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"Beef" with Broccoli Bowl, Grilled Vegetable & Chickpea Salad, Southwest Pasta Salad & More!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: MealPlan

Start the month off right with this week's meal plan!

Both the individual and brand new dinner only family meal plan are exploding with delicious and exciting new recipes like the "Beef" with Broccoli Bowl (NEW!), Southwest Pasta Salad (NEW!), Grilled Vegetable & Chickpea Salad (NEW!), and the BBQ Black Bean Wrap (NEW!).

Happy & healthy eating everyone!

Southwest Pasta Salad

Individual Highlights

  • Easy Mango & Strawberry Smoothie (NEW!)
  • "Beef" with Broccoli Bowl (NEW!)
  • Banana Split Overnight Oats
  • Grilled Vegetable & Chickpea Salad (NEW!)
  • Southwest Pasta Salad (NEW!)
  • Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchiladas
  • BBQ Black Bean Wrap (NEW!)

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"Beef" with Broccoli Bowl

Family Highlights

  • "Beef" with Broccoli Bowl (NEW!)
  • Sweet Potato & Black Bean Enchiladas
  • Southwest Pasta Salad (NEW!)
  • Tomato Cobbler with Rosemary Biscuits
  • BBQ Black Bean Wrap (NEW!)
  • Cajun Cornbread Casserole
  • Grilled Vegetable & Chickpea Salad (NEW!)

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Grilled Vegetable & Chickpea Salad


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Introducing the New Dinner Only Family Meal Plan!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: MealPlanNews

I'm SO excited to unveil the new dinner only family meal plan that debuts tomorrow!

Based on last month's survey, I think everyone will be very happy with the new features and format!

The new dinner only family meal plan starts June 4th (that's tomorrow!). If you subscribe to the monthly family meal plan, you'll receive it instantly via email the moment it's released. The individual meal plan will remain the same, with a slight improvement on the prep sheet.

Now on to the good stuff...

What does the dinner only family meal plan include?

1) The new meal plan features 7 dinner recipes (each recipe serves 4), most of which will be BRAND NEW!

2) This plan is also perfect for couples! You'll both have leftovers for lunch the next day!

3) Each recipe also includes recommended sides (when necessary) so you can round out or extend the meal. (This is great if you need to bulk up the calories or have more than 4 family members).

4) Just like the original family meal plan, there's instructions for meal prep, so you can make all your dinners ahead for the week. Many are freezer-friendly!

5) We're also including free bonus breakfast and lunch recipes each week as well that are optional, but there for those families who liked the previous meal plan with breakfast, lunch, and dinner laid out.


What you're really going to LOVE about the new dinner only family meal plan is the new shopping list feature!

All of the ingredients (minus the pantry staples) note which meals they belong to. That means if you don't want to cook meal #2, just cross out where the "2" is on the shopping list and you're good to go! SO easy!

This feature has been long requested and was not possible with the old meal plan, but is now here for the new dinner only plan :)

Check it out:

Lastly, I'm also having a LIVE chat tomorrow night (Wednesday) to talk about the new changes and answer any questions you have about this new meal plan or meal plans in general. Sign up for the free meal plan newsletter to get deets!

As a reminder, this new dinner only family meal plan is not available until TOMORROW, June 4th.

HOWEVER if you start a subscription today, you'll get the current meal plan with some fantastically awesome recipes like the Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie, Sweet & Sour Stuffed Bell Peppers, and Ratatouille Sandwich AND you'll get this brand new plan first!!! It'll pop up in your inbox immediately once it releases at midnight.

We believe in the meal plans so much we offer a 100% money-back guarantee, so there's no risk to you! (We also donate a portion of proceeds to elephant charities).

Thanks for helping me make the best meal plans possible! I love making it easy (and tasty!) for your family to eat well.

Minimalist Monday: Gardening (How To Regrow Vegetables & Herbs)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Minimalist

Back in January I stumbled across an article about vegetables and herbs that can easily be regrown. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to share it when the weather was better suited for gardening.

Rather than going out and buying seeds, bulbs, etc, you can actually grow plenty of vegetables and herbs with everyday items that you probably already have in your kitchen! In fact, some things don't even require soil! Just a mason jar, water and a little sunlight.

It doesn't get any more minimalist than that! Happy growing!

Avocados: Growing avocados isn't a fast process (it takes anywhere between 5-13 years!), but if you'd like to have your own avocado tree, then it's worth the wait. Rinse and dry the pit of an avocado. Stick 3-4 toothpicks into the pit and place it over a cup of water, with the water covering about an inch of the pit. Put in a warm place, making sure to maintain the water level. In 2-6 weeks, roots and a stem should begin to sprout. When the stem is about six inches long, trim it in half. When the stem leafs again, transplant to a pot with loose soil. Plant root down, leaving the top half of the pit sticking out of the soil. Give your plant frequent, light waterings and keep it in a sunny place. Pinch back the newest top leaves every time the stems grows around 6 inches to encourage more growth and a fuller plant. (Source)

Basil: Snip the top of a basil stem with 4 sets of leaves growing, then remove the 2 bottom sets of leaves from the stem. Place the stem into a mason jar or shot glass of water and set in a sunny spot. Roots will begin growing in about a week. Once roots are thick and long enough, transfer to soil and continue to grow your new basil plant. You can do the same for mint and rosemary! (Source)

Celery: Once you've cut off all the celery stalks, save the base and place in a bowl of water in a sunny window (changing out the water every couple of days). After about a week, place the base into a pot or planter and cover with soil. Water generously while the celery continues to grow. (Source)

Garlic: If you have green sprouts growing from your garlic, don't throw them away! Instead, place the cloves or bulb in a small cup or bowl. Add enough water to cover the bottom of the cup (the water should be barely touching the bottom of the cloves. Don't submerge!) Change the water out every couple of days. Once sprouts are about 3 inches tall, clip them off and add them to a baked potato, salad or veggies. If you're wondering about the taste, sprouts have a very mild garlic flavor. (Source)

Ginger: Take your store-bought ginger root and cut off the "fingers" (this is where the roots will grow). Plant ginger sprout side up in enough soil to cover the root. Keep soil moist in a warm area (ginger actually doesn't require as much sunlight as other plants). In about 4 months you should be able to start using your newly-grown ginger. (Source)

Green onions: Place a bunch of green onions with their roots in a glass full of water and place in a sunny window. Cut off what you need while cooking. The onions will regrow themselves. (Source)

Romaine lettuce: This one is pretty easy. Simply place the lettuce "stump" in a half inch of water and before you know it, you'll have little romaine leaves. Be sure the check the water level daily. (Source)

Have you ever regrown any vegetables or herbs?