Meal planning is one of those things that seems like it should be a breeze, but in reality, can quickly become a nightmare. Some weeks, I really enjoy meal planning, but as soon as life gets busy, meal planning becomes a chore that feels nearly impossible. Not to mention the fact that I am a stay at home homeschooling mom. I have no less than 8 people (sometimes 9, soon to be 10) eating 3 meals a day on any given day! Add to that a steady flow of guests, and you can imagine what one little hiccup in our routine will do to a meal plan.
In fact, I can totally relate to what Mystie Winkler has to say in this video:
Are you burned out on meal planning?
Simplified Dinners is Mystie’s creative answer to a busy mom’s frustration with meal planning. It implements a master grocery list along with versatile recipes to create a method of meal planning that is streamlined and easy to use. It even creates a pantry and refrigerator/freezer that can accommodate someone who isn’t used to running your kitchen – say a young cook, dad, or Grandma.
In fact, I decided to have my 13 year old daughter read through the ebook to see if she understood the concept and thought she could implement it on her own. Her words were, “This is really neat! I could definitely do this!”
So, how does it work?
Every recipe in Simplified Dinners gives you a starting point. This is your “base”. From there you add in other options to create a variety of different meals from that starting point.
For instance, let’s look at the Slow Cooker, No Defrost Chicken section (because, let’s be honest, how many busy moms actually get around to defrosting the chicken before it goes in the crock pot?) The starting point is the chicken, a sauce, and a crock pot on low 8-10 hours. From there, Mystie gives you 6 different kinds of sauces, along with notes on serving ideas and additions.
This is how ALL the recipes are! Tons of options, all laid out for you – easy peasy!
None of the ingredients are crazy weird. There is a shopping list included, so you could potentially always have everything on hand, no matter which starting point and which addition you choose. The entire process is Simple, Simple, Simple!
But, let’s say you DO want to plan a little more than just opening the ebook. (By the way, I printed out Simplified Dinners and put it in my Food Notebook so I don’t even have to open my computer to grab the recipes!) Why not snag Mystie’s menu planner?
It’s FREE and Totally customized for use with the ebook!
This is especially helpful if you have someone coming into your home to care for your family and they might need a bit of help knowing what to feed everyone.
Simplified Dinners is also fabulous for new moms! You know that newborn fog? Don’t worry about it! Lean on the recipes in Simplified Dinners! Give the shopping list to your husband or other family member and you are all set! In fact, most of the meals in Simplified Dinners are perfect freezer meals!
So, give yourself a break and order a copy of Simplified Dinners!