The one thing standing between you and healthy meals

What if there was just one thing standing between you 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 health begins with a plan.

Today, you can get your hands on ready-made meal plans with a focus on quick & simple, but delicious, healthy meals – complete with shopping lists and fresh recipes – for a ridiculously low price.

It’s called the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle 2019 and here’s a taste of what it includes:

  • A carefully-curated library of simple, nutritious, whole food recipes, beautifully formatted in 12 digital cookbooks.
  • An easy-to-use index for every single recipe, to help you sort by food allergy, eating style, quick meals, cooking method, and more.
  • 30+ unique made-for-you meals plans complete with grocery lists and prep reminders (4-week dinner plans, school & work lunch plans, breakfast rotations, party plans, and more!)
  • Meal planning printables for those who love paper & pen and creating their own custom plans.
  • Plus healthy eating resources on clean eating, a flavor crash course (so your food tastes ah-ma-zing!), strategies for helping kids with pickiness, allergies or oral SPD, and more!

No need to search Pinterest for recipes, only to find yourself emerge an hour later from the rabbit hole. 😉 With the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle, you’ll have hundreds of recipes available in one place, so you can find what you need quickly, without distraction.

Make those dominos fall and start your New Year right by picking up your copy of the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle right here.

How to Feed Your Family on $50 This Week

One thing that will bring a family together are home cooked meals at the kitchen table. There is nothing better than gathering around yummy food, while conversing about life, with your family members. Unfortunately, feeding your family does not come cheap. Here are some great tips to help you feed your family on $50 this week, whether you are tight on cash, or just simply looking to be a little more frugal.

How to Feed Your Family on $50 This Week

Yes, it can be done, and you don’t have to coupon! Check out these practical tips on how to feed your family on $50 a week!

Take Inventory

Take inventory of what is already in your fridge, freezer, and pantry. I make a list using the inventory sheet from the Grocery Conqueror Kit, so that I have it as I sit down to make my shopping list and menu plan. No need to buy tomato sauce if you already have some in the pantry!

Use Store Rewards

I like to collect PC Optimum points because the points turn into cash that I can put towards my grocery bill. I just recently redeemed $30 so that was a nice chunk of change of of that grocery bill! There are many other store reward programs out there that may be worth trying out if it means savings for you!

Use Grocery Rebate Sites

I like Checkout 51Snap by Groupon, and Caddle because I can just upload my receipt and go. I have 7 days from the time I shop to upload, and I can combine rebates from all 4 sites from 1 receipt to maximize savings!

Shop the Right Places

Being able to feed your family for less, means that you need to be willing to shop at different stores. If you are used to shopping at higher end grocery stores that generally charge more than say, Walmart or No Frills, consider stepping outside of your box, and head into a less costly store. Set aside your reasons and any ill feelings that you may have about those stores. You certainly will not regret it after leaving the store with a little extra change in your pocket!

Meal Plan Around Flyer Sales

Meal planning is a great way to make sure you know exactly what your family will be eating every day. Knowing which meals you will be enjoying also means that you know all of the ingredients needed, and this will allow you to better stick to your budget of $50. Just make sure that as you plan your meals, that you are scoping out the flyer sales and planning
your meals around what is on sale and what you already have at home.

Use Cheap Fillers

When you have a tight food budget to stick to, you will find that rice and beans will become some of your favorite ingredients. Rice and beans generally do not have much flavor, so they can be added to almost any meal, even if it is just as a side that you season with salt and pepper. However, the other great thing about rice and beans is that they are cheap fillers in things like tacos, soup and chili! This means that you will feel fuller after eating them. Dry beans will be your best value, so don’t be afraid to use them!

Make a list of cheap meals

I’m in the thought camp that most meals can be frugal meals if you purchase the ingredients on sale. for example, meat. Don’t buy chicken breasts if the chicken thighs are on sale. Also, take a look at the 20 meal rotation I have been doing as our meal plan lately. I’d consider most meals on the list cheap and frugal!

