Have you ever felt like the only way to eat healthy is to:
a) spend hours of your (already limited) free time in the kitchen every week, cooking away (plus the time it takes to shop).
b) be a gold standing, punch-card holding member for those great (but also $15) salads everynight. Hey, how do they know your name and order?
c) be a frequent nightly pit-stopper at the natural food grocery store’s deli or hot bar? …. or you know, Chipotle. And that’s if you’re being good.
Add in normal life: whether that’s working full time, having a family and others to care for, and trying to find the time to take care of yourself– well, and it’s easy to see why most people forget to think about what’s for dinner…..until it’s way too late.
Cue the takeout order that never make you feel great afterwards, random foraging around in the pantry– and not for the good stuff, but for whatever is quickest into your mouth. Or calling cheese and crackers, or that boxed pasta or frozen chicken breast for dinner. Again.
Or maybe it’s that you do cook (or try to, most nights), but that you don’t have time to always be thinking up new ideas, so the same ones play out over and over in your house. Especially if you cook for others– you need stuff that everyone will love and will eat, otherwise what’s the point?
The truth? Yes, of course you want to eat healthy. But you need food that’s gonna work in your real life. Food that’s simple and tastes great, makes you feel even better afterwards, and is EASY. Like 10 minutes easy, for most of the week.
Lunches are fine- you always figure that one out. But dinners? Dinner can be overwhelming to do and plan for when things get busy. (And if not, the full Spring Meal Plan has got you covered).
Oh hi. I’m over here raising my hand, in case you’re wondering.
It’s been something I’ve been trying to figure out in the last few months for our new little family. I’ve always been a REAL FOOD MADE EASY kinda girl, as you guys know. But now more than ever, as a full time entrepreneur, new mama, and wife that cares so much about feeding our bodies well (and let’s be honest, getting and conserving all the energy I can these days), time is of the essence, people.
And dinner feels now more important to me than ever, as a time we get to all be together. It’s something I want to teach to my sweet baby boy: we pause life and eat together as a family and catch up and talk. It’s still a sacred time, even if it’s not fancy.
HA. It’s been far from fancy or perfect these days, but after the past few months testing and trying stuff out with the goal of being even MORE efficient than usual, I came up with a flexible little framework that’s totally been working like a miracle for us over here. So I started frantically taking notes. Making scribbles. Testing it out for a few months, just to make sure.
So, naturally, I wanted to share it with all of you. Because I just know I’m not the only one that wants to get a (healthy) dinner on the table, more efficiently than ever.
- To stop wasting money on prepared & convenience foods… or being too hungry to make good decisions.
- To stop the nagging or stressful nightly question of what’s for dinner.
- To stop eating the same meals every single week.
- To learn how to go to (or place a order) one time each week at the store…and in under 15 minutes.
- To learn how to use the same ingredients so they don’t go to waste.
- To take the pressure off of yourself to come up with what to eat each night.
- To casually meal plan, without feeling like you can’t go out to dinner, have a date night or be spontaneous a few nights a week too.
- To bring back feeling great and energized after you eat, instead of the opposite.
And most importantly, to GET YOUR TIME BACK. So you can spend it doing and being with the people that really matter.
So, BRAND NEW: a meal plan for non-meal planners, and the easiest & most flexible one yet: 4 weeks of dinners only that you can take at your own pace. Start it, stop it, whip it out when things get crazy. It’s a resource you can use over and over again, making tweaks for whatever works in your house.
It’s a step-by-step plan of the meals I’ve been cooking in my own kitchen, and the strategies behind it, to help you do the same. All with a once-a-week printable shopping list, coordinated perfectly, to help you save time, feel great, and do it all SIMPLY.
So…. what exactly is This Easy Dinner Meal Plan about?
The Easy Dinner Meal Plan is a 4 week set of printable weekly (naturally gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy totally optional) meal plans, with super-easy and healthy recipes. Each week contains recipes and a plan of attack for 3 easy dinners, that all go together– even if you don’t eat at home 3 days in a row.
