Weekly food prep and menu plan ideas for May

Another month swings around! The last month before winter for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere 🙁 . Two of the five kids will take a thermos to school with left overs, soup etc which lunch boxes easier in the colder months – I wish they all would!

Below I have included some tried and tested recipes that have been winners with my kids and kids of readers of this blog, as a little inspiration for lunch boxes, then shared our family menu plans for May.

Both menu planning and weekly food prep sessions make life so much easier for parents, especially if you are working. You don’t have to spend too much time on it, but the time you do spend is easily made back for you through out the week and life is less stressful. You can see how I go about it in this post here – My weekly food prep process.

MakeYourOwnSushi
Sushi

Banana Oat Balls
Banana oat balls

easy-zucchini-slice
Zucchini slice

rice cake slice
Rice cake slice

Chicken and Rice Patties
Chicken and rice patties

Choc banana muffins (gluten, dairy and nut free)
Choc banana muffins

Quick-Egg-and-Bacon-Tarts
Quick egg and bacon tarts

Rice malt syrup chocolate cake recipe
Rice malt syrup chocolate cake

Our weekly menu plans for May

We have lots of fun things coming up in May, so menu planning for this month is as basic as it gets! If you look at the plans, you will notice I have the same weekly plan twice and I have used plans from previous months that are also super basic.

This allowed me to get menu planning for the month completed in record time and I have chosen plans that are full of recipes that I know off by heart and that the kids love. I want to be able to enjoy what is coming up, so have made sure that feeding the family is as easy as possible for me over the next few weeks.

In a recent newsletter I also shared some tips for how I make feeding the family as easy as I can. You can read it here – Tips for making feeding the family easier.

Here are our incredibly simple menu plans for May.

Week 1

Day

Week Commencing 8th May

Monchicken, cashew and ginger stir fryChicken, cashew and ginger stir fry
Tue2013 paleo homemade taco seasoningSweet chilli chicken Homemade Tacos
Wedzucchini bolognese mainZucchini and Spaghetti Bolognese
Thueasy-fried-rice-recipeFried rice
FriEasy Pumpkin SoupPumpkin soup
Satsweet chilli chicken wrapsSweet chilli chicken wraps
Sunroast chickenEasy Roast Chicken With Stuffing
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Week 2

Day

Week Commencing 15th May

MonRice cooker Mexican Rice

Slow cooker chicken tacos
Rice cooker Mexican rice

Slow cooker chicken tacos
Tueslow cooker butter chicken

green veggie recipe title
Slow cooker butter chicken

Green veggies
WedShepherd's Pie Full

sauteed baby spinach.jpg
Shepherd's pie

Sautéed baby spinach
ThuChicken LasagneChicken lasagne
FriDukkah crusted salmonDukkah crusted salmon with crunchy potatoes and garlic spinach
Satchicken-schnitzel-recipe-500Chicken schnitzel and vegetables
SunOutOut
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Week 3

Day

Week Commencing 8th May

Monchicken, cashew and ginger stir fryChicken, cashew and ginger stir fry
Tue2013 paleo homemade taco seasoningSweet chilli chicken Homemade Tacos
Wedzucchini bolognese mainZucchini and Spaghetti Bolognese
Thueasy-fried-rice-recipeFried rice
FriEasy Pumpkin SoupPumpkin soup
Satsweet chilli chicken wrapsSweet chilli chicken wraps
Sunroast chickenEasy Roast Chicken With Stuffing
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Week 4

Day

Week Commencing 29th May

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

green veggie recipe title
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?

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