Real Meal Planning Blog

Tips and tricks when you feel frustration or need inspiration

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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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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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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Got Goals? Write ’em down.

Want to reach a goal?           Write it down. Sound too easy? Maybe. Do you prefer pithy quotes? Then try this one:A goal without a plan is just a wish.  - Antoine de Saint-ExuperyIt’s now February. How are your New Year’s resolutions looking? What were...

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Meal Planning for One

One of the nice things about planning your meals in advance is that you are in control - not your stomach. The mission here is to work your eating schedule into your life schedule. Meal planning is a gift that you give your future self. Yes, there is still plenty of...

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Want to save the planet? Plan your meals.

As much as one-third of all edible food on the planet gets thrown away. One-third!!I grew up in the “clean your plate” era. I got the “there are starving children in Africa” line. I never knew how my eating boiled brussels sprouts was going to help someone...

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Food IS emotional. And it’s OK!

Subject: Food IS emotional! And it’s OK. :)Greetings, Friend!  I've been flipping through my recipe book, deciding what I'll take to gatherings this holiday season. I have an old 3-ring binder stuffed with plastic page-protectors containing print-outs,...

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New Year, Old Recipes

The promise of the New Year is so alluring. It’s that promise of wishes yet to be fulfilled that has us making resolutions.If you have your own copy of the Real Meal Planner, you also know the promise of a new planner. What promises are lurking in your...

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Hi, I’m Mary Elizabeth.

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I’m on a mission to help you make cooking less stressful so that you can enjoy food, waste less food, save your sanity, and save the planet.