Meals

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*This post contains affiliate links, which may provide income to this tiny blog at no additional cost to you! You can read our full disclosure here.*   Whether it’s the best reason ever (like your friend having an adorable baby boy) or a rough season (like sickness or loss) – sometimes, you need to throw …

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In the Make Your Own Meal Plan series, I offer a step-by-step guide of the process I learned when establishing my own meal planning system. There are a lot of factors to think about- but slowly but surely, it becomes a habit and pays off in big ways!   However… here’s my confession: I get …

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To support folks who are just building their recipe bank, I wanted to share some of the recipes that got me started cooking and feeling alright about meal planning 🙂 Once you have recipes you love- and you know you don’t have to spend 3 hours in the kitchen every night to make it happen- …

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How to Meal Plan for Beginners + free printables! | ourhomeonpurpose.com

Hope you are well on your way to creating a meal planning system that works for you! I can’t even count how many times I’ve tweaked our meal plan. Sometimes I feel discouraged and frustrated, like I just can’t get it right. Other, more reasonable times, I know that systems change as seasons do, and …

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How to Meal Plan for Beginners + free printables! | ourhomeonpurpose.com

Congratulations for making it this far! You’re almost done 😉   Food Prep List The final component of my meal planning printables is a section designated to food prep. When you are finalizing your grocery list, jot down tasks that would make your meals- and life- easier! For me, my food prep lists usually consists of …

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How to Meal Plan for Beginners + free printables! | ourhomeonpurpose.com

Once you’ve gotten your meal list together- it’s time to get ready for the store! (No worries, the hardest part is over 🙂 )   Fill in your Grocery List. Transfer the ingredients for each meal into the appropriate column. Also fill in any additional items or ingredients you’ll need for snacks, quick breakfasts, etc. …

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How to Meal Plan for Beginners + free printables! | ourhomeonpurpose.com

This tip is simple, but if you take time to do it when filling in your meal list, it will make your execution much easier. Take a few moments to consider and note meals that should be cooked first based on perishable ingredients. Some meals, like ones that include fresh mushrooms or tomatoes, need to …

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