Master Meal Planning with Get Meal Prepped!

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Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Get Meal Prepped, nor have I been paid to write this post. This post does contain affiliate links. Purchases from these links may result in a small commission used to support Neat & Nutritious. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I thought I had meal planning all figured out. I had a rhythm, a routine, a process for each week. And then I had a baby and all routines went out the window. Getting meals on the table for a family vs just an individual or couple is at least 10 times harder, even when you’re just adding one baby to the mix.

We eat 3-4 times a day. But meal planning shouldn’t take up all of our free time. In my quest for a simplified, less stressful life, there has got to be an easy and simple way to prepare healthy, nutritious meals for our families.

That’s where Get Meal Prepped comes in! I had the chance to interview Susan Watson and Andrea Hardy, registered dietitians from Nutrition Academy, on their latest online course, Get Meal Prepped.

What is the “Get Meal Prepped – Family Style” E-Course?
Get Meal Prepped – Family Style: Is a step-by-step course to teach you exactly what you need to know to need your family healthy meals, with time to spare. This online course teaches you not just the ‘what’, but the HOW of meal prep. Are you ready to meal prep and plan without fails, flops & frustrations? Then Get Meal Prepped is for you!

Created by registered dietitian and co-founder of Nutrition Academy, Susan Watson, Get Meal Prepped is ALL the skills and kitchen-hacks YOU need to know to get nutritious meals on the table for your family, fast.

Is this course for me?
Does this sound like you?
• You’re tired of the ‘food rut’ = spaghetti, hot dogs, pizza, REPEAT
• You hate spending an extra $100/wk eating out or ordering in
• You are running to the grocery store at 5 pm every day to figure out dinner
• You desperately want to enjoy a healthy home cooked meal around the dinner with your family, without the fuss

If you said yes to any of these, then you’ve probably already recognized you NEED a change. Maybe you’ve been waiting for the motivation or right time to get started – or the right plan to fall into your lap. Lucky for you, Get Meal Prepped will give you the skills to solve these meal time dilemmas!

What will Get Meal Prepped teach me?
This course will teach you:
• The ins and outs of meal planning from the start to the finish
• How to streamline your grocery shopping experiences
• How to plan and create balanced meals in record time
• How to create stress free meal times
• Time saving methods to meal prep including big batch cooking, using cooked components, and freezing strategies.
• Dietitian and kid-approved breakfast, lunch and dinners that are quick and easy!

Let’s create confidence and competence in the kitchen with Get Meal Prepped.

If I get one thing out of this course what will it be?
You CAN provide balanced healthy meals for you family with less stress. There isn’t just one way to meal plan, or one way to eat.

This course will teach you a variety of ways to meal plan that will suit your life, your eating habits, and your financial budget. No generic advice – just plenty of tried and true ways that work with even the most challenging families! Sports? We got you covered. A parent working away from home? We can help you with that too. We’ve taught hundreds of people to meal plan – let us help you.

This course incorporates nutrition education in the most practical way possible – through the meals you prepare. You will learn important nutrition concepts, like how to balance your meals so you can stay full and keep your energy levels up ALL day – as well as how to plan snacks that work for you and your family’s life, and are nutritious!

After completing this course, you will be able to:
• Plan balanced nutritious meals for you and your family
• Cook 1-2 times per week, but have meals ready to eat all week long
• Know how to incorporate healthy snacks into your diet to keep you energized for the day, and not overeat at meals
• Know the batch cooking secrets to success that will save you time in the kitchen when preparing meals
• Prevent recipe ruts and never get bored with your meals you prepare again
• Master your time in the kitchen and not be a slave to the stove
• Be super efficient at the grocery store … “get in and get out in record time”
• Make the most out of your time in the kitchen by putting your appliances to work for you

How do I sign up?
The Get Meal prepped Family Style is a membership based course run through the Nutrition Academy. Sign up here.

Additional FAQ

When does the course start and finish?
The course is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish. After your initial purchase, you will have unlimited access to the course!

How long do participants have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, participants have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices they own.

What if a participant is unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! Get Meal Prepped™ has a 14-day money back guarantee. If you get into the course and realize that our strategies are not helping you plan your meals, let us know in the first 2 weeks and we will give you a full refund. All that I ask is that you show me that you have completed all the modules and assignments, and demonstrate that you have tried the different methods recommended in the course. This money-back guarantee is in place because my course does get results, but you have to put in the work to succeed. I know if you take the time to implement these strategies you will be saving time & money, eating better, and less stressed out.

You guys, this program is amazing! I’ve had the chance to try it out myself, and it is full of useful tips and information to get you on a simplified meal planning routine, just in time for the holidays and end of the year madness. Get ahead of the holiday stress, and check out Get Meal Prepped today!

Fuss Free Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

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Disclaimer: I was gifted a copy of Sam Turnbull’s Fuss Free Vegan in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I love baking, especially around the holidays. However, I generally do not bake a lot, and I don’t post many baking recipes here. Cooking is so much more intuitive and flexible, and at this stage of my life with a business and a baby, easier.

BUT.

You guys have to make these brownies. As soon as I got a copy of  Sam Turbull’s new cookbook, Fuss Free Vegan, in the mail, I knew I was in trouble. There were so many delicious recipes I wanted to try. The lettuce wraps are a light and hearty, protein packed lunch for busy mamas. The peanut noodles will please everyone. And the vegan cheeses are divine. And made from REAL food. Every recipe in this book is so simple, with few ingredients (that you actually know and understand and can find in your regular grocery store), and packed with flavor. There is a recipe for every staple, something sure to please everyone in your house, even the plant-based skeptics. Many of these recipes do call for all-purpose flour and white sugar, which is not something I recommend or use myself. However, I swapped my go-to gluten-free flour blend and coconut sugar 1:1 on every recipe I tried, including these brownies, and had great results. So whichever flour or sugar combination you choose to go with, you really cannot go wrong with these recipes. Also, from prep, to cooking, to cleanup, I spent less than 30 minutes with minimal dishes. Some recipes had a longer cook time, but I was able to sit back and relax (or more likely, move on to another urgent task) until it was time to eat.

