Weekly Family Meal Plan #142

This week’s 7 day family meal plan is packed with hearty, easy and time-saving dinner ideas. Find heaps of delicious and nutritious recipes, plus a yummy treat idea to bake this week.

In this week’s meal plan there are lots of recipes that are just pure comfort food, like minestrone, a gnocchi bake and my mince, veggie and potato pie recipe. If you’re doing any baking this week, try the chocolate chip cornflake recipe below. They are so yummy and the mixture makes heaps of cookies. I hope you find some ideas below for your family’s dinners for the coming week.

BENEFITS OF MEAL PLANNING

Each week I plan my meals for the following week, this is called meal or menu planning. Some think it’s not worth it, but it really is a simple task that takes 5-10 minutes to plan one week of meals. The money and time that these five minutes save me throughout my week, makes it well worth the effort.

MONDAY

Gnocchi Bake a gnocchi bake is such an easy to-make dinner idea, and it can be made many different ways! Add salami, chorizo, chicken, pumpkin, or whatever you’re in the mood for. I love to add extra veggies that need using up. A quick and tasty meal idea perfect for a busy Monday.

TUESDAY

Southwest Chicken Tortillas – These baked tortillas smell amazing and taste even better. Packed full of yummy ingredients, chicken, cheese, beans, corn, capsicum and more! I’m going to serve mine with some guacomole and fresh salsa.

WEDNESDAY

Grilled Salmon and Roast Veggies  – this is a healthy and really quick dinner to throw together. I got it on the table in under half an hour, and everyone really enjoyed it!

THURSDAY

Minestrone Soup – a classic vegetarian soup recipe full of hearty vegetables in a tomato and herb broth. This goes perfectly with a nice crusty sourdough bread loaf.

FRIDAY

Mince and Vegetable Potato Pie – this potato pie is a family favourite in my house – especially during the cooler months! It’s also packed with heaps of hidden veggies, so it’s a good way to sneak in some extra nutrition.

SATURDAY

Left Overs –It’s nice to have night off cooking every now and again, and the easiest way to achieve that is with a night of leftovers. A few of these dishes on this week’s meal plan always makes more than we need for one dinner, so that will make for an easy night tonight!

SUNDAY

Pork Fried Rice – Fried rice has to be one of those family meals that ticks all the boxes – healthy, quick to make, able to include heaps of veggies and a meal that the majority of people like. The recipe below uses BBQ pork, but you could make it with beef, chicken or a vegetarian option.

BAKING

Chocolate Chip Cornflake Cookies – this recipe makes 30 cookies so it’s a great if you want some extra to pop in the freezer, if they last that long!

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