Hi, there! Thanks for stopping by.
I’m so excited to have you here and can’t wait to help you simplify dinnertime so that you can get back to enjoying a meal at home with your family.
In a nut-shell, you’ll get real-life strategies for creating AND cooking meals that work for you and your family. I wholeheartedly believe that spending a bit of time planning and prepping will increase the chances of a ‘successful’ meal 10-fold.
AND…not for nothing, and all planning aside, but I have left plenty of recipe websites feeling SO discouraged because 1) I knew my kids wouldn’t touch quinoa stuffed peppers and 2) I had no intention of planning and cooking some of the complicated meals I saw on a busy weeknight dinner. Seriously, my eyes glaze over as soon as the ingredient list approaches 10 or more (or 5). Rant over.
So, here, you’ll find meal ideas that have worked for my family, weekly and monthly planning pages that you can use, recipes that have been tested, kitchen tips & tricks that will speed things along, Wildtree meal solutions and so.much.more! I can’t wait for you to dig in!!
First things first–let’s see if Meal Planning Mama is a good fit for you and your dinnertime goals. I totally get that there are a TON of food and recipe blogs and websites out there. There are a gazillion people offering to help you make dinnertime easier by creating shopping lists, recipes, etc. There are a lot of meal planning apps, planners with slots for ‘What’s for Dinner’, e-courses on meal planning, and more. What makes me ANY different? How do you know you’re in the right place?
A couple of things to consider.
- Your goal with meal planning and dinnertime is to get food on the table within 30 minutes of walking in the kitchen, on most nights.
- You’re not looking for super fancy dinners—just some healthy, tasty meals that your family will like, and, hopefully, eat. You’d also cut a rug in the kitchen to add a bit of variety to the meals you’re currently cooking.
- You are busy. Like, crazy busy. To the point that dinner is often an afterthought. Not because you don’t WANT to have family dinners at home. But, because at the end of a long day, cooking dinner is just another line on your To Do list. You WANT to do a better job planning dinners and meals, so you don’t find yourself eating quesadillas or going out to eat every night, but you don’t want to cook EVERYTHING from scratch.
- You *MIGHT* be open to the idea of coming up with a meal planning system (YUCK!) that works for you and your family. Maybe. Totally not required. 🙂 Highly encouraged.
If any of these statements describe you, then, I have a hunch you are in the right place and I am sooo excited about helping you simplify mealtimes. So, let’s pause and take a deep breath, and celebrate that we’ve found one another.
First off, you should TOTALLY join our community of meal planners to get weekly meal planning tips, strategies and recipes. Right away, you’ll gain access to the weekly planning page that my family and I use to make sure our meal plan makes sense with our family’s schedule.
As far as which areas of content will help you the most? Remember those choose your own adventure books? Yep–they were AWESOME! Let’s use that framework for deciding where you should dig in first.
Maybe, you don’t really have a meal planning system that works for you and your family. You’re deciding at 4pm what’s for dinner and that totally stresses you out. You may be heading out to dinner more times in a week than you want or you revert to grabbing fast food in a pinch. Check out the Meal Planning posts that help you create, or perfect, your system.
If you’re like me, you do love to cook, but the meals you cooked before children just aren’t realistic to putting dinner on the table at 6pm on a given Wednesday. You need quick, healthy meals. You definitely need to get a couple of simple meals in your rotation so that you have a little ‘bank’ of meals to choose from AND you might be longing for some variety. If you are already a self-proclaimed rockstar in the kitchen, then you can use this section to up your game a bit and to add some variety to what you’re already doing. The Meal Making posts will be super helpful for you.
Finally, do you just want to interject some easy mealtime solutions into your routine? Maybe you’re interested in having freezer meals on hand but CAN.NOT.IMAGINE the thought of finding all the recipes, coming up with a shopping list, etc. Maybe you’re looking for some healthier versions of some convenience foods like mac-n-cheese, taco seasoning, skillet meals? I think you’ll be surprised at all the mealtime solutions Wildtree has to offer.
If you don’t have a meal planning plan, or system, AT ALL and 1) you know you need one and 2) you want to make that happen, then I.CAN.HELP. I offer several levels of support, ranging from courses to group coaching to 1:1 support. Below is my e-course that takes you step-by-step through the process of creating a meal planning system that works for you and your family. I highly recommend it as a first start if you’re ready to make real changes to dinnertime (and the other meals in your life, too!).
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