Here we are, five days into the new year. How are your resolutions or goals going so far?
Still trying to save money, eat healthier and be more organized?
I think the Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning Bundle is a tool that will help you knock out all three resolutions :-).
I’m especially loving the Instant Pot and Slow Cooker ebooks. Since I’ve recently gotten over my fear of blowing the house up with my Instant Pot, many of the recipes have been added to my menu plan! The bundle just has so many great nuggets. Everything from Budget meals to freezer cooking to gluten-free to vegan. I’ll be referencing this all the time if the last week since I’ve purchased it is any indication.
But the sale ends tonight…
The beauty of this bundle is that you can choose the mini-bundle of meal plans and recipes that matches the way your family eats.
-OR- you can get the best value by picking up the entire bundle of ALL the meal plans and recipes for just $20 more (a discount of 96%!!!).
But don’t take too long to decide. Check it out here. This massive discount expires at midnight tonight!
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Want to see your favorite food bloggers in action in their own kitchens? (I know, me too!)
I’m so excited to tell you that you have a chance to get a behind-the-scenes peek into the kitchens and brilliant meal-planning minds of some top-tier food and health bloggers.
Tomorrow (January 3, 2018), you can join me for a Meal-Plan-Along where we’ll be invited into the kitchens of bloggers like:
- Wardee Harmon of Traditional Cooking School who will spill her time-saving secrets for using the slow cooker and pressure cooker to meal plan.
- Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship who will talk about how meal planning can reduce your stress.
- Kresha Faber of Nourishing Joy who will share meal planning techniques for beginners.
- Susan Heid of The Confident Mom who will dish out tips for meal planning on a budget.
- Elise New of Frugal Farm Wife who will offer ideas for crafting a meal plan that’s allergy-friendly.
To spend 30 minutes with each blogger and get their best meal planning tips, just sign up for the FREE simulcast here.
Hope to see you there!
P.S. If you’re unable to join the live simulcast, there will be an encore presentation on Thursday, January 4 at 10am ET! Register for the encore here.
What if there was just one thing standing between you, a lower grocery bill and a healthier life?
I know it seems hard to believe but hear me out…
Healthy meals don’t just happen. (Wouldn’t that be nice!) You have to decide what you’re eating, make your list, buy the ingredients, and then prepare everything. And the domino that starts it all is knowing what you’re going to eat.
In other words, the path to a lower grocery bill and health begins with a plan.
Starting today, you can get your hands on ready-made meal plans for just the way you eat – complete with shopping lists and fresh recipes – for a ridiculously low price.
It’s called the Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning Bundle and here’s how it works:
It’s a complete meal planning solution made up of 10 mini-bundles.
Each bundle contains digital cookbooks, fresh meal ideas, and ready-made plans (and even grocery lists!). No matter how you eat, there’s a mini-bundle that’s perfect for you and there are two buying options:
Option 1: Pick up just one mini-bundle that works best for your life right now – quick & healthy, budget-friendly, Instant Pot & slow cooker OR diet-specific options like vegan, real food, paleo, keto, gluten-free… there’s one that’s right for you.
Option 2: For less than the price of two mini-bundles, get the ENTIRE package with over 3,000 recipes and 100 weeks of made-for-you meal plans, so you’ve got total control no matter how your food needs change.
You really can start saving money and get healthier, starting today.
Make those dominos fall and start your New Year right by picking up your copy of the Ultimate Healthy Meal Planning Bundle (or any of the mini-bundles) right here.
PS: Don’t forget about the annual 2017 Reader Survey!
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of meal planning (and think you should be too 😉 ). It puts deciding what to cook on autopilot all week long. No more last minute trips through the drive thru or slapping together a so-so meal that everyone will complain about anyways.
Jotting down your list of meals in a plain notebook or a scrap of paper is great, but did you know you can totally up your meal planning game? How? Well, with these 7 free printable weekly meal planners that will knock your socks off. I found some pretty amazing printables! All different kinds so there should be something to suit your specific needs.
Check them out and let me know which one is your favourite.
Free Printable Menu Planner
From Little Coconutty.
This one is great because it offers spaces for planning breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, there’s a spot to jot down your shopping list.
Sticky Note Meal Planner
From Planning Inspired
I love this one! The sticky notes make it so flexible and fun! Don’t want meatloaf on Thursday? Switch it with the Tacos!
Weekly Menu Planner
From Miss Information
I like this one for its simplicity. It would be great up on the fridge! It even includes a separate shopping list that would be helpful.
Weekly an Monthly Menu Planners
From I Heart Nap Time
I love the colours on this menu planner. Tons of room to plan each meal of the day. I even love that there’s a monthly menu planner included!
Coloring Weekly Menu Planner
From Artsy Fartsy Mama
Maybe meal planning is cathartic to you? Spend some extra time each week planning and coloring with this printable!
Laminated Meal Planner
From Where the Smiles Have Been
Now, this is a great idea! Use a dry erase marker to write out your menu for the whole week with this planner. Then, once the week is over, wipe it clear and start fresh for next week.
