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Category: From My Kitchen

I was a skeptic about this…

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I’ve been talking a lot about the Eat at Home Menu Planning Service the past few days and some of you might wonder if it’s worth it to invest in a menu planning service — and I totally get that! In fact, I was right there with you for a long time.

Would I really like menus that someone else planned? Would it really work for us and our eating preferences?

I doubted that I would like it as I had tried other menu-planning services in the past and most were just an epic fail for our family. Plus, why would I pay someone to have menu plans made for me when this was something I had done for our family for years?

Well, somewhat reluctantly and very skeptically, I tried out the Eat at Home Menu Planning Service and… to my great surprise, I fell in love!

The Recipes Are Easy

Like I told you earlier this week, I love that I can make the Slow Cooker recipes in just 5-10 minutes in the morning and then dinner is done.

There’s something so amazing about knowing all day long that you already have dinner planned and prepped and made. So even if you are exhausted at 5:30 p.m., you can relax because dinner is waiting for you!

The Recipes Are Yummy

What surprised me most is that we actually really love the meals. Not every single recipe is a huge home run, but most of them are ones that we find delicious and some have become family favorites.

For instance, yesterday’s Sunday Chicken Dinner in the Slow Cooker was a massive hit. In fact, all dinner long (well, after the kids fought over who got to pray!), everyone kept commenting about how yummy it was and asking for seconds.

It’s rare that all five of us will really, really, really like a meal, so this was a big winner!

The Recipes Are Fairly Healthful

I also love that the recipes are healthful. The Traditional Wholesome and No Flour/No Sugar recipes are the most healthful, but the Slow Cooker menu plan is actually quite healthful, too. Some recipes do call for some pre-packaged ingredients, but you could easily swap out those for something more healthful.

What I Made Today

This morning, I made Zingy BBQ Chicken in the Slow Cooker. This recipe takes about 3 minutes to make total!

I’ve made Italian Chicken with a bottle of Italian Dressing with chicken in the slow cooker and I’ve made BBQ Chicken with a bottle of barbecue sauce with chicken in the slow cooker, but I’ve never combined the two into one. So I’m excited to see how it tastes!

Click to watch the video above for all of the details on the recipe and to see me make it LIVE!

Remember: get 30% off your membership every single month when you sign up by September 19, 2018 and use coupon code FALL at checkout.

Go here and use coupon code FALL to get in on this great deal.

Sunday Chicken Dinner in the Slow Cooker (+ something to make you laugh!)

I am loving hearing from so many of you who have signed up for the Eat at Home Menu Plan Service and love it! Here’s one comment I got on Facebook this weekend:

You guys! The Eat at Home menu plan service is just hands down the best menu plan service I’ve ever tried!

4 Reasons I Love Eat at Home Menu Plan Service:

  1. You get 4 complete menu plans each week. Yes, you get 4 different menu plans! (A No Flour/No Sugar plan, a Slow Cooker Menu Plan, a Traditional Menu plan, and a Traditional Wholesome menu plan –each with 6 dinners + one dessert. That’s 24 recipes total… every single week!)
  2. You can make the Slow Cooker meals in less than 15 minutes. Most of the Slow Cooker meals only require 5-10 minutes of work in the mornings — and then dinner is DONE! It’s amazing to know all day long that you already have a plan for dinner and it is made and waiting!
  3. You get a Color-Coded Grocery List — for each separate menu plan. Plus, you get to choose between a Small Family or a Large Family plan for each menu plan and the grocery list is all prepped for you. Just print it, cross off any item you already have on hand, and go shop! So simple!
  4. You only pay a few dollars (or less!) per week! You get all of this — the menus + the pre-made grocery lists for each menu plan for as low as $1.13 per week when you use coupon code FALL at checkout and sign up in the next 48 hours. And you lock in that rate for as long as you’re a member!

What I Made Today

This morning, I made Sunday Chicken Dinner in the Slow Cooker. It was so easy and smells good!

By the way, Friday’s recipe was yummy, too, and was perfect to eat after we did 10 miles and 23 obstacles as part of the Tough Mudder.

I laughed when I saw the photo that Facebook pulled as the cover photo for my video. I mean what even?? I could change it, but I thought it might make you laugh, too, so I’m keeping it! 🙂

Click to watch the video above for all of the details on the recipe and to see me make it LIVE!

Remember: get 30% off your membership every single month when you sign up by September 19, 2018 and use coupon code FALL at checkout.

Go here and use coupon code FALL to get in on this great deal.

Does this count or not?

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Welcome to Day 2 of the Eat at Home Challenge — a one-week challenge designed to encourage and inspire you to make more meals at home in order to save money and eat more healthfully! I’m following the Eat at Home Slow Cooker Menu Plan and just love it so much!

You know how I said that I was going to do the Eat at Home Challenge this week? Well, I am doing it — you can watch my live videos on what I made for dinner the past two days here and here.

But, we’re actually not eating at home tonight.

I know, I sort of feel like a fraud!

