Weekly food prep and menu plan ideas for October

I am writing this post while on school holidays and one of my favourite things about school holidays is not having to make school lunches! It gives me a break from big weekly prep sessions, instead I just make some food for me for the week and spend less time in the kitchen.

Even though I enjoy preparing food for the kids and I, it is good to mix it up and have a break as well. Menu planning over the school holidays is also a little more flexible for us as our days look very different and we have no after school activities.

This school holidays I am also going to be away for a week which means very little evening meal for me – win!

But I know from past experience it is wise to head into the new school term with a monthly menu plan and a decent food prep behind me. Term four is my favourite term of the year, but it is also an intense term.

Our eldest will be doing his VCE exams in a matter of weeks (final exams of his secondary school life) and our year 9 son and year 7 daughter will have exams not long after that. Having nutritious food for them to eat during this time is a key focus for me.

If you would like to start term four off prepared with meal planning and weekly prep, here are some ideas.

Weekly prep ideas

Of a weekend the minimum I like to prepare for the kids is:

  • one savoury item for the lunch boxes
  • one sweet item for the lunch boxes

These are some of my kids favourites at the moment:

left over taco parcels
Taco parcels – make a double batch of tacos for dinner one night on the weekend, then use the left over taco meat to make these taco parcels

Choc banana muffins (gluten, dairy and nut free)
Choc banana muffins (gluten, dairy and nut free) – Lovely moist choc banana muffins that are gluten, dairy, nut and cane sugar free. Perfect treat for the kids lunch boxes or a snack for mum.

Homemade chicken spring rolls
Homemade spring rolls – make a double batch of sang boy chow and use this meat as the filling for Homemade chicken spring rolls. To make it quicker I coat them with coconut oil and then bake them on lined trays in the oven.

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Healthy chocolate clusters – just like chocolate crackles but dairy, soy, egg, nut, refined sugar and gluten free.

Our weekly menu plans for October

These are our menu plans week by week for the next month with shopping lists included created in the PWK menu planning app.

A great time saving tip for monthly menu planning is to recycle menu plans from other months to make a completely new menu plan for the month, for example each of these weekly menu plans I have used ones from earlier this year.

Combined they give me a new monthly menu plan with variety and they already have the kids favourite meals included. It took me less than 10 minutes to choose them and now I am set for the month!

Even if you don’t use an app to plan out your meals, you can easily just keep your hand written plans and recycle them that way.

Week 1

Day

Week Commencing 3rd Oct 2016

Monchicken, cashew and ginger stir fryChicken, 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 Pumpkin Soup

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Pumpkin soup

Fried rice
FriDukkah crusted salmonDukkah crusted salmon with crunchy potatoes and garlic spinach
Sat2013 paleo homemade taco seasoningTacos with homemade seasoning
Sunroast chickenRoast chicken and vegetables
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list

Week 2

Day

Week Commencing 10th Oct Sept 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
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list
Week 3

Day

Week Commencing 17th Oct 2016

MonDukkah crusted salmonDukkah crusted salmon with crunchy potatoes and garlic spinach
Tuesang choy bow mainSang choy bow
Wedslow cooker butter chicken

540 Mexi Cauliflower Rice
Slow cooker butter chicken

Cauliflower rice
Thuchicken-schnitzel-recipe-500Chicken schnitzel and vegetables
FriLeft overs
Satsweet chilli chicken wraps
Sweet chilli chicken wraps
SunSlow Cooker Roast Beef
Slow cooker roast beef
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list
Week 4

Day

Week Commencing 24th Oct

MonSlow Cooker Roast BeefSlow cooker roast beef
Tueslow cooker butter chicken

green veggie recipe title
Slow cooker butter chicken

Green veggies
WedMexibake - Mexican Family MealMexibake
ThuWeekly menu plan shopping list

More family friendly recipes

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

What do you like to make for the kids’ lunches?