Real Life, Real Menu 2/3/20

My 4 Top Steps to Meal Plan Success

1. Taking a survey of what’s in my pantry, fridge and freezer. 


Goal- use what I already have- because it’s already been paid for and there is nothing worse then having to throw away something because it didn’t get used before it’s expiration date.

2. Review our schedule – 

  • this helps to have meals that are realistic for what activities are going on
  • looking over the scheduled for the week helps me plan which meals I should make a crockpot meal for, or that I need to cook something ahead of time

3. Plan the grocery list at the same time as meal planning and surveying fridge/freezer/pantry


I have tried many different grocery lists. This is my favorite and what we are currently using. On Google Keep making lists and sharing them is super easy! Then multiple people can add to lists and if they pick items up they can select it so that it gets taken off of the list!

4. Prep ahead of time

  • Cook or prep meat
  • Wash and cut veggies
  • Separate things into containers as needed

Basically anything that will take a step or 2 away the night of your meal is helpful to do before hand!



Cool Ranch Tacos (I make a few edits to her recipe)

These are super, super easy & here is what you need~


  • Chicken Thighs
  • 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Taco seasoning packet (or click here for a homemade version)
  • 1 Ranch seasoning packet (or use a homemade version-1T dried parsley, 1tsp garlic powder, 1tsp onion powder, 1tsp dried onion flakes, 3/4tsp dill, 1/2tsp pepper, and 1/2 tsp salt)

*Throw everything in the crockpot, Cook on low all day, at least 8 hours

Holy Cow- it doesn’t get much easier than that!


Turkey burgers & Sweet Potato Hash 

Turkey Burgers:

*Using ground turkey make up patties

*Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder

*Cook up on a skillet

Sweet Potato hash:

*Dice  2 sweet potatoes

*Add olive oil or coconut oil to a skillet, heat and then add sweet potatoes.

*Put in some diced garlic, salt and pepper.

*Stir frequently and cook until potatoes are tender (easily poked with a fork, is the rule I use)




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Salmon with with Crispy dill Potatoes & Brussel Sprouts by Paleo Running Mama- click here for the recipe


Out to Eat


Indian Butter Chicken by Paleo Running Mama click here for the recipe


My Favorite Kitchen Tools:

Happy Meal Planning & Thanks for stopping by!! If you need even MORE meal planning ideas check out Organizing Junkie


Faith ♥

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