I tweaked some very old menu plans (from 2013) from a variety of months to pull together a month of menu plans for March. Back in 2013 I included my lunch box baking with the evening meals so the shopping lists included this month, also include the ingredients for a savoury and sweet item for the kids’ lunch boxes. I have included those ideas below for you.
NB. Unfortunately my PWK Menu Planner App has been decommissioned and I do miss it terribly. Luckily for me however, as I have posted so many menu plans over the years on the blog, it is super easy for me to head to the archives and find some plans that suit my needs, print them out and I am ready to go! You can find my previous menu planning posts here if you would like to check out the archives. You can also find all my recipes by most recent publish date here and by category here.
Below I share some ideas for weekly prep and menu plans!
Weekly prep ideas
To help put food in the kids’ lunch boxes I aim to make one savoury and one sweet item on the weekend. Here are some popular recipes from the blog that you might like to try:
Chocolate balls – these are great for kids to make. No cooking required. I often get the kids to make them outside on a sunny afternoon – when kids make them it can get messy!
Easy BLT Rolls – simple Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Roll is a super easy and tasty lunch box item that you can prepare in advance. Cook up the bacon, chop up the lettuce and tomato then just make them the night before as needed.
Quinoa Snack Balls – a no bake recipe for a tasty snack or lunch box treat. These do take a little bit of time to make, but they are worth it. Recommend making a double batch at a time and freezing some.
Taco parcels – make a double batch of tacos for dinner one night, then use the left over taco meat to make these taco parcels. I have also made them using bolognese sauce as well, so any meat recipe that doesn’t have too much liquid would work.
Oat and seed lunch box slice – made from rolled oats, pepita and chia seeds, this slice is perfect for school lunches tastes delicious.
English muffin pizzas – super easy to make and you can add any left over meat and veg you have in the fridge to boost up the nutrition value of this snack.
Other recipes used in my weekly prep photos:
- Sang choy bow
- Slow cooker bolognese
- Almond and chilli dukkah
- Kombucha – I originally used the recipe from Ivy of Real Food Agenda, I now know it off by heart. Ivy’s site is currently undergoing some updates so you can’t access the recipe at the moment.
Our weekly menu plans for March
As you will see our menu plans are pretty basic. I am to make meal time as enjoyable as possible. The kids have all had input into creating these plans (even if it was a while ago!) and so they all have favourites included. If they don’t really like one meal on the plan, they can always find one of their favourites that they do love. The kids know we all have different tastes and we all have to adapt to the menu.
Week Commencing 5th March
|Tue||Chicken sticks and salad
|Wed||Slow cooker roast beef|
|Thu||Roast chicken and vegetables|
|Sat||Moroccan minted beef|
|Sun||Spaghetti and Zucchini Bolognese
|Shopping List||Weekly menu plan shopping list 5th March (24th Aug)|
Week Commencing 12th March 2018
|Tue||Sausage and veg|
|Thu||Spicy chutney chicken with mixed rice|
|Sat||Pan Fried Fish and Salad|
|Sun||Slow Cooker Satay
Leftover taco parcels
Quinoa Snack Balls
|Shopping List||Weekly menu plan shopping list 12th March 2018 (16th Nov)|
Week Commencing 19th March 2018
|Tue||New slow cooker recipe|
|Wed||Slow cooker balsamic beef with pumpkin salad|
|Sat||Sausage and veg|
|Sun||Chicken wings, baked potatoes and steamed corn
Left over mince recipe - taco puffs
Oat and seed lunchbox slice
|Shopping List||Weekly menu plan shopping list 19th March 2018 (17th Aug)|
Week Commencing 26th March 2018
|Mon||Sweet chilli chicken wraps|
|Tue||Sausage and veg|
|Wed||Slow cooker roast lamb|
|Thu||Chicken schnitzel and vegetables|
|Sat||Chicken sticks and salad|
|Sun||Home made hamburgers and salad
English muffin pizzas
Easy Chocolate Cake
|Shopping List||Weekly menu plan shopping list 26th March 2018 (31st Aug)|
More family friendly recipes
If you are looking for further recipe inspiration, check out my complete list of Family Friendly Recipes.