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How to Meal Plan Book Review

I’m envious of the bloggers I’ve seen who post their weekly meal plans. I always think to myself that it’s something that I should be doing too. Then I think to myself that meal planning is too complicated and I wouldn’t even know where to start. It would be nice to be more organized. I hate trying to find something to eat only to find that there’s no ingredients in the house to make a healthy meal for my family.

I’ve been a long time reader of Crystal & Co and love her site. She’s got some great recipes and craft tutorials and of course, her meal plan. I always think when I read her site that some day I will get around to doing one too. I learned that Crystal wrote a book with people like me in mind called How to Meal Plan: A Step by Step Guide for Busy Moms. I read the whole thing in one sitting and found her advice both practical and valuable.

How to Meal Plan

The book teaches you how to meal plan in 5 steps and includes:

  • a list of 20 sites to find recipes on
  • how to create a grocery list (with 10 resources and tools)
  • 12 ideas for displaying your menu
  • pointers for implementing your plan
  • tips to follow when road blocks arrive
  • 5 free printable worksheets that have been custom-made for this eBook
  • 14 easy recipes for two weeks of dinner ideas
  • an awesome list of 10+ mommy resources for other potential problem areas in your life

I like how she broke it down into simple tasks that do not take much time to do at all. I was wrong to think that meal planning was some crazy complicated process. It’s really not that hard at all the way Crystal has it set out in her book. She even teaches you how to make a grocery list and how to shop so you always have on hand what you need to make your meals. 

I love all the printables she includes like the shopping list, recipe list and more. It’s nice to have something visual to go off when you are learning how to do something. The printables really help bring the whole process together.

The book ends with Crystal’s favourite recipes- ones that are hits with her family. They look like ones my family will enjoy too and I’m looking forward to trying them out.

If you have always wanted to learn how to meal plan, then this is the book you need to read. The sale ends TODAY where you can buy the book for $0.99 with the coupon code: mealplan2013. After today you can purchase it for $5.99.

*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this book.*

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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