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Save Time – Be Prepared for Meals!

There are a few things to do before you begin to meal plan. You have to be prepared. Now that is bad ass!!

Take a few moments before your busy week to take inventory of what you have in your freezer and fridge. This is also a good time to give the fridge a quick clean. 😉

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Other things to take into consideration when meal planning:

  • what needs used up? Are there items in your fridge that will soon perish? How can you incorporate those into your plan?
  • everyone is over inundated with grocery store flyers. Take your favorite shopping place(s) weekly flyer and go get some deals! Why pay extra if you don’t have to?! Plan your meal around that sale item. Don’t forget about shopping on special savings days like 10% Tuesday. Also try to shop locally and experience our farmers markets to get the freshest and tastiest foods.
  • look ahead at your week. Chances are you have some nights that are busier than others. For those busy days incorporate recipes that don’t require much cook time. Ie. Slow cooker, freezer meals or foods that you can prep. easily the night before.
  • consider a big cook with a friend(s). Once a month I get together to make freezer meals. There are usually four of us that take turns hosting. We make about 8 meals in 3 hours! It’s a fun way to prep. meals for the upcoming month. (That’s 2 meals available per week if you need them.) It saves from the last minute panic on a busy evening and keeps us away from fast food!
  • nutrition. Making a well rounded, nutritious meal  plan with a variety of foods throughout the week keeps meal time interesting .
  • leave space. Leave a day or two open for leftovers or nights that you have other plans or just want to be spontaneous. Over planning can set you up to waste food.
  • take into account what produce is in season and catch some sweet deals

Baby steps my friend. We want you to be successful and know you can do it with a little know how and determination.

Good-luck!

Krystal

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Want to join in on the Meal Planning Fun? Check it out here: Bad Ass Meal Planning.

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Our Free Gift to You!

I love to host a get together on Christmas Eve that involves our dearest family and friends. Basically we hang out listening to Christmas music, play games, and snack on appetizers. We always watch where Santa is in the world too. (Here is the link for that! http://www.noradsanta.org/) It is one of my favorite traditions. We exchange gifts with our friends and the kids always get to open one present from us which is new pajamas. They wear their new pj’s and then in the morning they look nice for the occasional snapshot that we may take opening presents. Like all get togethers it does take a little planning though. And here is why I thought it would be nice to have a pretty list ready for you to print and plan your special holiday get together. You can use it for a dinner party, a holiday games evening, the ugly Christmas sweater party, or even Christmas dinner. 

 

Remember the theme here is to have a low to no stress holiday. You are not doing ANYONE a favor including yourself if you cannot enjoy this time of year. 

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So for those that enjoy making lists to get organized here is your Holiday Menu Planner .

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Enjoy your get together! 

Blessings,

Krystal & Shawna