Meal Planning for a Special Diet

A special diet in the family can make meal planning a challenge. Here are some techniques to help you simplify. Chances are you know someone (or are someone) with a special diet. It may be a peanut allergy or a desire to curb calories or something altogether different, but special diets are becoming more and […]

How to Meal Plan for a Whole Month

monthly meal planning calendar with pens and cookbooks

Make your month a little easier by planning all your meals at one time. You can easily meal plan for a whole month and save time and money in the process. Burning Love Mashed Potatoes I know what you’re thinking…. Meal plan for a whole month? What, are you crazy? I can’t plan two days, […]

Meal Planning 101: Make a Two-Week Rotation

Make a two week meal plan and rotate it to make meal planning easier. One of the things that I’m learning about myself and cooking is that there are several factors that keep my interest in the cooking and meal planning that comes with every day life. Those would include: My children actually eating what […]

Eat Down the Freezer to Make Space and Save Money

Spend a few days or weeks eating up what’s already in the freezer. You’ll save money for a big cooking session and make some room in the freezer. You may be really excited to start filling your freezer with all kinds of tasty, pre-made meals. I get that! Once you get the hang of freezer […]

Meal Planning 101: Create a formula for the week’s meal plan

Create a formula for the week’s meal plan to make meal planning simple and easy. You’ll have a template to fill in each week for a quick menu plan. Meal planning is a proven means to help you improve your nutrition, increase quality family time, and save money. If you’ve got a meal on the […]

Meal Planning 101: Ask the Eaters

Including your family in the meal planning is a great way to ensure better dining for everyone and less waste. Meal Planning 101 is an ongoing series to help you find ways to make mealtimes easier, tastier, and more economical. As much I love takeout and letting someone else do the cooking and cleaning up, […]

Meal Planning 101: Take Inventory

Take an inventory of the ingredients you already have to help you make a meal plan that makes good uses of your resources. There are many ways to approach meal planning. When I was a young newlywed, I just wrote a list of things that sounded good to me. When I shopped, I added to […]

Meal Planning 101: Know Your Eating Habits

black bean taco salads packed in boxes

Knowing your eating habits as well as setting goals for yourself can be a great starting point for successful meal planning. Last week, I introduced a new series here on Good Cheap Eats: Meal Planning 101. Over the next few months, I’ll be talking about different aspects of meal planning and how it can help […]