Posts tagged meal plan
Episode 60: How Sauces Can Save Your Weeknight Cooking

We once said that we think sauces are the secret to better weeknight meals and one of you said that we should really explain ourselves: so here we are! But don’t just take our word for it. We’ve brought on two sauce masters to talk to us about everything from their favorite sauces to improvising a sauce from scratch, how to make sauces ahead and how to freeze them too. Because when you have a good sauce within arm’s reach, you have a quick and easy way to add flavor to your cooking in no time

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Episode 59: Our Best Dinner Shortcuts—and Shortcut Dinners with Kelsey Nixon

You guys, we did it! We’ve cleared up a long-standing kitchen debate: what’s the difference between “dinner shortcuts” and “shortcut dinners,” and which is more important. Because we know you’ve been dying to know. AND… not only did we finally get the job done, but we also enlisted special ops dinner expert, Kelsey Nixon. So we’re pretty sure our answer is definitive: They are, in fact, different, and you need both. Get the deets and also each of our favorite shortcuts — both kinds.

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Episode 58: What to Cook Now, Plus Our Fall Pantry Staples

Fall is a busy time for parents, and also the start of holiday cooking. On top of adjusting to new (and more limited produce) in most places around the country, we’re also about to contend with an uptick in classroom parties, family gatherings, potlucks and more. In this episode, the second in an accidental quarterly series, we talk about what we’re cooking and stocking up on this fall — and what we think you should be cooking and stocking your pantries with too.

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Episode 56: Budget School Lunch Ideas with Amiyrah Martin

If you’re anything like us, restricted spending is the first thing that comes to mind when budgeting. Not fun. Also not the full picture. This week, we speak with Amiyrah Martin of 4 Hats and Frugal for her fresh take on how to pack school lunches on a budget. From how she employs her kids to Mother Nature (you read right) in the process of staying on budget, Amiyrah shares the low down on keeping school lunch frugal and fun.

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Episode 42: All the Recipes You Should Be Cooking Right Now

As we begin to wind down season two, we share the recipes we’re cooking and think you should be cooking too. These are our lifesavers, the back-pocket recipes saving us from take-out night after night. We share the recipes with notes on what makes each great and how every one can be adapted to suit your family, schedule, and budget too. This is our cheat sheet. And now it’s yours too.

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Episode 39: How to Turn Hummus Into Legit Family Dinners

Hummus, hummus, the magical dip, the more you use it, the more you … get to relax about dinner, because, you guys, this stuff really is magic. It’s kid-friendly, high in protein, and good for way more than a snack or lunch. Once you start using hummus as more than a sandwich spread or a dip for veggies and pita chips, a world of 10-20 minute dinner options opens up before you. From how to turn it into a pasta sauce to using it to transform a boring rotisserie chicken into an exciting meal, we share our favorite ideas for turning hummus into a legit family dinner.

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Episode 36: The Invisible Work of Feeding a Family

We almost titled this "53 Minutes of Meghan Complaining," but agree with writer Cleo Wade: Complaints have no magic. Still, we have a lot to say about the weight that comes with the responsibility of feeding our families—and we have a hunch we're not alone. That's why it feels important to have this conversation. So here it is, but with only the complaints that lead to compassion and helpful ideas. Because the real magic happens when families—kids included!—find some semblance of balance that works for them, whatever that might be.

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Episode 32: The After-School Snack Problem Solved. Sorta.

The hellish few hours between school and dinner, marked with relentless begging for snacks, might break us! Figuring out snack time is hard enough — how to keep our pantry stocked with healthy, kid-friendly options that work at home and on-the-go without breaking the bank — but also walking the line between keeping the kids sated, while not ruining dinner is enough to drive you mad. So we go over ALL the tips, ideas, recipes, and products to help you figure snack time out once and for all.

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Episode 30: The Art of Intentional Leftovers

Intentional leftovers, dubbed nextovers by our guest David Tamarkin, digital director of Epicurious and author of the Cook90 cookbook, are extras that you make intentionally while cooking one dinner, with the express intention of turning them into a different dinner on another night. Cooking the 1st night takes the usual amount of time, but cooking on the nextover night takes a fraction of the time. How’s that for a busy parent game changer? In this episode, we talk about everything from how to stock your pantry to choosing the right recipes to become a nextover master.

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Episode 27: Reclaiming Chicken Nuggets from the Kids’ Menu

Chicken nuggets have become a vilified symbol of “kid’s food” in America, yet nearly every cuisine has a version of this simple dish, from Italian Chicken Milanese to Japanese Chicken Katsu, and these dishes are not considered just kids’ food in other countries.

This week, Stacie and Meghan are reclaiming chicken nuggets… or strips, or fingers, or cutlets. We go over everything from the merits of keeping frozen nuggets on hand to pro-tips on how to make yours homemade as quickly and inexpensively as possible. Because we’re taking back this “kids food” to restore peace and equilibrium at the family table. And because, yea, we want to eat some crispy breaded chicken too.

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Episode 23: How to save money on groceries with The Budget Mom

Over the last few months, both Stacie and Meghan have taken a long, hard look at their families’ finances and were shocked to discover how much they were spending on groceries. As it turns out, they’re not alone. After talking to Kumiko, aka The Budget Mom, they learned that food is the biggest expenditure for most families.

Whether or not you thought you were looking to save money on groceries this year, this episode is for you — because who doesn’t want to save money?! Sure, we go deep with hardcore tips for people who are ready to get serious about their budgets. But we also talk about practical ways that anyone can save money by being more mindful and less wasteful: a worthwhile practice in more ways than one.

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Episode 7: Chop, Chop, Om — Real Life Meal Prep Tips as Self Care

Mention meal prepping and visions of spending our entire Sunday in the kitchen dance in our heads. But is this really what it takes?

We chatted with the queen of meal prep, Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean, to find out. Because we had a feeling there might be a different way. As it turns out, there are several different ways. And if you find the one that's right for you, you might even start to think about meal prepping as a form of self care.

Go figure.

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