How to Eat Healthy Meals Every Night Without Meal Planning- Large Family

100 Replies to “How to Eat Healthy Meals Every Night Without Meal Planning- Large Family”

  1. Love this! Makes me feel so much better about my non-planning self. LOL! I’m with you on the planning adding to the stress. Love your channel!

  2. I love meal planning, but with 2 picky eaters, a 10 month old just starting table foods, & an older parent living with us….I LOVE this video!!! This will be so much easier for us!

  3. Just starting to watch your videos and love them! I'd love to see a fridge and pantry tour…maybe you already have a one!

  4. This is exactly how I make meals as well. Planning just never worked for me. And honestly, some of the yummiest, memorable dishes our family has enjoyed are the creative ones we come up with on the fly using ingredients we just keep stocked.

  5. Wow!! I just discovered your channel, and I have been reassured that my cooking method isn't crazy. It's pretty much the same as yours, which is so cool!! I'm definitely subscribing!

  6. THANK YOU! I don't like cooking and meal planning even less but I needed something to motivate me and your video was it! Love the idea of keeping the basics on hand. Will head over to your blog for more details. (Salmon patties are one of my favs but think I've cooked them once in my life – have to change that!)

  7. Meal planning is stressful for me, but works out best. If I don’t I end up spending more than I have in my food budget, or I don’t use everything I buy before it goes bad. I do a lot better just buying exactly what I need and know we will eat 🙂 also, I’m not the best at cooking without a recipe. It stresses me out 😂

  8. I think sides are more important than the main dish. If you have side dishes than you can just eat the sides and don't always have to have a main dish.

  9. I'm a planner / type – a person with everything except cooking. I've tried to meal plan but I felt restricted, overwhelmed and I ended up spending WAY more at the store than I normally would. Great tips! I'll def keep this in mind. I love that you cook so many whole chickens. It's so easy and since it's just hubs and I, we can make chicken salad or soup or another dish with the leftover chicken. One tip I have is when you've got the time and are already making chicken, make extra and shred it up, put in containers and pop in the freezer. Shredded, frozen chicken is so quick to thaw (I literally toss it in frozen) and make a meal out of.

  10. How about someone who lives alone? Just buy less? Do you ever serve salads? Do your kids like the veggies?? Love your advice and your videos!

  11. This is actually really good. I do this more informally, but I like the idea of being a bit more organised (but not too much😄). Thx!

  12. Actually I’ve always thought of myself as a planner but lately have found that simple living is so much less stressful and that while planning helps me decide what to have , sometimes I have found I am more stressed when I plan 😂🤦‍♀️ The trick for me is to figure out meals that my family enjoys and are simple and easy to make. Great video I really enjoyed it 💕

  13. Basics. I buy what is on sale and have my staples, add veggies. You are right. It's not rocket science and less stress is always good.

  14. Loved this video. I'm very much like you when it comes to meal prep, although not as disciplined with thawing meat. I try to stick to 2 nights per week that we know for sure what we're having for dinner. Typically, Taco Tuesday and Fish Friday. All the other meals are from whatever we have on hand because there was a sale and I stocked up, and from left-overs. We usually just alternate between meat, veggies, and potatoes; stir-fry; chili/soups and salad, and sandwiches/wraps. We keep it very simple. I also try to keep a veggie tray with sliced veggies in the fridge at all times because my kids will eat a lot more veggies if they can pick from a tray than they would eat if I cut them up and put it on a plate for them. It's weird, but that's how they operate. 😂

  15. Great video!! We just started eating very simply, just meat and veggies! Butcher box has been a game changer for us! It’s grass fed meat and better than any I’ve ever bought at the grocery!!! Now we always have healthy meat in our freezer!

  16. Thank you! I am not a planner whatsoever no matter how hard I have tried. Never thought of having a weeks worth of meat thawing out in the fridge.

