7 Tips to Reduce Food Waste and Save Money

Did you know that over 40% of all food grown or produced in the United States is wasted? That’s a lot of time and money going to waste! There are lots of ways we, as consumers, can help reduce food waste in the kitchen which ultimately helps our budgets and the environment too. Here are a few ideas to reduce...

Episode 1: Meal Planning for Beginners

In this episode of Healthy Family Project podcast, we talk to Produce for Kids blog contributor and author of MealPlanningMagic.com, Brenda Thompson. Brenda shares tips and ideas about meal planning and how it is not only a healthy way of living but can help save time and money. Brenda Thompson is a busy mom and wife, foodie, self-taught meal planner and freelance writer...

5 Tips for Grocery Shopping on a Budget

It should be no surprise that when you’re on a budget it really pays to plan your meals. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself in the store choosing convenience items or the first thing that you see which is not always the best value (or best for your body!). I’m all for saving money wherever I can, so if you’re also looking...

6 Tips for Freezer Meal Success

Filling your freezer with prepped meals is a great way to save time and money in the kitchen. When you prepare meals for the freezer it allows you to batch cook and take advantage of sales at the grocery store or wholesale clubs. Plus you won’t feel the need to get take-out as often!   Getting started is easy when...

10 Beginner’s Tips to Meal Planning Like a Pro

Meal prep has changed my life. Okay, maybe I still deal with the morning stress of getting kids dressed for school or sitting at yet another red light on the way to dance practice, but it’s changed my mealtime routine for the better. Not only do I save time and money, but meal prepping has greatly improved my family’s eating...

Debunking Meal Planning Myths

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...

5 Foods to Prep for Easy Summer Meals

Many of us go into the school year thinking it’s the busy time of year. But for some reason summer seems even busier in our house. I think it’s because we spend as much time outside (as long as there is daylight) and before I know it, it’s past 6pm and dinner isn’t ready! In an effort to make summer...

Breakfast Quiche Bites

The kids are settling in to a new school year and we are all trying to get back into the swing of things. It seems like getting back into our routines is always a challenge the first few weeks, but I'm starting to get a handle on all the craziness. School, homework, sports, and other activities, I know you fully...

5 Easy Tips To Get Dinner On The Table Quicker

Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned home cook, cooking for the family can get a little fatiguing, especially when you are cooking 5 meals a week for the family, like I do. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending a Saturday out by the grill smoking meat, or in the kitchen cooking a slow batch of marinara sauce. During the...

10 Kitchen Staples Everyone Needs

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...