Back to the brownies.

After making a handful of recipes, it came down to two. Blueberry bliss muffins. Or fudgy chocolate brownies. I’m a sucker for a good muffin, especially in the morning with a cup of coffee on cold mornings. But once I tried these brownies, I was sold. So was the husband.

I really didn’t think this recipe was going to work. Usually vegan recipes have some sort of vegan alternative for the eggs and butter used in traditional preparation of baked goods. Sam doesn’t do that. And somehow there is magic that brings these brownies to life. They fluff up in the oven, and settle down into a gooey, rich piece of heaven once they cool. The trick is to follow the instructions for letting them cool. Don’t skip this step because you want brownies now! Trust me. The waiting is worth it.

Fudgy Chocolate Brownies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • ½ cup vegan butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk (such as soy or almond)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt together the chocolate chips and butter, making sure to remove the saucepan from the heat just as it’s finished melting to ensure you don’t burn the chocolate.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate into a mixing bowl. Add the sugar,non-dairy milk, and vanilla and mix well. Now add the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt and mix until combined. Finally, add the walnuts (if using).
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 30–35 minutes, until the brownies are pulling away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs on it. Let the brownies cool and set overnight. This is the key to perfect gooey brownies.
  5. To store, let the brownies cool completely, then cover with foil or plastic wrap and keep at room temperature for the best texture. For longer storage put in an airtight container and store in the fridge.
http://www.neatandnutritious.com/fuss-free-fudgy-chocolate-brownies/

Excerpted from Fuss Free Vegan: 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favorites, Veganized. Copyright © 2017 Samantha Turnbull. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

Sam blogs over at It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken, and if you love this recipe, you want to make sure to check out her other delicious fuss free meals. You can also grab a copy of her cookbook (affiliate link) and make easy fuss free vegan meals every day of the week!

Weekly Menu: Baby Led Weaning Basics

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We’ve been doing Baby Led Weaning in our house for a month now. And even though a big benefit of this method is not having to cook separate baby food for your child, I find myself planning, prepping, stressing, and making all sorts of things for my daughter that are completely separate from what we are eating. Part of it is she really can’t eat some foods yet that I love (like salad or smoothies). But part of it is my weird need to introduce her to all kinds of new and various foods and flavors and textures even though we are creatures of habit and eat a lot of the same foods over and over within a given week. I’m blaming the dietitian in me 🙂

This week I finally said enough. I may pick our meals based on what I want to feed her this week, but we are going to all eat the same things. Or at least close to it.

I am also working on a more intuitive approach to meal planning. Which means I gave up using My Fitness Pal to plan my meals. But that’s a whole separate post for another day.

Making the Plan

  • I pick 3 fruits and 3 vegetables for the week. I try to base these off of what is in season, incorporating at least one new fruit and vegetable, and one that she is already familiar with. This week is red bell pepper, cucumber, parsnips, apples, pears, and strawberries.
  • Each week, I try to make 2-3 combination foods or “recipes” that incorporate legumes, grains, and healthy fats with the fruits and vegetables. Bonus points if it is something I can freeze extra of for later weeks. This week I made hummus, roasted red pepper tomato sauce, and strawberry chia jam. These will be toppers for veggies and items from the freezer.
  • We are slowly incorporating allergen foods, so I look to see if there is an easy way to add something from the top 8 allergens to our meals for the week. We started with peanut butter, and are trying wheat this week, so I bought some low sodium whole wheat bread that we can spread with mashed avocado or hummus.
  • For adult meals, this means using the same veggies to throw together quick salads. I’m also making lettuce cups and a peanut noodle dish this week that includes bell peppers and cucumber. Strawberry chia jam gets stirred into oatmeal in the morning. Hummus and crackers are a staple snack.

Prep

  • Right now I plan out my foods and grocery list on Friday, order groceries on Saturday, and prep items on Sunday. I’m working on condensing this into a better system that works for my schedule, but right now breaking it up is working best for me. (Side note: Instacart is life changing! Use this link to get $10 off your first order)
  • A great resource for getting ideas for fruits and veggies for kids to try is Produce for Kids. They have a list of seasonal produce by month along with a ton of recipes.
  • I get a lot of recipe and meal ideas from the Born to Eat and Baby Nosh books.

Menu

  • Breakfasts: banana pancakes (previously frozen) or oatmeal with strawberry chia jam; blueberry muffins
  • Lunches: lettuce cups, salad
  • Dinners: Hello Fresh meals, peanut noodles, pasta with roasted red pepper tomato sauce
  • Snacks: apples with peanut butter; hummus and veggies

I am slowly trying to incorporate 1-2 new recipes into each week instead of relying just on Hello Fresh, freezer meals, and takeout. I’ve got about 30 minutes max to make dinner at night between work and baby’s internal schedule that insists on dinner at exactly 5:45 each night (seriously, where do they learn these things?), so I’ve had to learn to be even more quick and simplified in my cooking approach. No trying new complicated dishes that take forever to prep or cook. And honestly, my desire and inspiration to make these type of meals has mostly disappeared. I love cooking, but I love sitting down and spending time with my family more than hanging out in the kitchen by myself.

Have you ever found yourself struggling in a new season with meal prep and planning? 

Do you prefer structured meal plans or a more intuitive and loose approach to meals? 

  • Less structure is definitely challenging for me, but also more freeing.

 

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