Frozen Broccoli Made Tasty

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It’s time to put dinner on the table and we need a vegetable side dish. A salad seems like so much work, and so does any other vegetable. Frozen broccoli is a staple in our home, as I’m sure it is in many others, for just this reason. It doesn’t taste as good as fresh, of course, but it’s just so handy. How can we prepare it to make it more acceptable? Microwave – this is how I ate it … Read More

Simplified Menu Planning: Day 13 – Plan Potential Hospitality Dinners & Desserts

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31 Easy Steps to Real Foods Planned, Purchased, & Prepared This month I am focusing on practical, hands-on, and real-life organization and simplification posts! I’m joining up with The Nester’s “31 Days” meme with “31 Days to Simplified Menu Planning.” This series will outline the process I went through to cut back, simplify, and de-stress the meal preparation process, from pantry to grocery store to dinner-on-the-table, and everything in between. Of course, it took me 3 years, and I wasn’t … Read More

Simplified Menu Planning: Day 12 – Purge Your Recipes

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31 Easy Steps to Real Food Meals Every Day Set up your pantry, grocery list, menu plan, and dinner recipes to simplify and streamline the process. Our families insist upon eating. Every day. Be prepared. 31 Days to Simplified Menu Planning will show you how to develop a simple, easy, and effective strategy for feeding your family, without a ton of recipes. Now that you have your master grocery list finalized, you can purge your overflowing recipe collection. Step 12: … Read More

Simplified Menu Planning: Day 8 – List Dinner Ideas with the Master Pantry List

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31 Easy Steps to Real Food Meals Every Day Set up your pantry, grocery list, menu plan, and dinner recipes to simplify and streamline the process. Dinner happens every day. Be prepared. 31 Days to Simplified Menu Planning will show you how to develop a simple, easy, and effective strategy for feeding your family every day: without an arsenal of recipes. Yesterday we talked about setting up a short list of breakfast, lunch, and snack ideas, and today we’ll do … Read More

Simplified Menu Planning: Day 7 – Create a breakfast, lunch, and snack short list

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31 Days to a Real Food Approach This October we are focusing on practical, hands-on, and real-life organization and simplification posts! I’m joining up with The Nester’s “31 Days” meme with “31 Days to Simplified Menu Planning.” This series will outline the process I went through to cut back, simplify, and de-stress the meal preparation process, from pantry to grocery store to dinner-on-the-table, and everything in between. Of course, it took me 3 years, not 31 days, and I wasn’t … Read More

Simplified Menu Planning: Day 6 – The Best Way to Store Potatoes, Garlic, and Onions

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31 Easy Steps to Real Foods Planned, Purchased, & Prepared Set up your pantry, grocery list, menu plan, and dinner recipes to simplify and streamline the process. Dinner happens every day. Be prepared. 31 Days to Simplified Menu Planning will show you how to develop a simple, easy, and effective strategy for feeding your family every day: without an arsenal of recipes. After tackling organizing and inventorying the freezer, we have only one food storage trouble spot left: the root … Read More

Simplified Menu Planning: Day 5 – What’s in Your Freezer?

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31 Days to Less Stress in the Kitchen Does figuring out meals and finding the food and recipes take too much time? If so, follow this series, 31 Days to Simplified Menu Planning, and regain control in the kitchen through simplification. If the contents of our fridge were a testimony to our food-denial, then the contents of our freezer – or freezers – is that to the tenth degree! “I should use this sometime. I’ll just stick it into my … Read More

Simplified Menu Planning: Day 4 – What’s in Your Fridge?

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31 Easy Steps to Real Food Meals Every Day It’s easy to collect excess stuff and food in the kitchen and pantry, and it’s easy to lose focus and forget how to set up an efficient kitchen or a useful, healthy menu plan. So, during 31 Days to Simplified Menu Planning, we’ll take the necessary steps to simplify and streamline our food-related efforts. Now that you have purged and organized the food in the cupboards and drawers, it’s time to … Read More

Simplified Menu Planning: Day 3 – Organize Your Kitchen Stations

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31 Days to a Real Food Approach During the month of October, Simple Pantry Cooking will be taking daily steps to simplify every step of the food preparations process. Sure, now your pantry might be cleared and tidied, but there are likely other places food is kept in your kitchen that could use a good reassessing. Step Three: Analyze, Reorganize, & Purge Your Kitchen Working Areas Where do you keep food stuffs in your kitchen that are in-use and on-hand … Read More

Simplified Menu Planning: Day 2 – Purging & Paring Down Your Pantry

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31 Easy Steps to Real Foods Planned, Purchased, & Prepared Set up your pantry, grocery list, menu plan, and dinner recipes to simplify and streamline the process. Dinner happens every day. Be prepared. Here’s how to develop a simple, easy, and effective strategy for feeding your family every day: without an arsenal of recipes. Now that you know what you have on hand, it’s time to evaluate what you want to have on hand. Step Two: Dealing with Your Pantry … Read More

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