You guys, I don’t mean to be all dramatic, but meal planning seriously changed my life. I remember back in the day, people would say meal planning saved money, and I was like, noooooo. How can that be? But it dooooooes. For reals. I have CUT my weekly grocery budget at LEAST in half. And if that wasn’t enough reason to do it, there’s mooooore. Do you grocery shop 2 or even 3 times a week? I did. Do you ever stress over what to make for dinner? I’ve been there. When you meal plan you’re making shopping and cooking a part of your schedule. It sounds too simple to be awesome, but it really is.
Every Sunday I plan my meals for the week. I don’t like to cook every day so I plan double batches of breakfast and dinner recipes. I make sure that I get some bone-in chicken, because my slow cooked chicken (in Easy Paleo Meals) is a crowd pleaser, takes no time to make, and the bones get turned into broth overnight. Then I use the broth for a double batch of soup. That’s 3 dinners for 5 people right there, just with that one whole chicken or 8 chicken thighs. You can see how easy it can be 🙂 I shop ONCE a week and I know what’s for dinner EVERY night. It feels ah-mazing. I’m so much happier now.
I don’t have room here (or time) to go into every aspect of meal planning, but I can teach you EVERYTHING you need to know in my book, Easy Paleo Meals 🙂 —Shortcuts, appliances (and how to use them), organization, make-ahead, and even sample meal plans with shopping lists. These are features that you can find in lots of books, so why buy mine? I have detailed pages for stretching meals using the recipes in the book (pages 57 and 58)! (like what I was talking about with the chicken and the soup above, for example) I have a list of all the recipes in the book using 5 ingredients or less (p 55)! Wondering how to store fresh herbs, cook a whole pumpkin or squash without picking up a knife, spiralize your own veggie noodles, make a collard wrap? Or here’s the MOST important: Create a strategy for FEEDING KIDS (p 59 – 63)!!!! 🙂 I even have printables HERE to go with the book to make your life even easier.
I’m gushing here, I know. I’m just beyond proud of this book baby and I want it to make your life easier like it makes ours easier 🙂 How many smiley faces can I put in one post??!! hahaha
As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been working on another 3 ingredient recipe for you, and I’m thrilled with how this 3 Ingredient Easy Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding came out! Enjoy!
3 Ingredients Easy Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding
(make sure you read the directions to plan ahead for this recipe)
- Add the dates and 1 cup of water to a mason jar with a lid and refrigerate for 24 hours.
- Strain the dates from the water but RESERVE the date water to use in the recipe.
- Add the dates to the food processor, fitted with the S blade.
- Cut open the avocados, remove the pits, and scoop out the filling. Add the avocado and the cocoa powder to the food processor and puree until completely smooth, about 3 minutes.
- Lastly, add the date water, and 1/8 teaspoon sea salt. Puree.
- Enjoy right away or refrigerate for later.