Weekly food prep and menu plan ideas for September 2019

I have already mentioned it at least once before, but menu planning has been such a massive help since I have been doing some contract work outside of the home. 

If you haven’t menu planned on a monthly basis before, I urge you to give it a go. It can seem like a long way to plan out your evening meals, but you would be surprised how quickly the month goes and how happy you will be that you took 30 – 40 minutes of one weekend to plan it all out.

Menu planning is a great example of batching a task. Batching is efficient because you stay focused on one task for a period of time and can really get into the rhythm of what you are doing.

Don’t feel that you are locked into the plan – this is a big objection I hear from people. Having a weekly menu plan and having shopped for the ingredients actually gives you greater flexibility. 

You can always decide to move meals around for the week and you can choose to use the ingredients for one meal and make something else all together.

You can always change your plan, but you have to have a plan first!

But with that said, you would be surprised at how little you want to change the plan on the weekdays at least. Most often you are just happy to know what to cook and know you have the ingredients to make the dish :). 

You can see my full menu planning process and download free templates here.

Weekly food prep ideas

To make my weekdays easier for many years I have spent time in the kitchen on the weekends prepping and cooking food for the week. During the school term I share photos and links of the recipes I cook up during my weekly food prep sessions on Facebook using the hashtag #pwkweeklyprep which you can see here.

I know spending time in the kitchen isn’t everyone’s idea of good time, but I actually like spending the time in the kitchen, so don’t find it too much of chore.

Even if you don’t want to do the extensive type of food prep I do, it is so beneficial to at least make a couple of things to make your life easier during the week. If you would like to get into the meal prep thing, but do not quite know where to start, check out my short e-course Meal Prep Primer.

Meal Prep Primer teaches you my process and gives you three weeks of plans to follow to help you establish the habit. It has helped 100s of women make their week days easier by doing some meal prep on the weekend.

Below I have included a few ideas that you could make in a weekend. As a base I encourage parents to make one savoury or main lunch box item and a sweet treat or snack item for the kids’ lunch boxes. This really takes the pressure of making the lunches during the week.

Homemade Sweet Chilli Wraps Recipe
Sweet chilli chicken wraps – make a double batch, some for dinner and some for kids to take in wraps for their lunches.

Nut free choc peppermint balls IMG_4180
Nut free choc peppermint balls – With essential peppermint oil, these balls are a minty delight! Nut free, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free they are also allergy friendly and work well as a small sweet treat for the school lunch box.

Easy gluten free hamburgers bulk main
Gluten free hamburgers – my kids love hamburgers, so will happily have them for dinner, then cold in their lunch box, either on their own or in a roll with salad.

Choc banana muffins (gluten, dairy and nut free)
Choc banana muffins (gluten, dairy and nut free) – Lovely moist choc banana muffins that are gluten, dairy, nut and cane sugar free Perfect treat for the kids lunch boxes or a snack for mum.

Taco parcels – Taco parcels are easy to make and while we use taco meat as the filling, you could use any left over filling you have, for example bolognaise sauce, chilli con carne etc.

Butter Cake Recipe – Butter cake recipe based on the Donna Hay classic, this cake is perfect for lunch boxes or birthday cakes. Best of all it is a one bowl wonder!

Homemade chicken spring rolls

Homemade spring rolls – The kids obviously prefer these when they are warm, but are happy to have them in their lunch boxes cold too.

choc chip oat balls

Oat and choc chip balls – these are the current fave of the kids for the lunch box sweet treat. A tip for making them easier to roll into balls is to use a half / half mix of quick oats and rolled oats.

Our weekly menu plans for September

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

Week 1


Week Commencing 2nd Sept 2019

MonBaked Penne Pasta Recipe

Easy Pumpkin Soup
Baked penne pasta

Pumpkin soup
TueSlow cooker beef stroganoff mainSlow 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 ListWeekly menu plan shopping list 2nd Sep 2019

Week 2


Week Commencing 9th Sept 2019

MonShepherd's Pie Full

green veggie recipe title
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 vegetablesLamb chops and vegetables
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list 9th Sept 2019
Week 3


Week Commencing 16th Sept 2019

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
SatWeekly menu plan shopping list 16th Sept 2019
Week 4


Week Commencing 23rd Sept 2019

Monchicken-schnitzel-recipe-500Chicken schnitzel and vegetables
TueSlow cooker chicken tacosSlow cooker chicken tacos
WedHoney roasted lamb shoulderHoney 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 vegetablesLamb chops and vegetables
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list 23rd Sept 2019

More family friendly recipes

If you are looking for further recipe inspiration, check out my complete list of Family Friendly Recipes.