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Real Food Solution For Busy Cooks

Real Food Meal Plans For The Busy Home

Are you a busy cook with a family to feed? Do you not-so-secretly cringe whenever you read recipes on your favorite Real Food sites because they seem too complicated or lengthy? Maybe you’ve only got thirty minutes to put dinner on the table?

Can I take a moment to introduce you to one of the finest, most affordable services I’ve ever seen? It’s a meal plan specifically designed for busy cooks!

For as little as $6/month, you can get weekly meal plans delivered to your inbox, complete with shopping lists, recipes, and a schedule to help you make sure you succeed.

It’s called Meal Plans For The Busy Home, and it was created by my friend Emily of Holistic Squid.

Emily is a practicing acupuncturist who works outside of the home. She knows what it’s like to race home to a house full of hungry children and feel pressed to get dinner on the table.

Why sign up for meal plans?

For ages, I wondered why people even bothered signing up for meal planning services. Couldn’t they just sit down and plan out their meals?

Then I tried it.

It lasted about two months.

Folks, I am not a planner. My life is full of spontaneity. Taking an hour to sit down on a lazy weekend afternoon and plan out our meals for the week eventually got to be … oppressive. As fun as flipping through my cookbooks for inspiration was, I eventually just fell into a rut of using the same tried-and-true meals over and over.

By the time the rut swallowed me, I was no longer meal planning. Who needed to? I could buy the same ingredients at the grocery store or farmer’s market each week and have 90% of what I needed to make my seven or eight tried-and-true meals.

Eventually, I couldn’t even pull myself together for my tried and true meals. That’s because I work from home and am project-oriented rather than time-oriented. Once I start something, I like to finish it before I move on to something else.

That means I tend to read books in one sitting, pound out blog posts only when I have big chunks of time, and often work right through the times I’m supposed to cook dinner.

I can not tell you how many times I’ve finished a task, looked at the clock, and had an Oh-S*** moment when I realized we were supposed to be eating a half hour ago.

While I’ve since learned to love my pressure cooker for those nights of emergency cooking, I’ve also realized that I *need* to start planning meals again.

It’s the only sane thing to do.

Yet, I’m not a planner. So, that’s when I decided that $6 a month is worth having it all planned out for me!

Is it really worth $6 a month?

It is for me. Here’s what I’m getting out of the deal.

A schedule that emphasizes one main cooking day.

This is huge. Monumental. A life-saver! The schedule for each week has one main day of prep work so that on the following nights, I just have to whip stuff together and heat it up.

I CAN DO THIS.

In fact, I *love* it. It means that I can “work” in the kitchen for one night, then reap time-saving benefits all week long.

A freezer-friendly double recipe each week.

Why does this matter? Because each week I can “bank” one of these double recipes in the freezer! I can whip these freezer meals out on nights when I know I’ll have zero time to cook. Best of all, these meals are prepped and ready to go when my friends have babies, or break their ankles, or have surgery. Instead of preparing a whole meal from scratch to help them out, I can just open my freezer and find something I know they’ll enjoy.

Well balanced meals with an emphasis on nutrient-density.

If, like me, you’re a lover of ancestral nutrition — eating according to the wisdom of culture and tradition, rather than the latest fad science — then you will be grateful for these meals.

They make it easy to make sure you’re getting enough seafood, enough bone broth, enough fermented foods, enough organ meats.

A plan!

Yes, a plan. A shopping list, recipes, the whole nine yards. Remember that part where I confessed my secret shame — the one where I am not a planner? Now I don’t have to be.

Can I easily make adjustments for my family?

Need to cook for singles, couples, or families of any size? This meal plan is easily adjustable so you can cook for EXACTLY the number of people you need to.

Need gluten-free or dairy-free options? Every meal has those options available, too.

Want to know more?

If you’re as interested in these meal plans as I am, I suggest you go check them out right now!

Subscriptions start for as little as $6 a month.

Click here to learn more about Meal Plans For The Busy Home.

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2 Responses to Real Food Solution For Busy Cooks
  1. Susanna
    February 16, 2013 | 3:39 am

    Just signed up! I will say, the $6/month is a bit misleading, that’s only if you sign up for a whole year, I had to pay $16 for one month to try it out, but if it is as good as you say, it’ll be worth it and then we’ll try the year sign up. I have 3 kids so I really don’t have hours to cook dinner, but I do want to feed them well so this might be just the trick!
    Thanks for sharing!

    • KristenM
      February 16, 2013 | 1:24 pm

      I hope you like them as much as I do!

      I don’t know. I thought I was careful to say things like “subscriptions start as low as $6/month,” etc. so that folks would know there are different options and that one’s the cheapest.

      I wasn’t trying to be misleading or disingenuous. :)

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