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  1. Thank you so much for this! I’ve needed a way to get organized. I have ideas of dinner when I go shopping but it always seems to get forgotten once we get home.

  2. 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?

    • 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 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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