Meal Plans

Meal planning is a key change I made in an effort to organise my time, reduce stress, reduce waste and save money on my grocery shop. It is so nice not to have to worry about what’s for dinner and I love staring into an empty fridge at the end of the week when it’s time to restock again. Prior to meal planning there was so much waste and excess in my home.

My rule is that there are no rules! I switch days up if I need to – for me the key is no waste and sticking to my  budget. You may start with planning only 2 or 3 days or you may choose to plan a month in advance. Do what works for you and your family, there is no one best way.

These are a selection of meal plans to inspire your journey. I arrange for my groceries to be delivered on a Friday ready for my meal plan to begin on Saturday. This allows me to factor in any activities on the weekend. It stops unnecessary top-up shops and stops my meal plan being derailed.

roasted chicken with gravy

Meal Plan #17

I try and shop from supermarket catalogues first to get the best value from my shop. This week beautiful free-range chickens were on special. Perfect for roasting and slow cooked in soups.
Baked miso salmon

Meal Plan #16

This week I am leaning into fast, simple dinners like this Baked Miso Salmon.
slow cooked beef ragu

Meal Plan #15

Leftovers. One thing my Mum recently reminded me to do is to make double batch dinners for leftovers the next day or to freeze! This week's meal plan kicks off with the perfect meal to cook in bulk, Slow Cooked Beef Ragu.
spinach & ricotta tortellini

Meal Plan #14

Aside from easing stress during busy nights, meal planning also offers variety. This week we are starting with this simple one pot Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini.
classic butter chicken

Meal Plan #13

This Easy Butter Chicken is ready in less than 15 minutes and requires minimal preparation. I bulk cook rice and freeze ready for when I need dinner fast.
pork egg and garlic rice

Meal Plan #12

Avoid unnecessary, impulse purchases while grocery shopping by creating a meal plan. Meal planning cuts down your spending on eating out, saves you money and is a helpful way to ensure you're eating well. This Pork & Egg rice is an inexpensive, delicious option.