Weekly Family Meal Plan #79

An easy and delicious reader inspired family meal plan that has been tried and tested by Gemma and her obliging family.

I love sharing family friendly meal plans from The Organised Housewife community! This easy and delicious meal plan comes courtesy of Gemma, and offers up a tasty selection of meals to get you through a busy week of school and work.

Find more of my meal planning tips here:

How to make a weekly meal plan for the family

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Chicken and Veggie Rissoles – these can be eaten so many different ways! I like to serve my rissoles with steamed veggies or as burger patties. Gemma cooked her Chicken and Veggie Rissoles with baked potatoes, which sounds equally as delicious! To make sure your rissoles don’t fall apart, prepare them in advance and allow them to set in the fridge.

  Find my Chicken and Vegetable Rissole recipe here.

Chicken and Vegetable Rissole recipe for meal planning


Beef Stroganoff – a delicious meal with tender strips of beef, sautéed mushrooms, and a creamy sour cream based sauce. Gemma served her Beef Stroganoff with rice, but you could also have this recipe with pasta or mashed potato.

  Find this Beef Stroganoff recipe here.

Beef stroganoff recipe meal plan idea busy families


Crumbed Chicken – it is such an easy and versatile addition to the dinner plate. Gemma served her crumbed chicken with baked pumpkins and peas (yum!), but you could easily mix things up with steamed veggies, or an easy side salad.

  Find this Chicken Schnitzel with Parmesan Crust recipe here.

Matt Moran's chicken schnitzel with parmesan crust recipe


Pulled Pork Sliders with Coleslaw – a tasty dinner idea that’s well worth the extra time it takes to prepare. This is the perfect meal for preparing when you’re going to be at home, and can allow the pork plenty of time to bake and tenderise. 

  Find this Pulled Pork Roll with Apple and Radish Coleslaw recipe here.

Pulled pork rolls with apple and radish coleslaw dinner meal planning


Tuna Mornay – this is a sentimental dish for me. My mum used to always make Tuna Mornay for me as a child, except she would always serve hers on toast with crushed potato chips on top. I am not sure if this is how Gemma and her family served theres, but I highly recommend you give this serving option a whirl!

  Find my Tuna Mornay recipe here.

Tuna Mornay recipe for family meal planning dinner ideas


BBQ – weekend BBQs are the best, and the options of what to cook are near endless! You can have steak, sausages, kebabs, skewers, burger patties, veggies..s the list goes on. My advice is to shop the specials in the meat section, and base your meal around this.

BBQ meal planning ideas for 7 day week meal plan

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Spaghetti Bolognese – I used to love cooking this meal when my kids were little because it was such an easy way to get veggies into them! I would finely chop up vegetables and simply add them to the mince. Gemma served her bolognese with grated carrot and zucchini, but you can add almost any vegetable to this recipe.

  Find my Bolognese Sauce with Hidden Vegetables recipe here.

Bolognese pasta sauce with hidden vegetables meal idea


Oreo Chocolate Cookies – my children love choc-chip cookies, but these Oreo inspired cookies are next level delicious! These babies are really quick to make, perfectly compliment a cuppa, and freeze well, so are great for school lunchbox treats.

  Find my Oreo Cookies recipe here.

Oreo Cookies baking recipe

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What is on your meal plan this week?

I would truly love for you to share your family’s weekly meal plan in the comments below (email me photos too if you wish), I’ll pick one to share every few weeks instead of mine as it’s good to get variety and share what other families eat too!

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Meagan Taylor August 26, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Love your stuff Katrina.
Would love to have the yearly planner available as an insert/refill for my planner.
I find using a planner instead of a diary a great way to keep organised, having your 2020 planner in it would be even better. Ta Meagan

Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 27, 2019 - 9:09 AM

Meagan this sounds like a fabulous idea! Unfortunately we can’t offer this at the moment, but I will certainly keep it in mind for the future. Kat 🙂

Meg Newell September 19, 2019 - 5:16 PM

I love that you are giving people great ideas for planning meals, and they are always free to adapt, but I have to say, sadly your recipes don’t always look healthy. There is a huge amount of white processed carbs, not much of a rainbow of vegetables, and a lot of sugar in your desserts. It would be great to see some healthier, higher vegie, lower processed food options.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 23, 2019 - 12:27 PM

Hey Meg, thanks for following my meal plans and I will take your advice on board. I do try to mix up the meal plans each week (you’ll notice this week’s plan is Keto inspired) so that I can cater to a range of families and diets. I don’t profess to being a Dietician, I simply want to introduce busy parents to the concept of meal planning. I try to give real mums quick and easy dinner options that inspire them to make meals at home as opposed to spending a fortune on unhealthy take away. Kat x


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