Simple Meal Plans and Freezer Meal Video

I posted the video for the April Slow Cooker Freezer Meals the other day.  This time, I show how to package the meals for a smaller family of 3-4 people.  For the record, I still really, really hate seeing myself on these videos.  I hope that seeing the meals prepped is helpful though.

The freezer week for April is April 21.  The recipes will be previewed on the blog then.  But members get access to the whole month at once for all three of the Weekly Meal Plan options – Traditional, Slow Cooker and the new Whole Foods Plans.

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Simple Weekly Meal Plans

If you’ve been looking for a way to save time on menu planning, you’ll want to look into getting our Weekly Meal Plans.  All the organizing and thinking is done for you.  No grocery list making or side dish planning needed.  I love using these and when I don’t have to do any recipe creation, this is my preferred way to shop and cook.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Whole Foods Menu

  1.  Italian Sausage Skillet
  2. Easy Meatball Subs using homemade meatballs
  3. Homemade Chicken Fingers
  4. Whole Wheat Waffles
  5. Chicken Vegetable Soup
  6. Homemade Pizza (or) Calzone
  7. Amish Oatmeal Cookies

Traditional Menu

  1. Cheesy Chicken Chili Mac
  2. Pizza Steak Sandwiches 
  3. Crab Cakes with Creamy Sauce
  4. Italian Sausage with Bowties
  5. Grilled Chicken
  6. Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders
  7. Coconut No Bake Cookies

Slow Cooker Menu

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Simple Weekly Meal Plans (Slow Cooker Freezer Meals Plan) – March 24

I’m really excited to announce that this is coming to the Weekly Meal Plans starting in April!

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Lots more info will be coming later this week with all the specifics on the new Whole Foods Plan.

I shopped on Saturday with the grocery list for the Slow Cooker Freezer Meals plan for April.  I love shopping with these lists. It’s so easy  to be ready to walk out the door, since I just have to print the list.  No thinking.  No decisions.  (Am I the only one who feels like I’m on decision overload sometimes?)

I made all 6 meals in about an hour of time.  I even shot another video, which will be uploaded soon, to show how to pack up the meals for a smaller family.  Doing that yielded 12 meals!  Not bad for just an hour of time.

And this is the week for the Slow Cooker Freezer Meals for March!  If you’d like the grocery list and instructions to go with this, check out the Weekly Meal Plans.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Traditional Plan

5. Tuna Patties and Oven Fried Potatoes

Slow Cooker Plan

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Simple Weekly Meal Plans & Real Life – February 17

It’s slow cooker freezer week!  In case you missed the video and want to see it, here’s the link.  It does cut off part way through. I’m sorry about that.  Obviously, I’m not a video pro.   And I still hate seeing myself on there!  I may never get past that feeling.

Last week was the third week in a row that Jim has been gone.  He’s been at Harvard Business School for the OPM program.  You’ve likely never heard of that (neither had I), but you may have heard that Tyra Banks graduated from Harvard.  She actually graduated from the OPM program and not the regular Harvard Business School, which caused a bit of a scuffle, because apparently she tries to pass it off as an MBA.

Anyway, Jim has been gone for three weeks for this program.  He works for a non-profit housing organization and a foundation sponsored him to go.  This is the third year in a row he’s gone and now he’ll be done.  As part of that, they have a graduation ceremony and a few other events.  I met Jim in Boston on Wednesday – Saturday to attend those with him.

I left several slow cooker freezer meals for the kids to have while we were gone (recipes at the bottom of this post).  But Jim and I basically ate our way through Boston.  We started with an Italian dinner at a restaurant near our hotel.

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This was one of the best meals I’ve ever had.  It helped that this was also the first meal I’d shared with Jim in nearly three weeks!  The restaurant was perfect.  It was quiet with red checked table clothes and Frank Sinatra playing in the background.  And the food was outstanding.

One day we went to Mike and Patty’s for lunch.  We chose this spot because it had great reviews on Yelp, but we didn’t expect it to be such a tiny restaurant.  There was only one table that customers shared.  It turned out to be perfect though.  I had migas, which tasted warm and comforting.  A nice contrast to the snowy day outside.

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It was a cozy, relaxing lunch in a friendly place.  Perfect!

Other highlights included cannolis at Quincy Market followed by an ill-advised attempt at walking to a bookstore in the middle of a snow storm.

