It’s good to have a few meals squirrelled away in the freezer for busy nights down the road. Some people plan ahead and prep meals for a month, while others double up on dinner and freeze half for later. Or if you’re looking for a new kind of dinner party, get some friends together to cook on a weekend afternoon, and bring home a week’s worth of meals for everyone. Getting together to cook is a great way to get a visit in and at the same time, take care of a task that needs to be done anyway - why not start a cooking club and alternate kitchens once a month? Chopping is always more fun with a friend.
Wait. No. Hold up. Okay. Now just pour that. Wait. Slowly. Stop! You’re spilling! Okay. Try it again. No! Stop!” Anyone that has ever had a child come into the kitchen to ‘help’ cook a meal understands the frustration (and list of commands) that comes when cooking with children. I am not as patient of a parent as I’d like to be in many situations. I too have had my share of irritations as my young kids have roamed the kitchen at dinnertime wanting to assist me. However, I believe teaching kids to cook, and doing so at a young age, is important.
In the cold winter months, there’s nothing quite like warming up with a hot bowl of homemade soup. To make it a meal, serve it with some hearty bread and butter, and maybe a simple side salad.
I know I am not alone when I say I am both intrigued and aggravated by the bloggers who share their monthly meal plans. In theory, the meals are amazingly planned out with a shopping list and the added bonus of a nutritional chart. However, when I start looking at some of these recipes, I realize that my family of picky eaters will only eat half of the dinners suggested. So I decided to come up with a meal plan that my family would actually eat. Here are my suggestions to plan a month of easy, nutritious meals.
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