Meal Planning

How We Make More Produce Work For Our Family

posted by Andrea | 10/11/2019 | 26 comments

In some ways, I feel like a broken record sharing yet ANOTHER post about our fruits and veggies. However, based on my email inbox, it’s a topic MANY of you are still so interested in learning more about! 

Today I’m sharing 3 very specific reasons why eating more produce works for OUR family for now… but might not work for YOUR family! 

READER QUESTION: What Are Your Thoughts on The Whole 30

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2019 | 21 comments

Surprisingly (to me) I get quite a few questions about the Whole30 diet — many from readers who assume I’ve already completed a Whole30 challenge (nope!)

I have read and learned quite a bit about the Whole30 way of eating over the past few years… but I am far from an expert. So instead of me sharing what I don’t know, I thought this might be a great “Reader Question” — I’d love to hear from those of you who HAVE completed one or more Whole30 challenges, as well as from those of you who tried but didn’t finish!

10 Of Our Recent Meals From the Freezer

posted by Andrea | 05/28/2019 | 10 comments

I recently shared some of our freezer meals creations on Facebook, and many of you asked me to share a list of the meals we were ACTUALLY eating (with links to the recipes). So that’s what I’m doing today! 

These 10 meals are all ones I’ve made for our family in the last 2 weeks, pulling most (if not all) of the ingredients directly from our freezer for fairly quick and easy week night meals — perfect for this busy time of year! 

How I Store, Prep, and Serve All Our Fresh Produce

posted by Andrea | 02/5/2019 | 56 comments

Yesterday, I shared how I stretch our grocery shopping to every 2-3 weeks — today I’m sharing a how I store, prep, and serve the huge variety of fresh produce I buy every 2-3 weeks so it doesn’t get wasted and so my family can enjoy it at every single meal.

My hope is that this post gives you as much detail as possible regarding our fresh produce consumption… just short of actually inviting you all into my kitchen (wouldn’t that be fun though!) 

Meal Planning 101: How I Plan our Side Dishes

posted by Andrea | 11/9/2018 | 23 comments

Over the years, I’ve written countless posts about meal planning. These posts DO mention the various side dishes we eat with our meals, but I’ve never really gone into much detail about how I plan, prep, and prepare our side dishes

I’ve gotten a huge number of questions about side dishes, so I felt it was finally time to devote one full post to the topic… that’s what we’re focusing on today!

A Detailed Look At Our Weekly Meal Plans

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2018 | 25 comments

Although I’ve shared many posts about meal planning over the years, it continues to be one of the most requested post topics… so I’m back again with a more detailed look at what exactly we eat and how I plan all our meals each week. I’m even including breakfast and lunches in this post! 

If you’ve never tried meal planning before (or if you’ve fallen off the meal planning bandwagon) I think today’s post will help simplify the process and (hopefully) motivate you to give it another try!

Eat At Home… My Simple Weight-Management Plan

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2018 | 7 comments

Over the past year, our family has eaten almost every single meal at home… and it’s honestly amazing how much we’ve saved (both money and calories!)

Today I’m sharing a little more about how simply eating at HOME has been a key factor in helping me lose my baby weight and manage my weight moving forward.

How “Fun Lunches” Simplify Our School Routine

posted by Andrea | 08/30/2018 | 64 comments

When it comes to packing lunches, it’s definitely not my most favorite thing on my list of daily to-do’s, but I certainly don’t despise it the way some of our friends, relatives, and other school families seem to!

In fact, after thinking about lunch packing more this past month, I might know at least one reason I don’t dread or despise packing lunches… I’m sharing my “secret” in today’s post!

Simple Meatless Meals… for people who love meat!

posted by Andrea | 06/6/2018 | 28 comments

Although meat is often the most expensive part of a meal, our family isn’t necessarily the vegetarian type (read: we LOVE meat!)

If you feel the same way, I’d like to share several meatless meals our family enjoys on a regular basis without feeling like we are missing out on our meat! In fact, many of these meals are staples in our weekly meal plans and some of our kids’ favorites!

