Category Archives: Menu Planning

Want to Eat Healthier & Make it Easier?

You all know that I love meal planning, but I also think it is a lot of work! All that planning is tiresome and I often need inspiration not just from Pinterest, but also from other bloggers! I need someone else to do the work!

Enter, Healthy Eating Made Easy  a new E-course by one of my favorite bloggers, Jessica from Life as Mom…and YES- this is the same author of the book that I own and love, Good, Cheap, Eats. If you remember, way back when, I told you about this great new cookbook that I had just bought, and why I loved it, and since then I have dog-eared more than a few recipes that my family loves. And now, Jessica just launched this course full of tips, tricks, strategies, and recipes to help the average home cook eat well on a budget without a lot of hassle. Like no-hassle. She does most of the planning for you!!

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I just bought herProtein Power Meal Plans, (not available right now) that included one month of dairy-free, gluten-free, protein packed recipes, a grocery list for each week, and lots of tips on making my menu planning go super easy and healthy for the month. So I knew this e-course would be nothing short of awesome too. It INCLUDES the Protein Power Meals Plan, which does all the meal-planning for you!!!!, but it also has a Healthy Eating Made Easy Workbook & a separate recipe book and video tutorials!

And the price is a short $27.

Can I just tell you, the workbook is full of printables that I want to have all year around- I just may make copies and stick them in my planner! There is a ton of goodies in there, but a couple of my faves:

  • Daily Checklist: which has a food-log of menus for the day, a water-to-drink spot, and exercise spot. I love this!
  • Weekly menu planner template
  • Month-long tracker for all your eating healthy goals
  • So much more!

I have to say, even if you are following another eating-clean type of program, this just checks off all the boxes for me: keeping organized is half the battle for any plan, and this has the recipes, checklists, and plans for you to stay on track!

If you need to stay motivated, organized and get great recipes that suit lots of healthy eating plans (Whole 30, Advocare, 21-Day Fix, Weight-Watchers), than Healthy Eating Made Easy is your guy!

CLICK HERE to buy!

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Top 6 Go-To Dinners to Freeze for Later

  1. Silver Dollar Pancakes
    Pancakes are a dinner-time staple for us, and for a quick meal my kids can make themselves, nothing tops this for me. I make these regularly to always have on hand.
  2. Cola Marinated Steak Tips
    Marinated the steak and keep in a zip-lock bag and freeze. As it thaws in the refrigerator, it’s marinating. Genius. Grill once fulled thawed.
  3. Pulled Chicken {Quesadillas}
    Make the chicken and pull it. Or buy a rotisserie and actually take the chicken off and pull it and then add the BBQ sauce (or not) and freeze. Once it’s pulled, you can thaw just a little to or the whole amount. Make the quesadillas, or use for another recipe.
  4. Potato Pancakes
    These freeze beautifully, and are another one where you can take out a little or the whole thing. These heat up easily in the microwave with no need to thaw them.
  5. Black Bean Burgers
    I love these as my own lunch go-to to add to salads, or make a sandwich. I can pull one or all of them out to reheat in the microwave or heat in a pan. You can thaw them, or heat frozen.
  6. Chicken Nuggets
    Do I need to explain? These are my kids’ favorite thing, and probably my husband’s favorite too. Once thawed these are good on top of a salad, or heat the whole recipe frozen into the oven as you would normally to get the best crunch when re-heating.

TIPS on Freezing Food:

  • Use a zip-lock sealable bag that is good quality. You spent the time making great food, so don’t get freezer burn. Why bother, when it’s so easy to freeze well?
  • Cool the food completely before freezing. It prevents freezer burn.
  • Add enough salt. When you freeze food, the salt kind of disappears (magic?) so I always salt something a bit more if I know I will freeze it- that or just know when it thaws, to salt it again.
  • Use a Sharpie. Label what you made. I also (magically) lose food that isn’t labelled. Don’t do that. Label instead.

That’s all I have my friends. I hope you will make-ahead a meal or two this long-weekend. You will be so glad you did, especially come that day you want to eat and no one is there to cook for you. Hmmm. So every day maybe! Get crackin’!

Menu Plan Monday: One Week in June

june meal plan | Hardly A GoddessI know that I told you that monthly meal plans have been great…but my boys just “graduated” Kindergarten, and it seems the summer craziness has already started! My schedule is a bit unpredictable and I think, honestly, a one-week plan of attack is the way to go. I have been throwing out unused produce and meat, and the only reason for this is that the one-month plan wasn’t working anymore. So here we are on Sunday, and I think I have a good, easy, plan with lots of leftovers for lunches and enough flexibility that I won’t be wasting food like I had been. Here you are:

June 5- June 11th

Spaghetti & Meatballs, salad (with lettuce from my awesome neighbor’s garden!), bread
Crockpot pulled pork, baked beans, salad
Breakfast for dinner (quiche for us, pancakes for the kids)
Sausage & Tortellini Soup & paninis
Pineapple Chicken (from my fave cookbook, Good Cheap Eats)
BBQ-Pork Quesdillas & cheese for the kids
Homemade Pizzas

barbecue chicken quesadillas

These are the BBQ Chicken, but I will just swap the leftover pork!

Quick & Easy vegetarian quiche | Hardly A Goddess

This quiche is perfect for a quick meal during the week- leftover veggies galore!

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