Weekly food prep and menu plan ideas for April

April is an easier month for us in terms of school lunch boxes. We have school holidays and public holidays so not so many to worry about!

As much as I love cooking I use the school holidays as a break from baking for school lunch boxes. I will cook on a more ad hoc basis during the week and often for when we have friends over.

I find having a break from the weekly lunch box cook up allows me to come back motivated and try new things.

Weekly prep ideas

During school terms on 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

I tend to a lot more cooking on the weekends to set myself up for the week. If you are interested in reading more about my weekly food prep process head here – My weekly food prep process.

Otherwise here are some simple recipes for a sweet and savoury combo you might like to try for a weekend school lunch box prep:

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Anzac biscuits – a simple recipe using Rice Malt Syrup instead of golden syrup and sugar.


Egg muffins – this is the perfect recipe to use up veggies and meat you have left over in the fridge. They are gluten and dairy free.

choc sunflower seed balls

Choc sunflower seed balls – gluten free and refined sugar free, these tasty choc sunflower seed balls make a perfect addition to the school lunch box.

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Lunch Box Egg and Bacon Muffins – easy to make in bulk, freeze well and the kids love them!

pita chips

Homemade pita chips – homemade pita chips make a great lunchbox snack for the kids. A coat of coconut oil and a sprinkling of herbs, gives them great flavour.

easy mini lasagnes

Mini Lasagnes – mini anything is just a little bit cuter! These lasagnes are easier for kids to take in the lunch box.

Our weekly menu plans for March

Simple and family friendly is the key for our family menu plans!

Week 1


Week Commencing 3rd April

MonBaked Penne Pasta Recipe

Easy Pumpkin Soup
Baked penne pasta

Pumpkin soup
Slow cooker beef stroganoff main
Slow cooker beef stroganoff
WedSlow Cooker Roast BeefSlow cooker roast beef
Thuchicken, cashew and ginger stir fryChicken, cashew and ginger stir fry
Fripan fried fishPan Fried Fish and Salad
Satsweet chilli chicken wrapsSweet chilli chicken wraps
SunMarinated Steak and Garlic MashMarinated steak and garlic mash
Shopping List

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Shepherd's pie

Green veggies
Tuezucchini bolognese mainZucchini and Spaghetti Bolognese
Wedroast chickenEasy Roast Chicken With Stuffing

Easy Pumpkin Soup
Fried rice

Pumpkin soup
FriDukkah crusted salmonDukkah crusted salmon with crunchy potatoes and garlic spinach
Sat2013 paleo homemade taco seasoningSweet chilli chicken Homemade Tacos
Sunlamb chops and vegetablesa>Lamb chops and vegetables
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Week 3


Week Commencing 17th April

MonMexibake - Mexican Family MealMexibake
TueEasy Satay RecipeSlow Cooker Satay
WedSlow cooker shredded beef and rocket salad

Sweet Potato Gratin Dairy Free Recipe
Slow cooker shredded beef and rocket salad

Sweet potato gratin

Pasta Carbonara
Fried rice

Frisausgaes and saladSausage and Salad
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Week 4


Week Commencing 24th April

Monchicken-schnitzel-recipe-500Chicken schnitzel and vegetables
TueSlow cooker chicken tacosSlow cooker chicken tacos
Honey roasted lamb shoulder
Honey roasted lamb shoulder
ThuServing ManyChicken Wings, Baked Potatoes and Corn
Frizucchini bolognese mainZucchini and Spaghetti Bolognese
Sat2013 paleo homemade taco seasoningSweet chilli chicken Homemade Tacos
Sunlamb chops and vegetablesa>Lamb chops and vegetables
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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.

Do you take a break with lunch boxes over the holidays too?