How Food Prep Positively Impacts Almost Every Aspect Of My Life

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2018 | 21 comments

I’ve always known food prep was an important piece of the puzzle for my simplified, organized lifestyle; however, it really hasn’t been until the last 9 months of my life that I truly started to realize just how much my entire life “falls apart” when I slack on food prep. 

This knowledge is more than enough for me to continue my not-so-loved task of food prep… as you’ll read in today’s post, it really does positively impact almost every area of my life!

Why We Still Love Our Blue Apron Meal Deliveries

posted by Andrea | 03/8/2018 | 8 comments

I recently realized that Dave and I have been ordering occasional Blue Apron meal deliveries for almost 4 years now (we started it when Simon was a newborn, and he just turned 4 over the weekend!)

Since I get so many questions about our Blue Apron meals, I thought I’d answer some of those in today’s post — especially why we are still LOVING our Blue Apron meals!

I Got Dave to Eat Brussels Sprouts!

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2017 | 15 comments

When it comes to eating vegetables, Dave and I are not picky eaters. We’ll eat (almost) any type of vegetable, but Dave is NOT a fan of cabbage or brussels sprouts.

However, thanks to one of our recent Blue Apron meal deliveries, I actually got him to eat a decent amount of brussels sprouts — and he admitted they “weren’t bad”. I’ll take it! 🙂

Back to School with Blue Apron

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2017 | 11 comments

Over the summer months, Dave and I enjoyed several delicious Blue Apron meals for lunch — after feeding the kids and sending them outside to play. It was like a mini at-home date in the middle of the afternoon — SO FUN!

Today I’m offering THREE FREE Blue Apron meals to anyone who hasn’t tried Blue Apron yet… it might be just the break you need for this busy back-to-school time of year!

How Blue Apron Helped Extend My Vacation

posted by Andrea | 04/13/2017 | 14 comments

I don’t know about you, but I always hate coming home from vacation to a messy home, piles of dirty laundry, and an empty refrigerator… so I took a few steps to make sure coming home would be a bit less depressing this time.

I cleaned the house before we left, did laundry the day before we came home, AND I scheduled a Blue Apron delivery the day after we got home, so I didn’t have to meal plan or worry about getting groceries! It was SO fabulous!

4 Tips to Grocery Shop Less

posted by Andrea | 03/8/2017 | 29 comments

Last month, I shared a few of the ways I’m able to save a considerable amount of time shopping for groceries — one of which is the fact that I usually only go to the grocery store every 10-12 days (sometimes I can even stretch it out to 2 full weeks).

Several of you asked for any tips I use to stretch the time between grocery runs… and today, I’m sharing 4 tips I hope will help many of you!

How We’ve Expanded our Taste Buds and Simplified our Pantry

posted by Andrea | 02/23/2017 | 13 comments

While I don’t think I’m completely “stuck in a rut” when it comes to trying new recipes, I will admit to usually making recipes with “normal” ingredients I already have in the house — because I hate buying specific spices, oils, vinegars, or sauces just for one recipe (especially if I’m not even sure we’ll like the recipe).

Today I’m sharing how the Blue Apron meal delivery service has completely expanded our taste buds while simplifying our pantry… plus, I have 3 FREE meals for anyone who wants to try Blue Apron!

Back to Basics: Meal Planning For Beginners

posted by Andrea | 02/2/2017 | 51 comments

I fully understand how overwhelming meal planning can seem if you’ve never done it before, if you’re not a natural planner, if you don’t particularly love cooking, if you’ve tried before and failed, if you have allergies or other picky eaters, if your spouse isn’t appreciative of your efforts, or if you are a perfectionist.

With that said, I hope today’s post will simplify the process SO much that anyone who has ever wanted to meal plan will be encouraged and motivated to try it… even if it’s just for one week!

A Simple Twist on the Classic Cheesburger

posted by Andrea | 12/12/2016 | 8 comments

One food our entire family devours without a single complaint is cheeseburgers — even better when they are accompanied by Culver’s fries or our favorite baked herbed potato wedges!

Today I’m sharing one very simple tweak that adds lots of flavor and a sort-of grownup gourmet taste to our homemade burgers!