Weekly food prep and menu plan ideas for November

Planning out the evening meals and prepping some food on the weekend is always a good idea, but I find it is even more valuable this time of year as the extra curricular activities start to ramp up.

We also have exam period coming for the kids in year nine and seven, so it is handy to have a lot of good food options available for them while they are studying.

Below you will find some ideas for the kids’ lunches and our next four weeks of menu plans!

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:

Chicken and Rice Patties
Chicken and rice patties – you can find my recipe here or here for the Thermoomix recipe that the lovely team at Fayi converted for me.

Easy gluten free hamburgers bulk main
Easy gluten free hamburgers – easy to make in bulk and you can freeze them as well.

Chicken rice paper rolls (gluten free)
Chicken rice paper rolls (gluten free) – a simple recipe to make very tasty chicken rice paper rolls with which you can get creative and add what veggies you have on hand to the mix too.

Lunch box biscuits
Lunch box biscuits – An easy to make biscuit recipe that makes over 50 biscuits. You can halve the dough and freeze it to have a stash put aside.

pita chips
Homemade pita chips – these make a great lunchbox snack for the kids. With a coat of coconut oil and a sprinkling of herbs they have great flavour.

sesame seed slice
Sesame seed slice – is a great treat for the kids lunch boxes as it is nut and gluten free

Our weekly menu plans for November

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

Lots of kids’ faves on the menu this month and I have kept it all pretty simple given the nature of this time of year.

Week 1

Day

Week Commencing 14th Nov

Monsausgaes and saladSausage and salad
TueMoroccan Minted BeefMoroccan minted beef
Wedslow cooker honey sesame chicken gluten free.jpgSlow cooker honey sesame chicken (gluten free)
ThuDukkah crusted salmonDukkah crusted salmon with crunchy potatoes and garlic spinach
FriEasy Homemade Pizza SlicesHomemade pizzas
Satslow cooker butter chicken

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Green veggies
Sun2013 paleo homemade taco seasoningTacos with homemade seasoning
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Week 2

Day

Week Commencing 21st Nov

Monchicken-schnitzel-recipe-500Chicken schnitzel and vegetables
Tuechicken, cashew and ginger stir fryChicken, cashew and ginger stir fry
WedMexibake - Mexican Family MealMexibake
Thu
Crispy mashed potato mounds
Sausages, veg and crispy mashed potato mounds
Fripan fried fishPan Fried Fish and Salad
Satslow cooker spag bol

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Slow cooker spaghetti bolognese

Green veggies
Sunsweet chilli chicken wrapsSweet chilli chicken wraps
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Week 3

Day

Week Commencing 28th Nov

Monlamb chops and vegetablesLamb chops and vegetables
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Rice cooker Mexican Rice
Easy slow cooker Mexican beef

Rice cooker Mexican rice
Sunsang choy bow mainSang choy bow
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Week 4

Day

Week Commencing 5th Dec

Monchicken-schnitzel-recipe-500Chicken schnitzel and vegetables
Tuechicken, cashew and ginger stir fryChicken, cashew and ginger stir fry
WedSlow Cooker beef

Bring A Plate Pumpkin Salad
Slow cooker balsamic beef with pumpkin salad

Roast pumpkin salad
Thulamb chops and vegetablesLamb chops and vegetables
FriChicken sticksChicken sticks and salad
Satslow cooker spag bol

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Slow cooker spaghetti bolognese

Green veggies
Sun2013 paleo homemade taco seasoningTacos
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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?