17 June 2013

What's For Dinner {June 17th} & an *Operation Dinner* Review

It occurred to me yesterday that I've been meal planning for five years now!  I can't even tell you how much stress that has taken away in my life!  Sitting down once a week (in my case) and planning out all of the dinners for said week has not only simplified my life in that regard, but it has taken our grocery bill way down as well.  It's definitely one of my top five ways to save!  There are just so many benefits to meal planning and I am always looking for ways to make it work even better for me and my family.  That's why I was excited to find this new eBook, Operation Dinner, that gives some amazing advice on planning, shopping, and prepping meals for your family.

This eBook, by Lori Loomis of Moms by Heart, is filled with very use-able, practical tips that work in real life.  I've read lots of eBooks, blogs, etc., on meal planning, but I believe this just may be the most helpful thing I've read--and I'm a seasoned meal planner.  

Lori's book is divided into two sections: the basics and the food.  She really dives into each topic by breaking it down simply so that someone who has never meal planned can get the hang of it easily, but she also fills each section with some awesome tips and recipes that even a veteran meal planner can use. 

She gives a couple of different ways she recommends meal planning and I love her 'flexible meal plan' and intend to try it out for my family.  I have never planned more than a week or two in advance so this would definitely be something new for me.  

Her tips on food prepping and on freezing food and meals are wonderful, too!  Freezer cooking is something that I want to do more of and her advice in invaluable, especially if you're not quite sure where to begin.  

So I encourage you to check it out.  It's just $5.99 on Amazon!  {Disclaimer: I received this eBook for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.  All thoughts are completely my own.}


Speaking of meal planning ...it's that time of the week again!  

Monday:  Hamburgers Diane, Grilled Corn-on-the-Cob, Grilled Cabbage, and Baked Potatoes  

Tuesday:  {Bible study night for me--dinner with the ladies}  Vince and the kiddos ..to-be-decided
Wednesday:  Tostadas

Thursday:  Chicken & Dumplings & Fried Squash

Friday:  Baked Ham & Cheese Sammies with Onion Strings

Saturday:  The Perfect Burgers, Baked Beans, and Red, White, & Blue Salad

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