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Meal Planning

Meal Planning

I’ve found that one way to reduce weekday stress and waste fewer groceries is to meal plan.

I think alot of us – know we should, don’t like to, or feel like they don’t know where to start.

But once you are in the habit of meal planning, you can significantly reduce the money spent at the grocery store and the stress each day of deciding what to make for dinner.

I’ll share my routine with you:

  1. Pick another family to help each week.
  2. Look at the family schedule to determine what nights you have activities and which you don’t.  This will help determine what kind of meal you need to make – crock pot, grill, skillet dish, grab ‘n go sandwiches, etc.
  3. Pick a variety of proteins your family likes to eat
  4. Pick a starch and veggie (or two) that pairs well with each protein
  5. Write down what you’re making each night
  6. Build a grocery list from the meal plan

For example:

  1. Older son offered to help.
  2. Two nights he needed to work (Joe’s Butcher Shop in Carmel, IN) until 8.
  3. Chicken thighs, pork tenderloin, ground beef, fish (for Friday during lent), homemade pizza, ribs
  4. Chicken thighs – mac n cheese, green beans
  5. Pork tenderloin – instant potatoes, brocolli
  6. Ground beef – hamburgers, chips and peas; tacos with corn salsa
  7. Fish – tilapia, rice, brussel sprouts
  8. Homemade pizza – sausage, pepperoni, veggies
  9. Ribs – fried potatoes, cauliflower
  10. Transfer the meal plan to a visible spot for the whole family to see
  11. Build your grocery list
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Posted by on March 29, 2020 in Uncategorized


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Where have you been?

That’s what I’ve been hearing alot lately.

So, guess where I”ve been???  Working!

It’s true — after 12 years home with my kids, I’ve gone back to work.  And, I’ve been trying to ‘walk the walk’ not just ‘big talk’ about how to feed a family (at home not in the drive-thru) while working.  

The goal was to share this struggle, but honestly, I’ve been way too busy.

Now don’t start thinking that I’ve got it all figured out and that I’m currently not busy (it’s the holiday season, right) – but for some reason, I’m inspired to share today.  So, I’ll give a short synopsis on ‘Where I have been lately!”

I started a part-time job programming and doing data conversion and new customer training at a start-up software company called AppealTrack.  It’s founder is a long time friend of mine who I originally met while interning during college.  I’m not sure I would’ve applied for this job had I seen it as a random job opening — it would’ve seemed beyond my comfort zone in terms of work experience — but the training has been outstanding and the experience has been awesome.  I’m truly loving it!  And, more importantly, it’s extremely flexible — which has been exactly what the family needed as I transitioned back to work.

Honestly, the family nearly starved during my first three weeks working.  We don’t eat out – we just don’t.  So that wasn’t a fall back for us.  So, when mom doesn’t get to the grocery and she doesn’t meal plan — we all just wander around like crazy, hungry people and eat whatever we can throw together.  (These results did not get us Great Purge caliber dinners – to say the least).

But, now, after three months, I’m in a routine.  We do eat out once a week now, but I am in a regular meal planning and grocery shopping pattern.  It’s not what it used to be, but it’s working for now.

And, finally, a teaser….. As we all know, The Great Purge Vol 3 looms just around the corner.  So be assured that I’m not stock piling the pantry.  In fact, my prediction is that based on the past couple of months, this purge will last a much shorter time than previous years.  But, you never know — that pantry is the size of a closet, literally!

Here’s what I’ve learned:  I can still do this.  It takes more coordination, more energy and especially more help from the family (which they have stepped right up to give).  I hope you continue the journey with me!



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Posted by on December 10, 2013 in Uncategorized


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