How to menu plan for a month in 30 minutes

How to menu plan for a month in 30 minutes

Menu planning for your family can be completed quickly and without fuss, if you set yourself up a process to follow. I like to make sure all the family is involved for a couple of reasons:

  • The more involved the kids are with choosing the meals, the more likely they are too eat them without fuss.
  • It gives the kids an insight to the work that goes behind getting a meal to the table
  • It saves me time!

The video below explains the steps I take and shows how it can indeed be done in 30 minutes. The steps are written in brief under the video.

Step No.Action
1.Gain children's input and husband's input. 4 meal selections per child. No meal to be repeated more than twice.

We use a basic template to write this down which you can download here - Monthly Menu Plan Template (including kid's input table).
2.Create matrix of activity and meal requirements for each day of the week. For example nights when we are busy, I will choose a meal that can be prepared earlier in the day, like a slow cooker meal. On the weekend I will allocate a meal I know my husband or kids can cook to give me a break from cooking.
3.From the list of meals chosen by the family, allocate them across the days of the month, according to the matrix, eg slow cooker meals on days I need to make a meal ahead.
4.Create weekly shopping lists using either of the tools below:
5.Print out your shopping lists including menu plans for the week and know that you don't have to think about what is for dinner for another month!

Example Monthly Menu Plans

The menu plans below are the ones I created in this video. The shopping list PDFs have been added at the end of each weekly plan. Please note when you create the menu plans in the Planning With Kids Menu Planner App, the app only allows you to plan from Monday to Sunday. I plan from Saturday to Friday, so Monday in the PDFs is really Saturday for us and so on.

Day

Week Commencing 6th April

SatHomemade Taco SeasoningTacos
Sunroast chicken

EnglishMuffinPizzas

oat and seed lunch box slice
Roast chicken and vegetables
English muffin pizza
Oat and seed lunchbox slice
Moneasy-fried-rice-recipeFried rice
Tueslow cooker spag bolSlow cooker spaghetti bolognese
WedLeft overs
Thuchicken-schnitzel-recipe-500Chicken schnitzel and vegetables
Friscrambled eggs
Scrambled eggs and tomatoes
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list for 6th April 2013

Day

Week Commencing 13th April

SatLamb Souvlaki Wraps Kids Self ServeSouvlaki
Sunsausgaes and salad

easy banana cake recipe

Chicken Balls 160
Sausage and veg
Banana cake
Chicken balls
MonBaked Penne Pasta RecipeBaked penne pasta
TueMexibake - Mexican Family Meal
Mexibake
WedBeetroot SoupBeetroot soup
Thuchicken-schnitzel-recipe-500Chicken schnitzel and vegetables
FriServing ManyChicken wings, baked potatoes and steamed corn
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list for 13th April 2013

Day

Week Commencing 20th April

Satsweet chilli chicken wrapsSweet chilli chicken wraps
Sunlamb chops and vegetables

MakeYourOwnSushi

White Choc Chip Cookies
Lamb chops and vegetables
Sushi
White chocolate chip and raspberry cookies
MonSlow cooker beef stroganoff
TueTuna RiceQuick tuna rice
WedLeft overstomato and coconut soup
Tomato and coconut soup
Thuchicken-schnitzel-recipe-500Chicken schnitzel and vegetables
FriFish burger recipeFish burgers
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list for 20th April 2013

Day

Week Commencing 27th April

SatHomemade Taco SeasoningTacos
SunMarinated Steak and Garlic Mash

Quick Egg And Bacon Tarts

Lemon Muffins
Marinated steak and garlic mash
Egg and bacon tarts
Lemon and chia muffins
Moneasy-fried-rice-recipeFried rice
TueEasy Pumpkin SoupPumpkin soup
WedLeft overs
Thusausgaes and salad
Sausage and veg
FriServing ManyChicken wings, baked potatoes and steamed corn
Shopping ListWeekly menu plan shopping list for 27th April 2013

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