Meal planning has saved me significant time, money, energy, and stress. Today I’m sharing how to meal plan in a way that won’t make you lose your mind! (I’ve been fighting a sinus infection/cold for months now…my voice is still a little rough!) Oh, and on step number seven, I say “Finally, step number six…” That’s wrong. Sorry!
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I started using plan to eat around Christmas time and I like it a lot! I work 3 12-14 hour shifts as a nurse each week, so its hard to stick to a regular meal plan schedule because I work different days each week. I just plan accordingly to have leftovers to take to work for lunch. I love cooking yellow rice, chicken, and topping it with black beans, sour cream, and cilantro – super quick and easy! I just found this crockpot recipe and made it this week – its the best crockpot pork I’ve ever made (not dry, full of flavor) http://iowagirleats.com/2015/06/08/crock-pot-mojo-pork-with-cuban-style-black-beans/
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This was super helpful and informative – it gave me lots of great ideas! I have been meal planning for the last few years (started when I got married, too) and have been using a combination of Pinterest, cookbooks, and a meal planning notebook. A lot of weeks, though, I’ve spent way too much time on it because of so many recipes, so I love your suggestion of having a template/daily themes to go by – I’m going to give that a try! I just started a free trial of Plan to Eat, too, so I’m going to give that a go to see if it is more efficient than using paper 🙂 One thing I do to simplify my meal planning/cooking, too is because my husband and I both work full-time and go to the gym together after work, meaning we aren’t home until around 6:30-7, I always make 4 servings when I cook and then only have to cook 3 times a week (usually on Saturday and Sunday nights when I have more time and one day during the week, then re-heat leftovers during the busy weekdays). Thanks for such a helpful podcast, Blair!