How to Get Organized for Dinner: Part 1 – Meal Plan

As much as I have been full out crushing on summer, it’s been a huge relief to transition into a fall schedule with the start of school.

I’ve been sharing a peek at my meal prep efforts over on Instagram and many of you have asked about how I get organized for family dinner. September feels like a good time to revisit some of my favourite (and most popular) blogging topics such as meal planing, meal prep and batch cooking.

No one wants to be looking in the refrigerator at 5 o’clock at night, wondering what to make for dinner – again. Even food professionals like myself have to have a strategy for putting a meal on the table every night.

Chances are if you’re considering integrating a weekly meal plan into your life, it’s because you’re looking to simplify cooking. We’re all busier than we’ve ever been, yet we don’t want to compromise on wholesome food. This series is here to help, my friends; it’s time to get organized for dinner.

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Hungry? Ideas for good eats from my late summer fridge

I‘m a fan of organizing the refrigerator before a long weekend or major holiday. It happens at Easter, to make room for ham and cheesecake, and before Christmas, in order to house party punch and appetizers.

It makes me feel on top of things, at least in one department! This Labor Day weekend we’re having a few friends over and I’ve pepped a few things in advance so I can spend more time visiting around my grill.

I store a lot of items in jars, so I can see at a glance what I have on hand, and now you can too. Want to see what’s on those shelves? Hit the jump.

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