In today’s episode, we’re chatting about all things meal planning! Can you guess who geeks out over meal planning, who couldn’t get dinner on the table without her kitchen gadgets, and who would rather just serve cereal for dinner?! You’ll also hear Indiana show off her French skills and break down what on earth ‘sous-vide’ means, while April describes her “old school” meal planning techniques. Plus, Ashlee shares about that one time she went to McDonalds in the middle of the night while she was pregnant and destroyed the evidence before crawling back into bed. Whether you’re a meal planning pro or cereal enthusiast, we hope you find laughter and grace in our “fed is best” motto for this episode.
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Mentioned in this episode:
Ashlee's Pinterest discovery / family favorite: Peach and Roasted Vegetable Salad. | "I add chicken and skip the beets."
What the heck is sous vide? This video answers that.
Essay: In Defense of Eating Cereal for Dinner by Ashlee Gadd for Upwrite Magazine
If you also regularly eat cereal for dinner, Ashlee would love to feel some solidarity. Tag her on Instagram.
Coffee + Crumbs recipes by Sarah Hauser
C+ C Essay: I Cannot Make Dinner On Thursday Night And Other Tasks I’m Incapable Of Completing by Anna Jordan
Some of April's favorite cook books: Barefoot Contessa's How Easy is That? | Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist | Rachael Ray's 365 No Repeats
April's go-to recipes:
- Fusilli with Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes by Giada De Laurentiis
- Sweet Potato and Five Spice Muffins by Gwyneth Paltrow | "I keep about a dozen of these in my freezer at all times. Kids and company both love them. Great for breakfast, snacking, afternoon coffee/tea. My top secret added ingredient : chocolate chips. Probably makes it a little less Goop-y."
- Annette’s Enchiladas via Shauna Niequist |"These enchiladas have gone to every new mama I have known in the last 5 years."
Katie's crowd pleaser pasta | "This recipe is literally called “crowd pleaser pasta” because everyone loves it. Except my daughter - the daughter who once went on hunger strike for 48 hours (no lie) over eating a piece of cheese pizza. So she doesn’t count."
Indiana's starter tips:
- If you want to try a ketogenic diet (low carb, high protein), fathead dough will be your new BFF. This almond flour / cheese based recipe can be used as pizza crust, crackers, and wraps. It's delicious!
- If you're new to your Instant Pot, start with boiled eggs just to get used to it, then make a taco soup, then try butter chicken. Next steps: anything on This Old Gal.
- If you're new to your Sous Vide, Serious Eats is the only website you will never need. Start with chicken breasts then do salmon. Next steps: The Effortless Sous Vide Cookbook.
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