Meal Planning Tips @ Commuter Cook

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If there's one thing I love as much as meal planning, it's NOT wasting food. Why? Not only does it save $$$ but it’s a major time saver because the food is already in your kitchen. Duh, right? But so many people waste food and it's completely unnecessary cuz there are many easy, healthy and quick dinners that can make use of the leftover ingredients hanging around in yo fridge and pantry. To get you started, click through for 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-TEN of my fave 'clean out the fridge' dinner…

10 easy leftover meals to clean out the fridge

Next time you have randoms in yo fridge, stop! Read the why, how, when and what of leftover meals first.

Not sure what to do when a recipe calls for an unfamiliar ingredient? I use one of these four strategies to keep my weeknight cooking as easy and quick as possible. Plus, it means less waste and clutter in my kitchen. Click through to find out what you can do the next time a recipe includes a new-to-you ingredient.

Ingredient substitutions plus other ways to deal with new ingredients

Ingredient substitutions plus other ways to deal with new ingredients - Commuter Cook

It’s no secret that back-to-school can be supa stressful, especially if you’re trying to cook a healthy dinner for your family to boot. To help keep your weekly dinner routine stress-free, click through for three sample meal plans (with quick and easy dinner ideas!) for back-to-school and other busy times.

How to minimize the stress of back-to-school dinners

This lovely color palette was found in the leaves of fall. Let this inspire paint and decor when updating your home for fall. Featured BEHR paints: Cajun Red, Joyful Orange, Buzz-In yellow, and Thickened Cream.

During the busy work week, the goal is to keep yo cooking as easy and quick as possible. The dinner recipes you choose need to match but how do you know if they're the right ones? Click through to find out the four traits that ideal weeknight dinner recipes have in common.

How to choose the right weeknight dinner recipes

How to choose the right weeknight dinner recipes - Commuter Cook

I’ve been a (proud!) meal planner since 2009 when I started commuting several hours a day to work. Still, I get that not all people feel the same, either based on previous experience or their (wrong!) ideas about meal planning. That’s why I’m challenging the top 5 myths that I hear all the time. If you’re super busy (and who isn’t?), click through to read the full post and see if meal planning is right for you.

Top five meal planning myths

Do you like the idea of meal planning but hate how long it takes every week? This blog post outlines my three step weekly meal planning process. It’s perfect for commuters and busy people (like, umm, everyone?) because it seriously takes about 20 minutes each week.  Click through to read the full post and start enjoying the benefits of meal planning today.

How to create a meal plan in 20 minutes or less

How to create a meal plan in 20 minutes or less - Commuter Cook

If not done correctly, meal planning can take too long, which is NOT cool for busy people (so, umm, everyone). After 7+ years of juggling cooking and commuting several hours a day to work, I’ve found the secret to making it easy. But it’s not what you think so click through to read the full post.

The #1 secret to easy meal planning

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