Stick to the same things for Breakfast and Lunch

In our house, I have a rotation going of oatmeal, pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs and cereal all served with fruit for breakfasts. Sounds time consuming, but it’s really not because once in a while we have breakfast for dinner (pancakes/French toast) and I freeze the leftovers. We can then pop them into the toaster for a super quick, filling breakfast! Same sort of idea for lunches. Sandwiches, grilled cheese, soup, leftovers… Dinner is where most of the variety comes from!

Eat Those Leftovers!

Who wants leftovers? Most people generally are not fond of reheated meals the following day. However, eating leftovers is a great way to help you stick to your weekly food budget. If your family cannot handle the same meal twice in one week consider turning your leftovers into a new meal by turning it into a soup or stew, or adding new flavors or vegetables to it. Taco Tuesday can become taco salad (or taco soup) Wednesday. I especially love to freeze leftovers like spaghetti sauce. Makes for a super easy meal on a rushed night.

Feeding your family on $50 this week really comes down to being creative as much as it does frugal. People do what they have to do to survive and you, my friend, can totally make this work for your family. What tips do you have to add?

The Grocery Conqueror Printable Kit contains over 50+ pages to help you organize your kitchen, streamline your meal planning and grocery shopping tasks. Ultimately enabling you to create a more organized kitchen, thus saving you money on your grocery bill.

20 Family Dinner Recipes that Cut our Grocery Bill

Planning a menu each week can be such an annoyance. Some weeks, it would take me hours to come up with enough meals for the week because I’d always try to add variety with new meals. I would scour cookbooks and Pinterest for new recipes and get distracted trying to decide if something sounded good or not. Or whether or not the rest of the family would eat it… So, one thing that has helped us to cut our grocery budget was to create a short, go-to recipe list! I mean, we eat the same basic things for breakfast each day, why not apply the principle to dinner too?

The 20 Family Dinner Recipes that Cut our Grocery Bill. #mealplanning #menuplanning #dinnerideas #easydinner

Narrowing our meal ideas to only 20 options has made meal planning a breeze and has saved us so much money. It also reduces food waste, because I know I am making food that we all enjoy. These meals are a mix of quick & easy meals, recipes that are great for leftovers, and some a wee bit more complicated because they’re just so tasty.

So, if you want to finally stop wasting money on groceries, I’d encourage you to grab some inspiration from our go-to recipe list. Here’s what we’re eating, aside from leftover nights and super simple meals (like tomato soup & grilled cheese):

  1. Tacos – I find that one package of ground beef is enough for two meals for our family. I’ll often make it stretch further with a can of baked beans.
  2. French Toast – We often like breakfast meals for dinner. I especially love to make a big batch of French toast because I can freeze the leftovers for quick breakfasts.
  3. Instant Pot Beef Stew – This is so good! Since the recipe doesn’t call for potatoes, I like to serve it over mashed potatoes.
  4. Spaghetti – Lately I’ve been browning ground beef, adding it to the slow cooker with a jar of pasta sauce, a bit of water and a sprinkle of beef bouillon powder.
  5. Hamburger Soup – This freezes well and is enjoyed every time I make it.
  6. Slow Cooker BBQ Sauce Pork Chops – Place pork chops over sliced onions in a slow cooker, then pour your favourite BBQ sauce over top. Cook on low for about 4 – 6 hours. Serve with rice or potatoes and steamed veggies.
  7. Sausage and Potato Bake – Cut up potato, carrots, sweet potato, peppers, and farmer’s sausage and place in a big 9×13 baking dish. Drizzle olive oil and a dose of oregano, salt & pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes.
  8. Roasted chicken – It no secret that a roasted whole chicken can stretch for many meals. I’ll often buy rotisserie chicken for a super fast dinner with veggies and potatoes.
  9. Balsamic beef roast – This is another meal that stretches far or is great for feeding a crowd.
  10. Quiche– a satisfying meal
  11. Instant Pot Honey Sesame chicken – Delicious served with rice and veggies!
  12. Creamy chicken soup – This is another delicious soup that freezes well!
  13. Chicken pesto stuffed shells – My husband’s favourite meal that actually isn’t that hard to make! Great freezer meal too.
  14. Ramen Vegetable stirfry – I buy the healthy ramen noodles from Costco. A great way to use up vegetables that are needing to be used up.
  15. Meatballs– These are so versatile and the recipe make a ton so you’ll have plenty for the freezer.
  16. Chicken in basil sauce – One of our “fancy” dinners that we enjoy.
  17. Fettuccine Alfredo – An indulgence we don’t mind occasionally since we need to fatten up the kids. 😉
  18. White Chicken Chili – A good twist on classic chili that again, freezes well.
  19. Chicken & Asparagus Pasta Bake – So easy to put together. Also works well with green beans.
  20. Slow Cooker Barbacoa – Leftovers are so good over salad, in tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more!

