It’s 4:30, my kid is home from school, and I’m staring at an open fridge wondering just what I can throw together for dinner. Yes, real food is important. Dinner together, at the family table, is great, but it’s not always easy to make it happen.
In our household, where both parents work, the struggle to get a wholesome, balanced dinner on the table every night is real. And I know we’re not alone.
Some weeks, I have it together. Most weeks, I don’t.
Even though I love to cook, meal planning was still a struggle. There’s been more last-minute calls for Chinese takeout (yikes! MSG and soybean oil!) and
There’s been more last-minute calls for Chinese takeout (yikes! MSG and soybean oil!) and takeaway pizza than I care to admit to.
The only way I can wholesome, balanced meals on the table every night is with meal planning.
Of course, over the years I tried many different systems: piles of paper and scratch notes (what a mess), static meal plans that I crafted and rotated through (too inflexible), worksheets I grabbed online and filled out (didn’t work). None of them offered the simplicity or flexibility that I actually needed to make meal planning work for my family.
What I needed was a solution that gave me a base to work from. One that I could customize and modify based on what was in my pantry, what I found in my CSA box and at the farmers market, and one that I could adjust on the fly if we had company stop by at the last minute (happens a lot), or if we invited one of my kiddo’s “allergic to everything” friends over for dinner and a sleepover.
The solution was Real Plans.
It’s a completely customizable, flexible and simple meal planning system that helps me to make sure I stay on budget, and keep whole foods on the dinner table every night. No more last minute trips to the grocery store. No more calls for takeout because it’s too late to figure out an answer to “What’s for dinner?”
Real Plans is such a solid solution that I decided to partner with them to offer over 250 Nourished Kitchen recipes (most of which are weeknight family favorites that you won’t find published anywhere else) on Real Plans.
That means that you can start to add the wholesome, balanced, nourishing meals on Nourished Kitchen to your weekly meal plan in a cinch. Real Plans provides the flexible structure and simple solution for you to take the ideas, concepts and real food recipes at Nourished Kitchen and incorporate them into your cooking routine in a real, meaningful way.
It’s a way to start to find rhythm in the kitchen – providing you with the structure to make wholesome foods like homemade bone broth, or sourdough bread, or kefir and yogurt, or fermented foods a cornerstone of your cooking routine, all the while providing wholesome meals your family will love.
I know that finding this structure, the rhythm of the kitchen can be tough, which is why Real Plans + Nourished Kitchen make such a good match.
See how Real Plans works here:
How to Customize Your Meal Plans
Not only do you get a meal plan that you can customize to include your family’s favorites, or modify to your own, personal, dietary needs and preferences, but you also get a timeline that lets you know how to prep your meals for the week to save time and make sure dinner gets on the table in a cinch.
Real Plans will also automatically create a shopping list based on your meal plan, and you can adjust that, too – adding household items you need, and marking off items you might already have in your pantry like olive oil or honey.
When you sign up for Real Plans with the Nourished Kitchen Recipes you’ll have access to over 250 of my wholesome, real food recipes as well as over 1,000 others. There’s a lot to choose from, and you can import your own recipes with just a few clicks.
For families challenged by food intolerances or allergies, Real Plans is a dream. Not only can you select a Gluten- or Dairy-free diet, but, if you have less common allergies like Beef or Eggs, you can modify the meal plan to your specific diet so those recipes don’t appear in your plan. Easy. Easy.
Real Plans really does offer a completely customizable, simple solution to meal planning, and, more than that, it’s a solution that helps you keep wholesome foods on your family’s table every day. It’s about developing a rhythm in the kitchen that keeps your family eating healthy foods, while saving you time and money.