January Meal Plan 1 month of dinners planned for your family

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Happy 2016! It's a time for new beginnings, yes? January and September are the most popular months for readers to decide to dive in to Meal Planning. So, I'll make it easy to help you out.  Here's everything you need to know to get started with meal planning for your family dinners:  basic tips for meal planning post. Want to make it even easier? Get meal plans in your email inbox by subscribing to the Julieverse daily emails (plus you’ll receive other Julieverse posts each day.) Popular … [Read more...]

December Meal Plan Calendar A Menu for the 5 Weeks Leading to the New Year

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I was SO wanting to cook on the grill last night. With 65 degree weather at 5 pm, I'm kind of wondering what stopped me. But, if I'm honest with myself, it's that I didn't want to fight the hectic 5 pm grocery store mob to get burger buns. Instead we stuck with the plan and had a delicious baked potato soup. Onward! This week's menu plan has several easy soups and crock-pot dinners, plus another version of turkey meatloaf that will make my family's warm hearts sing. And because … [Read more...]

December Meal Plan A month of menus for your family dinners

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  You all won't believe this, but I'm working on something big for January. It has to do with Meal Planning and healthy family dinners and, oh! There is so much excitement here! So, keeping this week just as easy, I am definitely sticking to the menu plan. And, look! It has a whole bunch of family favorites like Taco Soup and Turkey Meatloaf. And because Hanukkah began just last night, I'll remind you that here are several Hanukkah-themed posts that have appeared on Julieverse in … [Read more...]

Recipes and a Meal Plan for November; Includes Thanksgiving Leftovers Ideas

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I came up with a brilliant plan last week. One of the kids owed me about an hour and a half of my life, because he or she might have wasted it in a temper tantrum. It was only fair, really, for me to require said child to give me that hour back by being my right-hand-man (or woman.) So, last week, this child started cooking dinners while I sat back and gave directions. I love cooking, but I love watching the kids learn about cooking even more. Watch out, kids. You may soon be creating my grocery … [Read more...]

The answer to the dreaded question: What’s for dinner?

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I came up with a brilliant plan last week. One of the kids owed me about an hour and a half of my life, because he or she might have wasted it in a temper tantrum. It was only fair, really, for me to require said child to give me that hour back by being my right-hand-man (or woman.) So, last week, this child started cooking dinners while I sat back and gave directions. I love cooking, but I love watching the kids learn about cooking even more. Watch out, kids. You may soon be creating my grocery … [Read more...]

What are you eating this November? Here’s an easy meal plan for the month

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Middle has been begging for chili all last week. And begging in the most un-obnoxious way, so it has me laughing. Every time he smells anything cooking, no matter where we are, he comments, "you know, I feel like I smell chili. Wouldn't that be a great dinner?" And when we're eating dinner each night, he's made some sort of a comment like "this is good, but, you know, it's not quite chili." It's definitely helpful that chili is on the menu plan this week. I may have to make 3 times the normal … [Read more...]

November Meal Plan

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Another day, another dinner. And what's on the menu for you? Crockpot Chicken Stew? Of course it's on the menu! At least four times this month, right? Oh, wait. You don't know what's on the menu all month yet. And, come to think of it, serving the same thing 4 times in 30 days is pretty boring, isn't it? That's why preparing a meal plan for an entire month is so helpful. You'll have a strong idea of how to balance your meals through the month, you'll always feel prepared at the 4 o'clock … [Read more...]

Julieverse Reads: A Collection of Favorites for Food Lovers (Great books for you or as a gift!)

A list of books a food-lover needs on her bookshelf -- fiction and non-fiction and (surprse!) no cookbooks

This week's Julieverse Reads post was written by Jessica Tom, who gets huge kudos and congratulations for debuting her first novel, Food Whore, today. (Yay Jessica!) A food lover herself, and former restaurant critic for the Yale Daily News Magazine, Jessica is sharing a list of books for food lovers. These books may be great for you, or someone on your holiday gift list. What a great time to learn about the restaurant world. You have TV shows, chef memoirs, splashy magazine spreads, … [Read more...]

The Only Meal Plan Menu You’ll Need This Week

Save hours of time by planning your menu one month at a time. Save even more time by using a monthly menu plan that's already planned out for you. This one has seasonal recipes and Halloween ideas

This menu covers a lot more than Halloween Week, it covered the entire month of October. And, next week, Julieverse will bring you the November meal plan, but if you love the dinners from this month, by all means, go ahead and plan out the first week of November, today, while you're also planning the last week of October. The October meal plan has all the makings of healthy, well-loved family meals (especially last week's tilapia, which totally surprised my husband.)  If you're new to meal … [Read more...]

Stop stressing! This is the only menu plan you’ll need for the entire month of October

Save hours of time by planning your menu one month at a time. Save even more time by using a monthly menu plan that's already planned out for you. This one has seasonal recipes and Halloween ideas

After meal planning for over 5 years, I'm always surprised when 4:00 rolls around and someone in my Facebook feed is complaining that they don't have any idea what their family will have for dinner. Someday... someday friends will learn the magic of menu planning. I can't force it, but I can say it over and over and over. Having your meals planned out for a week or a month makes an enormous difference in your daily life. Try it! And make it easy by using this meal plan that I already created for … [Read more...]