Meal Planning Made Simple

Meal Planninf Made SimpleBy Holly Reisem Hanna

I’ll admit it, I struggle with meal planning. So much so, that my family often eats cereal for dinner. I know that I’m not alone in this daily struggle of what to make for dinner — because of conversations I’ve had with friends, family, and colleagues.

Like so many other women, I’m busy with being a mom, running a business, managing a household, and trying to stay on top of my never ending to-do list, that meal planning often falls to the wayside. Yes, I know the tips and tricks for meal planning, as well as the various services available; yet I still haven’t found one that works well with my schedule and budget.

Well, I finally found something that works … and thank goodness, because my mother-in-law came in town for a surprise visit this past month!

It’s the Tastefully Simple Tonight Collection Spring-Summer 2014. This meal planning kit gives you all the spices, sauces, recipes, freezer labels, even a shopping list that you’ll need to make ten yummy recipes. You can choose to prep the meals and put them in your freezer for busy weeknights or can make them as you go. I chose to do a little of both.

With the handy shopping list, I purchased all of the necessary ingredients to make the meals. Next I decided which recipes I’d make for the week and which ones I’d freeze for the weeks to come. The preparation for the five freezer meals only took 30 minutes. The great thing about this was all of the meals were easy to make and I never had to worry about what I was going to make for dinner. The kit gives you enough ingredients to make the meals at least twice and the recipe cards even suggests side dishes.

The ten recipes will appeal to even the pickiest of palates (my daughter) and include these dishes: Asian Peanut Chicken Noodle Bowl, Glazed Steaks and Cheesy Potatoes, Fiesta Chicken Layered Enchiladas, Cherry Zinfandel Pork Tenderloin, Italian Meatball Casserole, Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Sesame Teriyaki Chicken, Tomato Basil Fish Filets, Turkey Burritos, and Bacon Spinach Quiche. Each serving cost $2.69 or less and the total cost of the Tastefully Simple, Tonight Collection Spring-Summer 2014 is $57.99.

If you struggle with the age old question of what to make for dinner, this meal planning and freezer kit is worth checking out. Not only is it budget friendly, the recipes are truly delicious and easy to make. My only complaint is that they don’t make a 30 day meal kit.

If you would like more information on meal planning kit please see the Tastefully Simple website.

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