475 Meal Planning for Mere Mortals EAT AT HOME COOKS

475 Meal Planning for Mere Mortals EAT AT HOME COOKS

475: Meal Planning for Mere Mortals:


Join Kathi and one of her very favorite podcast co-hosts, Tonya Kubo, in this discussion of one of the most common struggles: meal planning. We all have to eat. So, why is meal planning so challenging sometimes? And doesn’t it just seem like it should be easier? For those of us who struggle with clutter, meal planning is often a companion struggle and compounds the decision fatigue. Something that has really helped me is having meal plans from Eat at Home Cooks. They come straight to my inbox, complete with a coordinating grocery list, and relieve me of so many decisions every month. One of the best parts is that Eat at Home Cooks has thought of everyone and has a variety of plans including:


  • Instant Pot and Slow Cooker meal plans
  • No Flour, No Sugar meal plans
  • Plant-Based meal plans


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Eat at Home meal plans takes care of all the “thinking” part of dinner by giving you the meals, recipes, grocery lists, and more! This is huge because it relieves us from decision fatigue in the area of meal planning. Say yes to making dinner easy (and save 30% through August 31 with code EAT!).



Yes, you CAN have dinner on the table in JUST 15 MINUTES! This meal from this month’s Eat at Home Meal plan is faster than waiting in the drive-through window most nights. P.S. Curious about the Eat At Home Meal plans? Check this out! EAT AT HOME COOKS

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Meet Our Guest 


Tonya Kubo

Tonya Kubo is the illustrious and fearless leader of Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy Facebook group and the Clutter Free for Life membership program. A speaker and writer, Tonya makes her home in the heart of California with her husband, Brian, their two spirited daughters, and one very tolerant cat.

Visit her at www.tonyakubo.com


Mealtime prayers and discussions


Now that you are all sitting down together as a family eating a wonderful meal what do you discuss? How to do incorporate God talk into the family time?

Most families may say grace, a short prayer that is usually the same prayer every night before dinner or even bed.

But to spark more conversation and growth for little ears here are a few ideas to begin tonight.

Highs & Lows

Go around the table and have everyone share what their high of the day was and their low. Praise all the highs and talk about the lows. Why was it a low? What could have made that a high?  How are you feeling about it?


Encourage the prayer to be different every night. With little ones it may be hard and they may only know a few things to say. If everyone is taking turns that will help others learn how to pray. And, mom and dad take your turn too! Pray specifically for things and be thankful specifically too. There is not a better way to teach our kids to pray then to show them. They will repeat us and do as we do.

Easy toddler and preschool prayers can be a small song;

(Sung to the tune of Where is Thumbkin)

God our father, God our father

We thank you, we thank you

And our many blessings and our many blessings

Amen, amen

Other ideas are to keep all your Christmas cards in a bowl or box in the dinning area. Each night pull one card and pray for that family.

A friend’s husband said this little prayer when he was a kid, “Rub a dub dub, Thanks for the grub, YAY God!” Silly and short yes but for a real young toddler they will learn that God is the one deserving of thanks and can praise Him.

Just Talk

Dinner time is a great time to talk about the kind of day everyone had and the next days plans. Use the time to get your kids talking. Play a game or ask fun questions.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

What is your favorite book and why?

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

Play guessing games. Think of a place and give clues and see who guesses the right place.

Talk about the Bible Story they heard in church on Sunday.

Your options are endless…but I am sure due to the busyness of life mealtime may be rushed in between work, practice, homework, etc. Just make a point to sit down without rushing a couple times a week. Turn it into family night on the weekends and include board games, puzzles or a movie afterwards.

Does you family have any favorite mealtime topics or activites?