  17. Thank goodness for all of your tips!!! It is such a relief as, as a single mom, I'm always in a clue of what to eat for dinner and supper. My teen is not much of a veggie eater (unless mixed with something) and I'm always stressed out by meals. 🍴👍

  18. Thank you so much for this video! I feel human knowing there are other people out there like myself! I stress myself out so much looking at others perfect scheduled and planned lives that I don't get to enjoy my own! Truly, thank you so much for this video!

  19. This is so awesome! Thank you for sharing. What’s funny is that I am totally someone who enjoys meal planning, however, I’m also a person who can get overwhelmed too. This just sounds like freedom! Lol I love organization but when it causes more stress to the recipe it’s not worth it! I think I’ll do this and maybe some sort of fusion for those special recipes I want to try every once in a while!

    Thank you for sharing !

  20. This was Sooooooo great for me to watch!! I try to make everything homemade in our kitchen and it can get so stressful when you're not prepared! This was such a needed reminder that Meal Planning isn't necessary for good, healthy eating! As much as I love the idea of meal planning I've found it always to be so much more of a stress and that's exactly what I want to avoid 🙂 Totally loving your videos and binge watching them all, thank you for such awesome content! 😀 <3

  21. We have a giant 17" cast iron "pan of greatness" and a le creuset oval pot that makes this philosophy so easy because it also minimizes the cleanup. Throw the veggies in the pan, roast for 15 minutes, add the meat and you're all done in 30min max. The pot is great for throwing a whole chicken or Turkey legs in with veggies and let it cook away for an hour, hardly any prep or fuss. Whole chickens are great because they will last 2 people a few days of various meals.

  22. Great video!! We just had baby #8 and I am always looking for good tips. Love the meat in fridge idea, gonna give it a try. One thing I love to do is presoak large amounts of beans, like then I'll bag from Walmart, and then freeze. Then I can easily throw them in the electric pressure cooker for a side.

  23. This is exactly how I cook our meals. No meal planning, just making sure I have a meat, eggs & veggies in the fridge. It works great for me 😊

  24. A Flavorwave lets you cook frozen meat as easy as thawed.

    Frozen potatoes, like hash browns, mean just microwaving, and I really like microwaved frozen veggies.

    Keep in mind that Brassica vegetables, like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and Brussels sprouts, block iodine absorption (less so when cooked), so serving sauerkraut with every single meal, as you said on your blog, can lead to a hypothyroid. I know, since my attempt at similarly "healthy" eating has led to my lifetime condition of constant health problems.

  25. This actually does sound like meal planning to me… you are still prepping pieces of your meal even if you aren't assembling them. I think the point is to keep meals simple and not attempting a Pinterest dish every time, something I need to work on…

  26. I'm a very organized, plan ahead type of person, but you're right, it's very stressful. I think I'm going to try things your way for a while. Pre-planning is so overrated!! I feel more relaxed already just thinking about not having to think about what's for dinner every night…thank you! 🙂

  27. Thank you Lisa! I’ve watched this a few times now and it really helps me every time! I somewhere in the middle with planning. Some things I plan and list, other things I don’t. Meal planning stresses me out no end. I’ve tried so many ways, but it just doesn’t work for me.

  28. My hybrid to this is: I make a 2 week menu but choose what sounds good for that day instead of going by "Monday is this…"
    The menu is my way of knowing I have all the ingredients on hand to make any of those meals at any time. Several of our meals are the meat and veggie/sides.

  29. This is great I cook like this. I feel like meal prep peeps use recipes and cooking like you do works because you know all the basics and can work on the hop.

  30. What a happy accident, stumbling on your channel. Just having watched 2 hours of meal planning videos I was all pumped up to start planning! Thank you for saving me! My husband has been asking me for 14 years ( he's very un-naggingly persistent) to make a meal plan. My brain does not operate like that…thank you for the Gramma reference, I got my cooking nature from her. I just put simple ingredients together and it comes out great. Feeling so guilt free right now!!! ♥Thumbs up! Subscribed!

  31. Great tips…and meal planning is just as much about decision fatigue after a long day as it is about executing a healthy meal. Deciding what to make and then making it when you are a working mom can be overwhelming. If I have my menu and I have booked the necessary prep time on my calendar, my life goes way more smoothly.

