menu planning ideas

Menu planning ideas and lunch box ideas for November 2022

Menu planning ideas

Need some menu planning ideas? Then this post is for you! I have been menu planning for over 15 years and documenting a lot of it here on the blog for the last 12. You can see a whole range of menu planning ideas in my archives here.

I have developed a very simple process to menu planning for a month and if you would like to try it out and have success with menu planning like 1000’s of others have, you can find the process and free templates to use here – The Planning With Kids Menu Planning Process.

Below you will find menu planning ideas for November along with lunch box ideas for the kids school lunches. This is pretty much what my family will eat over the next month. There will defintinely be some changes but the beauty of a plan is that you have something to work with – so much easier than a blank canvas!

I find having menu plans for November is super important as the kids have exams towards the end of the month and being the end of the school year there are many celebrations and events to be attending in the evenings and on weekends. Having the plans ready to go means I can just pick them up and hit the shops for a big shop once a week at this busy time.

Week commencing 31st October

MondayBaked penne pasta
TuesdayHome-made hamburgers and salad
WednesdayQuick and easy oven baked chicken breast
Roast pumpkin salad
ThursdayFried rice
Chicken sticks
FridayPan-fried fish and salad
SaturdayHomemade tacos
SundaySlow Cooker Balsamic Beef With Roast Pumpkin Salad

Week commencing 7th November

MondayZucchini and Spaghetti Bolognese
TuesdaySausages, veg and crispy mashed potato mounds
WednesdayChicken, cashew and ginger stir fry
FridayDukkah crusted salmon with crunchy potatoes and garlic spinach
SaturdaySweet chilli chicken wraps
SundayChicken schnitzel and vegetables

Week commencing 14th November

MondayQuick and easy veggie pasta
TuesdayChicken meatballs and salad
WednesdayChicken lasagne
ThursdaySlow cooker butter chicken and green veggies
FridayPan-fried fish and salad
SaturdayTacos, Mexican inspired salad and salsa
SundayRoast chicken and veg

Week commencing 21st November

MondayFettucine carbonara
TuesdayShredded chicken salad (I triple this recipe)
WednesdayHoney roasted lamb shoulder and veggies
ThursdayHamburgers and cabbage and apple salad
FridayDukkah crusted salmon with crunchy potatoes and garlic spinach
SundayChicken schnitzel and vegetables

Week commencing 28th November

MondayZucchini and Spaghetti Bolognese
TuesdayLamb chops and pearl barley salad
WednesdaySausages, veg and crispy mashed potato mounds
ThursdaySlow cooker pulled pork
FridayPan-fried fish and salad
SaturdaySweet chilli chicken wraps
SundayHoney roasted lamb shoulder and veggies

Lunch box ideas

lunch box ideas for november

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 like a sweet and savoury item for the kids’ lunch boxes. 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 weekdays easier by doing some meal prep on the weekend.

Sweet lunch box ideas

Savoury lunch box ideas

What are your favourite recipes for school lunches at the moment?