You see, we’re going camping with our Community Group and we’re all bringing food for a cookout for dinner at the campsite (I’m bringing beef hot dogs and brats for everyone — because I got them marked down or on great sales over the past two months and had them in my freezer!).

I guess you could say that we are eating food from home at another location. So does that sort of count for the Eat at Home Challenge?

Even though we’re not eating at home tonight, I went ahead and made a slow cooker meal this morning so that we would have it on hand when we got home on Sunday from running the Tough Mudder.

(Yes, you read that right. We are camping on Friday and Saturday with our Community Group and then we’re running the Tough Mudder with two other couples on Sunday. Because hey, you only live once, right? Also, we got our Tough Mudder tickets through a Groupon deal and we roped some of our best friends into running it with us. So we couldn’t resist!)

What I Made Today

This morning, I made Slow Cooker Black Bean & Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing. I improvised a bit in order to use what I already had on hand. Because, of course! 🙂

I’m going to take the liquid out and refrigerate all of it and then heat it up and make the cornbread dressing on Sunday when we get home from the Tough Mudder. It looks yummy!

Click to watch the video above for all of the details on the recipe and to see me make it LIVE!

Don’t Miss This Deal!

If you haven’t taken advantage of the amazing 30% off deal on the Eat at Home Menu Planning service, what are you waiting for? I cannot recommend this service highly enough.

Not only do you get 4 different complete meal plans every single week (Slow Cooker — my favorite menu plan service, Traditional, No Flour/No Sugar, and Wholesome Traditional), but you also get a complete color-coded grocery list every week, too.

It saves so much time and money — and through next Wednesday, you can get a membership to the Eat at Home Menu Planning Service for as low as $1.13 per WEEK! That’s so incredibly inexpensive for the value that you get.

 

One of my followers sent me the above testimonial through Instagram about how much they love the Eat at Home Menu Plan Service. I wholeheartedly concur.

And you can get 30% off your membership every single month when you sign up by September 19, 2018 and use coupon code FALL at checkout.

Go here and use coupon code FALL to get in on this great deal.

Are you doing anything fun this weekend? What are you cooking for dinner tonight? Leave a comment and let us know!

Smoked Sausage & Sauerkraut Soup in the Slow Cooker

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Welcome to Day 1 of the Eat at Home Challenge — a one-week challenge designed to encourage and inspire you to make more meals at home in order to save money and eat more healthfully!

I’m following the Eat at Home Slow Cooker Menu Plan and just love it so much!

Details on The Eat at Home Challenge

The Eat at Home Challenge runs through September 18, 2018. Every morning around 6:50 a.m. CT, I’ll be on Facebook Live prepping our dinner to throw in the slow cooker for the day so that when 6 p.m. rolls around dinner is READY!

Every day, in addition to doing a Facebook Live video on my Facebook Page, I’ll be posting here on the blog what I made that day, along with a link to my video (in case you missed it).

I’m using the Eat at Home menu-planning service for my recipes for this challenge. You can sign up and get the recipes if you’d like to follow along with me! Scroll down to the bottom of this post for all the details on this menu-planning service + a 30% off coupon code good through September 19, 2018 only!

My hope is that this will inspire you with some new recipe ideas, encourage you to not wait until the last minute to think about what you’re having for dinner, and motivate you to eat at home more (even on busy nights!) so you can save money.

I’d love for you to join me in this challenge! To participate, go join the Facebook Page here so you can share what you are making every night and see what readers all over the country (and world!) are making for dinner each night, too!

(She gets up earlier than the other kids and has a morning routine of getting ready for the day and then eating breakfast while listening to Adventures in Odyssey.)

What I Made Today

This morning, I made Smoked Sausage & Sauerkraut Soup in the Slow Cooker. I already tried a little bit of it and it was yummy. Jesse had some and said he liked it but thought it would be even better with sweet potatoes. We’ll see what the kids think at dinner tonight!

Click to watch the video above for all of the details on the recipe and to see me make it LIVE!

What is the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service?

I’m using the Eat at Home menu-planning service for my recipes for this challenge. I love this menu-planning service and highly recommend it — especially if you struggle to come up with the time and inspiration to make your own menus.

Eat at Home is a menu-planning service designed to make getting dinner on the table much easier every night. It was a service created by Tiffany, a mom of 4 who loves to cook and loves to gather her family around the table, but has found that if she doesn’t have a quick and easy plan, it’s hard to make that happen.

How Does the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service Work?

The Eat at Home menu-planning service is an incredible way to help you save time and save money. You don’t have to worry about planning menus OR grocery list, because Tiffany does all of that for you as part of the menu-planning service.

She has designed it specifically with busy families in mind and the menu plans offer:

The recipes can all be fixed quickly, with only a few minutes of hands-on prep. Because the recipes use common pantry ingredients, it’s likely that you have everything you need to make many of the recipes.

It’s so convenient because all the work is done for you! You just choose which menu plan you’ll use, print the grocery list, go shopping, and then spend a few minutes prepping food each day and dinner is D-O-N-E!