  32. Girl same! I thought something was wrong with me but I feel so worried and overwhelmed with the meal planning.1

  33. I Love you! 😅
    I’m not even past two sentences of your first Tip, but you already gave me such a different point of view!!!
    I was trying so hard to find a way to do it all, I work and have 2 young children, but I didn’t want to lose my cooking creativity… Yet I tried to do it kind of and it just didn’t work! You just boosted my Start of the new year!
    I am so grateful to you!! 😘

  34. So nice to see a young homemaker sharing information on healthy eating. I’m an old lady now but as a young mother of 8 beautiful children I can share, I also never planned meals. I made 99% of everything from scratch. Keeping staples on hand is necessary. Almost part of our daily eats were muffins, ,they’re easy to make, quick to bake and can either be part of the main meal, sweet for a dessert or a healthy snack. The combinations for muffins are endless and they’re inexpensive to make. Another combination meal I frequently made were pies, main dish and dessert.They’re very filling, easy to make and can really stretch a few ingredients. Baked in 9×13 “ pans both went in the oven at the same time and no one ever left the table hungry. They do require more time, however ,then your subject you shared in this video. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  35. I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I’ve been here for only a week or so and I’m still binge watching! This is an amazing concept to bring it back to the roots of homesteading and teaching people pretty much everything you would need with your blog! Now, anytime I have a question of this type and grandma is busy, I can look it up here! God bless you and yours, and thank you for sharing!!! 🌻👍🏻

  36. I know this is old video but just found you and binge watching! This is so refreshing. As long as I have enough meat/protein, sides etc then I can make something. For me this is sooo much less complicated than meal planning.

    Do you have any videos on how you keep track of all that needs doing as you are not a natural planner? Im also not a natural planner and would love to hear from someone who has a similar approach to things.

  37. thank you. I have felt like this has needed to be out there on youtube for a while now. I keep hearing the same advice meal plan meal plan meal plan its the number one tip and some people insist it is the only way. there is an insistance that it is so so much cheaper and both in my experience and my sisters meal planning has actually been more expensive. It feels like the difference between having a capsule wordrobe and laying out your clothes for the next day. I enjoy planning I find it fun fallowing a plan however doesn't workout so well. My freezer cooking is having the meat already cooked and portioned in the freezer. I recently just came up with a weekly menu and I am hoping it works. as a stay it home mom there wasn't much point in having a menu. but my kids have developed habits of telling me what they want when they want it and expecting me to fix multiple things all the time or picking what i am out of. also we had a bit of a chocolate problem I had let it happen at each trip to the store but we were going to the store or different stores very often and it was a problem. I have been doing more grocery delivery and I get a lot less demands for chocolate but I still want to break the kids of thinking I am a vinding machine and they have endless quarters. my children are two and three. I am going to do a picture menu. personally for me I don't need the menu or really want to be tied to it however I need to break my kids of the habit of treating me like a vending machine. I want to save what little patience I do have for something meaningful. I think a handful of go to meals a well stocked pantry and a little prep cooking totally is way more key than a full on menu plan to save money and eat healthy.

  38. I love your practical ideas! I love to bake and cook, but I still agree with you about Pinterest. In fact, I've found that when I try something new, with different ingredients that I typically don't use, it ends up looking way better on the screen than how it tastes.

    Typically, I do similar to what you do. I make sure meat is thawing out (I'm vegan but my family is not), I stock our kitchen with fresh and frozen fruits and veggies, and I have simple things on hand like pasta, eggs, and home made bread. I make home made bread all the time, and put it in the freezer, so I can take out just a small amount for sandwiches and it never goes bad that way. I do the same with baked goods. We'll also make a large batch of home made hamburgers and stick them back in the freezer for easy meals. I also stock up on the healthy breaded chicken strips when they are on sale for more easy meals for my kids.

  39. I do it like you. Here's one tip: I like to poach a package of chicken breasts, divide into bags/containers, and freeze. I will later use for soups, casseroles, etc.

