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Category: Meal Planning

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I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I am a meal planner. We do not eat spontaneously in my house (ever). Even spontaneous meals are planned out (such as eating out for birthdays). There are several reasons why I meal plan each week.

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What is Meal Garden?

Meal Garden is a new online tool to help you manage your diet.

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Budget Friendly Six Bean Chili Recipe

        Six Bean Chili Recipe

Serves 4-6 (or more)

Six Bean Chili Recipe

The recipe I use for my Six Bean Chili is not really a recipe, its more of a gathering of ingredients and dumping them into a pot (or crock pot as the case may be). I don’t measure anything, I just dump and simmer until I’m ready to eat. Its one of the reasons why I love this time of the year! Soups, chowders, stews and chili! Delicious foods that are budget friendly, easy to make, and warm you up on a cool (or cold) day!


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On The Menu

Soup soup soup

I love love love soup and stew season. For me, there is nothing more comforting after a busy cool day than sitting down with my family and enjoying a hearty bowl of soup or stew. I like meals like this for several reasons.

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Dinner Meal Plan Schedule Sept 4 – 10

Dinner Meal Plan Schedule for September 04-10

Dinner Meal Plan Schedule for September 04-10

This week should see us back to a regular routine for the first time since June. My 19 year old starts school on Tuesday, and he also starts his new part time job, and the little ones will also be in school.

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Creating Dinner Meal Plans – Aug 28 – Sept 3

Dinner Meal Plans for August 28 – September 03

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 12.24.59 PM Dinner Meal Plans for August 28 - September 03

This week will be a busy week. My oldest son turns 22, and my youngest 3 start school, so our meals will reflect that. This is also week 2 of the grocery period, so meals will be more pantry based (week 1 meals are more fresh produce based).

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Weekly Dinner Meal Planning

Dinner Meal Planning for August 21-27

Weekly Dinner Meal Plan for August 21-27

This is the last full week of Summer Vacation (and I’m not at all upset about it either)! This week we’re having some fun meals like tacos, cheese burgers,  stuffed chicken and steak. I try to do budget meals as much as possible (I define any meal I can prepare including side dishes for under $15 a budget meal). This week we are having two “splurge” meals (steak and stuffed chicken), and we normally have Breakfast for Dinner at least twice a month (including this week). For our steak meal, I bought a box of Black Angus steak at Walmart for $19.47. We can get two meals out of each box, so its not really a true splurge.

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