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PLAN. ORGANIZE. SHOP. SAVE.

Meal Planning

For family dinners the key to saving time is planning.  The key to saving money is also planning.  And the key to saving even more time and more money is organization.

Meal Planning by The Organized Cook Steak Mushroom Casserole

Steak Mushroom Casserole from The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System

Here are the key steps for family dinner meal planning.

Meal Planning by The Organized Cook Pork Fried Rice

Pork Fried Rice from The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System

Step 1- Plan

Plan your family dinner menu for the entire week

Step 2- Plan

Plan your grocery shopping day with list ready to go

Step 3- Organize

Organize your family dinner menu and your grocery shopping list in a way that will help you reduce waste and save even more time and money.

Sound like a lot of work?  It can be.

The Organized Cook

What I’ve done with The Organized Cook is taken the task of planning and organizing your family dinners a few steps further to help you save even more time and money using organization as the key ingredients.

The Organized Cook

The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Planning System

Through cooking methods like “reusing your time” and “reincarnating the leftover”, family dinners will cost you less than $100 a week in groceries and often as low as $67 a week.

But that’s nothing compared to the amount of time you will save.

Meal Planning from The Organized Cook

Baja Fish Tacos from The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Planning System

Ready to start saving?  Let The Organized Cook do the planning and organization for you.  Spend less time at the grocery store, less time in the kitchen and more time with your family at the dinner table.  Subscribe Now.

Bon Appetit!

Toni Spilsbury, The Organized Cook


 

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Who Doesn’t Love Fried Chicken?

Well- besides my vegan friend- who doesn’t love fried chicken?

For subscribers to The Organized Cook, Ranch Fried Chicken is what’s on the menu this week and it’s a family favorite for me.

Ranch Fried Chicken by The Organized Cook

Ranch Fried Chicken by The Organized Cook

Doing something as simple as adding ranch dressing mix to the flour coating can make a classic meal like fried chicken something to talk about.  This week’s menu is all about the classics:

The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan

Kid Favorites

This week’s menu is both healthy and kid friendly with items like fried chicken, quesadillas and pot pie.  Making dinnertime fun for kids is the trick I find to help get them out of ruts.  Dress up chili with bowls of fun things for them to garnish:

Kid Friendly Chili by The Organized Cook

Kid Friendly Chili

Shredded Cheese The Organized Cook

Garnish Chili with Shredded Cheese

Goldfish Crackers The Organized Cook

Whole Grain Goldfish Crackers

 

And, for all you vegetarians out there…. stuffed pasta shells.

Helping Hands In The Kitchen

Stuffed Pasta Shells is another perfect meal that’s easy for kids to help.  My girls love to help me in the kitchen, and sometimes it feels like more work finding something for them to do.  At 7 and 5-years old, stuffing pasta shells with cheese mixture is easy and fun.  I enjoy sharing my passion for cooking with them.

Stuffed Pasta Shell by The Organized Cook

Stuffed Pasta Shell by The Organized Cook

Stuffed Pasta Shell by The Organized Cook

Stuffed Pasta Shell by The Organized Cook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reincarnating The Leftover

What to do…. what to do… with that leftover fried chicken.  Using a simple technique I like to call “reincarnating the leftover“, that leftover Ranch Fried Chicken- with a little help from my good friend, frozen puff pastry- is now reincarnated into Chicken Pot Pie.  Every time I say or hear “chicken pot pie”, I either hear that chicken from the movie Chicken Run say (in Brittish accent), “I don’t want to be a pie.”  Or, I (depending on who is around) immediately say, “chicken pot pie and I don’t care”…. I’m not sure why, but I can’t help it.

Chicken Pot Pie by The Organized Cook

Chicken Pot Pie by The Organized Cook

Saving Money on Family Dinners

This week’s Weekly Meal Plan will only cost you about $90 in groceries- that’s without sales or coupons.  I would love to hear back from my readers who cooked this week’s menu about how much they spent on groceries with this week’s shopping list.  Just leave a comment below, or email me at [email protected], or on Facebook.

 

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It’s not too late to get this week’s Weekly Meal Plan.  Subscribe now to The Organized Cook.  Remember, you can cancel at any time, but you won’t want to- it’s that good.

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Family Dinner: Planning Ahead

When it comes to cooking family dinner, planning ahead will save us time and money.

At a recent presentation with a room full of busy moms, I asked how many of them made daily trips to the grocery store for family dinner due to lack of planning.  All but a couple raised their hand.  “Just think of all the time you could save”, I said, “by just having a plan.”

Unfortunately, many of us simply do not have the time it takes to do the planning and organization; but then we end up spending more time in the end scrambling for last-minute solutions- not to mention- more money.

If you’re one of those busy moms, and want to save time and money on your family dinners, let The Organized Cook do the planning for you.

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The Grocery Store Drive-By Trap

The Grocery Store Drive-By Trap

Does it feel like you make last-minute trips to the grocery store for last minute dinner solutions because you didn’t plan ahead? Do you go to the grocery store several times a week or even daily? Did you know that daily trips to the grocery store increase our exposure to impulse buying by 60%! I was amazed at how many moms I’ve spoken with do their grocery shopping almost daily due to lack of planning.

Grocery Store Driveby Trap from The Organized Cook

Don’t fall into the grocery store drive by trap. There’s a better, simpler way.

Let The Organized Cook do the planning for you and grocery shop only once a week.  By using this system, you can feed a family of four to five dinner for less than $100 per week.  That’s less than you’ll spend on one dinner night out.  Now, add the savings you’ll see by reducing your exposure to impulse buying from shopping daily.  Not to mention the time you will save.

Sign up for The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan Subscription and save time, money and the family dinner.

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