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Reincarnated. Not Leftover.

Does this dinner look leftover to you?

That’s because it’s been reincarnated.

Meal Planning from The Organized Cook

Philly Cheesesteak Sub from The Organized Cook

I blog a lot about menu planning as a way to make family dinners affordable, timely and delicious.  And menu planning is just one step in The Organized Cook.

What I’ve done in The Organized Cook is taken the idea of meal planning a few steps further by organizing the menu into my special algorithm that saves both time and money while reducing waste.  There’s also a few other techniques I’ve incorporated.

Reincarnating The Leftover

My Italy-Meets-London Broil was fabulous.  But, when I slap the label “leftover” on it, the taste appeal is lost.London Broil from The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System

When that same London Broil is reincarnated into Philly Cheesesteak, I have a simple and delicious dinner without the waste.


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Slow Cooker Barbeque Chicken Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Recipe

Busy weekends with family visitors.  Lunchtime at the cabin on 4th of July.  Company potlucks.  Hands down, Slow Cooker Barbeque Chicken Sandwiches is the easiest, most affordable and most delicious meal to feed a large group of people in the least amount of time.

Slow Cooker Barbeque Chicken Sandwiches Recipe


  1. boneless skinless chicken breasts- 3-4 lbs
  2. barbeque sauce- 1 large 28 oz. bottle
  3. Rolls or hamburger buns


  1. pickles, sliced
  2. cole slaw


  1. place chicken in Slow Cooker and cover with entire bottle of barbeque sauce
  2. cook on High for 5-6 hours
  3. during last hour of cooking, use spoon to stir and shred chicken
  4. serve on rolls with pickles and cole slaw to garnish

Slow Cooker Barbeque Chicken Recipe


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Organization Is The Ingredient.

Many of us can agree that family mealtime is important.  If you’re like me, you want to get it done as efficiently as possible while creating healthy, delicious meals for your family.  You want to make it simple, make it quick and spend less time at the grocery store, less time in the kitchen and more time at the dinner table with your family.  


Organization is the ingredient.
I love to cook.  But, I didn’t want to spend all of my time cooking- I wanted to maintain balance in my life.  I quickly learned that careful planning and organization of my family dinners were the key ingredients that allowed me to prepare home cooked meals for my family each night and still have time in my schedule to do things I love.  My Weekly Meal Plan system is available in The Organized Cook™.







Sign up now to receive The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan in your email in-box each week and receive:

  • weekly family dinner menu
  • grocery shopping list
  • easy-to-follow recipes
  • cooking instructions
  • time and money saving tips
  • seasonal special party and menu planning guides





Let The Organized Cook™ do the planning and organization for you; and show you how to make the task of cooking family dinner easy and affordable.



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Nature’s Cold Remedy: Supercharged Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

There may not be a cure for the common cold, but I can’t deny the healing effects of homemade chicken noodle soup.  Other natural immune boosters include shiitake mushrooms; so, during cold and flu season, I like to supercharge my soup.  If you’re thinking that making homemade chicken noodle soup is difficult, think again.  Try my supercharged recipe:

Toni’s Supercharged Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Nature’s Cold Remedy: Supercharged Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Nature’s Cold Remedy: Supercharged Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup


  • chicken breasts- 1 1/2 lbs (2 trimmed breasts), diced into 1-inch cubes
  • poultry seasoning (a good poultry seasoning will include herbs like rosemary and thyme, like Lawry’s Perfect Blend)- 3 tablespoons
  • chicken broth- 1 quart
  • white onion- 1/2, minced
  • carrots- 2, peeled and diced
  • celery- 2 leafy stalked, diced including leafy part
  • shiitake mushrooms- 8 oz. (1 small package), diced
  • egg noodles- 2 cups uncooked
  • olive oil- 2 tablespoons


  1. In large soup pan or dutch oven; heat olive oil over medium-high heat
  2. Add chicken, and while seasoning with poultry seasoning, saute until just cooked (not thoroughly)
  3. Add broth
  4. Add onions, carrots, celery and mushrooms
  5. Bring to boil over medium-high heat
  6. Once boiling, cover and let simmer until vegetables are tender, approximately 15 minutes
  7. Once vegetables are tender, raise heat to medium-high and bring to boil
  8. Add noodles and boil until tender, approximately 4 minutes

Natural vs. ….well, Not

Ingredients are the tell-all when it comes to how nutritious something is.  Even without the mushrooms, this soup is so packed full of natural vitamins; I can’t even think about reaching for the canned condensed stuff.  Let’s see how they stand up side-by-side with this sampling of ingredients:

Homemade                                    Condensed

  • Chicken                               mechanically separated chicken
  • Onion                                   onion powder
  • Carrots                                monosodium glutamate
  • Celery                                  soy protein
  • Shiitake Mushrooms      yeast extract
  • Egg Noodles                     sodium phosphates


If you want to include this recipe into your menu planning, my Classic Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is also part of The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System!

Be well!

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