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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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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    Realistic Nutrition Tips

    This week’s episode I’m chatting with Megan Ostler @meganjanesplate all about realistic nutrition tips. We talked about how to make positive changes without restricting, what we are doing that gives food too much power, and how to focus on factors other than numbers as we are making changes. 

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    Homemade bread is the ultimate comfort food, but it’s time consuming to get it on the table.

    It’s fine to make on it’s own, but when you have a bunch of other dishes to make it’s challenging to juggle everything and make it happen.

    It’s also difficult because many bread recipes take 2-3 hours to bake (some even longer) so if you work it’s basically impossible to get make homemade bread a part of a weeknight meal.

    Enter parbaking.

    Parba...













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    Making family meal time happen

    With Family Meals Quality Is Greater Than Quantity

    Only have time for one family meal per week with your family?

    Make it a good one and something your kids will remember.

    Maybe you can get out the fancy dishes.

    Maybe you can rotate through everyone in your family’s favorite dinners.

    Maybe you can plan fun and interactive menus that everyone can help make.

    The point is, if you work on making that one meal spe...











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    Reasons Why You Aren’t Eating Your Veggies.

    Biolog

    Yup. It’s just in our nature to avoid veggies. Many vegetables contain bitter compounds and as humans we are wired to avoid bitter compounds because they are more likely to be poisonous. Rude, huh? The one thing we need more of and our bodies are telling us to shun it. Not fair.

    As humans we also have natural affinity for sweet foods (like breast milk). Some people might be even more ...








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    February 20, 2020 18 min

    Convenience Foods This Dietitian Swears By

    1. Bagged Salads-Making a salad gets expensive quick! It’s also hard to get through all of those fresh ingredients before it goes bad so I love adding a bagged salad to my dinners as a way to get those veggies in!

    2. Pre-chopped veggies-You definitely pay for this convenience, but some nights I just need dinner to happen and letting someone else chop my veggies gives me just the right amount...




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    February 14, 2020 33 min

    Gourmet cooking may be the last thing on your mind as a mama, but Marlee has some tips that make it do-able and shares why she thinks it’s important and matters even in today’s busy world.

    Hey Mamas.

    So, you see the title of this post and you may be thinking, gourmet cooking? I’m barely surviving….no way I’m gonna be doing any “gourmet cooking” any time soon.

    But I promise, there was some intention behind asking the amazing Marlee Bra...









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    Three Simple Steps To Meal Prep That Tastes Good

    The key to making meal prep taste delicious, fancy, and even gourmet is to plan your meal prep strategically and combine meal prepped foods with fresh foods and storebought foods for the ultimate simple but fresh meal plan.

    To illustrate this idea, we’ll use my Valentine's Day Menu. 

    For Valentine’s Day I like to bust out my pasta machine for probably the only time I’ll use it in a ...









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    We all have those 15 minute gaps in our day where we end up just scrolling social media, but how much better would our days go if we filled up those minutes with tasks that will make meal time go smoother.  Here are 25 ideas how you can use that time. 

  • Read to or play with your kids- Fill that attention bucket for your kids and see if they actually let you make dinner in peace
  • Listen to a podcast, watch a youtube video, or read an ar...
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    Keystone habits are  “small changes or habits that people introduce into their routines that unintentionally carry over into other aspects of their lives.” -Charles Duhigg

    I am a BIG fan of personal development books. I’ve got a load of about a hundred loaded in my scribd account and I binge listen whenever I can (in the shower, on a run, in the car, you name it!

    So when I say a book is good, and it changed my life, know that this is...








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    The 5 Powerful Reasons We Eat That Are Not Health Or Nutrition

  • For survival.
  • If you’re thinking that sounds a lot like health or nutrition, you’re right in some ways they have similarities, but health and survival are two very different ideals.

    Someone who is focused on survival does not have the luxury of worrying about how much fat is in his meal or whether or not the eggs he’s eating are free range.

    Restricting and controlling our f...



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    January 10, 2020 31 min


    I am so excited to be welcoming my first guest to the planned prepped and productive podcast! 

    Ahuva Magder Hershkop is a Registered Dietitian and online course creator.  She runs a brick and mortar pediatric based nutrition practice in Toronto, and teaches moms online everywhere to change their expectations and mindset about family meal time. 

    Ahuva believes strongly in the power of a nourishing family meal, but believes providing t...

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    January 3, 2020 12 min

    Here Are The 10 Reasons Why Cooking From Scratch Is Totally Worth It.  

  • It tastes better! Okay, so this one is kind of a gimmie, but seriously.  While I do have a few favorite restaurants, I have found that 99.623% of the time I prefer the food I make at home to food I would eat in a restaurant.  Sure, it’s nice to be catered to and served at a restaurant, but most of the time the food isn’t worth the cost and calories! 
  • It’s Cheaper...
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    Why Changing Habits Is More Powerful Than Setting Goals

    I am all about setting goals, and it’s usually my go-to method for achieving something, but this year I have really tried to take a step back and work on my habits instead.

    Habits dictate so much of what we do in our lives, and as we work to create good habits we will see slow but permanent behavior change start to emerge in a way that takes less effort than traditional goal-set...


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    December 20, 2019 10 min

    5 Best Fast Foods That You Can Make At Home

    Homemade Frozen Hamburgers

    Make and freeze hamburgers so when it’s dinner time, instead of staring at a chunk of ground beef and wondering what to make, you have an almost prepared meal. You can even cook the burgers in advance and freeze them if you desire, but I usually prefer them fresh-cooked!

    Homemade Pizza Crust

    I LOVE homemade pizza, but making it at home isn’t usually the fastest and ...



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    December 13, 2019 25 min

    10 Steps To Make Your Meal Prep Party A Success


    Step #1: Invite Your Friends And Schedule A Time

    You’ll want a full day to make sure you get everything done (bonus if you can get done early!)

    Step #2: Gather Preferences And Allergies:

    You would hate for your friends to come help with meals only to go home with meals they can’t eat or that they don’t like. If they have allergies or preferences, try asking them what kinds of meals they h...

















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    This make-ahead christmas brunch menu will allow you to prepare for the holiday in advance so you can enjoy time with your family instead of slaving away in the kitchen.

    Have you noticed, that as a mom during the holidays somehow everyone is laughing, talking playing games, having fun…

    and somehow you’re STILL cooking, STILL cleaning, STILL making sure that everyone else has a great time, but you don’t get to be a part of it?

    Well, le...











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    November 29, 2019 16 min

    Cooking with kids.

    This topic is humbling to say the least.

    Sometimes I invite my kids into the kitchen and we all laugh and have fun, everything turns out delicious and I gloat to myself about what an amazing mama I am.

    But many times, it starts out great but in the end the oil goes in the wrong bowl, the egg my son has been vigorously whisking for 20 minutes gets splashed on the floor and I find myself turning to yelling and wonderi...





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    I am so excited about this week's episode of the podcast all about decision fatigue. 

    Have you ever felt like at the end of the day a simple question from your child like can I have a snack is enough to make your head explode? 

    There have been times where I have sat thinking about a question as simple as that for 5 minutes running through all of the options. 

     Well, they just had a snack an hour ago, are they really hungry? 

    What i...

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