Why 3 dinners? Because it’s realistic for what actually happens in real life. You don’t overbuy things, you can keep it flexible on which days you cook, and you have the freedom to still be spontaneous and live your life, go out to dinner, say yes to things you want to do, etc.
It’s the perfect balance.
All for the same price as only 3 of those fancy salads. Hello, yes please.
How Does It Work?
It’s almost too easy, really.
1. Sign up here.
2. The next day (this Friday if you sign up today), you will get a printable shopping list and the plan/recipes for the week, with specific instructions of what to make when (and how long it will take you, so you can plan your week accordingly and adjust things to your own schedule as you need to).
3. You get the whole weekend to prepare, shop & cook a few things (optional), and are ready to hit the new week with a plan and awesome food ready to go.
4. Repeat for 4 weeks total. You’ll get the new recipes, plan and shopping list once a week, so you can follow along in order, or print them out to pull out when you need to. Boom. New recipes learned, loved and ready to repeat as you’d like.
What is included?
1. Weekly printable shopping list
2. Weekly recipes and directions with 3 dinners, sent directly to your inbox, once a week for 4 weeks
3. Gorgeous bonus real food and Simply Real Health Guides on ($45 value on their own!)
- Healthy Pantry & Freezer Guide/Checklist
- Real Food 101 Guide
- Swap This For That Guide
- A Healthy Cocktail Ritual & Recipe Guide
- Real-Food Dessert Recipes & Guide
- Healthy Snack Recipes & Guide
- plus, a few secret bonus guides along the way!
4. Real-Food Basics: the what, the why, the good & the bad, what it is and what’s it’s not: why real food is the only way to go.
Some of our favorite ones this season? See below to see the entire Recipe List & Photo Gallery below!
// Registration officially opens today! //
come join me in learning a much easier, less-stressful way to cook & eat!
What is it?
The new Easy Dinner Meal Plan is a realistic meal plan that takes the best parts of Simply Real Health philosophy (recipes with 5 ingredients or less, 15 minutes or less), and takes the efficiency and ease up a notch. All while being flexible for your real schedule, with planned dinners for 3 days a week (whatever days you choose).
There are no fancy ingredients (you can buy the supplies at any grocery store), you have totally nutritionally balanced, veggie centered real-food meals up your sleeve, and everything is super easy to modify for any allergies, pickiness and preferences (yes, really).
Just $49 for all 4 weeks.
If you love it, the full Seasonal Meal Plan is also available for you too.
Recipe List Sneak Peek:
Chicken Fajita Stir Fry + Avocado Crema
Chicken Fajitas or Tacos
Mexican Salad Bowls
Roasted Veggie + Ground Turkey Bolognese
Bolognese + Veggie GF Pasta Bowls
Zucchini Noodle Stir-Fry + Ground Turkey Bolognese
Turkey/Grass-Fed Beef Meatloaf, Veggies + Harissa Sauce
Harissa Quinoa Bowls
Veggie + Quinoa Salad Bowls
Roasted Veggies + Grilled Salmon + Tahini
Tahini + Roasted Veggie Quinoa Bowls
Grilled Salmon Salad Bowls
Ready to Purchase & Get Started?
Just sign up here and you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier, more efficient and more time-filled Spring ahead!
Q: How many people are the recipes meant to feed?
A: They are written for one person to make the math super easy to double, triple, etc whatever you need. Or, to be perfect if you’re just cooking for yourself and are tired of wasting money and throwing food away.
Q: Are the meals suitable for vegetarians/vegans?
A: There is always a protein involved in each week (organic turkey, chicken or salmon/wild fish), so if you feel comfortable making your own swaps for beans, lentils, seafood if you eat it, etc then it would still be super helpful for you!
Please leave a comment below, or shoot us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To see more about my quick & easy shopping methods, watch my latest grocery store haul as a new mama (this one), or check out this video from the archives on my usual trip to the store. Or if you’re wanting a more comprehensive plan for breakfast, lunches & dinners, the full Seasonal Meal Plan is available here for you!