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Cooking with Kids

If you are like me, you know it’s a great idea to include the kids when cooking in the kitchen, but sometimes it’s not as easy in practice. I love the dream-like visions in my head that we are all laughing and having fun, but sometimes it can be stressful! I’ve done it enough that I thought I’d offer up a few tips. World Market asked me to check out their Easter and Spring items, and I was compensated with gift cards to shop for items, but all opinions are my own;)

Cooking with Kids

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Mommy Hates Cooking~e-book review & Giveaway

I discovered a new blog recently:  Mommy Hates Cooking. Kristy is a  young mom who was thrust into the role of chef after her hubby started their marriage out doing that. From the looks of her blog, she enjoys it much more than she used to, but she said she does have a love/hate relationship with it.

CHECK OUT her alphabatized recipe index.  Wowzers, lots of options. Drooling over the bacon wrapped chicken recipe she made:

I feel the same way as Kristy–I love to eat, but don’t love to make it.  The thinking, planning, preparing, cleaning is a major task.  But guess what?  We gotta eat.  Every. stinkin. day. So we might as well do something about it!  Let me introduce you to some very fun e-books Kristy has put together.

First, Menu Planning 101

In this e-book, you can learn the tips and strategies of menu planning and how it can help you to save time, save money, and eat healthy.  Along with this E-Book you receive 2 Sample Menu Plans and 2 Printable Menu Planners.

Here is what I love about this book: Lots of tips on the importance of planning ahead (menu planning) so that we can save time, money, and sanity. It is my personal GOAL to plan a weekly menu, but a monthly menu is even MORE fabulous! She gives a great list of pantry staples, and even a cute calendar (with meal suggestions/links to recipes) for a whole month and a blank calendar to carry on after that.

The second part of the giveaway is an option for a FILLED 4 week meal plan (traditional or allergy free).   All mapped out:  breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and a few days of dessert (heaven knows we don’t need dessert EVERY night!) 120 total recipes. Inside you will find the staple and “to buy” ingredient lists as well for those meals.  Work done for you!  Here is what Kristy says about the 4 week meal plan:

This meal plan is to serve as a guide to further expand your library of recipes as well as assist in saving you time with building your grocery list.   If it seems overwhelming at first, simply take 2-3 recipes a week and start there, then gradually grow your library of recipes over time. It does not have to all be done at once. This is to be used as a starting point and as a guide.

She also has an allergy free meal plan (Dairy Free, Nut Free, Egg Free, Garlic free) isn’t that fabulous?  The winner will choose which they prefer.  To see more about the meal plans, click here. For both books, the total is $11.

So who needs help meal planning?!?

Leave a comment to enter (make sure your email is correct), for an extra entry, LIKE Mommy Hates Cooking on facebook HERE and leave another comment that you did so.

Giveaway will run til next Monday night at midnight.  If you buy the 2 books and THEN win, your payment will be refunded–how awesome is that?