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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February 26, 2021 32 min

Do you want to make better food and health choices, but feel frustrated because nutrition is so confusing! I've been there, and I'm a dietitian.  It's so hard to know the right choices to make to give us the best chance at a long, healthy, happy life, but I promise it's not as hard as it seems.  Find out why nutrition is so confusing and then use that information to become a good judge of nutrition information and l...

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February 19, 2021 36 min

Do you feel like your responsibilities feeding yourself and feeding your family 3 square meals a day plus snacks brings out all of your worst negative feelings?  You're not alone...there's a lot of resentment from moms about their kitchen responsibilities.  But...did you know that the way you think about the kitchen has a direct effect on how you FEEL while you are in the kitchen? Yup, mental health in the kitchen is a thin...

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I don't think there are  many people that would turn down a piping hot cinnamon roll, do you?

But making them at the crack of dawn so you can enjoy them for brunch or breakfast? That's a drag for sure!

That's why I tested 4 different methods for making cinnamon rolls ahead of time so you can have the best of both worlds.

Listen on to find out HOW you can do it and which method will be the very best!

Link to recipe:
Make-...

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Let's do a deep-dive into how to meal-prep a recipe, shall we? 

Any recipe can be meal-prepped in some way....and that my friends can save you loads of time when it comes to dinner-time and is the key to making you a meal-time master. 

Follow along with this episode where I'll tell you exactly how I meal prep this teriyaki meatball stir-fry  to fit into my busy life. 

Want to make it yourself? You can find the recipe right her...

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January 30, 2021 20 min

Ever feel like there's something you're missing when it comes to meal time?

Maybe it feels like you spend three times as long cooking as you plan on, or that the clean-up just never ends and it's not worth it.

You've probably tried things to make it better, but in the end you're still as frustrated and burned out as ever from feeding your family.

Well my friend, you are most definitely not alone.  I've been ...

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So you want to change your diet.

You don't want to fail (again)...so what are you going to do?

You know that doing the same thing and expecting different results is completely crazy talk, right?

So what if this time you try something, different.  Not something harder, just different.

Listen now to find out the 5 ways you can make your healthy eating habits stick, like for good this time.

Resources:
Keystone Habits Episode
How to...

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Today I want to welcome my amazing guest, Catherine Ryan Gregory of to and fro fam. 

Catherine is a family travel expert, and let me tell you, she definitely taught me a thing or to about meal prep & planning and made me more excited to travel with my young kids in the future.

Catherine  shares travel hacks and kid-friendly destinations to de-stress family travel. She founded the family travel website To & Fro Fam and is the...

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The time after the holidays can be stressful as you try to figure out how you ended up with so much stuff.

Minimalism is a super hot topic, but we don't often talk about the things we could minimize in our minds or our lives as much as we talk about minimizing our stuff. 

This episode of the planned, prepped, & productive podcast will dive into all of these topics helping you find more peace at mealtime with a simple and mi...

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Looking for a unique gift or a way to really serve those you love this holiday season? Food is a great way to show love and giving the gift of a home-cooked (or even storebought) meal during the busy Christmas season might be just the thing.
 
Inside this episode we'll dig into why you might want to consider serving those you love more, why food is the perfect gift, and 5 unique ways you can serve others with food this season.

R...

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December 11, 2020 31 min

I'm so excited to welcome my special guest to the podcast, Alli Kelley of Longbourn Farm. 

Alli is the creator of Longbourn Farm where she shares simple homemade recipes. She believes that family meals create special moments and those moments become treasured memories. In addition to tried-and-true kitchen favorites, she shares practical farm and garden tips for the hobby farmer or avid gardener.

In this episode of the podcast we...

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The holidays are never quite what we envision. We want love, peace, and family togetherness, but so often we get stress, overwhelm, and drama. 

Part of the reason for that is because we need to tighten our boundaries. 

This episode will go over: 
-What boundaries are
-Why they are important
-How to effectively set boundaries
-What specific holiday areas you might want to look at tightening your boundaries. 

Don't let the holidays get ...

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November 27, 2020 11 min

25 Socially-Distanced Christmas ideas

  • Christmas Money Drop Off-Check out the link for a clever way to drop off money
  • Large tip at a restaurant, for your doordash driver, or  your grocery delivery person-
  • 3 King's Day-Puerto Rican holiday! Leave straw and carrots out for the 3 king's camels and wait for them to bring you gifts
  • Gingerbread Houses-Make them or buy them, either way is fun! 
  • Christmas Cookies-We love using squeeze bo...
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    Clear up oven space with one of these 4 unique ways to cook a turkey outside of the oven

    Last year's podcast and post all about what to meal prep for Thanksgiving with FREE guide including recipes!
    Link to Post and Podcast: Make-ahead thanksgiving menu and timeline

    Notes on brining your turkey:
    wet brine
    dry brine

    Turkey Recipes:
    Deep-fried Turkey
    Smoked Turkey
    Smoked Turkey
    Perfect electric roaster oven turkey

    Equipment:
     turkey fryer
    p...

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    The Feeding your Family Ebook

    A comprehensive guide byRebecca Mudrick and Sarah Mahaffey of Shift for Health and Amanda Spackman of the Planned, Prepped, and Productive Podcast.

    Get your copy here! Use code PODCAST10 for $10 off!

    Hi everyone!

    This episode is an exciting interview with Rebecca Mudrick of Shift For Health

    Inside you'll hear: 

  • The number one problem facing individuals trying to cook more from home (and how to solve it...
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    Ever wonder what these box meal delivery services like hellofresh are all about?

    If you are a busy mom (uh...like all of us) and you are looking for mealtime solutions you are probably super curious if a box meal delivery kit could be the answer to all of your mealtime woes. 

    Give this episode a listen to find out what it's good for, what it's not, and if it lives up to all the hype! 


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    Meal planning can feel really daunting especially when we are trying to make sure our family is getting everything they need and there's so many conflicting messages.

    Listen to this episode for a fill in the blank template for planning your own balanced meals to take that part of the stress out of meal planning.

    Useful Links:
    meriam webster definitions of healthy
    Read: #16 The 5 Powerful reasons we eat that aren’t nutrition
    Podca...

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    Love gardening, but hate figuring out how to care for all that produce when it's ready? 

    This episode details 3 ways to preserve your summer harvest without canning!

    Listen in and get confident about taking care of your produce instead of overwhelmed by the abundance of it all! 

    Helpful Resources: 

    Cold storage chart for fruits and vegetables
    Root Cellars 101 – Root Cellar Design, Use and Mistakes to Avoid
    Eat by Date (Resource for d...

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    Caramel apple making is one of those activities that always seems fun, but in reality is just a huge mess and you end up with caramel apples that look like your 5 year old made them (hey, you can blame them, I won't tell)

    But after years of trial and error I've learned all the tips and tricks for making caramel apples that taste amazing, are made from scratch, AND look like you could have purchased them from your local candy...

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    Many parents are frustrated that they can't get their kids to eat what they make, or they end up making a bunch of different meals every night to meet everyone's needs.

    If this is you, find out how you can end the cycle with the 8 ways to make one meal for your whole family discussed in this episode of the podcast!

    This one's a game-changer!

    Resources:
    Ellyn Satter division of responsibility and considerate without cate...

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    Ever wonder how the pros make those beautiful layered cakes?

    It's actually so much easier than you think.  Find out how you can become a master baker yourself with all the tips and tricks in this episode.

    Resources:
    How Sugar and Salt inhibit microbial growth
    Marshmallow Fondant Recipe
    Stabilized Whipped Cream
    Meringue Powder
    Fox cake inspiration

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