August 20, 2014

Easy meal planning tips – 4 meals in 4 minutes

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Easy meal planning tips -

We all desire something quicker, easier and more effective in the world of meal plans.

I spontaneously decided to jump into the world of vlogging today, and I’d love for you to come along and laugh right at me. :)
I’m showing you how easy it is to make “4 meals in 4 minutes.” (Even though I only got through two of them).
The concept of easy meal planning by separating, seasoning and putting together a simple freezer meal as soon as you get home from the store has been such a time savor.
Thinking ahead with quick and easy crock pot  and oven meals saves me stress during my crazy busy fall scheduling.
It helps eliminates the “brain freeze” I feel most nights at 5:00 pm when the family is asking, “What’s for dinner?” and I am sure that I just fed them last night. :)
I have lots of tips and ideas on bulk cooking, baking and meal planning, so use my great search bar feature to the right and have fun browsing.

Since I am a very atypical blogger and would much rather talk off the top of my head any day than write a big old blog post, thanks for coming along with me for this first “Meal planning” vlog.

I may start doing this once a month for some of my more specific tutorial type posts.
As we were getting ready to leave for football practice, I called my son to videotape for me.
He had the camera pointed at me and said, “Hurry, we need to go.”
I then told him I had to think of what to say, and he requested that I do that first before I call him to spontaneously videotape. :)

If you’re interested in having me come speak to your group, feel free to hit the “contact me” section.


Comments

  1. Christi @ A Southern Life says:

    Great job! Great tips and so wonderful to be brave and use a new forum!

    Christi

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  2. The Happy Housewife says:

    Ahhhh! I can't watch it right now because I am sharing a room with a sleeping baby. I will have to watch it during breakfast tomorrow. I am sure you did a great job!
    Toni

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  3. ~3 Sides of Crazy~ says:

    Kudos to you and your camerman – very well done.

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  4. Amy @ Finer Things says:

    I have to LAUGH picturing your football-ready son holding that camera and waiting… waiting… waiting… LOL

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  5. Hoosier Homemade says:

    You did great Jen! And thanks for hosting!
    ~Liz

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  6. I love meal planning, it makes dinner time so much easier and really cuts down on the "nothing is defrosted, so I guess we have to eat out" thing.

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  7. What a great idea to vlog about this! I usually separate my meats and freeze them but I'd never thought of adding the seasonings as well. Thanks for the tips!

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  8. Great job! Thanks for sharing :)

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  9. Thanks for hosting

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  10. Loved your vlog…you did a great job….I got a great deal on ground beef just today and I can't wait to use some of your ideas as I pack it away for the freezer tonight!
    Elaine :)

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  11. Thanks for sharing your video! Such fabulous ideas! Thanks a bunch~much appreciated :) ~Connie H

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  12. Hillary @ The Other Mama says:

    Love your vlog and just wanted to hug you hearing you again!
    I love, LOVE Homemade Gourmet and don't even sell the stuff. I major in eating, so it's right up my ally.
    Here is a {little long, but} funny story and you actually fit in it!
    Before She Speaks, I read your site, then clicked over to Charlie's re: the shoes and left a comment.
    Someone who was also there saw my comment and clicked over to my site (you know how we all do that clicking?).
    While she was there she noticed that I was singing the praises of HG- specifically 4 meals in 4 minutes. And she was Tami Von Hoy- founder of HG.
    Now we are buddies and she even sent me a month's worth of 4 meals in 4 minutes as a birthday gift!! We are loving EVERY meal!!!

    There you have it. Blog love over food. Nothing better than that!

    And your son waiting for football is a good man. You both did a GREAT job!
    Hugs!

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  13. Kate @ Stolen Moments says:

    You did such a great job Jen. You are a natural in front of the camera!

    I love your tip too. I tend to always have frozen chicken breasts in the freezer that I split up for meals, but I always forget to season them in advance. I'm definitely going to remember next time.

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  14. You rock! That was great. Now, where is the southern drawl that I assumed you had? You sound more like a Midwestern Girl. Am I wrong?

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  15. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates says:

    Awesome vlog Jen!!! You did a great job! Such great ideas – I never thought of freezing the meat with the seasonings etc. Love it!

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  16. My crazy computer doesn't like your video tonight. I'm sure it's fabulous and will try watching again tomorrow:)

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  17. Love the video. You're too cute! Why are my posts black on mr. linky? Am I writing too much/linking too many words?!

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  18. Amy Green (Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free) says:

    Love your video! It's fabulous and your camera man is top-knotch.

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  19. Love the chicken separation tip. It's always a pain to try and take them apart when you only want one or two when they are frozen!

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  20. Cami @ Creating Myself says:

    You did a fabulous job! Look out foodnetwork…there's a new star in town.

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  21. Loved your vlog!! Some great tips that I will definitely put to use!

