The Meal Planner

Not only do I have a baby coming soon, but some new ideas for meal planning and Meal Planning New Year's Resolutions. I plan to do a series of posts on Eating Organic, Eating Healthier, Trying New Things, and Cutting Down the Budget for ringin' in the New Year. Hopefully I can accomplish these posts while I patiently await our new arrival.

I have also never done the Freezer Stockpiling thing, except for my little Baking Spree, but I plan to do a bit of that to prepare for the new baby as well. I have an amazing husband who is totally willing to be in the kitchen cooking while I am strapped to my rocking chair with an infant and a jealous toddler in my lap, but I want to have a few things prepared that are easy for me to throw in the oven on days when my husband is busy. I'll post my ideas as well as links and websites I have been visiting in my preparation for this.

Also, speaking of baby....be prepared for me to drop off the face of the planet at any time. I'm due January 7 but my first came a week early and I am already 2 cm dilated. My hope is to get a buttload of rest as well as things organized and accomplished, but this baby may have other plans. I promise not to desert you for too long....only until I feel human again. Or when I need a break from the insanity of life with two babies and no sleep. I plan to continue to meal plan because I would be utterly lost in the void without it. You just may see "Husband Friendly" recipes on the plan for a couple weeks ;)

With that said, I'm excited for the new year! New baby, new posts, new recipes, new goals for the year.

What would you like to see more of on Meal Planning 101 in the new year? Ideas for topics, questions, or suggestions? Anything to make the meal plans more useful?

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5 Responses
  1. Norah Says:

    Congrats on the upcoming baby! I would love to read how you shop organically. Right now we buy about 90% organic and I try to keep our food budget to $500-$600 a month. I'd be very interested in seeing if I could get it lower than that.
    Thanks!


  2. Mrs. Querido Says:

    Oh congratulations on your impending arrival! :) Enjoy your precious bundle of joy!

    Blessings!


  3. Carla Says:

    I'm all for ideas on money saving - our budget will have to be a lot tighter once we move. As for organic - I've done a bit of that too. I've stuck mostly with fruits and veggies for the flavour but would love to know more.
    All the best and please ask baby to wait as least until the end of the week!


  4. Jules Says:

    Hey hun just thought I would give you a few ideas and tips if you are planning on the "deep freeze" food for when you have babe... I got a book called "once a month cooking" and cooked with a friend for a day, and made a whole months worth of yummy food. But then she found a different book called "The big cook" and you can do meals for either a week, up to a month. Anyways it gives you all the steps, grocery lists and everything, kinda like what you do on your blog, but it may help you out with trying to prepare meals for a few weeks while you have baby!! I have not tried the new book yet, but she has and says its GREAT food and way easier then the first one we tried!! Take care and good luck with your new bundle ;) P.S I found each book at costco, but that was awhile ago...


  5. Norah - Wow! Good for you buying that much organic. I don't actually have a lot of experience shopping organically, so I am having a friend do a guest post on the topic. I'm excited to read her post and get her ideas too!

    Mrs. Q - Thanks, I'm pretty tired of being pregnant so I can't wait till she comes :)

    Carla - The money saving ideas I've been learning over the last few months, so hopefully you'll find a few new ideas. And yes...I'll tell the baby to wait until Steve is done your house ;)

    Jules - I love the suggestion of books. I'm impressed you already have a months worth of food in your freezer! I'm not planning on going that hog wild...just storing away a few things here and there. I've been working on it slowly, but I will be much more prepared for this baby than I was for my last. I had no idea I wouldn't step foot in my kitchen for the first month!

    P.S. Thanks for all the congrats and blessings from everyone!