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Jim and I had a great time in Boston, but I think we’re both ready for home cooked food again.  Time to head to the grocery store!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

If your life is filled to the brim and you feel like you can’t do just one more thing, you’ll want to look into getting our Weekly Meal Plans.  All the planning and thinking is done for you.  No grocery list making or side dish planning needed.  I love using these and when I don’t have to do any recipe creation, this is my preferred way to shop and cook.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Traditional Plan

1. Baked Potato Soup

2. Sweet n’ Sour Meatballs over Rice

3. Apple BBQ Pork Chops

4. Shrimp Tacos

5. French Dip Sandwiches 

6. Cheesy Chicken Rice Bake

7. Simple Coffee Cake

Slow Cooker Plan

1. Slow Cooker Hawaiian Luau Meatballs

2. Pork and Gravy Sandwiches

3. Honey Dijon Pork Chops and Apples

4. Pesto Tomato Ravioli

5. Chicken Enchilada Soup in the Slow Cooker

6. Easy Crockpot Beef Fajitas

7. Nutella Rice Krispie Treats

 

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Simple Meal Plans and Real Life – January 20

It’s a little early in the year for this (aren’t we all supposed to be super-charged, high energy, and goal oriented in January?), but I’m already in a recipe slump.  That’s probably not a great thing to admit since I’m a food blogger.  But I’ve had some trouble coming up with ideas for new recipes to share here.  It’s a phase, and one I’m sure will pass.  I’ve been through this before, so I know it’s temporary.

I’m sure it has a lot to do with the fact that I started the Whole 30, quite the Whole 30 and at least for this week I need to watch my intake of high potassium foods.  Frankly, it all leaves me a little tired of food in general.

That said, I’m so glad I have a freezer stocked with the January Slow Cooker Freezer meals.  That’s the menu that you see posted below in the Slow Cooker Plan section.  We’ve already had the Beef Stew and let me tell you, that was phenomenal!

And I do have one idea for an easy slow cooker soup recipe that I’m going to be testing this week.  Fingers crossed that it turns out well!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

If you find yourself in your own version of a cooking slump, you’ll want to look into getting our Weekly Meal Plans.  All the planning and thinking is done for you.  No grocery list making or side dish planning needed.  I love using these and when I don’t have to do any recipe creation, this is my preferred way to shop and cook.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  This week includes the Slow Cooker Freezer Meals Plan!  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Slow Cooker Plan

1. Slow Cooker Potato Soup

2. Easy, Shredded Taco Beef in the Slow Cooker

3. Chicken Broccoli Divan in the Crockpot or Oven

4. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore (as pork)

5. Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken

6. All day Beef Stew

7. Chocolate Chip Cheeseball

 

Traditional Plan

1. Healthier Sausage McMuffin Casserole

2. Chicken Tortilla Soup

3. Pan Fried Shrimp Sandwiches 

4.Angel Chicken

5. Beef Tacos

6. Pepper Jack Mac and Cheese 

7. Apple Cinnamon Skillet Monkey Bread

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Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – December 9

This is the week for our Slow Cooker Freezer Meals.  I put all 6 of these dinners together in about 1 hour.  You can see the video here.  Members to the Weekly Meal Plans get the grocery lists, recipes and cooking tips for the slow cooker freezer meals and all the Traditional Plans too.

Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner?  Are you done with your shopping?  I am not!  I have been using an app on my phone to keep my ideas and present purchases organized (and secret!).  I bought it last year for 99 cents. It seemed sort of silly to pay for an app like that, but it’s made keeping track of gift buying so much easier.  I think the one I use is just called Christmas, but I’m sure there are others.  I highly recommend it if you use a smart phone.  The passcode keeps prying eyes out!

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This little Santa is one of my favorite Christmas things.  He’s part of a salt and pepper shaker set (my sister has the other one) that my Grandma had when we were little.  Gina and I rubbed the soft beards on them so much, that they are nearly fuzzless now.

I’ve got several new recipes to share with you this week.  Lots of good stuff coming to the blog! And there’s still time to enter the giveaway for a $500 VISA cash card too!

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  December includes an awesome gift guide for easy gifts you can whip up in your kitchen that are sure to make everyone happy–even the dog! You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

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Simpe Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – December 2

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. We visited my family and Jim’s, eating two turkey dinners in less than 24 hours. Whew! It was fun and filling!

As soon as we got home, I printed the list for the December Slow Cooker Freezer Meals plan and headed to the grocery. I decided not to brave Walmart, where I usually shop, on black friday. We hit Kroger instead.

Shopping in a store that you aren’t as familiar with is always an experience. It takes a bit longer. It’s hard to shop on auto-pilot they way you can if you know all the aisles well. But the store wasn’t crowded. I’m pretty sure Kroger isn’t high on the list for black Friday shoppers.

