Weekly food prep and menu plan ideas for March

This post should have been up a couple of weeks ago! While I planned out our meals, converting them into a format for the blog, takes a little time and I could only get to it now! Better late than never 🙂 .

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

Here are some simple recipes for a sweet and savoury combo you might like to try:

No bake oat and choc chip balls
No back oat and choc chhip balls – a simple recipe using basic ingredients you have at home in the pantry.

easy baked vegetable samosas
Easy vegetable samosas – using seasonal vegetables these easy to make oven baked samosas are great for the kids lunch boxes.

Nut free granola
Nut free granola – tasty breakfast for the kids that can double as a nutritious treat in the school lunch box too.

Homemade chicken spring rolls
Homemade chicken spring rolls – Simple, but very tasty homemade chicken spring rolls. Delicious hot with lettuce and mint, but the kids will still love them plain in the lunch box too.

Lemon and coconut muffins
Lemon and coconut muffins – Easy to make and perfect for school lunches and family picnics.

Sweet potato and zucchini fritters
Sweet potato and zucchini fritters – filled with super healthy veggies, a perfect fritter for the kids’ lunch boxes.

Our weekly menu plans for March

If you look at our menu plans you will see they are pretty basic. In years past, I have tried to make the meals more fancy but one of two things tended to happen – when it comes time to cook the meal I feel overwhelmed by it or I cook it and the kids don’t eat it. Neither of these results are conducive to a happy meal time.

When menu planning it is important to think about what is your aim with menu planning. For me it is all about making dinner time easier for me and more enjoyable for everyone, so I keep it as simple as possible.

Having the menu plan gives me flexibility to make changes and get more fancy if I feel like it and time permits, but it doesn’t make meal time harder for me than it needs to be.

Here are our very simple menu plans for March.

Week 1


Week Commencing 6th mar

Monchicken-schnitzel-recipe-500Chicken schnitzel and vegetables
TueSONY DSCSlow cooker chicken satay (gluten free)
WedMexibake - Mexican Family MealMexibake
ThuChicken LasagneChicken lasagne
FriEasy Homemade Pizza SlicesHomemade pizzas
Satsweet chilli chicken wrapsSweet chilli chicken wraps
SunSlow Cooker Roast BeefSlow cooker roast beef
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Week 2


Week Commencing 13th Mar

Mon2013 paleo homemade taco seasoningTacos
Tueslow cooker spag bol

green veggie recipe title
Slow cooker spaghetti bolognese

Green veggies
Wedslow cooker pulled pork asianSlow cooker pulled pork
Fried rice
FriQuesadilla and SalsaQuesadillas
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Homemade pasties
Sunchicken-schnitzel-recipe-500Chicken schnitzel and vegetables
Shopping List
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Week 3


Week Commencing 20th Mar

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
Shepherd's Pie Full

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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
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Week 4


Week Commencing 27th Mar

Mon2013 paleo homemade taco seasoningTacos
Tueslow cooker spag bol

green veggie recipe title
Slow cooker spaghetti bolognese

Green veggies
WedMexibake - Mexican Family MealMexibake
Thubeef stir fry recipeBeef stir fry and crunchy noodles
Satsang choy bow mainSang choy bow
SunServing ManyChicken wings, baked potatoes and steamed corn
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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?