Meal Planning

Meal Planning?!? We can hear it now...Who has time???? Your schedule is busy enough, right!

Planning meals is not common in most households...except the one that is on the refrigerator...for the kid's school lunches. The school does it...why don't most families?

We live in a fast paced world with too many things going on. Many have lost sight of the importance of family meals together. Most of us do not cook from scratch anymore, simply because there is NO TIME!

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Our goal is to help you do just that. Not only with the planning, but the grocery shopping, cooking and recipes too.

We will also consider other concerns as well:

* Food allergies or food intolerances (think gluten or MSG issues)
* Trying to maintain a healthy weight
* Chronic illnesses such as diabetes or heart diseases
* Keeping the food bill within the budget
* And more

Best part...Quick & Easy Meals...that are healthy and tasty!

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So it's time to put yourself in control and escape the madness. With a little organization, planning and the right recipes and indgredients you can have a healhy menu plan without the stress.

And meal time doesn't have to be all on mom. The entire family can help with plans and preparation so it's a relaxing meal for everyone.

Meal Planning - Where To Start

The key is choosing simple ingredients, quick and easy recipes and a little organization that will save you time and money.

Studies show most households make the same meals over and over. So meal planning first starts with making a list of your favorites...the comfort foods you and your family love.

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Most likely things like spaghetti, hamburgers, chicken (cooked in many different ways), meatloaf, pork chops...and for the kids out there...the ever popular macroni and cheese.

Having a list of the favorites, along with the recipes, will help you in creating a shopping list. This saves time and money when it comes to grocery shopping.

Meal Planning - The Wildtree Solution

When it comes to preparing meals, what's the best thing you make? A reservation at the local restaurant?

LOL. Seriously, most can handle the basics and then some easily. But back to the time thing. Kitchen time can be stressful due to lack of time.

Enter Wildtree. Wildtree products make planning for meals and preparation so much easier. We all have different tastes, so it is hard to meal plan for others. However, we have some great two week starter meal plans that includes basic comfort foods that most people prepare. We are in the process of getting those posted.

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Here's A Tip To Take Away

Cook your meals in advance. After doing your menu plan for the week, go ahead and fix as many meals as you can. Choose a day when the family can help like Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon. Each person can take one meal and fix it for the following week. Once everything has cooled, store it in sealed containers or casserole dishes to be frozen until the night it's needed.

Another Simple Start

Try a meal planning concept called “cook once; eat twice.” This is an easy method that enables you to incorporate more homemade food in your diet without spending hours in the kitchen.

The concept is pretty simple. Whenever you cook, make extra. For example, if you cook extra brown rice on Sunday, you can use the leftovers in a number of different dishes throughout the week (like a veggie stir-fry, hot grain cereal, and a delicious dessert!).

Give the “cook once; eat twice” method a try this week with the delicious recipes below from Health is Wealth, the new book written by fellow Integrative Nutrition student and Bravo’s Top Chef contender, Andrea Beaman.

Breakfast Porridge resized_porridge
1 cup cooked (or leftover) brown rice

2 cups water

2 tbsp dried raisins

Dash of cinnamon

1/2 cup walnuts

2 to 3 tbsp yogurt

1. In a medium pot, bring rice, water, raisins, and cinnamon to a boil. Reduce heat to medium.

2. Cover and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or until creamy.
3. Remove from heat, and serve topped with walnuts and yogurt.
Quick-Cooking Fried Rice
2 tbsp peanut oil, divided

2 eggs, beaten
1 onion, peeled and diced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
3 to 4 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup cooked or leftover brown rice
1 stalk broccoli, florets and stem diced
1 tbsp toast
ed sesame oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp mirin (or substitute with maple syrup)
1/4 to 1/3 cup water (or chicken stock)
2 scallions, minced

1. In a skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil and scramble eggs, breaking them into small pieces.
2. Remove eggs from the skillet and set aside.
3. Add remaining 1 tbsp oil, and sauté onions and garlic 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Add mushrooms and salt, and sauté 1 to 2 minutes
5. Add brown rice and broccoli to the skillet.
6. Combine toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, mirin, and water, and add to the skillet.
7. Cover and cook on medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, or until broccoli is tender.

8. Return cooked scrambled egg pieces to the pan and toss with vegetables and rice.

9. Garnish with minced scallions

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