Hillary Chybinski

Monday, November 28, 2016

Meal Plan 2016 - Week 48

Weekly Meal Plan - Real Food for Real Families

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Happy Monday everyone, I hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Weekend (for my US readers). It truly is a long weekend of food and family for us, and it was wonderful and much needed. I also started to put Christmas up around here, I'm feeling ready. But my biggest Thanksgiving Weekend news, related to meal planning and food, is that I bought an Instant Pot.

Yep - the deals on Amazon were just too good to pass up, and my news feed on Facebook was full of people that already had one and loved it, or were contemplating buying it. So, never one to miss out on all the fun, I bit the bullet and purchased the 7-in-1. I'm not sure if I will get it operating in time for this week's menu, but I promise to share what I learn as I go along. If you have any favorite recipes or sources for ideas, I'd love you to share them.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Meal Plan 2016 - Week 47

Weekly Meal Plan Ideas sharing real food for real families. Save time and money by planning easy menus for your family.

Welcome back meal planners! The end of the year is quickly approaching, and with busy holiday schedules, it's more important than ever to stay organized and on top of your meal plan. The last thing you need is a relaxing night at home, with no food in the house. So with three simple steps, you can stay on top of meal planning for the next six weeks and straight through New Year's.

The first step is to look at your calendar and figure out what nights you will be home for dinner and need a meal. Holiday concert at school may mean a quick and early meal for the kids, and the grown-ups are on their own. But knowing that ahead of time, can prevent you from buying (and wasting) food for that night. Plan according to your schedule.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Meal Planning 2016 - Week 46

Weekly Meal Plan: Real Food for Real Families

As each weekend rolls around, I have a vision of a lazy Sunday morning spent on the couch with a cup of coffee, Pinterest and cookbooks, planning out our healthy and well-balanced meals for the week. The reality is closer to a desperate scribble of ideas, random shopping and a frantic push to put it all together in a logical sense to share here. I don't want to scare you, but rather let you know that it's not all roses over here.

Weekly menu planning is an integral part of saving me time, energy and money, but it isn't always easy, fun or effortless. Sometimes it's downright messy. But holding myself accountable, by posting each Monday morning, helps me achieve my goal. What helps you achieve your meal planning goals?