Meal Plans, Recipes, and Dinner Ideas for Every Night of the Week.
“I’ve cooked my way through several of these meal plans and can tell you that my family has never eaten so well!” - Anne
"These weekly meal plans have been teaching me SO MUCH about how to really use my groceries wisely!! I am finally able to get dinner on the table EVERY night!! Thank you!" - Missy
This website is about making it easier to cook real food at home more often.
Every recipe is a part of a weekly meal plan that relies on the idea that a little work every day is the key to getting delicious, wholesome, good for you, home cooked meals on the table several nights of the week. A little = a lot.
Each weekly meal plan contains recipes, prep instructions, and a shopping list that will take you through 5 nights of dinners for a family of 4. Scale up or down based on the size of your family, but I've done all the planning for you. Why is this important?
A while back, my husband and I watched a documentary series based on Michael Pollen's book Cooked. One of the episodes featured a statistician who said that over the past few decades, American's have shown a growing interest in food and cooking, but are actually not cooking more. We might watch food videos or collect recipes on Pinterest, but we aren't doing much real cooking.
A recent conversation with a young married father of two might partially explain why. He said, "My wife and I want to cook more at home. We think it's better for our health and better for our family. But, more often than not, at the end of the day, we find ourselves staring at each other asking,
'What do you want to cook?'
'I don't know, what do you want to cook?'
'What do we even have to cook?'
'I don't know. Let's go out.'
As a busy, working wife and mother of 3, I get it.
Food preparation takes time and energy. But, often what takes even more time and energy is all the planning that happens before food preparation even begins. Feeding a family of 12 or 2 home cooked, healthy, balanced, wholesome meals all week, takes some planning.
Without a meal plan, you're likely to either make too many trips to the grocery store, eat the same things over and over again, waste a lot of food, or rely heavily on processed, restaurant, or fast food.
The Continuous Kitchen.
The meal plans on this blog are based on the concept of the continuous kitchen. They are NOT about continuously spending time in the kitchen. Rather, they are about the idea that time spent in the kitchen should be maximized.
It IS possible to get healthy, delicious food on the table at least 5 nights a week without spending your life in the kitchen. Here's the trick: Instead of thinking about each night's meal as an event unto itself, it's also the foundation for tomorrow night's dinner.
Tonight's leftover veggies are added to tomorrow night's soup. Monday's roast chicken becomes Wednesday's chicken tacos. Yesterday's crock pot roast becomes today's hot roast beef sandwiches.
The continuous kitchen is about leveraging your time and your budget to continuously put the best tasting, highest quality food on your table night after night.
Ready to get started?
Click over to the Weekly Meal Plans page, select a plan, and dive in. This blog was launched in February of 2018, so if you only see a handful of meal plans, you're here in the early days. Rest assured, many more are to come.
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