  40. Bravo, my Grandma and mother had always cooked like this so l did too especially when l had my family and they were young. Now they are all grown up. I always wondered what everyone was talking about when they said meal planning it seems so hard and time consuming to do it that way.

  41. These are such great ideas, love all of the shortcut tips. I personally do meal plan and that works for our family, but these tips are awesome for when your short on time. 😊

  42. we do the same, always have some meats in fridge, then in front of fridge on a magnet whiteboard we put about 5.main meals and a few sides available as options for the week for dinner,,,takes the guesswork out of Whats for Dinner,,,Also we have a 19year old daughter who is now helping make dinner so the options give her some ideas to make dinner with what is in the fridge, or she can also create dinner with her own ideas,,,we tried the daily meal plan, but everyone felt frustrated when the days meal wasnt made and food was going to waste,,,now with our current system, we dont have hardly any food waste,,,,game changer,,,Great video

  43. i use a lot of these ideas… need to try to make saurcraut now, too!! i do the eggs, salmon/tuna/sardines for salads and different things. we also have avocado, as well.

  44. I'm not a planner either and it's worked for me here on our farm!! 🙂 And I also do the peppers and onions like you! Helps with throwing something together and not preparing vegetables!

  45. Can I just say that people who meal plan are not necessarily type A, hugely organised people. In fact, they may be the reverse. It depends of course what you mean by meal planning. People on short money need to have a rough idea of what they are going to buy to cook for the week, or they just don’t make their money stretch. I certainly don’t think you are totally reckless, I can do it my way without calling you reckless, and without being super organised and alpha. Please, I like your content but you really sounded passive aggressive in this one.

  46. I make a large pot of brown rice on Sunday then put it in the fridge. Take some out and heat it up for my meals. Like you, Everyday I have thawed meat of some sort in the fridge. Make a quick simple green salad each night. We like to use our slow cooker and make a large pot of soup overnight.

  47. I love this because you are so right. Getting a meal ready at night is freaking me out. Please do more of these helpful ideas.

  48. I tried to be a planner. I never wanted to eat what was on the plan. I have a long list of menu ideas. If I'm out of ideas, I pick something from the list if we have the ingredients. Great tips. I love that you eat healthy.

  49. I can’t meal plan too!!!! Thanks for video so much!!!!
    I am using just the same tips with meat and extra chopped veggies!

  50. I am a semi-planner. I do not meal plan for the week but I will have some ideas what I will cook for the week before shopping. Like you, I like to go to the grocery store/farmers market and see what is seasonal and do some of my meal plan there. I will make sure I stock the meat and veg for 7 days and probably have some idea for the first few days what I am going to cook. The key is to be flexible about what I am going to cook.

  51. Love this! I will meal plan then 2 or 3 weeks later it is out the window and I feel horrible for not doing it. Meal planning it out from now on.

  52. Recipes are typically unhealthy and they suck up your money, which is why people use cheap processed products to make them. They also make people fat. Going to the grocery store to find the ingredients for a recipe can be so annoying and time consuming and leave you with ingredients you'll never use again. Having a child who needs to eat as basic as possible because he can't eat fake ingredients, left me with cooking how this mom cooks for her family. I felt bad at first but then I realized it's actually the most healthy and cost/time effective method of cooking.

  53. I've found that cooking like this keeps us under budget better, too…I love a good casserole, but those cream-of soups, cans of Rotel, and ranch packets can really add up fast! I almost always go meat – vegetable – starch if I'm pinching pennies. (Except maybe some classic cheapies like spaghetti).

