Planned, Prepped, and Productive: Real Food Cooking for Busy Moms

Planned, Prepped, and Productive: Real Food Cooking for Busy Moms

Learn the ins and outs of meal planning, meal prepping, and cooking to make homemade meals a reality for your family and end the cycle of overwhelm spurred by nagging question of "what's for dinner?"... Show More

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August 6, 2020 18 min

Ever feel like no matter what new system you try or what awesome product you purchase you still can't get dinner on the table regularly? 

You aren't alone.  I used to feel that way too.  That was until I discovered that so much of the problem was my mindset and how I was thinking about dinner and the tools that I used to make dinner happen. 

Find out in this week's episode of the podcast if you're falling into the sam...

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Camping is super fun, but cooking in the great outdoors?  It can be kinda stressful.

Inside this episode we'll talk about the ins and outs of planning a good menu for your camping trip, as well as how you can prepare in advance for a fun and stress-free trip. 

For all the links talked I talk about in the podcast head over to the shownotes here:

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Your knives are the most important tools in your kitchen, but many people are wasting time cutting with dull and lifeless lives. 

Maybe it's because you don't know any different, maybe you don't know what kinds of knives to use, whatever the reason, getting a good knife and figuring out how to use it will save you loads of precious time in the kitchen. 

This episode was created to teach you everything you need to know abo...

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A diagnosis of a food allergy, an intolerance, or a disease that makes the way you eat really important can be stressful and overwhelming.

It can feel really unfair that you have to meticulously read food labels and that suddenly the food world seems really scary for yourself or your kiddos.

The good news is, that with time, you'll develop habits and routines that make your food allergy/intolerance part of your regular life.

Thi...

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For so many moms, cooking and eating dinner is the worst part of the day.  The kids are tired and done, you need a little space to focus, and everyone is hungry and tired.

But dinnertime is kind of inevitable, regardless of how it happens you and your people need to eat, so putting in some effort to make the experience somewhat enjoyable (or at least to make it suck less) is well worth it.

Listen to this episode for 10 actionable w...

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One of the hardest parts about cooking from scratch is figuring out how to stock your kitchen.

When you have a well-stocked kitchen you ensure you always have what you need to put together a meal seemingly out of nothing.

Listen on to figure out how to stock your freezer, fridge, and pantry to become a kitchen rockstar.

Resources:

Free downloadable kitchen staples guide

How to make freezer breakfast potatoes

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Hey everyone,

Today we've got a great guest episode with Megan Porta of Pip and Ebby.

Megan's sharing all of her best holiday cooking tips and tricks, and she's got a gold mine of useful information to help you actually enjoy your party instead of being a bucket of stress the whole time.

About Megan:

Megan's mouth-watering pins of been pinned 10s of thousands of times and loved by many.  Her goal is to help her reade...

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Being on quarantine and suddenly having loads of time, I finally started to realize that free time isn't the only thing you need to get all the things you want to done as a mom. 

Listen on to find out the "other things" that I needed to be able to get the most out of my days while on Quarantine and beyond. 

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There are many benefits of meal planning, but one I'm thinking more about right now with a little more scarcity in the grocery store is waste. 

Meal planning and meal prep will help you avoid waste in your kitchen and use up all of the good stuff you buy at the store. 

Listen on to find out how you can stop throwing away food and keep more money in your pocket with meal prep. 

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As a mom, you're constantly feeling pulled in a hundred directions. 

Organize that overwhelm with one or a combination of all of the productivity methods we'll talk about in today's episode and learn how to find more peace in your evenings by getting the other stuff out of the way!

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On episode 35 of the podcast I’m welcoming Tracy Stanger. Tracy Stanger is sharing her signature strategy to sort, purge, and organize your to-do list that’s keeping you stuck.

Inside This Episode You’ll Find:

  • The lie you believe that’s keeping you overwhelmed
  • How and why you should organize your to-do list just like you do your kitchen cabinets
  • Why rest is as important as the other tasks on your to-do list
  • How to find and create system...
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    You know that kicking your butt into gear and solidifying a good meal plan will save you money, but how exactly?

    Groceries are so expensive, and if you want to eat healthy it seems like there's no way to save money!
     
    In this episode I'm outlining the 10 ways you'll see money savings from meal planning, as well as some warnings and bonus tips and an actionable plan to make it happen!

    Helpful resources: 

    Chicken and Wild Ric...

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    I get it, as a busy mom it's hard to make the time for meal planning and meal prep.

    In this episode, first we'll be digging into how to find more time in your day (to make meal prep happen)

    Next we'll dig into WHY meal planning is the way you should use that newfound time.

    Resources:

    How to do a time audit by Productivity 501

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    You've probably heard of intuitive eating, but what about intuitive cooking.

    If you can learn to master the art of intuitive cooking your time in the kitchen will be streamlined (because your nose won't be stuck in your phone or a cookbook).

    You will feel so much less stress because you'll know the principles of cooking and be able to change directions on the fly for homemade meals on the regular. 

    Don't know where ...

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    Don't love reheated chicken?

    You're not alone! While there's plenty you can do to make meal prep more palatable, sometimes pre-cooking just doesn't cut it.

    But never fear, I've always got some tricks up my sleeve.

    Listen on to find out the 2 ways I meal prep chicken for the freezer without pre-cooking it.

    If you're a leftovers hater, this will be a game-changer.

    Resources:

    Chicken Marinades

    Meat Thermometer

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    April 24, 2020 24 min

    The theories behind meal planning and meal prep make sense to you, but what does meal prep look like for a real person in real life. 

    I've tried to share plenty of tidbits on the podcast of what meal prep looks like in my life, but what about someone else?  What about someone with no skin in the game (aka someone who isn't trying to sell you anything or get you to listen to their podcast). 

    I've been chatting for weeks (m...

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    Utilizing your freezer is the best way to preserve your meal prep and make sure it always tastes fresh and delicious. 

    This episode includes the 4-step process for preparing, freezing, thawing, and reheating your meal prep to maintain the best quality possible. 

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    This is a trying time for sure, which is why I wanted to take a little break from food-related content and focus on mental health instead. 

    Because if you're mental health isn't in check, there's no way those dinners are going on the table.  That's a fact, and it's also okay.  

    Here's 5 questions I am asking myself (as often as possible) to help me cope with the changes and loneliness from social isolation and...

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    The freezer is the most underutilized thing in your kitchen.

    Many people don't know what to freeze or how to get started.  This episode will help!

    What do you need to get started with freezer cooking?

    Getting started is cheap and easy.   You need containers to store your food in, something to cook or meal prep, and a freezer to put it in! That's it!

    What foods are freezable?

    Most foods can be frozen relatively well if you take...

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    Schedules.

    I’m guessing you love them or hate ’em.

    I’m all about having consistent routines with my kiddos, but only recently have discovered the magic of scheduling.

    I was a skeptic for sure, and I had tried a lot of toddler scheduling techniques that just didn’t work.

    …and overall we were happy so I didn’t see why we should rock the boat.

    Creating Ease With A Flexible Block Schedule For Young Kids And Toddlers

    But after my husband boug...

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