorb all at once. This only works when you’re cooking for 3 or 4 people.
Or for an easy dinner I love eggs on toast! Avocado, scrambled eggs with a bit of dill, tomato, feta and salt and pepper. Yum!

Kat Rogers June 1, 2014 - 11:24 AM

It can’t get any easier than our go to end of week meal….’Tuna Pasta Bake’. I know there is not a lot of skill to it but by the end of the week, you’ll be thanking me lol.
2 x cups of penne pasta
425g tin of tuna
Dominos or Leggos tuna pasta sauce
And about 3/4 cup of grated cheese….that’s all you need! Cook the pasta, combine Tuna, pasta & the sauce in a oven safe dish, sprinkling the cheese on top. Cook in the oven at 180 degrees for about 15m (or until the cheese browns) and your done! One tasty meal that serves 4! Very cost efficient, doesn’t require any fresh meat/or thawing and the best thing is the time! I have a 19 month old and pregnant with #2. This meal ticks all the boxes for me and the family love it!

Caitelyn Smith June 1, 2014 - 11:48 AM

We do “end of week meals” during the week too by using our slow cooker to our advantage! I chuck a double batch of a casserole, or a stew, or pie filling in, and the leftovers get used up in either a reheat night or I repurpose them – so a stew becomes a pie, or party pies & sausage rolls from leftover stew & sausages! That one is a great one for kids who want a junky night of party pies, but you need to reuse leftovers. I also use leftover veggies from a meat & veg night, in my slow cooker the next day.

Making the party pies & sausage rolls is a great way to get Mr 5 involved in the kitchen with me too, giving us some time together while Mr 14weeks is happy playing on his mat or napping

Snag Bol is a good one too –

8 Coles Thin Beef sausages
2 tins Coles Crushed OR Diced Tomatoes
2-3 cups Coles Frozen mixed & winter veggies
1 jar Coles bolognese pasta sauce
2 tbsp of Coles tomato paste
1 small onion diced
2 cups Coles gluten free pasta cooked and drained
Coles grated cheese of your choice

Cook onion, sausages & veggies until browned/defrosted, tip tomatoes, pasta sauce on to the sausages & veggies. Mix tomato paste & let simmer. Once pasta is cooked, mix through & top with cheese of your choice 🙂 takes about 20 minutes and is a staple in our house!

We’re also a gluten free household – I love Coles range of gluten free products! The pasta tastes just like gluten pasta, without the gluey texture a lot of GF products have 🙂 as you can see, we do 99% of our shopping at Coles 😀

Rachel Moore June 1, 2014 - 1:39 PM

My daugther loves chicken Pasta.

I often buy a BBQ chicken from Coles for cold meat during the week, but rarely ever use the whole chicken so I remove all the flesh when its fresh, keep aside what I need for sandwiches and cold meat and shred the rest into bite sized pieces. I then make up a tomato based pasta sauce with onion, bacon, tin tomatos, tomatos paste, white wine and lots of herbs and spices to make it yummy, simmer it until its delicious then stir in the shredded chicken after I turn off the heat. Once cool I pop it into the freezer for later in the week.

On a Sunday night or any night when I don’t feel like cooking from scratch, I cook some fresh pasta and reheat the sauce. Its my daugther’s favourite and a great way to use of the leftover chicken. Otherwise, half the meat would go in the bin on rubbish day, what a waste that would be.

I am definitely pinning this post for ideas for my weekly menu, there are some very yummy ideas on here. Thanks

Valerie Matic June 1, 2014 - 1:47 PM

My chicken cobbler is my end of week savior…and even good enough for guests. I grab a bbq chook on my way home from work (our local FoodWorks have cheap double chook offers on weekdays and 10th chook for free purchase so look around your local smaller stores). Once home I shred the hot chook, then brown an onion in a saucepan with 20g butter, stir in 2Tbsp flour to make a paste, pour in 2 cups chick stock and whisk to dissolve with paste. Add a big handfull of parsley and 3 Tbsp of sliced sage and stir to infuse. Throw in 2-3 cups of frozen veg and the chicken and simmer till dumplings are made.
To make dumplings just rub 50g butter with 1 1/2 cups flour till consistency is crumbly, add just enough milk, stirring with a blunt knife to form a dough. Turn out onto bench and press dough till 3cm thickness then cut 4cm circles with biscuit rings. Pour the hot chick &veg into casserole dish and arrange dumplings around the edge on top, slightly overlapping. Bake in oven 180oC for 20 mins and voila! Looks great, a winner with the kids and hubby and done in 40 mins.

Louise June 1, 2014 - 2:12 PM

We just tried this “Instant Casserole” last night. It’s all cans, one pot, fast, easy and tasty. The kids enjoyed it too.
Make up chicken noodle soup packet.
add: 1 tin cream of chicken soup
1 tin of sweet corn
1 tin of asparagus pieces
1 packet of 2 min noodles (chicken)
(although I didn’t add the flavor sachet it didn’t need it)
Stir all together.

Lauretta Kolarik June 1, 2014 - 4:07 PM

Normally some sort of pasta-based meal! Bacon, onion and cheese often has a starring role on a Sunday night. Or sometimes ham or bacon with cherry tomatoes, spring onion, fetta and Philadelphia cooking cream. Yum!

Jo Jo June 1, 2014 - 4:39 PM

As a first time mum, writing this a 2.39am trying to sleep after a night time feed I am not embarrassed to say toasted sandwiches.

Michelle Halling June 2, 2014 - 11:29 AM

My go to at the end of the week is either homemade pizza so my kids can help. Now the cooler weather is here we also sometimes have spaghetti bog and a special treat for desert is chocolate lava cake my son loves helping making them.

Cyn Drewer June 2, 2014 - 12:53 PM

Our go-to-meal depends on what is left in the fridge/ pantry and who is home to enjoy the meal and the company.
A winter favourite is Potato and Bacon Chowder
I cook up onion and lots of bacon ( especially for the boys in the family)
Add lots of diced potato
Add stock and water
Cook until soft
Add few tins of creamed corn
Cook some more
Add some milk
All up, it takes about 1/2 hour
We like it chunky, and serve it with hot bread
Is it Friday yet?

Tonja June 3, 2014 - 12:37 PM

With Winter’s arrival, I can see myself returning to my End Of Week Soup tradition. Any tired veggies that still have some life in them can be simmered up (you can fry bacon in the pot first, if you like, with some cumin, paprika and turmeric, then add stock and whatever veggies you have). Frozen veggies can also be added for some variety, and tinned veggies, too. Make enough, and you can freeze it for one of those week days when everybody is late! Some nice, crusty bread to serve doesn’t go astray, either.

Kate Tallon June 4, 2014 - 8:41 AM

Home made pizza or macaroni cheese. I always keep a supply of bacon and pineapple in the freezer in small pizza size lots. As for the tomato paste and cheese or cheese and pasta, there’s always some of those in the pantry and fridge.

library_Geek June 6, 2014 - 7:49 AM

I am all about simplicity at the end of the week. I like making a pot of soup and making toast. Reminds me of weekends home when growing up. Nothing more comforting at the end of a busy week.

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