I”m not very good at menu planning for an entire week. I find that I actually spend more money then if I shop for just a couple of days at a time. Otherwise there”s always something that ends up rotting away in the fridge, or our meals are not as rounded and healthful as they could be.
When I plan for only a couple of dinners at a time I”m able to keep things more simple and I find it a lot less stressful. When I have my act together it”s a lot easier to plan ahead for some two for one meals, as well.
“What does it mean to make a two-for-one meal? Simple. For each meal you make earlier in the week, you make extra of one item to cut prep time for a completely different meal later in the week.”
This is the way I menu plan.
For a list of 2 for 1 meals, with links, and the recipe for this Cordon Bleu & Apple Panini head over to Simple Bites.
I may not have an actual garden, but in the summer months, it seems as though I have one strewn around my kitchen. Pasta Primavera is such a great way to use up the plethora of vegetables in your garden, whether that be in your backyard or your fridge.
Over at Simple Bites I’m sharing the recipe for this tasty pasta (seriously, it’s so good that Max can’t get enough of his veggies when I serve them this way) and some tips on freezing and cooking vegetables so you can enjoy it all year long.
“The end of summer marks the time that we start scrambling to use up all the fresh produce bursting from our gardens. It can be hard to find ways to use up so many vegetables at one time. That’s why the Italians created Pasta Primavera..”
Read more and get the recipe on Simple Bites.
Freezer Jam is the only kind of jam I”ve made by myself, partly because it”s my husbands favourite and partly because of it”s ease of preparation. Simple Bites has been having a very helpful Canning 101 series all week and I”m rounding it up with a short talk about Freezer Jam along with the recipe for this Nectarine Raspberry Freezer Jam.
“Freezer Jam is a great way to break into the preserving scene. The recipes are made in smaller batches, require little to no cooking (which gives them a fresher taste) and need no special canning equipment.
All you need to do is puree or mash some fruit, mix it with sugar and pectin and throw it in the freezer!
There are several different options for making freezer jam…“
Continue reading on Simple Bites.
My little family is packing up and heading out to explore the fjords for a week. We”ve got all the camping gear ready to go and I”m itching to get out of here and have a real vacation. My post on Simple Bites today couldn”t have come at a better time. You”ll get a glimpse into the types of food we”ll be eating this week.
“Eating breakfast around a campfire is one of my favorite ways to start a summer day. Nothing tastes quite as good as food cooked over an open flame. Any of your favorite breakfast meals can be made over a campfire; all you need is the right tools and a little innovation.“
Keep reading and get tools and ideas for your next outing on Simple Bites.
I hope you”re all having a great summer and are able to get out and enjoy these sunny days. I”d love to hear what your summer plans are. Fill me in!
I’m over at Simple Bites today talking about breakfast on the go.
“Sometimes no matter how hard we try our mornings get rushed and we don’t have time to sit down for breakfast. If you have a teenager you probably have difficulty getting them out of bed in the morning which usually means breakfast is scarfed down at the last minute, or skipped completely.
Your kids can still enjoy a healthy breakfast while riding on the bus or once they get to their destination. If you have something to hand them on their way out the door, you can be at ease knowing they’ll have a healthy start to their day.“
For a list of on the go breakfast ideas and the recipe for these Cottage Cheese & Yogurt Parfait’s head over to Simple Bites.
In case you missed it, I was over at Simple Bites yesterday talking about how to keep meals on hand for hectic days as well as sharing three recipes that are made from pantry staples.
Mealtimes can be a harried affair when things don’t go as planned and the run to the grocery store has yet to transpire or you haven’t had even a moment to think about what your family is going to eat for dinner. Those are the days when you wish your fairy god-mother would pay you a visit and make a meal magically appear before you…
Read more and get the recipes here.