Meal Planning for Dummies

I used to think that meal planning was for type A crazies with WAY too much time on their hands. I mean, who has the time or energy to think more than a day or two ahead about food, let alone a week or a month! But deciding on dinner has always stressed me out. Pulling something out of the freezer in the morning left my family with a very boring revolving door of baked BBQ chicken, baked shake-and-bake chicken, or (here’s where we get exciting…) spaghetti. Or I would tell my husband to pick up a pizza on the way home....more

Meal Planning: "The List"

Well, I've managed to come up with 30 different meal ideas. It was WAY harder than I thought. Now, my next step is to map them all out on a calendar. Once this is done, I plan to shop twice a month for the groceries I will need to make 2 weeks of meals. I won't be using a new meal every night of the week, as I know there are going to be left overs here and there. This is going to be a challenge, but we are up to it. I wanted to share my meal ideas with you all, so here we go..."The List" - 30 different meals...more
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Meal Planning or go with the flow!?

A common question I get asked often is: How does your family plan your meals!?Are you the family that shops for what you are cooking the same day and make everyday or other day trips to grocery store?Are you the family that shops 1 time a month and stock piles everything?Or do you shop a few times a month for your meals?Do you even cook!? Or is it can/cold stuff/boxed/microwaved (is microwaved mean cooked!?) every night for dinner?...more

Make Meal Planning a Cinch With This DIY Menu Board

One of the best things I have found on Pinterest is how to make a menu board. Every Sunday night, I had to suffer through weekly meal planning, which took way too long! So when I found this menu board from the Creative Mama blog, I knew I had found something wonderful! This board has made my life so much easier. For a homemaker, this has been the best time-saver to grace my kitchen thus far. Let me show you how to make your own too. ...more
@sugartotmom  Thanks! We'll check it out :)more

Family Dinners and Small Kids

I was moved by this question on Casual Kitchen - Ask CK: Finding Time to Cook…With Small Children. ...more
Luckily I am a work-from-home-mom BUT squeezing in healthy dinners is still a challenge. I ...more

My Menu for the Week on a Super Tight Budget

 This week is a tight one.  I had just $50 to spend on groceries.  We are a family of 5 and three of us are teenagers!  How in the world do I do this?  I took a deep breath and Emily and I headed to Wal-Mart to get groceries.  I didn’t even have coupons to take so this would be a serious stretch of the imagination.  But I knew we could do it! ...more

Shrewd Food: Tips to Save Time, Money & Energy on Meal Planning, Prep

My hubby recently got an email from the student loan office. They are compiling a med student cookbook with inexpensive recipes and money-saving tips for food budgets. It has gotten me thinking about the things I have done to better manage our food bill and waste. As a stay-at-home Mom, I most often contribute financially by saving money through efficient household management—and one of the biggies in that department is food!...more
Thanks for the wonderful ideas! I've just started to meal plan, but feel extra motivated after ...more

It's A Plan!

A meal plan, that is...Weekly Meal Plan: July 29 - August 4Sunday:  Kung Pao chicken w/ brown rice and egg rollsMonday: Buffalo Chicken SaladsTuesday:  Breakfast for DinnerWednesday:  PastaThursday:  Bbq chicken, quinoa or brown rice, veggiesFriday:  TBD (grocery day)Saturday:  Subs (originally posted @ This is My Day Job)...more

Meal Planning and Cutting Costs, Not Quality

This is the time of year when I know I can save money on groceries because it is time for soups, stews and casseroles. My goal is to do this using seasonal, fresh produce, local meats and food preserved throughout the summer months. My grocery list will supplement what I have at home and purchase through the Farmers Market. My goal is to spend a maximum of $150 a week....more

What’s for dinner?

I think one of the worst part about nearing the end of the day is the “what’s for dinner” mystery. The last thing I ever want to do at the end of the day is to figure out what I want to make that evening, and hope I have everything in the refrigerator to make it.What if I told you a way to stop this nightly battle once and for all?...more