family menu planning ideas

Menu planning ideas and lunch box recipes for June 2021

menu planning ideas

As I have documented hundreds of menu plans on the blog, I can go back to a similar time of year and copy weekly menu plans and easily build a monthly plan in minutes. These plans are four to five years old and as such even come with the shopping lists I created in my now obsolete menu planning app – I loved that functionality!

There are some meals in this month’s plan that I haven’t cooked in some time so that will be a nice change and there are plenty of kids favourites in the meals as they helped create these menu plans back then.

If you are after more information on the process I use for menu planning, you can find it in this menu planning post. It also has a free template you can download.

June Seasonal Fruit And Vegetables

seasonal veggies for march

It is always great to have a look at what fruit and veggies are in season and think about this when you are menu planning. Lots of my meals are pretty versatile – curries, meat and veg etc so I can choose veggies that are going to be in season. Not only will this mean they will taste better, but it is generally cheaper to buy in season too!

Fruits:
apples – bonza – braeburn – cox’s orange pippins – fuji – gala – golden delicious – granny smith – jonagold – jonathan – lady williams – mutso – pink lady – red delicious – snow – sundowner, custard apple, grapefruit, kiwifruit, lemons, limes, mandarin – ellendale, melons -champagne, nashi, nuts – chestnut – hazelnut – walnut, oranges – navel, pears – beurre bosc – josephine – packham, persimmon, pomelo, quince, rhubarb.

Vegetables:
asian greens – bok choy – choy sum – gai laan – wonga bok, avocados – fuerte – sharwill, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprout, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, fennel, garlic, ginger, horseradish, jerusalem artichokes, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, okra, olives, onions, parsnip, peas, potato, pumpkin, shallot, silverbeet, spinach, swede, sweet potato, turnip, witlof.

You can see a full list of seasonal fruit and veg 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.

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.

Easy and Moist Brownie Recipe

Super easy brownie

Chicken schnitzel

No Bake Lemon and Coconut Balls

English Muffin Pizzas

English muffin pizzas

Choc banana muffins (gluten, dairy and nut free)


Choc banana muffins (gluten free)

sushi

Sushi

Menu planning ideas for June

Each plan this month even has its own shopping list – yay! If you are going to use them, make sure when you print them out you write the date or week number on them. As I have recycled them from various old monthly menu plans, the dates on the shopping lists will be all over the palce.

Week Commencing 31st May 2021

MonSlow Cooker Roast LambSlow cooker roast lamb
TueMexibake - Mexican Family Meal
Mexibake
Wedslow cooker butter chicken

540 Mexi Cauliflower Rice
Slow cooker chicken satay (gluten free)

Cauliflower rice
ThuMoroccan Minted BeefMoroccan minted beef
FriHomemade Hamburger Recipe With Homemade Chunky ChipsHome made hamburgers and salad
Satsweet chilli chicken wrapsSweet chilli chicken wraps
SunServing ManyChicken wings, baked potatoes and steamed corn
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list


Week Commencing 7th June 2021

Monchicken, cashew and ginger stir fryChicken, cashew and ginger stir fry
TueSONY DSC

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Slow cooker chicken satay (gluten free)

Green veggies
WedCrispy mashed potato moundsSausages, veg and crispy mashed potato mounds
ThuEasy Pumpkin Soup

easy-fried-rice-recipe
Pumpkin soup

Fried rice
FriDukkah crusted salmonDukkah crusted salmon with crunchy potatoes and garlic spinach
Sat2013 paleo homemade taco seasoningTacos with homemade seasoning
Sunroast chickenRoast chicken and vegetables
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list


Week Commencing 14th June 2021

Monchicken, cashew and ginger stir fryChicken, cashew and ginger stir fry
TueMexibake - Mexican Family MealMexibake
Wedsang choy bow mainSang choy bow
ThuCrispy mashed potato moundsSausages, veg and crispy mashed potato mounds
FriServing ManyChicken wings, baked potatoes and steamed corn
SatMakeYourOwnSushiSushi
SunChicken-Schnitzel-RecipeChicken schnitzel and vegetables
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list


Week Commencing 21st June 2021

MonEasy-Scalloped-Potatoes

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Scalloped Potatoes

Sautéed baby spinach

Gluten free meatloaf
Tuezucchini bolognese mainZucchini and Spaghetti Bolognese
Wed2013 paleo homemade taco seasoningTacos with homemade seasoning
Thugluten free meatballs main

green veggie recipe title

Sweet Potato Gratin Dairy Free Recipe
Gluten free chicken meatballs

Green veggies

Sweet potato gratin
FriCrispy mashed potato moundsSausages, veg and crispy mashed potato mounds
SatServing ManyChicken Wings, Baked Potatoes and Corn
SunHoney roasted lamb shoulderHoney roasted lamb shoulder
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list

What’s new on your menu plans this month?

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