Weekly food prep and menu plan ideas for Mar 2018

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 recipe

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 Recipe

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.

left over taco parcels

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
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:

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 1


Week Commencing 5th March

MonLamb Souvlaki Wraps Kids Self ServeSouvlaki
TueChicken sticks

Chicken sticks and salad
WedSlow Cooker Roast BeefSlow cooker roast beef
Thuroast chickenRoast chicken and vegetables
FriMexibake - Mexican Family MealMexibake
SatMoroccan Minted BeefMoroccan minted beef
Sunslow cooker spag bol

Easy BLT Recipe

Chocolate Balls recipe
Spaghetti and Zucchini Bolognese

Easy BLT

Chocolate Balls
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list 5th March (24th Aug)

Week 2


Week Commencing 12th March 2018

Mon540 homemade taco seasoning paeloHomemade Tacos
Tuesausgaes and saladSausage and veg
WedLamb Souvlaki Wraps Kids Self ServeSouvlaki
ThuSpicy Chutney Chicken and Mixed RiceSpicy chutney chicken with mixed rice
Satpan fried fishPan Fried Fish and Salad
SunEasy Satay Recipe
left over taco parcels
Quinoa Snack Balls
Slow Cooker Satay

Leftover taco parcels

Quinoa Snack Balls
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list 12th March 2018 (16th Nov)
Week 3


Week Commencing 19th March 2018

Mon540 homemade taco seasoning paeloHomemade Tacos
TueNew slow cooker recipe
WedSlow Cooker beefSlow cooker balsamic beef with pumpkin salad
ThuEasy Pumpkin SoupPumpkin soup
FriEasy BLT RecipeEasy BLT
Satsausgaes and saladSausage and veg
SunServing Many


oat and seed lunch box slice
Chicken wings, baked potatoes and steamed corn

Left over mince recipe - taco puffs
Oat and seed lunchbox slice
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list 19th March 2018 (17th Aug)
Week 4


Week Commencing 26th March 2018

Monsweet chilli chicken wrapsSweet chilli chicken wraps
Tuesausgaes and saladSausage and veg
WedSlow Cooker Roast LambSlow cooker roast lamb
Thuchicken-schnitzel-recipe-500Chicken schnitzel and vegetables
FriEasy Pasta Bake RecipePasta Bake
SatChicken sticksChicken sticks and salad
SunHomemade Hamburger Recipe With Homemade Chunky Chips


Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe
Home made hamburgers and salad

English muffin pizzas

Easy Chocolate Cake
Shopping ListWeekly 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.

Top photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash