Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

It’s so anti-climatic to get you all excited about my new 10 Minute Dinner site, with quick and easy recipe ideas, but then start by having you grab some paper, but that is exactly what I am requesting.

These 31 Days are a building month. We are going to be establishing new habits, and if we really want to work towards getting a system in place where we can conquer meal time mountain, we need to do a little ground floor work. I guarantee that if you do more than just read, but actually implement the steps I will share, your November will rise up and celebrate you.

Now, for those of you who don’t know me personally, this kind of prep work is painful for me. My Type Z personality runs from things like this, so if I am forcing myself to do it, it really must be critical. That’s why I promise I will KISS it (Keep it simple and short – doable).

September was an incredibly crazy month for me. Not only did I host a conference, but all the many fall activities our family is involved with kicked off, and the first thing that I lost control over was my meal time plans. When that happens, evenings are so much more chaotic, so I am excited to get things back on track.

Right now,ย  my meal plan is not organized (or nearly non existent). I do not have my typical meals prepped and ready to go, so I will be walking through these steps as I share them with you.

So for today, let’s start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start. (Sing it with me. ;))

Grab some paper and pen! Yes, the good ‘ole fashioned kind. I’ll wait. It’s really important to do this.

Brainstorm Ten Favorite Meals and write them down.

Get your family involved. Ask them what they’d love for you to cook this month.

Now, here’s the tiny bit of work I am requesting – gather hard copies of those ten recipes.ย 

We are living in a world of virtual cook books where we spend hours browsing, pinning and dreaming, but never acting. Right now, I am not concerned with whether it’s a quick meal or not, I just want you to start somewhere, and this will be our building block. Recipes from pinterest and the internet are unbelievable, but to start getting meal time under control, I want you to go ahead and print some of those recipes you’ve been wanting to try.

If you have the recipe in a favorite magazine, go rip it out. If it’s in a well loved cook book,ย  copy it down. Then gather those ten recipes into one spot and bring them back here tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

Maybe you’ll even be inspired to make one of them tonight.

Ready, Set, Go…you can do this. It’s all part of our 31 Days towards 10 Minute Dinners.

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  1. Ok, I’m going with you!

  2. Okay – got em!
    Hugs –

  3. If the recipes for my brainstorm favorite meals are pretty much in my head, should I still write them down or should I pick different meals?

  4. Never heard of the type Z personality. But, if it means we hate prep work, I’m there! Ok, I’m game to find some 10 minute meals. If I cook 5 ten minute meals that serve 4 people, I’ll have almost a month worth of meals either ready to go, or ready to prepare. Sounds good. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yep, Type Z is what I knick name myself. The opposite of my dear friends that are Type A, and always plan ahead. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. wow! it’s like you know me perfectly and were talking just to ME! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for this- I’m going to scroll through and follow your steps with this series ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to the end result!!


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