I’m a planner. Sometimes the planning is more fun than the doing for me. I really enjoy cooking and I love getting tasty, healthy, affordable meals on the table for my husband and six kids.
But I know that the planning part does not come easily for everyone. And I know that meal planning can be a challenge.
I’ve used several “ready-made” meal plans over the years, and I mostly liked them, but they did not always take into account my need for quick meals (but not necessarily boxed meals either). Some meal planning advice leans heavily on repeating the same 7 or 8 meals over and over again. And that may work for some people, but my family has gotten used to variety. Heck, I need the variety to stay interested in the actual cooking.
I know that when I meal plan a few things happen:
- We save money. Going to the store with a plan in hand ends up costing less over the long run–even if it seems to cost more during that one trip to the grocery store.
- We eat better. Even the best quality take-out has a lower nutritional value than a home cooked meal.
- Dinner time becomes special. When I take the time to prepare a well-planned meal, my family notices and it changes the tone of our dinner table.
So, this is what I want for you too! I am working on releasing a monthly calendar of dinner plans. The weekday plans can mostly be prepared in 30 minutes or less OR can be prepared and frozen ahead of time, or can cook (all day) in the slow cooker (I do NOT have time for 3-hour slow cooker meals!). I have some longer, more involved meals slated for Sundays. Let’s bring back the old-fashioned Sunday Supper! I think it is important for kids to see that food can be prepared quickly and easily, but that there is also value in a long food prep as well.
I will release February’s calendar on Wednesday, in order to give you time to shop. It will have links to all of the recipes. Then, every Monday I will have a post discussing some specific tips for preparation of each week’s meals.
Readers who subscribe to my newsletter (I promise not to spam you!) will have access to a printable PDF of the calendar, as well as access to a Pinterest Board with all of the recipes. We will also have a little competition on the Pinterest board. The three recipes with the most likes at the end of the month will be carried onto the next month’s calendar. At the end of the year, we will see which recipes lasted the longest!
I am super excited about this new project, and I know you are too! Please share it with all of your friends!
And, if you have a recipe that you would like featured, leave a link or a recipe in the comments!