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Minimalist Dinner Plan (w/ freezer meals)

One really simple approach to creating your monthly dinner plan is batch cooking. Which, with all the overly complicated meal prep YouTube videos out there, can seem incredibly daunting. However, just a little bit goes a long way when cooking ahead for the month. (Especially if you’re just cooking for one or two and you’re ok with repeating foods!) “Feed your freezer today, feed yourself all month”… is that a saying? It should be.

Here are four things you can make for the month ahead to make dinners a little easier…

Baked Beans

A big pot of baked beans is kind of obnoxious to make on the regular. But it freezes incredibly well. This is a great side item, but I like it as the main dish. I got the idea from one of my favorite books, My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss, which talks about having baked beans for dinner with steamed broccoli and corn bread. Yum!

Alternative – Any other type of beans or grains

Twice-Baked Potatoes

These are more of the side item situation. You can make them the cheesy way or as more of a loaded baked potato with sour cream and bacon and chives. Then, add one half to round out a meat and veg meal. Or have both halves with a salad or some soup.

Alternative – Any other starchy side item

Starbucks Copycat Wraps

These have been my obsession lately. You basically cook some quinoa, corn, and black beans and throw them in a wrap with some jalapeno Havarti shredded cheese. Wrap ’em in aluminum foil and stick in your freezer for the quickest dinners. (Great if you have to take dinner on the go!) With some chips and a pickle spear you’ll feel like you grabbed fast food.

Alternative – Any other freezable sandwich or wrap

Buttermilk Pancakes

If there’s one thing I’m committed to on a deep and spiritual level, it’s breakfast for dinner. But I’m also way too lazy to make pancakes on a weeknight. Sunday around noon while listening to some tunes? Sure. When I’m starving after working all day? Not so much. Good thing you can throw a batch of these in your freezer then whip a few out as needed, scramble some eggs, fry up some sausage, and bingo-bango you’re eating like a brekky-for-dinner CHAMPION.

Alternative – Waffles, french toast, sourdough bread, etc.

How it all comes together…

If you’re cooking for a household of 2 and you make 6 potatoes, 2 lbs of beans, 18 pancakes, and 10 wraps…

That’s 6 meals with potato halves (3 if you’re doing the whole potato), 6 meals with beans, 3 meals with pancakes, and 5 meals with wraps. 20 meals that are partially complete before dinnertime even rolls around!

What do you think? Would you try this monthly dinner plan approach? Do you feed your freezer? Comment below! xoxo 

P.S. Quick + Easy Meal Plan for One on a Budget.


What’s your favorite mug?


So, this is a totally random post…but a while back my brother posted about his “mug hierarchy” on Twitter and I thought it was a hilarious concept. Let me explain. One or two mugs tend to turn into a collection of mugs without even trying. They’re super inexpensive so it’s hard to resist picking up and purchasing the ones you like. They’re also very popular presents (especially from those people who don’t know you super well — everyone needs a mug!) so the collection starts to grow even larger after the holiday season. And then add to that all the FREE mugs you harmlessly nab at conferences, work events, speech tournaments, and any number of situations where companies are trying to lure you with swag. Suddenly you have over a dozen mugs PER PERSON in your otherwise stream-lined kitchen.

hadley pottery

HOWEVER, even with a cupboard full of diverse options, my brother argues, there’s always those few favorites you find yourself consistently reaching for. Your mug hierarchy! If your favorite is dirty or in the dishwasher, you reach for your second favorite, then third favorite, and so on.

beauty and the beast mug

I found this to be SO TRUE. Do you do this too? Or is my family just weird? I snapped pictures of my current four favorites to show you guys.


The slate grey mug with the white mo-ped on it is from Starbucks. I got it a few years ago when my sister was a barista and I could use her sweet staff discount. I love the matte texture of this mug and it’s probably my number one go-to. The Florida mug is also from Starbucks and Chet got it for me for my birthday in honor of our move to The Sunshine State. The Hadley Pottery mug was a Christmas present from my mom a few years ago. She has a huge collection of Hadley Pottery and drinking from this one reminds me of my childhood. And The Beauty and the Beast mug ALSO reminds me of my childhood. I picked this little guy up at Habitat ReStore. It was a quarter and I couldn’t resist….see what I mean about mugs so easily getting out of hand!?!

Oh and here’s what the horse mug says when you’ve finished your morning cup of joe…


Yes, it really is the little things in life. Haha!

Those are the mugs I reach for every morning! What’s YOUR favorite mug? Do you have a mug hierarchy? Let me know!