Visual Meal Planner
From Pennies and Pounds
I’m liking this unique twist on the usual weekly planner. It’s a visual planner that allows you to plan the main dish and side dishes. Neat!
Whether you’re new to meal planning or you’re just wanting to liven up the way you’re doing it, any one of these free printable meal planners will do the job perfectly.
Let me know what you think of these great meal planners!
Find this great menu planner pad made by Knock Knock over at Amazon.ca.
Are you trying to ensure your family is eating healthy? A meal plan is the best way to plan your meals and keep everything as healthy as possible. Many people can attest to the fact that healthy meals can seem way more expensive to make than regular meals. Today, I’d love to show you how to make an inexpensive healthy meal plan.
How to Make an Inexpensive Healthy Meal Plan
Buy or make a cheap calendar
First of all, the best plan of action is to write your meal plan down. It’s nearly impossible to stick with a plan unless it’s written down. I like to use a traditional calendar to write out what we will have for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Once you have a place to write down what you will make, you can move on to the next step.
Make a list of healthy foods your family likes
I have learned (by trial and error :)) that you will save money by buying what you know your family will eat. If your family loves bananas, apples and carrots, then spend your money buying those delicious fruits and vegetables. You can always try adding one new fruit or vegetable a week in small quantities.
Create a list of healthy meals that are inexpensive
The only way to create an inexpensive healthy meal plan is to make a list. Make a list of all the healthy meals you can think of that keep you on a budget. You may want to put google or Pinterest to use helping you find ideas. I also really like Budget Bytes for recipes! In my household, we try to stick to a main dish, veggie side, and rice/potato side. This helps keep things on budget and simple. For example, barbecued chicken with a side of mixed veggies and baked potato.
Make a shopping list
When you are meal planning healthy meals, you need a shopping list. You don’t want to forget what you need to buy and it helps keep you accountable to eat the healthy meals that you’re planning. A shopping list will help you save your sanity. Write a note in your phone or jot it down on a piece of paper. Depending on the store you shop at, you can even make a shopping list in the store app.
Stay on budget
When you’re planning an inexpensive healthy meal, try to stay on budget. You can do the math of what a meal will cost before you even head to the store. This will help you know how much you need to spend before you even spend it. For example, chicken is $3.99 a pound and you need 3 pounds to make this week’s meals. That’s rounded to $12, which can make about 2 meals for a family of 4.
There you have it, the steps to making an inexpensive healthy meal plan for your family. Take your time, create a budget, and plan each meal out. The most important part is sticking to the meal plan that you took the time to create.
If you really struggle with the idea of creating a meal plan, try out $5 Meal Plan. It happens to be my favorite meal planning service. It’s just $5 a month (the first two weeks are free!), and you get menu plans sent straight to your email along with the exact shopping list you need in order to create the meals. Each meal costs around $2 per person or less. This service allows you to save time because you won’t have to meal plan anymore, and it will save you money as well! If you are interested in joining for free, click here.
Do you have any tips to add? Let me know all your inexpensive meal plan secrets in the comments below!
You know having a menu plan is a good thing, but wouldn’t it be nice if someone did it for you? And created a grocery list at the same time? Well, right here, is a free printable weekly menu plan and grocery list!
I’m a huge believer in the benefits of having a menu plan. Not only can having a menu plan save your grocery budget, it will save your sanity as well! I love menu planning and have been planning a menu nearly every week since my husband and I got married almost 10 years ago!
If you’re all too familiar with the drive thru, having a menu plan in place will help you bring back your evening meals at home. Without a plan, it’s all too easy to throw together an unbalanced meal or go to out for fast food again. Not only will you be eating better with a plan in place, you’ll be having more fun sitting down with those you love knowing that everyone is being well nourished.
While I would love for you to learn how to create your own menu plans, I also love to help where I can. As a busy work at home mom, I know there simply aren’t enough hours in a day for us women to do it all. We have to pick and choose what we think is best. Something I strive for in our family, but is always a work in progress, is that we’re sitting down and eating a healthy meal together on a regular basis. Preferably to a meal I cooked at home because it’s cheaper and better for us!
This FREE Weekly Menu Plan series will help you get started cooking at home with 5 meals, 1 salad, 1 dessert and side dish suggestions that you can make on your own.
That’s five meals that you can stretch however you need. Depending on your family size, you might end up having leftovers or you might end up eating it all in one go. Adapt each recipe to suit your needs. Regardless, you’ve got 5 meals planned and and two open nights for leftovers, planned take-out or something simple like sandwiches. You’ll feel so good knowing things are planned and ready to go!
Having a menu plan in place can drastically reduce your grocery bill and save you so much trouble when the clock hits 5 o’clock.
Here’s what’s in this week’s plan:
Roasted Lemon Garlic Chicken (serve with rice and steamed vegetables)
Picnic Day! Best Ever Chicken Salad Sandwiches (serve with this week’s salad)
Avocado Toast (serve with chips and raw vegetables)
The Best Baked Beans (serve with raw/steamed veggies)
Parmesan Garlic Spaghetti (serve with this week’s salad)
Salad: Black Bean and Corn Salad
Dessert: No Bake Summer Berry Icebox Cake