Meal Planning

5 Tips for Giving the Gift of Food

posted by Andrea | 04/8/2014 | 26 comments
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Over the past 5 weeks since Simon’s birth, Dave and I have been blessed with numerous meals and other food gifts.

And since I’ve shared my love of giving and receiving food gifts before, I thought I’d do another post about little tips and tricks you might consider the next time you’re giving the gift of food — because I just don’t know anyone who wouldn’t appreciate the gift of food.

My Top 10 Favorite Food Posts

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2014 | comment
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As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite food posts — all about freezer cooking, meal-planning, canning, baking in bulk, and more!

How I Avoid Meal-Planning Burnout

posted by Andrea | 02/18/2014 | 36 comments
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I get lots and lots of meal-planning questions — and more recently, I’ve gotten a handful of questions asking how I avoid meal-planning burnout.

At first, I wasn’t quite sure how to answer this question, but after thinking about it for a few weeks, I came up with 6 main factors that have really helped me to simplify my meal-planning and (for the most part) avoid meal-planning burnout.

Our “Normal” (and very simple) Weekly Meal Plan

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2013 | 26 comments
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Two years ago, I started posting our meal plans each week — but then I realized that since we eat really simple foods and we eat the same things on a regular basis, these posts would probably get old. FAST. So I quit.

But ever since then, I’ve gotten a fair number of emails asking me to post more about what meals we eat on a weekly basis — so today, I’m doing just that!

6 Tips to Simplify Meal Planning

posted by Andrea | 06/24/2013 | 16 comments
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Many people I know (myself included) often slack off on meal planning in the summer. I supposed it’s easy to put meal planning on the back burner {pun intended!}

However, these busy weeks of summer are some of the most important weeks to create and utilize a meal plan… because it will save you so much time and stress! If you are struggling to set up a meal-planning routine, here are 6 simple ideas that just might help.

Meal Planning, Shopping, and Cooking for 30!

posted by Andrea | 02/16/2013 | 20 comments
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Last weekend, Dave, Nora, and I went up north for a long weekend with friends. There were 30 people total — and for some reason, I offered to create a meal plan and make the majority of the food! It was quite a bit more work than I originally thought it would be, but everything turned out well, the food tasted great, and we had SO much fun!

Today, I’m sharing a few pictures from our trip as well as a bunch of tips and recipe ideas for feeding a crowd!

How I Manage to Only Cook 2-3 Meals a Week

posted by Andrea | 02/4/2013 | 22 comments
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Due to Dave and my overly ambitious work schedules, our growing list of home projects, and Nora’s unwillingness to take naps, I’ve decided that there are a bunch of things I absolutely must simplify in order to stay sane! One of those things is our meal planning.

Today I’m sharing how we eat home-cooked meals by only cooking 2-3 days a week!

Weekend Giveaway: eMeals 6-Month Meal Planning Bundle Pack

posted by Andrea | 12/14/2012 | 244 comments
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I’m a pretty firm believer in meal planning as a way to save time, money, and a whole lot of stress each week and each month. So today, I’m really excited to share a fabulous online meal-planning service that does pretty much ALL the work for you {besides actually making the food}.

If you’d like to revive your meal-planning efforts, a subscription to eMeals.com might be just what you need!

My “Free” Homemade TV Dinners

posted by Andrea | 07/3/2012 | 12 comments
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Dave and I LOVE leftovers. However, since a massive amount of leftovers can be a bit boring (think lasagna every night for a week!) I’ve started to create “homemade TV dinners” from our leftover meals.

It’s a delicious (and frugal) way to use up those leftovers… and it’s so nice to have a few microwavable meal in the freezer when I don’t feel like cooking.

Weekend Giveaway: Cheap Appétit Cookbook

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2012 | 216 comments
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If you’ve ever wished you can spend less on groceries bu still feed your family healthy, nutrutious meals, then today’s giveaway might be JUST what you’re looking for!

Cheap Appétit: The Complete Guide to Feeding Your Family for Less Than $400 a Month includes over 125 kid-tested recipes using basic, inexpensive ingredients. The strategies inside this book should help most families to decrease their grocery budget by 40-60% *without* using coupons!!

