The Ultimate Meal Planning Round Up
Okay, friends. This post is a long time coming. I actually started this draft one entire year ago, but for some reason abandoned it. I'm kind of glad I did because now I have some really great resources to share with you to make your life a whole lot more simple when it comes to feeding your family :) YAY!
In our culture, busy is praised and slow is looked down upon. The proof is in so many studies - dinners around the table help families, children, productivity in school and work, and communities. Slowing down to connect with people over a meal is one of our biggest needs yet so neglected because of overwhelm and lack of planning. Whether you are kickstarting your meal planning journey, or need a little extra help to build upon your current routine - I hope these resources help you to get organized, save some money, and eat a little healthier.
A few quick tips
- Recently we've been using Walmart Grocery (save $10 when using that link!). This is a free grocery pick up service. This is a must for simplifying your meal planing. Believe it or not, I actually don't love the grocery store, and not having to lug the kiddos along is such a blessing! We order our groceries online on Friday or Saturday and I have a little mommy break picking them up by myself on Sunday afternoons :) Kroger Click List is the same concept, so check for availability in your area!
2. On the topic of simplifying, have anything else you might need delivered to your home. This is super easy with Amazon Prime and Thrive Market. We have diapers delivered from Amazon on a subscription so we save money, and don't need to remember to re-order. I love Thrive Market too because it's 25-50% less on organic pantry and personal care products. We typically order every 4-6 weeks and stock up on our staples! Try Thrive Market for free and learn more here.
Favorite resources from around the web
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My Meal Planning Posts
For those of you who are just dipping your toe in the water, check out the "Get Dinner on the Table" post below.
For those of you who want to step it up and get a good system in place, "Meal Planning Made Simple Part One & Part Two" is for you.
Grab a meal planner
I can't end this post without sharing about the Seasonal Meal Planning Journals. The key to feeding your family simply is to plan ahead. It's the #1 challenge that women tell me they have when it comes to cooking at home. It's one of the easiest things we can implement yet one of the most neglected.
What's in the SMP Journal?
- 52 meal planning prompt sheets (breakfast, lunch + dinner), perforated for tearing out
- 52 grocery list sheets, perforated for tearing out
- Seasonal Produce List for every season
- 16 Favorite Recipe Sections for each season
- Size: 9 x 6"
- Printed on thick white paper and perfect bound