On Saturday morning, I prepped all the slow cooker freezer meals and shot the video.  The freezer meals week is actually next week, but the plans can be used in any order you like.  Members get access to the whole month at once.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  December includes an awesome gift guide for easy gifts you can whip up in your kitchen that are sure to make everyone happy–even the dog! You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

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4. Roast w/ red wine, onion, garlic & Italian seasoning

 

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Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – November 18

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This is the week with the Slow Cooker Freezer Meals!  Wahoo!  I’ve got one of them cooking away in my crockpot right now.  Calico Bean Soup for dinner!  I love that I can have 6 or 7 meals stashed away in the freezer with just about an hour of prep time.  So handy!  To find out more about the Weekly Meal Plans and get the grocery list and cooking tips for the freezer meals, click here.  You can also watch a video of me prepping the meals on my YouTube channel.  (The video thing still feels WAY out of my comfort zone!  I’m not sure if I’ll ever get over being embarrassed by them, but I’m forging ahead anyway and sharing it with you.)

This was to be a big week of recipe testing for me.  And I have created/tested several.  Some have been a success.  And some, not so much.  Ah, well.  It’s all part of the process.

I’ll be doing more recipe creation over the weekend.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll have more success than failures.  I do have a fantastic soup recipe I’ll be sharing with you on Tuesday.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  November features your easiest Thanksgiving ever, with easy recipes to keep you spending more quality time with your family instead of the kitchen stove.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

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Slow Cooker Freezer Meals Plan – Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life Oct. 21

This is the week with our slow cooker freezer meals plan.  I was able to put all of these meals together in just under an hour.  If you’d like to watch a video of the assembly process (the video is only 9 minutes long), you can find it here.  I love having these meals stashed away in the freezer!

The Weekly Meal Plans for November will also include a week of slow cooker freezer meals.  And because you have access to a whole month at a time, if you join now, you’ll get both October and November.  Big bang for your buck!  You can find out more about Weekly Meal Plans by clicking this link.

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Last week, I tested the recipe for Slow Cooker Corn Chowder.  I also created a recipe for ALDI that turned out fabulous.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

Jim was traveling again.  There were several nights that we ate left overs instead of me cooking a new meal.  Having a big pot of soup at the beginning of the week is great for that.

I shared this photo of a sunrise on Instagram earlier this week. Doesn’t it look like God signed His name in it?  Can you see the big G and what looks like a signature behind it?  So cool!

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Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  And October has a week of  Slow Cooker Freezer Meals, with a plan to make 6 meals in about 1 hour.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.

Slow Cooker Plan

 

Traditional Plan

  1. Breakfast for Dinner 
  2. Baked Chicken and Summer Vegetables 
  3. Shrimp Tostadas 
  4. Ravioli with Tomato and Onion Sauce 
  5. Pizza Steak Sandwiches 
  6. Cheesy Hamburger Soup 
  7. Apple Crinkle 
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Simple Weekly Meal Plans and Real Life – September 23

We’re still focusing on freezer meals in the Weekly Meal Plans.  I’ve got a sneak peek at this week’s plans at the bottom of this post.

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Last weekend, we celebrated my birthday a little bit early.  We went to the apple orchard on Saturday.  The weather was gorgeous!  Just the right amount of cool to hint at fall, but not enough to feel really cold.  And the sun was shining bright.  We bought a lot of apples, apple cider, apple cider donuts and decided to eat lunch there too.

Our original plan was to go out for lunch on Sunday for my birthday, but we’d spent so much on Saturday I decided to cook instead.  I made a classic pot roast with potatoes and carrots.  I really thought I had already shared the recipe with you, but I can’t find it on my site, so I guess I never posted it.  And I didn’t take any photos on Sunday either.  But soon, I’ll make it again and post it.  It is so good!

Jim made my favorite cake – Mom’s Layer Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Frosting from the Cake Mix Dr. Cookbook.

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He did refrain from adding 46 candles to the cake!

Monday night I created the recipe for Popcorn Chicken Parmesan.  It was a hit!  Such an easy way to have a fantastic meal and it only took 15 minutes to make.

Tuesday was my actual birthday.  Isaac had a soccer game, so we ate sandwiches on the sidelines.

Wednesday night I made tostadas.  I was in a hurry, but I was trying to create a new recipe.  My creative juices weren’t flowing well though and we ended up with taco meat on tostada shells.  Super simple and quick.

Wednesday was also the day that my Stitch Fix box came.  This was the first box that I kept everything.

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I loved everything they sent this time, but my favorite by far is the jeans.  I still can’t believe they actually fit.  Jean shopping is normally a huge hassle for me.  I have to try on 10-20 pairs before I find one that fits.  They all have a huge gap in the back of the waist.  I hate shopping for any type of pants, because it just takes so long.

But I pulled these from Stitch Fix from the box and they fit perfectly!  I wore them the rest of the day and my kids kept telling me that they really liked them.  That never happens!  It was fun to hear them complement me.  I never would have chosen the color either.  It’s darker than it looks in the picture.  And I had a surprising number of tops that coordinate with the burgundy color.

