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Are You Stressed Over Making Dinner Every Night?

Do you struggle to come up with meal planning ideas for your family every week? With these nine tips, you can simplify your meal planning struggles.

“What do you cook for dinner every night?”

It’s a question I get asked A LOT.

Like many of you, I’m juggling work, kids, homework, after school activities, and play dates. There is too much to do and not enough time. Some days – no, a lot of days — cooking feels like a chore.

But you have to eat, right? So what do you do? Hit up the drive through on your way home? Order a pizza? Open a can or a box and call it a day?

No judgment here! It’s quick and convenient, but in the long run, it’s costly and unhealthy.

Studies have shown that eating home-cooked meals as a family on a regular basis is linked to healthier and happier kids. Teenagers who regularly eat with their family are less likely to use alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes.

Adults who eat home-cooked meals on a regular basis tend to be happier and healthier. They consume less sugar and processed foods, which results in higher energy levels and better mental health. Eating a home-cooked meal five or more days a week can even help you live longer!

So where do you start?

The Weekly Meal Plan

I had a friend tell me once, “Planning what to cook for dinner stresses me out!”

But you know what is more stressful? It’s five o’clock, everyone is hungry, and you have no plan. You need a plan.

Once week, I sit down with the sales flyer from my grocery store and make a meal plan for the following week. It’s something I do every week. And it’s something I’m willing to share with you.

When will I receive my meal plan?

I do most of my shopping at Kroger. It may be called something else in your area. Kroger releases their weekly sales ad every Wednesday. I try to create my meal plans around what is on sale. You will receive your meal plan in your inbox every Thursday morning.

Will the meal plan consist of your own recipes?

Yes … and no. Most of the recipes on my blog are recipes I cook for my family on a regular basis. So yes, a lot of the recipes will be my own.

But, I follow a lot of talented food bloggers who come up with some delicious recipes. Recipes that have made it into regular rotation at my house. So I’ll be sharing the work of other bloggers too!

Will these recipes be gluten free, vegan, Whole 30, paleo, etc?

No. I do not follow any special dietary requirements and am not able provide advice on such matters.

What do I get if I sign up for your weekly meal plans?

Seven days of meal recommendations – FOR FREE! Pick and choose which ones you want or make them all! Most recipes will be from scratch, but I will include suggestions on ways to cut down on the cooking time.

Does this sound like something that could save you time and stress? Then what are you waiting for?

Sign up to receive your first weekly meal plan starting January 4, 2018.