Weekly Meal Plan #14

I would love to know, do you meal plan? I mentioned in my 5 tips to make meal planning achievable a few days ago it’s one of my sanity savers which helps me to feel organised knowing that I have all I need to cook dinner on hand and not be wondering what to cook for dinner and having to duck out to the shops last minute. Plus it also helps me keep on top of the family budget and reduce grocery costs.  Thank you to reader Emma for sharing her families meal plan below.

MEAL PLANNING TIP

Meals don’t need to be extravagant -keep your meals simple, you don’t have to make several gourmet dinners every night.  It’s some of these super simple meals that the family really like best.  One of our favourite meals is meat, mashed potato and vegetables with BBQ sausages or chicken schnitzels from Woolworths Deli.

Find more of my meal planning tips here:

As you know meal planning is one of my sanity savers, it helps me to feel organised knowing that I have all I need to cook dinner on hand and not be wondering what to cook for dinner and having to duck out to the shops last minute.  Plus it also helps to me keep on top of the family budget and reduce grocery costs.

MONDAY

Sausage and Tomato Risotto 

RECIPE: Oven-Baked Sausage and Tomato Risotto

As you know meal planning is one of my sanity savers, it helps me to feel organised knowing that I have all I need to cook dinner on hand and not be wondering what to cook for dinner and having to duck out to the shops last minute.  Plus it also helps to me keep on top of the family budget and reduce grocery costs.

TUESDAY

Corned Beef (Slow Cooker) and Veggies – This is a great hearty meal to have at the end of a long day.

RECIPE: Slow-cooker Corned Beef

As you know meal planning is one of my sanity savers, it helps me to feel organised knowing that I have all I need to cook dinner on hand and not be wondering what to cook for dinner and having to duck out to the shops last minute.  Plus it also helps to me keep on top of the family budget and reduce grocery costs.

WEDNESDAY

Fish and Salad – This is an easy and light meal, the fish was cooked beautifully in the oven along with a nice and crisp crumb.

RECIPE: Crispy Oven-Baked Fish

As you know meal planning is one of my sanity savers, it helps me to feel organised knowing that I have all I need to cook dinner on hand and not be wondering what to cook for dinner and having to duck out to the shops last minute.  Plus it also helps to me keep on top of the family budget and reduce grocery costs.

THURSDAY

Chicken Wingettes and Fried Rice

RECIPE: Homemade Fried Rice 

As you know meal planning is one of my sanity savers, it helps me to feel organised knowing that I have all I need to cook dinner on hand and not be wondering what to cook for dinner and having to duck out to the shops last minute.  Plus it also helps to me keep on top of the family budget and reduce grocery costs.

FRIDAY

Pesto Pasta – Basil pesto pasta will keep you warm in the cooler months, and it’s ready in a flash!

RECIPE: Basil Pesto Pasta 

As you know meal planning is one of my sanity savers, it helps me to feel organised knowing that I have all I need to cook dinner on hand and not be wondering what to cook for dinner and having to duck out to the shops last minute.  Plus it also helps to me keep on top of the family budget and reduce grocery costs.

SATURDAY

Tacos – Pick up a barbecued chicken on your way home and use it to make these tacos for a speedy dinner.

RECIPE: Chicken Tacos

As you know meal planning is one of my sanity savers, it helps me to feel organised knowing that I have all I need to cook dinner on hand and not be wondering what to cook for dinner and having to duck out to the shops last minute.  Plus it also helps to me keep on top of the family budget and reduce grocery costs.

SUNDAY

Take-away Night

BAKING

Fruit Loaf – Emma did not share any baking option, so I thought I would include my fruit loaf. It’s perfect for the colder weather warmed up with some butter and a coffee!

RECIPE: Fruit Loaf 

As you know meal planning is one of my sanity savers, it helps me to feel organised knowing that I have all I need to cook dinner on hand and not be wondering what to cook for dinner and having to duck out to the shops last minute.  Plus it also helps to me keep on top of the family budget and reduce grocery costs.

What is on your meal plan this week?

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3 comments

Tracy August 28, 2017 - 9:46 PM

Hi Katrina. That corned beef looks yum – it’s a long while since I’ve done one.

My menu this week is already partly prepared – half an hour on Sunday morning and voila – dinners all ready to be cooked sitting in the freezer. It felt very kind to me when I got home and someone had dumped everything into a baking dish and shoved it in the oven!!

Here’s my menu plan:
Monday: Chinese simmering chicken, rice, veggies (+ another in the freezer)
This is a recipe from Kim Tilley’s Chicken Plan
Tuesday: Veggie Plate (a plate of roasted & steamed veggies)
Wednesday: Crumbed chicken with orange and cranberry sauce, veggies (+ another in the freezer)
The recipe for this sauce is on my blog. It’s meant to go with lamb, but it suits chicken perfectly as well.
Thursday: Beef Burgers and wedges (the burgers will have spinach, tomato & cheese on them)
Friday: Fend for Yourself Friday / leftovers
Saturday: Chicken & corn soup, prawn gyozas
Sunday: Maybe a roast chicken? I’ve run out of ideas!
My 19yo daughter made chocolate chip biscuits today – they won’t last long, but it was a nice surprise when I got home tonight! I have recipe for that on my blog too. Absolutely the best recipe we’ve come across.

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Louise August 29, 2017 - 12:54 PM

I have a much simpler method of making risotto that works every time with any combination of ingredients. Use a rice cooker. Place some butter in the bottom. Add all the other ingredients. Stir. Put the lid on and switch on the rice cooker. When the cooking has finished, the rice cooker will keep the meal warm. Turn it off. Take off the lid. Use a flat-ish wooden spoon or paddle to scrape every little bit off the bottom. Add a generous amount of parmesan cheese, then stir and fold until that is incorporated. Serve onto plates or into bowls. Add more cheese on top. You will soon learn if your favourite risotto needs a bit extra water or wine or even a little less with this method. We often eat risotto on Sunday nights because it is so easy.

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Susan Rochford September 1, 2017 - 5:23 PM

I have one child who is newly vegetarian and another child who is a ‘meatian’ and who has been diagnosed with coeliac disease. Meal planning just became a whole lot more challenging.

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