Weekly prep and menu plan ideas for May

Planning really does set you up for a better chance of success. Taking the time each week and month to plan what we are eating:

  • saves me time over the week and month
  • saves me money as I shop more effectively
  • saves me stress as I don’t have the last minute what will I cook for dinner dramas
  • saves me from eating less than optimal options for my meals
  • allows me to enjoy meal time more easily with my family

If you are after my step by step process for menu planning see here – Family Menu Planning FAQ and Monthly Menu Plan

If you are after my step by step process for weekly prep see here – My weekly food prep process.

Weekly prep ideas

This was weekly prep from last weekend (I write my posts in advance!). Over the weekend I aim to cook meals that will have left over potential for the kids and my lunches.

pumpkin soup and fried rice
Fried rice and pumpkin soup – the younger three are happy to take a thermos to school with hot food for lunch. To see the thermos we use check out this post.

chocolate slices
A very sugar laden chocolate brownie (birthday week request from our fourth child) and a super processed sugar free coconut rough.

nics carbs
A mix of carbs for my lunches – basmati rice, roasted sweet potato and pre-cut broccolini.

celery and dukkah
Cut up veggies sticks and almond and chilli dukkah.

Our weekly menu plans for May

And this is our plans week by week with shopping lists included created in the PWK menu planning app:

Week 1

Day

Week Commencing 2nd May 2016

Monchicken, cashew and ginger stir fryChicken, cashew and ginger stir fry
TueSlow cooker beef stroganoff mainSlow cooker beef stroganoff (gluten free)
WedCrispy mashed potato moundsSausages, veg and crispy mashed potato mounds
Thuzucchini bolognese mainZucchini and Spaghetti Bolognese
FriLeft overs
Satsang choy bow mainSang choy bow
SunHomemade Hamburger Recipe With Homemade Chunky ChipsHome made hamburgers and salad
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Week 2

Day

Week Commencing 9th May

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Week 3

Day

Week Commencing 16th May

MonMoroccan Minted Beef

540 Mexi Cauliflower Rice
Moroccan minted beef

Cauliflower rice
Tuezucchini bolognese mainZucchini and Spaghetti Bolognese
WedCrispy mashed potato moundsSausages, veg and crispy mashed potato mounds
ThuMexibake - Mexican Family MealMexibake
Fripan fried fishPan Fried Fish and Salad
Satsang choy bow mainSang choy bow
SunSweet Potato Gratin Dairy Free RecipeSlow cooker shredded beef and rocket salad

Sweet potato gratin
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Week 4

Day

Week Commencing 23rd 2016

Monchicken, cashew and ginger stir fry
Chicken, cashew and ginger stir fry
TueSONY DSC

green veggie recipe title
Slow cooker chicken satay (gluten free)

Green veggies
WedCrispy mashed potato moundsSausages, veg and crispy mashed potato mounds
Thueasy-fried-rice-recipe

Easy Pumpkin Soup
Fried rice

Pumpkin soup
FriDukkah crusted salmonDukkah crusted salmon with crunchy potatoes and garlic spinach
Satsang choy bow mainSang choy bow
Sunroast chicken

Slow cooker shredded beef and rocket salad
Roast chicken and vegetables
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PWK Menu Planning App

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If you are looking for further recipe inspiration, check out my complete list of Family Friendly Recipes. You might like to also check out the Planning With Kids Menu Planning App.

Menu Planner App

The kid friendly menu planning app allows you to:

  • Create weekly menu plans quickly, choosing as many meals per day as you would like to plan for.
  • Generate the shopping list for all the meals selected.
  • Modify the shopping list to check off items you already have at home.
  • Email the shopping list to yourself and/or others.

The most popular recipes from the blog have been included and more will be added on a regular basis. Each recipe lists the ingredients required, easy to follow instructions and a photo from the blog.

Are you a planner when it comes to food?