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Menu Planning for Busy Families

Do you want to make healthy meals for your family, but find it overwhelming to come up with family-pleasing, easy menu ideas? We'll discuss various options such as once-a-month cooking, weekly cooking plans and emergency menu planning.
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Carrie Zamorano

on 4 February 2014

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Woodstock Public Library presents
Menu Planning for Busy Families
Information Overload!
Saving Dinner by Leanne Ely
SavingDinner.com
Every Day Cooking
PROS
Healthy!
Seasonal
Shopping Lists
Variety
Saving Dinner by Leanne Ely
Save Money
Eat More Healthfully
Eat Local
Lose Weight
Save Time
Carrie Zamorano
You will not come away with a "cookie-cutter" method, but you will acquire tips and tricks you can use right away while learning new resources to help develop your OWN plan for you and YOUR family.
GOAL:
CONS
Healthy!
Sides Can Be Repetitive
Still Cooking Every Day
Saving Dinner by Leanne Ely
CHICKEN DIANE (page 251)
Recipes
Skillet Chili Chicken (page 195)
Recipes
Restaurant-Style Chinese Chicken (page 203)
Recipes
Wise Old Cooking Owl
The Occasional Cook by Cyndy Salzmann
Once a Month Mom website
Once a Month Cooking
I still ended up at the drive-thru!!
PROS
Kid-friendly and tasty!
Recipes are easy to prepare and use common ingredients
One day of work equals a whole bunch of good eating
All of the "thinking" is done for you
The Occasional Cook by Cyndy Salzmann
CONS
Not always healthy
Lack of variety/same flavor families
No nutrition information
Cost of buying a month's worth of food at one time
The Occasional Cook by Cyndy Salzmann
Chicken Packets (pages 129-131)
Recipes
Recipes
Recipes
7 Different Menu Plans
Traditional
Whole foods
Gluten/dairy free
Diet
Vegetarian
Baby food
Mini (5 and 10 day plans)
Once a Month Mom
Organized by season
8 weeks worth of meals in each season
Includes recipes, shopping list and simple side suggestions
Large variety of recipes including beef, chicken, fish, pork and vegetarian
One slow cooker meal each week
Includes nutrition information
Saving Dinner by Leanne Ely
Includes breakfast, lunch and dinners
Menu plan and recipes
Printable recipe cards
Customizable grocery list (spreadsheet)
Detailed instructions
Printable labels instructions for heating/serving
FREE!
Once a Month Mom
PROS
PROS
FREE!
Customizable (number of servings, labels, spreadsheets)
All the planning and thinking done for you
Variety of menu plans
Yummy recipes
Great directions
Once a Month Mom
CONS
Basic technology skills needed/access to computer
Cost of purchasing one month's food at a time
Time-consuming and exhausting on shopping and cooking days
Once a Month Mom
"Freezer cooking"
Organized by food type
A few basic batch recipes used a variety of ways
Includes recipes, menu plans, grocery lists and step-by-step game plans
The Occasional Cook by Cyndy Salzmann
Basic Ground Meat Mixture-cooked (page 56)
Italian Biscuit Cups (page 65)
Don't forget
your bonus
recipe!
Once a Week Cooking
"The Zam-Fam Plan"
"Quick plan" on Friday night or Saturday morning
Shopping Saturday morning
Cooking Sunday afternoon
Once a Week Cooking
PROS
Saves time during the week
Healthy
I choose what my family likes
Saves money/budget-friendly
FAMILY time!
Once a Week Cooking
Batch of ground meat
Batch of sauce
Whole chicken
Fish
What we make:
Optional
Packets
Burger (of some sort)
Crockpot meal
Ground Meat
Recipes
Sauce
Recipes
Stewed Chicken
Recipes
Sesame Tilapia
Recipe
Don't forget
your bonus
recipe!
Hillbilly Housewife
In an emergency:
$70 meal plan feeds 4- 6 people!
Now you can be your family's very own . . .
Thanks for coming!
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