Real Food Meal Plans for Busy Moms
Moms are crazy busy. I know I’m not the only mom out there who wants to make tons of healthy meals for my family but honestly who has time for meal planning? Meal planning can be a full time job itself I swear. Every time I sit down to make a menu, think about what we have on hand, make a shopping list, and then actually go out and buy the groceries I have spent at least 4 or 5 hours. Maybe I am just ridiculously slow but I seem to spend so much time pouring over the menu and trying to come up with recipes that have ingredients that I can use for other things that week, too. I often feel like I am in a cooking rut and rotate the same 5-10 meals or so every few weeks. On the off chance that I am trying to be creative and look for new recipes you can add on at least another 2 hours of browsing Pinterest and Instagram on top of that. It’s exhausting.
But – there is hope my fellow crazy busy moms! My friend Chrissy (and former amazing daycare mom for my daughter) over at Simply Made Health Coaching has created meal guides fully equipped with the menu and the grocery list. It almost sounds too good to be true, right? These are meals and snacks that are made using all real food. Not only can you save time meal planning but you can be sure to feed your family without any guilt! All of these recipes can easily work if you are doing a Whole30 – all you need to do is take out the dairy or grains. I have two of these meal guides and love them. This is what you can expect if you buy one of their seasonal meal guides:
Each month comes with four weeks of meal plans already made for you! I don’t know about you, but I am good at planning for dinner but I rarely meal plan for breakfast and lunch let alone snacks! This has been super helpful to ensure that I’m not just skipping meals because “I don’t have anything” or “I don’t know what to eat.” It also has prep tips on the side to help you stay on top of meal planning. Am I the only one that buys a ton of frozen chicken breasts only to not cook dinner because it is all still frozen and I hate the microwave defrost option? I love that all of the meals are planned because it forces me out of my chicken tacos, burger bowls, and homemade chicken nuggets & repeat rut and has me try new recipes.
Okay, so this might be my favorite part. The grocery list is all done for you and broken down just the way I like to make my grocery lists – by section in the store! I’ll let you just sit and marvel over this for a minute… .
The recipes are easy to follow and there are pictures! There is a picture for every recipe which I personally like a lot. Doesn’t that look delicious?
At the very end of the meal guide is a list of all of the recipes so that you can find them easily. Decide you aren’t really a fish fan and want to substitute a different recipe that night? Take your pick! Best part is that they are all using whole, real food ingredients. All recipes are gluten free and so good for you. These meal plans and grocery lists take all of the guesswork out which leaves you more hours in the day to do the things that you need and want to do. Life gets crazy busy sometimes and so don’t be a martyr and spend unnecessary hours meal planning for your family. Let someone else do it for you. Just be sure to grab a Starbucks while you stroll around the grocery store with your shopping list in hand!
You can purchase their winter meal guide here for just $24.95! Best money ever spent. I mean, that is basically 5 lattes, right?
One of my favorite meals from the summer meal guide!
And this one. My kids and I love this cinnamon roll oatmeal for breakfast!