The Real Meal Planner is on a mission to save you and save the planet.

Save time.

Save money.

Save your sanity.

You have to eat. 

          Why not make a plan for it?


The Real Meal Planner offers you a structure to satisfy your culinary desires without adding to your busy schedule.


Are you in charge of the care and feeding of yourself and others? Then write your menu and set your hours.

Benefits from meal planning include:

  • Reduced stress by reducing decision-making

  • Money saved by not wasting food or eating out excessively

  • Time saved by only asking “what’s for dinner?” once a week (or even once a month)

  • Increased health by being in charge of what you eat

  • More fun in life

You won’t fix the world over dinner

“There’s a lot of invisible labor that also goes into feeding a family…”Can I get an AMEN!? This quote is from sociologist Sinikka Elliott, who together with Sarah Bowen and Joslyn Brenton, wrote the book Pressure Cooker: Why Home Cooking Won’t Solve Our Problems and...

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Asparagus, Avocado, Pea Salad

Consider this your own harbinger of spring. All the shades of green spread out on your plate to carry you out of the winter doldrums and into warmer days.  Asparagus, Avocado, and Pea Salad Dressing: 1/2 cup avocado oil1/4 cup champagne vinegar (or white wine...

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I’m not asking you to eat trash

Four young women were talking about food waste with their graduate advisor. They knew the statistics that worldwide almost 30% of all edible food is wasted. They were rightly appalled. And a bit pessimistic. They just didn't see how you could get people to...

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If Tuesday is for Tacos, then Wednesday is for…??

 This Tuesday at our home was very cold and terribly rainy. While we stick pretty firmly to our Taco Tuesday routine, it just seemed like a soup was in order.  I had to break the news to my son that this Tuesday would not be Taco Tuesday. I asked if we could do Taco...

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Quick Bean Soup

On a dreary Saturday afternoon, my sister and I were finishing our phone call. Her: what are you up to the rest of the afternoon? Me: I have to figure out dinner. Her: WHAT?? Oh, no. You are not allowed to say that anymore, sister. The Maven of Meal Planning cannot...

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Planes, brains and drains

On Sunday, February 3, I was enjoying a Texas winter day - 73 degrees and sunny. I was picking up produce from my community sponsored agriculture site, visiting with our friends, including the farmer, eating homemade treats, playing on a slack line. The very next day,...

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