Friday, July 29, 2011

5 Meals in 1 Hour - Part 1

I came across a blog last week that caught my eye:

"Make 5 Dinners in ONE Hour"  

Yes, please!  The author of this blog, Michelle, describes the plan she created to make 5 dinners cooking only once a week.  She says, "I don't miss the greasy drive-thru meals at all."  Sounds like something I could use in my quest to eliminate fast food from our weekly routine.  Michelle describes her plan:
The Make 5 monthly menu plan can help you make all 5 dinners for the week in just ONE hour. All the menu plans have family friendly meals that feed 4-6 people and no, they are not all casseroles. :) 
The meals are fresh, not frozen. They keep in your refrigerator until ready to heat and eat.    
Michelle offers a free sample menu so you can try it before you buy it.  I'll take one of those!  Here is what she gives you:
  • A shopping list of what you will need for the week's menu.  It is organized in sections:  frozen, pantry, produce, dairy/meat, etc.  Cross off what you already have on hand before you go shopping.
  • A detailed prep list of what you should have out and ready for your ONE hour assembly session.  This list includes food, bowls, and other cooking utensils.
  • Instructions and instructions for assembly and storage, and for cooking.

I spent this week testing Michelle's plan.  What I love about 5 Dinners 1 Hour:
Affordable. 3 months worth of menus for $15.   
Detailed.  The plan's lists and instructions are quite complete. 
Friendly Food.  The meals in the sample menu were foods my family likes.  Now my family is not super-picky, but the meals weren't exotic and didn't include gourmet ingredients. 
Flexible.  I can substitute my own quick meals.  My sample menu had a variety of cooking methods - crock pot, oven bake, salad/sandwiches - so I can choose which type of meal fits that day's schedule.  

I'm looking forward to finishing up my week using the menu plan.  Be looking for a follow up post with my final review of "Make 5 Dinners in ONE Hour".

Have you used a meal plan similar to this?  Share your reviews!

(You can read Part 2 here.)

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