About Erin Henry

Since its founding in 2015 by suburban mother Erin Henry, Suburban Simplicity has provided an outlet for like-minded women to connect and share their methods for a serene and simple home life. It has become a trusted resource for advice on simple, modern homemaking, appearing on Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Buzzfeed, MSN and Yummly.

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  1. Kelly @ XterraWeb says

    I’ve contemplated meal planning for my family, but I haven’t been able to implement it thus far. One of the issues I have is with ingredients that I’ve purchased for a meal later in the week are used and eaten in advance; in that case, i have to scramble to figure something else out. Do you have any tips for this situation?

    I often try to make sure dinners match with items on sale that week and/or what I already have at home. You mentioned you make some things ahead and freeze. Do you have any tips for meals that can be made in advance and frozen?

    • Erin says

      Hi Kelly, a couple tips that might help you are:

      1.) Once you have your meal plan and go shopping, start prepping the ingredients as soon as you get home. Chopping veggies, browning meat, etc. That way it’s dedicated to a particular meal. Also, I always have a back up in case things switch around or get eaten earlier in the week. For example, breakfast for dinner. My kids love that.

      2.) I freeze most casseroles. So for example, this Crockpot Pizza Casserole https://www.suburbansimplicity.com/crockpot-pizza-casserole-everyone-loves/ can be made one night and the leftovers frozen for a subsequent week. Cooking once and eating twice is one of the most efficient things you can do to minimize your kitchen time.

      Let me know if you have more questions. Or want more recipe recommendations! Erin

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