5 easy steps to menu planning!

So many have emailed asking how to meal plan when you order from co-op.  Even if you don’t order from a co-op buying in bulk is so beneficial.  For one it saves you from going to the store so many times (that alone saves me money because I don’t get sucked into buying things I don’t need).  Also it helps you stay on track with a meal plan because you want to use what you have.

5 things that I always make for dinner!  It makes menu planning easy!

1. Salads, Salads, Salads.  Try chopping up everything you want to put in salads and have them ready to go so when you want a quick salad all you have to do is wash the kale/ lettuce.  Also keep dressing already made.  One healthy easy recipe is just lemon and extra virgin olive oil.  You can also add garlic, onion powder, and pepper if you want to spice it up a little.  

Here is an easy ranch dressing recipe given to me by a Humble Area Adventure Boot Camp Facebook Friend!

16 oz light Daisy sour cream or plain yogurt

8 oz light Hellman’s mayo

1% milk I start with 4 oz and add more depending if I am making dip or dressing Mix these up really well with wire whip Mix together spices and sprinkle in while using the wire whip, mix really well1 tsp granulated garlic and onion (this is what I start with and usually add more, it is a by taste thing with me)

1 tsp Baleine sea salt

2 Tbsp dried parsley flakes (HEB like other spices) put in your palm and crush really fineThis will thicken after refrigerated and more milk may be needed. You can use a little less sour cream and more mayo when making dip. I have changed it for dip. Spices are all to your individual taste. I hope you enjoy the freshness of this dressing/dip! Most ranch dressings have MSG in them. This will last two weeks or so in the refrigerator, use newly purchased milk and sour cream and if it last two weeks stir it occasionally.

2.Stir-fry  This method is super easy!  Just add anything you want to a skillet add extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and onion powder and bam you have a quick easy yummy meal!

3.Roast Them   Put any veggies you want add a spritz of evoo, a little seasoning, and bake on a cookie sheet at 400 for 30 minutes

4.Make Stew Add all ingredients in a big pot add some chicken stock and seasoning and you are good to go.

5.Green Smoothie!  This one is my favorite.  I drink about two a day.  Don’t be afraid to play around with ingredients.  I would say shoot for 1-2 cups organic fresh greens, 1/2 cup-1 cup fresh organic fruit, 1/2 cup water, and ice

Rotate the orders each week but again make it simple.  I’ve said it before I’ll say it again PLAN PLAN PLAN!!

Another easy option is to use them in fruit salads.  That’s an easy way to use up your box!

Next week I’ll post some more recipes that I made ahead and froze them for easy pop in the oven or crock-pot meals!

Some parts of this post was inspired by Leanne Vogel.  Check her out she is great!

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Have a great day and remember to SWEAT!

Cecily Holm





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      No problem girl!!! That’s what I’m here for! It is hard you just have to plan. It’s still very hard for me but I force myself. After this week of spring break I feel like it’s hard to get motivated again.


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