As a self-taught meal planner, I first started learning about meal planning when I had a toddler and a new baby. I needed to figure out a way to prepare and serve food that was good for us but not spend a ton of time shopping or cooking it as my time was limited. I’ve shared many of my tips on my blog Meal Planning Magic and here are Produce for Kids. But over the years, I’ve talked to many people that wish they could meal plan but some meal planning myths are holding them back. Hopefully these solutions will help you get started meal planning too.
Eating leafy greens and vegetables can be a challenge for many families, especially those with young children who are still discovering new foods. Over the years, I have tried several different approaches and as my children have grown, their interest in trying new salad ingredients has grown too. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
The holidays are a time when many people go “all out” in the kitchen and share their favorite dishes with family and friends. And while meal planning can help prevent the amount of leftovers, sometimes it’s just inevitable that there will be some things leftover! Not to worry, there are many ways to reinvent those leftovers into delicious new meals and prevent food waste.
Trying to feed our families healthy foods can seem extra challenging when time and money is limited. Keeping a supply of frozen fruits and vegetables in the freezer can help you get those extra nutrients in your menu and also save you time because they are cleaned and prepped ahead of time. You’ll save money when you shop in bulk or catch sales too! Check out a few of my favorite fruits and vegetables that I always have on hand to help with meal prep.
Heading out on a road trip doesn’t mean you need to leave your healthier eating habits behind. With a little bit of prep work and planning, you can enjoy your trip knowing that having healthy food choices available can help you feel good on your trip and even save money! These tips will help get you started.
When it comes to packing a lunch for school, many parents are left scratching their heads trying to come up with ideas that are not only nutritious but also what their children will actually eat. The Produce for Kids Power Your Lunchbox site is a great place to start. The site is packed with lunchbox ideas full of fruits and vegetables and they all have great kid appeal. Once your family has found a few favorites, here are a few ideas to help you stay organized on the road to packing a nutritious, healthy lunch each day.
As a meal planning blogger, one of the questions I get most often is for ideas on how to put together a quick meal on busy nights. For me, it’s essential that I have a supply of kitchen staples. Through the years, I have cooked in many family or friends’ kitchens and it surprises me sometimes to discover what basic tools and ingredients are missing. So, I’ve put together my top 10 favorites to help get you started.