Menu Planning – A Monthly Plan

This week’s menu plan (listed below the table) is the last from my bulk planning session last month. As we are still on school holidays, I thought I would take the opportunity with the extra time and menu plan ahead for the next month.

In a previous post on my menu planning process I detail the steps that I take to menu plan in bulk. An outcome of this process is a matrix of activity and meal requirements for each day of the week. For the up coming month the table below illustrates what the matrix looks like and how it will shape the weekly menu plans:

Meal Type
Monday Gymnastics 4pm – 5pm Morning Preparation
Tuesday Swimming 5.30pm – 6pm Meal for two nights
Wednesday Footy 5.30pm – 6.45pm Left Overs
Thursday Free – Yey! Rice Combo
Friday Footy 4.30pm – 5.30pm Pasta
Saturday Free Self Serve Style Meal
Sunday Footy Meat and Veg

I am interested to see how others go about menu planning. How far ahead do you go? Do you have a process for your menu planning in bulk?

Family Menu Plan For The Week

Baking: 100s Of Biscuits

Monday: Pasta With Chicken and Spinach

Tuesday: Porcupine Meatballs

Wednesday: Beef Stir Fry with Asian Greens

Thursday: Creamy Chicken and Tomato Stew

Friday: Left Overs

Saturday: Souvlakis

Sunday: Sausages And Steamed Vegetables

If you like the look of this family menu plan, then you might like to use The Planning With Kids Free Menu Planner. With the menu planner you can select your meals for the week and print our your own shopping list.

Free Menu Planner

If you would like to have one of your recipes added to the menu planner database, just be one of the first two people to leave a link or actual recipe in the comments section on my regular Menu Plan Monday Post. I will add it to the database and then email to let you know it has been included.

For more menu planning ideas head on over to Laura’s place at “I’m an Organizing Junkie“.


  1. says

    I mealplan monthly – this month has been my first go at mealplanning – let alone monthly but I basically run it from pay to pay. From my meal plan I detail the ingredients and add them to my shopping list.

    I try to make double of some meals (like lasagne, meatloaf, some casseroles) and then schedule the other half on a busy day (for us that is Thursday) at the beginning of the pay month where there are no leftovers, I use the slow cooker.

    There are nights where things don’t go to plan (i.e. you go out to dinner with friends unexpectedly) that then adds a ‘wild card’ meal that you would have had, to swap for another meal in another week.. you can choose to cook and freeze or just have the ingredients on standby.

    The other thing to remember is if you do a monthly shop, use the bulkiest ingredients first if you have a small fridge freezer (we don’t but anyway!) or the recipes with the most fresh ingredients.

    Lisss last blog post..Fifteen Facts about Frilly Liss

  2. planningqueen says

    Liss – I am just starting to make some double quantity meals as other wise there is no left overs!

    Christy – Variety is important for kids I think.


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