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Why we love meal planning….and the winner of the giveaway!

October 14, 2013

Up until the point I started this blog, I was not much of a meal planner.  The most I would plan would be a couple days ahead.  I always cooked, from scratch, and we almost always ate at home.  There just wasn’t a lot of planning going on.  More like: open the fridge, stare.  Open the pantry, stare.  Compare.  And then invent something for dinner.  I’m pretty good at that method, actually.  I remember one of the first times my sister visited me in Mongolia she said, “You’re really good at making a meal when it doesn’t look like there is any food.”  Yep.  That’s me.

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The thing about not having a plan, though, is that I ended up spending more money on groceries, spending more time and gas running to the store because I need just one more thing to finish the dinner I’d already started, and some nutritional bench marks ended up falling through the cracks.

I noticed something over the years: when I find out I’m pregnant, I start tracking my food consumption to make sure I am getting enough protein, enough greens, etc.  It never ceases to surprise me that I’m not eating as much protein as I thought I was or that I really should!  However, what about all those times I’m not expecting?  And what about all the other people living here?  How do you know…really know…that you are eating well?  Without a plan it’s difficult to say for certain if your meals have been a little carb heavy or whether you’re getting enough omega 3’s or whether you’re succeeding in including enough organ meats in your diet.  A plan makes it all easier.

Another advantage is that it makes our day go a little smoother.  And when you are a busy Mama of little ones, every little bit helps!  It’s helpful that I’ve planned an easy and delicious crockpot meal for today, because I’ll be taking my boys to Kung Fu and running errands.  It’s nice to take the guess work out of what’s for dinner on busy homeschooling days when my mind is a bit fried by 5pm with a muddle of math, spelling and what caused the Civil War.  Know what I mean?

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So, we encourage meal planning.  We encourage looking ahead and being intentional about this homemaking gig.

“You might have a vision for your life,

but a vision without a plan is just wishful thinking.”

Graham Cooke

All that is  why we make a months worth of dinner plans at a time, doubling meals twice a week, and stocking our freezer.  It makes our lives easier, helps us to eat healthier, saves us money, gas and time!

And so…………without further ado……

The winner of our MEAL PLANNING SERVICES is………….*drum roll*

MAEGAN!

CONGRATULATIONS!  We’ll contact you via email with the specifics of your prize!

Now, ladies and gents, if you haven’t already…..Ready? Set? PLAN!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Georgina permalink
    October 14, 2013 10:53 am

    I want that meal in the pic! The soup looks good too. I am making albondigas in the crock pot today. Yes, it can be done in the crock pot. Two Boys and a Lady has an easy recipe. I add more vegetables because I love them…zucchini and potatoes work well. In addition to all of Daja’s good reasons to meal plan, I have another reason. When my children say that their fave dinner hasn’t been served in such a loooong time, I can check the monthly meal planner and show them…end of confusion. If it’s a baked dish, they know not to expect it in the summer months. Ain’t nobody got time for that 😉

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