When you sign up for the plan (it’s just a few dollars per week — or less!), each month, you’ll get:

  • An entire month of No Sugar, No Flour menu plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Traditional Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Slow Cooker Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Whole Food Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • Each menu plan comes with recipes created for small family (3-4 servings) and large family (6-8 servings)
  • Color-coded grocery lists make it easy to swap out ingredients or whole meals
  • Printable Menus to hang on the fridge or near your calendar, so you can easily see what’s for dinner that week and your family can too
  • Access to the entire month at once!
  • 1 Hour Freezer Stash Plans – a new plan each month to stock your freezer with 6 meals in 1 hour!

You can choose to stick with just the traditional menu plan or just the slow cooker menu plan or just the whole foods menu plan. Or, you can rotate different menu plans on different weeks, depending upon what you feel like cooking or how much time you have!

Get the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service for as Low as $1.13 per Week!

If you struggle to make menu plans and would love for someone to make them for you + make a grocery list for you, it’s well worth spending a few dollars every week to let Eat at Home do the work for you.

This week only, when you sign up for their plan (either the monthly plan, the quarterly plan, or the yearly plan, you can get 30% off this week only by using coupon code FALL at checkout!

That makes the done-for-you menu plans and grocery lists as low as $1.13 per week. And you get access to all three plans and the freezer cooking plans for the whole month at the rate!

Go sign up for this incredible menu-planning service here. 

(Oh and they have a fantastic two-week money-back guarantee if you think you want to try it out but aren’t sure whether it will work for you or not!)

Today’s Kroger, ALDI, Sprouts, and Big Lots shopping trip (I’m $1 under budget!)

I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 grocery budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

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Kaitlynn and I went shopping today since we had $53 left to spend on groceries this week. We went to a Kroger that we usually don’t go to — and this Kroger has this section that is all markdowns of scratch and dent items. It looks completely disorganized, but we found some “treasures” in the mess!

Not all Kroger stores have these markdowns sections, but definitely check to see if your store does, if you haven’t already! You never know what you might find!

We bought more junk food than usual — but do the organic veggies and whole wheat flour help balance it out?? 🙂

Kroger Shopping Trip

Big Lots Shopping Trip — 2 bags of Whole Wheat Flour for $3 each = Total with tax: $6.41

Sprouts — Cantaloupe for $0.98 each, Sweet Corn — $6 for $1, Rolled Oats — $0.99 per lb. — $1.75 = Total with tax: $5.03

ALDI Shopping Trip

  • 3 Avocados — $0.39 each
  • Honey Nut Oats — $1.19
  • 2 packages frozen broccoli — $1.19 each
  • Milk — $2.69
  • 2 packages frozen peas — $0.79 each
  • Dill pickles — $1.39
  • Vanilla — $3.55
  • Total with tax: $14.89

Total Spent This Week

Total spent on groceries this week: $68.13

Cashback Earned: 277 points earned from Fetch for buying Capri Sun & Pepsi & Talenti + $0.50 from iBotta for scanning 2 receipts.

How I Cut $80 Off Our Weekly Grocery Bill

Wow! Easily cut $80 off your grocery bill with these simple tips! I love this testimony!

A few months ago, Naomi left a comment on one of posts and said:

“We are also a family of five but we have special dietary issues. My goal this past week was to reduce our weekly food budget to $100 and it was $99! Previously, I thought that I couldn’t save money because of our food restrictions but I wasn’t really ready to try.”

I wrote her back and asked if she could share some specific tips she had implemented. Here’s what she said:

First of all, our restrictions are soy, nuts, and seeds allergies (including their oils). I myself am supposed to eat as preservative-free as possible with high fiber thrown into the mix because of a chronic medical condition. As a point of reference, I was spending about $180 a week on our food.

Here was my strategy:

1) Create a food shopping budget. I based this off of the MyPlate recommendations for food consumption. On my shopping list, I put a dollar amount next to each category that I was shopping. For example, Fruits were allotted $20. Grains were $13 and so on. (My categories are Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Dairy and Protein.)

2) Don’t make a meal plan until I see the local sales. I got this tip from you! I looked all the sale leaflets up online and filled in my shopping list categories, being careful to write down the price of what I was expecting to buy to stay with my category’s budgeted amount.

3) Shop the sales at my local Kroger, Aldi and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. For us, Thursday is “Double Ad Day” at Fresh Thyme, where the previous and coming week’s sales are all up for grabs.

4) I did all my shopping on one day and kept a running total of each category on my shopping list. I knew when I hit $13 for grains.

5) Don’t buy pre-packaged items. A big key for me to make this work for our family was to buy only “ingredient items,” no prepackaged foods. For breakfast this week, we are eating muesli but instead of buying an allergen friendly muesli, I bought the ingredients to make my own.

6) Allow some wiggle room for extras. I gave myself $25 for extras. Fats and sugars fell under this category, along with coffee beans and tea. I used some of this to buy marked down ground beef I hadn’t been planning on purchasing ahead of time. I saved so much, we used some extra money to buy our favorite allergen friendly pizza.

Thanks for inspiring me to try to save! Our pantry and refrigerator are stocked for the week and I feel pleased with myself for saving money.