I’ve already scheduled my next fix and requested more jeans.  You can find out more about how Stitch Fix works here (that’s my affiliate link).  I love using the service, because I really hate to shop.  Stitch Fix is like shopping without actually going shopping.

Thursday night, I felt like a hypocrite.  There were only 2 people going to be home for dinner, with 1 more coming in late.  We’d had a long day of classes and practices.  So I decided we would grab fast food.  I’m not sure why this should make me feel like a hypocrite, since I’ve never claimed that we don’t eat out.  But since I do run a blog called Eat at Home, I always feel funny when I give in to my lazies and hit the drive through.

It’s Friday afternoon as I write this.  We’ve got another soccer game tonight.  I’m debating whether I should make something to eat on the sidelines or make something to have once we get home.  It will be late though and I don’t know that I want to wait that long for dinner.

#DinnerDilemma Twitter Party and Slow Cooker Giveaway

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This Twitter party had to be postponed last week, so we’re going to be having it this Monday 3pm Est.

I love this slow cooker!  Actually, I’ve never used it, I just wanted one for a long time.  I’ll be giving away 2 of them, along with an assortment of Libby’s products to two participants in the #DinnerDilemma Twitter party.

I’d love for you to join us on Monday 9/23 at 3pm EST.  We’re going to be talking about all kinds of things to help get dinner on the table each night, from recipes, to bulk cooking, to side dishes and more.

Be sure to follow @LibbysTable and me, @TiffanyAKing on Twitter.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.  Now, you get access to a whole month at a time!  And September is our focus on stocking the freezer, including the week where you cook 7+ Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in just 1 hour!

Slow Cooker Plan

3. Slow Cooker Beans for the Freezer aka Refried Beans without the Refry (served in toritalls with cheese as bean & cheese burritos)

Traditional Plan

  1. Chicken Pot Pie
  2. Beef tacos (using beef [prepared like this
  3. Ham Caribbean 
  4. Honey Pork Chops 
  5. Chicken Gyros 
  6. Scrambled eggs with muenster cheese and ham 
  7. Frozen Marble Mocha Loaf

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Real Life and Simple Weekly Meal Plans – September 16

If you want a sneak peek at this week’s simple Weekly Meal Plans (we’re focusing on filling the freezer this month!), just keep scrolling.  Or you can take your time and read through the chit chat.

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I knew Jim wouldn’t be home for dinner several nights this week.  For some reason, if he’s not home I don’t feel like I need to make dinner.  Which is crazy, because those of us who are home (whether that happens to be 2 or 5 or more, if the kids have friends over) still need to eat.

I also hoped to create some new recipes this week.  One of the ways I do that is to stock the kitchen with basic ingredients and then put myself under the same pressure we all face when it comes to dinner – either the pressure of needing to fill the crockpot with something in the morning or the pressure of standing in the kitchen at 5:30 trying to come up with something to eat.

Now you know why most of the meals and recipes I post are so easy!

These two things didn’t work together for me well this week.  Since I knew Jim wouldn’t be home, I didn’t have motivation to cook or create.

We did eat though:

  • French Toast and Ham
  • Pesto Tortellini with grilled chicken and tomatoes
  • Tilapia, veggies and pasta with cheese
  • Taco Soup – my very last slow cooker freezer meal!

I am highly motivated to create a new slow cooker freezer meal plan for the Weekly Meal Plans.  Those meals have been wonderful to have on hand.  And only having to spend 1 hour to get them in the freezer is definitely time well spent.#

#DinnerDilemma Twitter Party and Slow Cooker Giveaway

hamilton beach 6 quart slow cooker

 

I love this slow cooker!  Actually, I’ve never used it, I just wanted one for a long time.  I’ll be giving away 2 of them, along with an assortment of Libby’s products to two participants in the #DinnerDilemma Twitter party.

I’d love for you to join us on Monday 9/16 at 3pm EST.  We’re going to be talking about all kinds of things to help get dinner on the table each night, from recipes, to bulk cooking, to side dishes and more.

Be sure to follow @LibbysTable and me, @TiffanyAKing on Twitter.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get them for yourself by clicking here.  Now, you get access to a whole month at a time!  And September is our focus on stocking the freezer, including the week where you cook 7+ Slow Cooker Freezer Meals in just 1 hour!

Traditional Plan

  1. Hoisin Chicken use marinade here
  2. Stuffed Shells
  3. White enchiladas (using leftover chicken from # 5) 
  4. Pulled Pork
  5. Whole Chicken in the Crockpot
  6. Black Bean and Rice Burritos
  7. Monster Cookies

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