  54. I really love your videos ❤️❤️❤️ But I had to inform myself about healthy nutrition a few years ago due to my husand’s health conditions. What I learned was clearly that animal products are bad for humans in the long run and responsable for all the major health problems in the western world – even if the meat, chicken, fish, dairy, cheese and eggs are organic and best quality .. just because of the animal protein….The problems don’t come over night of course. All the delicious meat, chicken, cheese etc. make you feel great while you are young. But after 40+ years of animal products in almost every meal, we start to pay the price. That’s why it is so dangerous. Have you heard about ‘the China study? If not, I recommend you look into it. Or watch ‘What the health’ or ‘Forks over knives’. After I saw the scientific proof I switched to a whole food plant based diet and left out all animal products – not so easy in the beginning, but the best decision of my life. My husband’s health improved immediatly and my own blood test improved as well. You are such a perfect mother and strong woman! Maybe you want to think about it and look into the information I mentioned… Love and Peace from Vienna, Austria 👍❤️☮️🇦🇹

  55. Thanks for sharing! I'm not a planner. I dont even plan homeschool 🙀 lol
    It gives me anxiety. And that's not cool. Winging it at my best 🙂

  56. I'm late to the video but found this so incredibly healthy. I'm a new mom to a 20month old and one on the way and feel overwhelmed by what to make for dinner quite often, always thinking it has to be profound and Pinterest perfect. Loved the tips on always having meat thawed (my downfall) and doing extra prep. Planning is not my strong suite and now I'm seeing it doesn't have to be to have home cooked meals each day! Thank you!

  57. I've done it all, but it's just me now at 69, so I generally cook 2 or 3 times a week (planned or unplanned) and eat the leftovers in-between, change it up with additions, etc. I get very creative on a budget!

  58. I tried planning out meals too or making a bunch of one thing to always be ready. . . . here's the real life I have encountered; my husband would call before dinner and say he was really craving mexican food, but I had a pound of cooked pasta in the fridge and mashed potatoes, and the next night I would feel like chicken fried rice and the food in the fridge would go to waste. I gathered from your post to have ingredients on hand that can be shaped into what you want quickly. So when I cook a whole chicken, I dont roast it anymore and be stuck with that flavor, I cook it in the instantpot with water and veggies and use the broth for soup that night. Pick the meat off and save it for tacos, or casserole or nachos, save the bones to bone broth later. What really stuck with me from this post is that your meal doesnt have to carry 'a title' to be worthy. Meat, veggies and starch makes a healthy meal. Thank you.

  59. Thank you! I love this. Simplicity. I allow my self one night a week to make "coconut curry cream cheese casserole"….haha… To let my creative side free!

  60. I have only watched the first four minutes of this and will come back tomorrow, but wow this is exactly what I needed.. I so struggle with meals and a terrible planner!! Thank you

  61. This is so refreshing. This is exactly the way I vook dinner for my family. Once there is a good choice of veg etc on hand I can come up with something healthy and delicious. I'm a vegetarian so I always make sure to have cans of beans and pulses and dried nuts on hand. Thank you so much for sharing, I love your down to earth, from the heart approach. I'm delighted to have found your channel.

  62. I’m just so encouraged with all you’ve accomplished you’re not a planner! They is hope for the rest of us! Lol.

  63. i really don't understand meal planning… why ?? it's just so unnecessary …(to me )n even harder for me to follow

  64. Hey you sound like me! Glad I'm not crazy. Meal planning was too much for me. I'm the same way, have stuff ready and waiting in fridge and then just cook it. We don't do sauerkraut yet, our family does baek kimchi and fermented veggies. We like sauerkraut but I can make kimchi a little more sweet and colourful so it's super appealing to the kids. My husband is a very firm believer in as he puts it: "protein, carb and veggies or fruit" for dinner so as long as I have the staples around the house we are good. For instance, I keep a lot of pork chops around because I can get them cheap and we always have applesauce and potatoes in the house and I usually have brussel sprouts aswell so that's a pretty good quick meal if you ask me. Not even hard to cook 😁

  65. Hi… Good tips. I'm one who wings it too. I have ideas but I'm not a planner. I'm single and live by myself but I still need to I make sure I always have lettuce and salad ingredients, canned lentils, lots of fruit n veggies. I'm pretty much vegan. At any given moment I can make a huge salad, make lentil wraps, fruit smoothies. Thanks much.

  66. I literally showed this to my husband and he was like, yup this is you. He’s the planner and it stresses me out. I tried to plan meals to be more organized and would always for get to take the meat out of the freezer and now I guess we’re having ramen for dinner. 😂 thank u for making sense of the type of people we are

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