How to Meal Plan on a Budget

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Meal planning is simply the process of choosing which meals to prepare in the coming days. Learn how to meal plan on a budget so that you can save money and waste less food while eating well! Poorman’s Chicken Caesar Salad Eating good food, both nutritious and tasty, doesn’t require an unlimited grocery budget. Some of […]

Cooking for a Smaller Family

Meal planning can be tricky when you’re cooking for a small group. Here are some tips for making your intimate dinners easier and more economical. I regularly cook for a small army. With eight mouths to feed and a milk ration exceeding one gallon a day, you can imagine that I know the meaning of […]

Planning Meals to Match the Grocery Sales

We’re all looking for ways to trim the budget. Meal planning and working around sales are great ways to save money. Food keeps us alive. Cheap meals keep us solvent. Good cheap eats keep us happy. And really, that is the order of the day. We don’t need great food to live, but it sure […]

Add Variety to Your Meal Planning

Add Variety to Your Meal Planning - Tired of the same old, same old? Try these easy and economical tips for spicing up your meals.

Tired of the same old, same old? Try these easy and economical tips for spicing up your meals. Meal planning can be a joy or a chore. Everybody plans meals; it’s just a difference of doing it a week in advance at your kitchen table or five minutes before you pull up to the drive […]

Meal Planning for Picky Eaters

 Sweet and Sour Pulled Chicken Sandwiches One of the biggest challenges to meal planning is when your food preferences don’t match those of the people you cook for. My husband says that I like frouffy food. That apparently isn’t his favorite. When we got married, I had to completely rework my meal planning. The new […]

I’ve Got a Meal Plan. Now What?

So, you’ve got your fancy meal plan of carefully chosen and paired recipes. Either you or a meal planning service put time and energy into said plan. And yet, here you are. Staring into the fridge, wondering what to make for supper. But, I thought you had a plan? Having a plan and executing a […]

6 More Easy Meals to Make When There’s “Nothing” to Eat

Here are 6 ideas to get you cooking when there’s “nothing” to eat. They call for simple pantry ingredients that are easy on the budget. Last year, I shared my list of stand-by meals to turn to when Plan A fails. Oh, Plan A fails a lot around here. I get distracted. I forget to […]

How to Choose Recipes for Freezer Cooking

Green Salsa Chicken

We are going to fill the freezer this next week or two. I am coming up against some heavy duty deadlines in Cookbook Hell, I mean in Happy Cookbook Land. That means that there are some days this month when I’ll be cooking like a fiend, making sure that the final tweaks are just right […]