Three Kid-Friendly Foods… for Adults!

posted by Andrea | 05/24/2012 | 12 comments
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The other day, I was talking with some of my friends who have really picky eaters. Because of this, they choose to make multiple meals in order to please everyone.

So since I like to keep things simple (and I definitely don’t want to cook 2 meals if I don’t have to) here are three super popular kids meals that should also please the adults in your home!

ONE Ham – SEVEN Meals

posted by Andrea | 01/30/2012 | 12 comments
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Since meat is one of the most expensive things on our grocery list each week, I’m always looking for ways to stretch good cuts of meat in our weekly meal plans. So when I found a great deal on ham during the Christmas season, I bought a couple and used up the first one last week.

I created a meal plan that used ham every single night… and no one even noticed! Come see how I fed 4 people for an entire with with one $4.00 ham!

Slow Cooker Western Egg Casserole

posted by Andrea | 01/25/2012 | 19 comments
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Thanks to my new meal planning method, we have breakfast for dinner once each week. We do this partially because we really like breakfast foods, but also because breakfast foods are great way to get lots of protein without spending money on expensive cuts of meat.

However, the one thing I don’t always like about breakfast foods is the inability to prepare them ahead of time — so I’m really excited to share this delicious slow cooker breakfast recipe with you today!

Slow Cooker Recipes I Want to Try in 2012

posted by Andrea | 01/10/2012 | 17 comments
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I got a new slow cooker for Christmas and have already used it a couple of times. I actually have 3 different slow cookers — all different sizes — but to be honest, I haven’t used them as much as I should.
So this year, my goal is to use a slow cooker once a week — or at least a few times each month.

I’ve already made a few really delicious meals {recipes coming soon}… but here are a few more I definitely want to try this coming year.

Simple, Delicious Crock Pot Recipes

posted by Andrea | 12/14/2011 | 13 comments
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One of the reasons I love using my crock pot is because I can just dump all the ingredients in, turn it on, and walk away. I don’t need to stir a boiling pot and I don’t need to pull something out of the oven on time… I can simply go about my day and come back in several hours to a hot meal and a delicious smelling kitchen!

Today I’m sharing 2 really simple crock pot recipes from a loyal reader… they’re so delicious!

Meal Planning with Less Meat

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2011 | 3 comments
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If any of you celebrated Thanksgiving like we did, you’re probably still completely stuffed from all the turkey you consumed these past few days!

And while I love a great cut of meat as much as the next person, I also realize that using less meat is one of the simplest ways to stretch a small grocery budget. So if you’re looking for another way to reduce your monthly expenses, try switching up your weekly meal plans to include a variety of these low-meat meals.

Menu Plan Monday {11/07/2011}

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2011 | 2 comments
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Obviously, I can’t be sure… but I’m really, REALLY thinking {and hoping} that my baby is coming this week! So I have another relatively simple weekly menu planned… with lots of quick meals that could be shoved in the freezer if necessary! However, since I have everything planned, that will be a good reason for the baby NOT to come… right??

If you don’t currently have a method for meal planning, feel free to follow our weekly menu, and make sure to check out some of my free meal planning resources at the bottom of this post!

Menu Plan Monday {10/31/11}

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2011 | 6 comments
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We have a jam-packed schedule this week and our quick, simple dinner menu definitely reflects that… but I figure I’m allowed an easy week since I am 8 1/2 months pregnant :)

If you don’t currently have a method for meal planning, feel free to follow our weekly menu {below}, and make sure to check out some of my free meal planning resources at the bottom of this post!

Menu Plan Monday {10/17/2011}

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2011 | 1 comment
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Now that the weather here in West Michigan is finally starting to feel like Fall, I am much more willing to spend time in the kitchen… and I have a bunch of delicious meals and snacks planned for this week.

If you don’t currently have a method for meal planning, feel free to follow our weekly menu, and make sure to check out some of my free meal planning resources at the bottom of this post!

Menu Plan Monday {10/10/11}

posted by Andrea | 10/10/2011 | 6 comments
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I talk a lot about meal planning here at Simple Organized Living, mainly because I know first-hand how much it helps ME to simplify and organize our weekly dinner time routine and plan my weekly shopping trips.

If you don’t currently have a method for meal planning, feel free to follow our weekly menu, and make sure to check out some of my FREE meal planning resources at the bottom of this post!