Simple Meal Plans & Real Life – March 31

The new Whole Foods Meal Plan will be posted for members on April 1, along with the Traditional and Slow Cooker meal plans. You can find out more about the Whole Foods Plan here and more about Weekly Meal Plan membership here.

Have I mentioned lately that we’re planning a wedding?  Our oldest daughter, Meredith is getting married May 31.  We’re keeping things simple, but even so, a wedding is a big event!  If you’ve been through marrying off a daughter, I’d love your wedding planning advice :)

We’ve been joking that Meredith thinks we’ve gotten a lot done and I say we’ve gotten nothing done.  I think the reality is somewhere in the middle.  

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 the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Traditional Plan

Slow Cooker Plan

Simple Meal Plans and Real Life – January 13

This is the week we’re back in full swing at my house.  The college kids start back to school.  All our homeschool groups start back up for the other two kids.  The weather is looking better, so no snow days this week.  And the birthday and anniversary celebrations are over for now too.

I’m hoping to stick closer to the Whole 30 plan this week.  Yesterday, I confessed to straying from the plan a few times.  Hopefully, things will go better this week.

I’ve been capturing a few images of our meaningful meal moments on Instagram.  Around here, every dinner is different as far as who is gathered at the table that night.  Sometimes, there are as few as three of us.  And one night last week, we had eight people around the table.  My daughter had picked up a German international student at the airport and took her to her dorm room on campus, but no one was there and she was missing a few essential supplies, like bedding.  So Meredith brought Rebecca home with her for dinner.  It was Rebecca’s first time in the U.S.

We threw her right into the midst of a family dinner, celebrating Meredith’s birthday.  And wouldn’t you know, that night the dinner didn’t want to cook!  (We had a few days of weak electricity during the cold snap.)  So dinner was late and part of it was a near flop for that reason.  We crowded around the table, sang “Happy Birthday” and our special family birthday song.  And after Rebecca left, we realized we’d had her sitting in a broken kitchen chair!

I’m not sure what she thought of all of that, but I think she was happy to be invited to join us.  It was warm.  There was food and friendship.  That’s what meaningful meals are all about.

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. We’re getting a head start this month so we can get back into routine in January. You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

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Real Life and Simple Weekly Meal Plans – August 18

Last weekend, I made 7 slow cooker freezer meals plus a whole chicken in the crockpot in just one hour.  We tried two of those meals this week.  Both were wonderful and beyond easy.  But, I’ve confirmed once again that I’m a meal hoarder!

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Once I get those meals in the freezer, I don’t want to use them.  They’re like meal insurance for a rainy day.  I did use two of them this week though.  Which makes me feel like I’m moving through them too fast.

We had Hoisin Chicken in the Slow Cooker.  I opened the bag and dumped the frozen chicken and sauce contents in the crock and turned it on.  So easy.

We also had Mediterranean Beef in the Slow Cooker.  I thawed it enough to get it out of the bag and turned it on high.  I served this over mashed potatoes and we all loved it.

Details on these meals will be in the September Weekly Meal Plans.

We also had a new favorite for the second time.  The boys had youth group on Wednesday night and the left early to play a round of frisbee golf before heading to the church.  The rest of us had Baked Chicken Tacos.  These are so easy to fix and so good.  The recipe will be coming to the blog on Tuesday.

Friday night, our youngest son celebrated his 15th birthday a few days early.  He had friends over and I made a cheater version of Stromboli.  I used canned pizza crust to make it easy.  The stromboli was a hit with all of them

I also got another Stitch Fix box earlier this week.  I was surprised to see that it was my 7th box.  I’ve been doing this for a while, I guess!  I love Stitch Fix, because it’s a fun way for me to add items to my closet without actually having to go shopping.  I tend to dress in the same Walmart or Target t-shirts.  And even though I’d like something different, if I’m left on my own in a store I come out with a few more white t-shirts.

Stitch Fix sends me a box of clothes styled for me.  As I’ve used the service, I’ve tweaked my profile.  Most recently, I changed my fit preference from “fitted” to “loose”.  And that really helped me end up with a box of things I loved.  Here’s what I kept from this fix:

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I’ve already worn the casual top on the left.  It’s light weight and perfect for the fall-like weather we’ve been having.  The dress and the necklace both seem like versatile pieces.  They also sent another dress that I really liked, but decided it was too much money and I really don’t need two new dresses.  And they sent another shirt that I loved the color of, but was cut lower in the neckline than I like.  Those both went back in the pre-paid envelope.

If you want to give Stitch Fix a try, just click the link to find out more.  I have used my affiliate link in this post.

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!

Traditional Plan

  1. Chili and Cheese Hot dogs
  2. Angel Hair with , White Wine, Red Onion and Black Olives
  3. Nachos 
  4. Pork Chops topped with Pineapple, Green Pepper, and Onion
  5. Croque Monsieur 
  6. Italian Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells
  7. Frito Candy

Slow Cooker Plan

3. Steak with red wine, onion, garlic & Italian seasoning

New Weekly Meal Plan Options Coming – Including an All Slow Cooker Version!

I’m so excited to tell you what I’ve been working on!

The Weekly Meal Plans are going to get even better than they’ve always been.  Starting in January, here’s what you’ll be able to get:

- Access to 2 meal plans each week – the Traditional and an All Slow Cooker Version.

- Each plan includes 6 dinners and 1 dessert.

- Each plan will have a grocery list and recipes.

- Each plan includes cooking tips to help you plan and alter the meals as you need to make them work for your family.

This is the easiest way to Eat at Home, because all the planning has been done for you.  If you like saving about an hour each week in planning time, this is the way to go.

The cost will be just $4 per month.  That’s only $1/week (and even less than that in a 5 week month!).  No need to choose between the 2 plans either, because both are included.

Until January (and even after), you can still print the menus and grocery lists that have already been published.

I’ll have more information on how to purchase a Weekly Meal Plan Subscription when we get closer to January, but I wanted to let know about it now.  We’ve been working behind the scenes to get things ready for quite a while and we’re getting excited to launch it in January!

 

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