Mamas are often overwhelmed with how to get meals on the table – but there are meal strategies that really do make it easier to prepare healthy meals for your family with minimal effort! This podcast episode covers some systems and secrets to help you keep everyone’s belly full with less stress for you.
Topics I Cover in This Podcast:
- The #1 thing that helped me out of an unhealthy food rut
- How to choose the meal system that works for you
- Why you should not be afraid to repeat meals (and how to keep your family happy while you do it)
- Tips for streamling your shopping lists
- Why you need to focus on simple meals most days
- The “backup meal” secret every busy mama needs in her cabinet!
- Equipment that you need in your kitchen (and what you don’t)
- How batch prepping can help you save tons of time in the kitchen
- My batch prep system – this takes only minutes every week
- How to pre-prepare different foods: proteins, veggies, and grains
- Why you should include your kids in the kitchen – and how to do it!
Things Mentioned on This Week’s Podcast
- The Well Planned Kitchen – Jen’s meal plans helped me after family crisis derailed our normally healthy diets. Not only did she have everything planned out, almost every recipe met kid approval!
- Smart Mama, Happy Baby – among other things, Smart Mama, Happy Baby has 52 weeks of meal plans at your fingertips!
- Cook’n – this recipe organizer makes it easy to clip and organize internet recipes. I like how simple it is to edit recipes. Cook’n will adjust recipes on the fly based on the number of people you need to serve, and also allows you to put together meal plans and generate a shopping list.
- Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook and Trim Healthy Table – my family enjoys most of the recipes in these cookbooks
- The Nancy Drew cookbook – this is the light-hearted mention of the podcast… my kids have loved every recipe Cassidy cooked after someone gifted her this cookbook 😉
- Blendtec Blender – our Blendtec is truly a lovely little workhorse in our home! We use it all the time and my teens especially like whipping up snacks in it
- Instant Pot – I truly do believe that the Instant Pot has made life easier for me in the kitchen. Perfect hardboiled eggs, potatoes, shredded chicken, and beans – it’s amazing. This link is to the 6-quart, but our family actually uses the 8-quart.
- Crock Pot – though we love our pressure cooker, I still frequently use our slow cooker, especially on weekends when I want to relax and not spend too much time in the kitchen, or when I’ll be out and want to leave a meal for the kids.
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