How I Eat: Meal Planning for Normal People - a new series on thepajamachef.com inspiring YOU in the weekly routine of meal planning!
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Introducing… How I Eat: Meal Planning for Normal People

Happy 2018, friends! I’m so excited to be back with you this year. Christmas was fun BUT I’m a little ready to get back into a more normal routine. Whatever normal means. 🙂 I have some yummy recipes on tap to share this winter but first I wanted to pop in to introduce a new series that will debut on Friday!

Introducing…  How I Eat: Meal Planning for Normal People!

Whether you’re cooking for one or a crowd, I firmly believe that good food shouldn’t be sacrificed just because life is busy. Meal planning is the best way for me to accomplish this as a full-time working mom and wife. This seems to be the consensus for many of my friends as well, no matter their current life stage (working/staying at home, single/married, kids/no kids, etc.). I think most people–especially foodies (and that includes YOU if you’re reading this!)–have heard all the benefits of meal planning. It saves time. It saves money. It helps prevent food waste. Blah blah blah. But how do you do it? In my unscientific research (e.g., conversations with friends or my own experience), it’s the how that causes trouble.

How I Eat: Meal Planning for Normal People - a new series on thepajamachef.com inspiring YOU in the weekly routine of meal planning!

Back in the day (aka pre-baby) I could easily, easily, EASILY do a quick meal plan as I was writing a grocery list. I’d have a couple grocery store ads handy, along with a cookbook and my computer to pull up recipes online. I knew our favorite meals and always had a few ideas I wanted to try. It was easy to choose recipes since I didn’t have any time constraints or concerns about who would eat what. To be fair, our little guy is a great eater at 20 months, but there are some things that are hard for him to eat (soup, fresh veggies, etc.) so I have to work around that. I also could do this free of distraction so I didn’t accidentally leave a key ingredient off the grocery list. Just ask me how often that’s happened in recent months. Why does everything take longer/become more difficult when kids are around? Ha!

This year, like many others, I’m looking for a little more organization in life… and a little more inspiration in the kitchen, particularly in the meal planning department. Evenings are always a challenge, no matter your season of life. I feel like getting a real dinner on the table sets the stage for the rest of the week, since we rely on leftovers for hectic nights and work lunches.

So, I devised this fun little weekly series called How I Eat: Meal Planning for Normal People. I’ve interviewed a variety of friends–both bloggers and non-bloggers for a variety of opinions, methods, and strategies for meal planning. Some approach meal planning in a methodical fashion or use a meal planning service, while others are more spontaneous. Some cook for one, while others are cooking for a whole family. Some make 21 meals at home each week while others just focus on getting a homemade dinner on the table each night.

These interviews have inspired me and I hope they do the same for you! I am so grateful to all my friends online and in real life for taking the time to contribute to this project. There are others on my list to interview at a later time as well (if you are interested in joining me in this project, please comment below or contact me via email or social media). So be sure to come back tomorrow for my first How I Eat interview! In the meantime, feel free to browse through my history of meal plans for inspiration and check out this article on The Kitchn about meal planning tips. 🙂

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Thanksgiving has come and gone… now on to Christmas! Enjoy these recipes… and I hope to be back with more new recipes soon! Enjoy!

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This month’s recipe round up was brought to you by:

Savory Moments | The Cooking Actress | The Spiffy Cookie | Pies and Plots | Kelly Lynn’s Sweets & Treats | Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck | The Pajama Chef

Pin this to your meal planning board for easy access all month long!

 

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Wow, it’s hard to believe THANKSGIVING is coming up this week! If you’re still looking to plan your menu, check out these great recipe ideas below. 🙂

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This month’s recipe round up was brought to you by:

The Pajama Chef | Savory Moments | The Cooking Actress | The Spiffy Cookie | Pies and Plots | Kelly Lynn’s Sweets & Treats | Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck

Pin this to your meal planning board for easy access all month long!

 

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Halloween Recipes for October!

Wow, it’s almost October! Do you celebrate Halloween? I have to admit, I’m not very into the holiday… just not my thing. I’m sure when my little man is old enough for trick or treating, I’ll be a little more interested in it. But for now, no thanks. Nevertheless, this month’s recipe roundup is full of yummy Halloween treats. So creative! Enjoy!

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This month’s recipe round up was brought to you by:

Kelly Lynn’s Sweets & Treats | Savory Moments | The Pajama ChefThe Cooking Actress | Pies and Plots | The Spiffy Cookie | Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck

Pin this to your meal planning board for easy access all month long!

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Tailgating Recipes for September

Ahhh guys, I’m so sorry! This post is way overdue–the first day of football season has come and gone, but you’ll have many more days to come. Hope you enjoy these great recipes from my fellow food bloggers. 🙂

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This month’s recipe round up was brought to you by:

Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck | Kelly Lynn’s Sweets & Treats | Savory Moments | The Pajama ChefThe Cooking Actress | Pies and Plots | The Spiffy Cookie

Pin this to your meal planning board for easy access all month long!

 

Tailgating Ideas for September... and beyond! Tailgating Ideas for September... and beyond!