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  22. Thank you SO MUCH for this tip!!! Seriously I can't tell you how perfect timing this is for me. I've been trying to buy meat in bulk to save money and I even seperate it before freezing, but I NEVER would have thought to add the seasonings and ingredients, too!

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  23. I love, love, love this idea. I'll have to come up with some good gluten free options. Great video!

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  24. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    You are so cute! Loved the video. :)

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  25. Jane (Frugal Fine Living) says:

    Wow, great job on the vblog! It's a great idea, and I may try it myself sometime.

    I love your meal planning tips. While I do plan out my meals for the week, buy in bulk and freeze like you suggest, I've never thought to add the seasoning before freezing. It's a great idea!

    Thanks for hosting Tasty Tuesday!

    Jane

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  26. Smockity Frocks says:

    I love it! It's so true that it is the kiss of death to throw a huge package of meat in the freezer. I'll definitely be putting this plan in action!

    (It's funny how I had put my own Texas accent with your words, but you definitely don't have that accent!)

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  27. Thank you! This is a FABULOUS idea! I can't wait to go to Sams and start freezing!!!

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  28. great presentation of the HOmemade Gourmet 4 meals in 4 minutes cooking tip. WEll done Jen.

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  29. This was awesome! When will we see your show on tv? :) These were wonderful tips and I will be implementing them soon. I look forward to any others you have. Great job on the vlog!

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  30. I loved your vlog! It reminded me a lot of semi-homemade with Sandra Lee. I think I will try the southwest chicken recipe next time I buy chicken in bulk. I liked your double duty idea :)

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  31. great vlog

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  32. Jen, I think your Vlog is fantastic. You are one amazing woman is all I can say. Love the idea of seasoning ahead and freezing. I always have cooked ahead and frozen stuff but this is even better when you can just throw it in the crockpot all frozen and ready to go! Awesome!!!

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  33. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove says:

    Great tips and great video clip! thank you!

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  34. Wow! What a great tip! That was an awesome video…have you considered food network?

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  35. Great video! You are a natural on camera. You should do more videos!

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  36. Just Jennifer says:

    awesome. :)

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  37. Love the video work and the spicing your meat tip. Thanks and have a great day! :)

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  38. Congrats at making a video!

    We like to dump Italian dressing in with the chicken breasts before freezing them. It does make things a lot easier.

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  39. I loved watching your video! I feel like I got to visit with you for a few minutes!!!

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  40. Can I camp out on your blog 24/7?? I love it here!

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  41. Love your Vlog, I've also heard you can use Salad dressings, and marinades (good way to use up some that are getting ready to expire) I would love to see more of these videos, you did such a great job!

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  42. Menu Maker Mom says:

    Love your vlog!

    Like most families with teenagers, we are super-busy, which makes meals a challenge! Planning meals according to what's on sale, processing the main-dish meats into meals, and filling the freezer is a lifesaver on busy nights. I have some super-easy recipes on my site that take you from grocery store to freezer in no time. Glad we are all here on the web to help each other out!

    Leslie
    http://www.menumakermom.com

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  43. Just found your blog today – LOVE it! Love the video you posted too. I will try this next time I buy bulk meat… usually my husband tosses it in the freezer for me as it's in the basement – but this would be so much better – THEN he can take to the freezer! ;) Thanks for sharing, and being a great testimony of faithfulness.

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  44. Great job and thanks to your camera man :-)
    Perfect timing and great tip. I'm guilty of stick it in the freezer and figure it out later. Then it gets freezer burn while I buy fast food. And as a grandma with custody of a 4 year old who just started Awana, along with school meetings at night, thank you, thank you! :-)

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  45. What a great video how-to and what great tips. I usually break the family pacs of meat into smaller portions in freezer bags but never thought to add the seasoning in at the same time. I will definitely do this the next time I shop. Great video job as well. :)

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  46. You are a natural-I love this idea! thanks for helping me feed my family well!

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  47. I watched this video on Money Saving mom site. That's amazing! Thanks for the inspiration :-)

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  48. I just watched this on moneysavingmom and I loved your tips. I am going to Costco tomorrow and I'm going to be applying these tips! Thanks much!

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  49. Saw your vlog post on moneysavingmom.com and it was awesome. I always stock up and freeze meat when I find it cheap or on sale. Now I have even more time saving tips. WE are a football family too. 2 playing on different fields at least 3 nights a week. Thanks you! Thank you! Thank you!

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  50. Moms in Need of Mercy says:

    This was really fun to watch! Thanks for inviting us in and for the tips! Where do we find more of your shopping at Sams Club tips? (Is it under "Recipes and Planning"?

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  51. You are adorable! This was a lot of fun. The visual really helped me with this whole idea. Thanks for doing it and thank you son too. :) I am sending this on to a friend. Kelly

    p.s. I like your shirt too!

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  52. I am new to your blog and the idea of bulk cooking. Thanks for the break down on video – it helps so much to actaul see it done.

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  53. Wonderful! Thank you!

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