5 Easy Meal Planning Tips to keep you on track during the Holidays

Christmas is right around the corner and that means adding activities to your already busy life. Between christmas parties, christmas shopping and visits to Santa, the one thing that can easily fall off the band wagon is MEAL PLANNING.

At 5 pm when you get home from a long day at work and your kid is chasing the dog who is chasing the cat, your husband, turns around and asks you the dreaded question: What’s for dinner?! Your brain is tired, overwhelmed and does not want to think at this point. As a mom my brain is full and in overdrive all the time. Meal planning sounds like another thing I have to add to my never ending to do list. Today I am going to share a couple of tips that have worked for me to make meal planning simpler.

1. Buy pre cut Veggies: Every time I think of meal planning, I also think of meal prepping. I am a big fan of meal prepping and I know it can make life easier during the week. But, what I am not a fan of is spending two to three hours on a Sunday cooking or cutting veggies. So here is my first tip! Buy pre cut, pre washed veggies. Or frozen veggies. Just do it and you will thank me for the time you save. Yes it is more money but to me that time saving is worth every penny.

2. Slow cooker meals. I do this atleast once a week. I have a 4.5 quart slow cooker so makes a big portion and I can use leftovers for lunches during the week. My go to website for slow cooker recipes is Delish.

3. Theme days: During the week I like to have ‘theme days. Thursday’s in our house are ‘breakfast for dinner night’ and Fridays are ‘Pizza night’. No more brain power used, deciding ‘What to make for dinner’!

4. 2 meals in one: If I am going to do any meal prep cooking I need it to last more than one meal!! So if I am making chicken fajita mix, I am going to make Fajitas on Monday and on Tuesday I am going to add it to pasta with sauce or have it over rice with guacamole and yogurt.

5. Precooked meals– I like to keep these on hand for those days when life hits you like a brick and you just want to put something in the oven. I try to have a couple of frozen lasagnas, meatballs, chicken pot pies on hand. Costco has a great selection at reasonable prices. It will be cheaper than takeout!

Do you meal plan or meal prep? What are your go to tips? I would love to hear how you make meal planning easier. Also if you incorporate any of these tips, please let me know if this worked for you! Happy meal planning mommas!

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Pumpkin, Fruit medley Oatmeal muffin

Hello November! It’s chilly and snowy out there which is perfect  weather for baking. I find breakfast options in the morning during the week can be hard to find. I am always in a hurry to get out the door and don’t have time to sit down for breakfast. So I have being experimenting with a couple of different muffin recipes that I found online. The muffins always looked great but sometimes they would be a tad bit on the dry side. This last batch that I made though was super moist and delicious. Here is my recipe: 

Prep time 15 min

Cook time : 30 to 35 min

Yield : 12 mini muffins 

Ingredients 

Dry ingredients 

1.5 cup flour

3/4 cup oats 

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

Wet ingredients 

2 eggs

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup coconut sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup melted coconut oil

2 cups frozen fruit- thawed ( I used blueberry, cherry mango mix)

  • Mix the dry and wet ingredients (except the frozen fruit) in separate bowls. 
  • Combine wet and dry mix into one bowl and fold in the thawed fruit.
  • Line muffin tray with muffin cup liners and brush with coconut oil.
  • Pour batter into lined muffin cups.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 30 to 35 min. Cook till the middle of the muffin is no longer wet.
  • Cool and serve!

I kept these muffins in the fridge for up to 5 to 6 days. I warmed them up prior to eating and they were moist and delicious. My picky 2 year old daughter loved them!

This is going to be my go to #breakfastonthego recipe. What is your go to recipe?  

Happy Baking!