There you have it! The 20 family dinner recipes that have managed to cut our grocery bill!

Does your family have a go-to recipe list? What are your favourite meals?

If you’re looking for even more kitchen/meal organization, check out the Grocery Conqueror Printable Kit. The Grocery Conqueror Printable Kit contains over 50+ pages to help you organize your kitchen, streamline your meal planning and grocery shopping tasks. Ultimately enabling you to create a more organized kitchen, thus saving you money on your grocery bill.

How to Shred Meat in Under 30 Seconds

Learn how to shred meat in under 30 seconds using your stand mixer!

Looking for another valuable use for that KitchenAid stand mixer? How about shredding meat? It works so well to shred some cooked chicken breasts, boneless pork butt, or beef roast. If you have ever tried to “pull” a pork shoulder with forks, you know this can take a bit of time. With the stand mixer and the normal beater attachment, you can shred a pound of cooked chicken breast straight from the slow cooker in under 30 seconds! (Tip: You can also use a hand mixer!) Take a look at this handy kitchen hack:

Here’s how to shred meat in under 30 seconds:

1. Take your meat straight from cooking and toss it in the mixing bowl.

2. Make sure the beater attachment is in place.

3. Raise the bowl and hit a low power setting for about 30 seconds.

4. Enjoy your shredded meat!

So you no longer need to hesitate to make recipes like chicken enchiladas, pulled pork, or beef barbecue because of this tedious job again. If you don’t have a KitchenAid, here is another great reason why you might just want to take the plunge!

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Learn how to shred meat in under 30 seconds using your stand mixer or hand mixer!

5 Unique Ways to Use your Slow Cooker

I think it’s safe to say that the slow cooker is one of my favourite kitchen tools.  After all, it cooks delicious meals with minimal effort!  Not to mention it’s great to use in the summer when you don’t want to heat the house up.

Slow cookers are generally known for their skills at creating delicious stews and tender meats.  But your slow cooker can do so much more!  Read on to discover five unique ways to use your slow cooker.

These 5 unique ways to use your slow cooker are brilliant!

Make Yogurt

It’s possible to make your own yogurt in a slow cooker!   This is something that I’d love to try in the near future since I think it could save quite a bit of money.  Try the Homemade Yogurt recipe from Mom on Time Out or try the Greek Yogurt from One Good Thing by Jillee.

Make Candles

Let the gift giving begin!  You can easily make candles for gifts (or yourself) in your slow cooker!  I think this is a great way to turn those candles that no longer burn because the wick is gone, into new candles.  Learn how to make candles in your slow cooker over at A Year of Slow Cooking.

Make Baked Potatoes

I automatically assume that successful slow cooker recipes have to include some sort of liquid.  But this slow cooker baked potato recipe proves me wrong!

Make Bread

I think this idea is genius.  Make a loaf of bread in your slow cooker!  This is great for the summer months when you don’t want to heat up the house!  Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day shows you how to make a loaf of artisan bread in the slow cooker!

Make Brownies

As seen from the unique slow cooker ideas I posted above, you’re not limited to dinner-type meals in the least.  So, of course dessert can be made in a slow cooker!  Why not try these Triple Chocolate Brownies from Martha Stewart?

Make French Fries

My daughter loves homemade French fries and I think this French Fry recipe from Practical Stewardship just made my life a whole lot easier!

Isn’t the slow cooker a neat appliance?  What unique things have you made in your slow cooker?  Will you be trying any of these ideas?