Why I’m Going to Start Using Plan to Eat For Meal Planning (and You Might Want To, Too)

Meal planning might be the death of me…or not, thanks to Plan to Eat. Here’s why I’m going to start using Plan to Eat for meal planning starting NOW.

Planning and Preparing a Real Food Thanksgiving Dinner

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Growing up, Thanksgiving dinner was a wonderful time with family and plenty of food. Yet many of the dishes served were made with processed food: Green bean casserole made with cream of mushroom soup and French friend onions, Pre-made rolls, Gravy from a jar, Canned sweet potatoes topped with brown sugar and marshmallows, Canned cranberry sauce, Pumpkin pie made with ready-made pie crusts and canned filling. My husband and I both love to cook real food, so a few years […]

A Two-Week Summer Meal Plan

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It’s the time of year where the local Farmer’s Markets and our gardens have begun to overflow with the season’s harvest which make it the perfect opportunity to incorporate a wide variety of produce into our meal plans! I want my family to enjoy as many of the different fruits and vegetables that are in season right now as possible. My kids will easily devour an entire carton of raspberries or blueberries almost as soon as I wash them and set […]

A Two-Week Real Food Dairy-Free Meal Plan

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I have now nursed three babies. (By the grace of God, by the way … it never came easily to me!) And do you know that for EACH baby, I had to take dairy out of my diet for one reason or another? I’m sort of a resident “allergy” expert, because my oldest son has severe food allergies to milk, peanut, and egg. And you would not BELIEVE the number of times that a nursing mom has e-mailed, called or texted me – desperate, […]

Easy 7-Day Summer Grilling Meal Plan

By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer Summer is here … my family’s favorite time of year, because not only do we love having fun in the sun, but we’re also seriously into grilling out as often as possible! In fact, I’m such a huge grilling aficionado, I’ve created a special 7-Day Summer Grilling Meal Plan just for you! Meal planning is definitely a real sanity saver. That’s why I love sharing my family’s weekly gluten-free meal plans and teaching on the subject as often as I can. Meal […]

My 10 Favorite Real-Food Recipe Sites

Looking for some new real-food recipe sites? Check out my favorites! By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I have recently started meal-planning for the month. It is just amazing to look at the month of meals, PLANNED, in my calendar! While it is a bit of a bear to plan 30 days of meals at once, the rewards far outweigh the trouble! Anyone with me?? Whatever your method of planning meals (or not planning meals!) there probably comes a point where you think, what am I going to make for dinner? I […]

Once A Month Meals Giveaway: Win a 1-Year Pro Membership Subscription to Simplify Your Meal Times!

Want to fill your freezer and free your schedule? Then you’ll love today’s giveaway from one of my favorite online resources, Once A Month Meals! Once-a-month cooking is a wonderful way to keep your freezer stocked with ready-to-eat meals. All you have to do is pull them from the freezer, heat them up and you’ve got a nourishing, home-cooked meal on the table for your family. The problem, however, lies in being able to find recipes that convert to freezer cooking, making grocery lists, and […]

Allergy-Friendly Menu for Spring and Summer Entertaining

  By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer We are eagerly, painfully, awaiting the coming of warm weather here in the southeast United States. It has been COLD! We love to have friends over during the warm-weather months and I’m always looking for easy, delicious meals to serve to our friends and family. Today I’m sharing an allergy-friendly menu for spring or summer entertaining. These items are free of dairy, eggs, nuts, and wheat, and perfect for grill-outs, picnics, or entertaining in the sun! Appetizers Classy Spinach Salad Creamy […]