Years ago, my husband and I used to have the same conversation every evening on his way home from work. “What should I pick up from the store?” “I don’t know, what should we have for dinner?” “I don’t know. What do you think we should have?” For 20 minutes, we would go back and forth, brainstorming a dinner idea. What we ended up with was nothing close to healthy and often not even very delicious!
A lovely Christian woman recently brought to my attention that some of my Facebook fans already know how to eat healthy; they just don’t always have time to plan healthy meals for the week. As she said,
“Getting help with meal planning would save me from overthinking and wasting time on trying to plan meals – I usually STOP planning before I ever finish. By not having meals planned out for my weeks,even with healthy food in my house, I allow WINGING it nightly to stress me out!”
She goes on to explain how it would actually save money to pay for menu planning services:
“If I had my menu planned out for the week I’d probably spend LESS money at the store. Going to the store without a game plan for meals is basically a waste of time and more costly. Buying without a clear purpose…I need to work on that one! I tend to buy more snacky type foods – organic still has CALORIES!”
Can you relate?! Well, I’ve designed healthy, whole foods Menu Planning Packets! Each weekly packet (emailed to you in pdf form) is designed around eating varied, nutritionally-dense whole foods and includes the following:
7 Main Dish Recipes
A list of dozens of snack ideas
2 snack/dessert recipes
A list of dozens of lunch ideas
2 lunch recipes
1 breakfast recipe
1 brunch recipe
Printable grocery list
Shopping tips for each week’s items
Each weekly packet’s recipes differ from the other weeks and packets can be purchased in any order. Additionally, there are specialty seasonal packets for those who like to shop at the farmer’s market and/or eat what’s in season or on sale.
You simply print this packet off, pick and choose from the lunch and snack ideas to fill in your menu, fill in the grocery list, and head to the store!
While, these recipes are designed for families who are familiar with a whole foods lifestyle, they could be used by anyone. If you’re even slightly handy in the kitchen and know where to find whole foods at the grocery stores, these menu plans will give you that extra boost to make deliciously healthy meals all week long!
I would recommend that anyone who is experiencing current health problems check out my page on Personalized Nutrition Counseling: http://healthyfamiliesforgod.com/nutrition-counseling-wellness-education/
Since these Menu Planning Packets are based on a whole foods lifestyle, they do include recipes that take a little time in the kitchen. They are not recipes that include pre-cooked chicken products, condensed soup, and minute rice. I try and vary the recipes each week so that there are some easy, slow-cooker recipes, as well as some that take a bit more time.
Most of the recipes in each weekly packet are either grain/gluten-free or have notes on how they can be adapted to be both gluten- and grain-free. I will possibly have menu packets available specifically for those diets in the future.
All recipes are free of refined sugar, vegetable oils, etc. and use only whole foods.
Does this interest you? Each Weekly Menu Packet is only $6. Simply click the Paypal button below the Packet you would like. Once you place your order through Paypal, I will receive a payment notification from Paypal. I will then email your packet to you in pdf form right away! You can choose from the following:
Weekly Packet A (now available!)
Features recipes such as Spinach Alfredo pizza, salmon patties, Italian quiche, chocolate avocado milkshakes, and more!
Weekly Packet B (now available!)
Features recipes such as Southwestern couscous, Lemon pepper fish, Breakfast pizzas on biscuit crust, Eggplant pizzas, carob banana treats, and more!
Weekly Packet C (coming soon)
Weekly Packet D (coming soon)
Summer Packet (now available!)
The recipes in this packet include ways to use up those abundant summer vegetables and fruits, including Green Beans and Kale with Parmesan, Zucchini Pasta with Marinara, Summer muesli, watermelon slushy, and more!
Fall/Winter Packet (coming soon)
School Lunches Packet (coming soon)
This packet contains 10 lunch recipes that are easy to take with for school lunches, or even for family lunches on-the-go.
Recipes include veggie pinwheels, zucchini muffins, and more!
Slow-Cooker Collection Packet (coming soon)
Yes, slow cooker recipes without condensed canned soups actually exist! I’m working on this and hope to have it available soon!
NEW! 40-Day Challenge Menus, Recipes & Grocery Lists
I am now offering the weekly menus and completed grocery lists from the 40-Day Challenge in one package for $20. If you’d rather just have the menus and grocery lists for the 40-Day Challenge, you can now order it without joining the Challenge. (On the other hand, if you’d like to join the challenge and have the daily e-newsletters for accountability, please see the page tab above for the 40-Day Challenge.)
This packet includes 5 packets of menus, completed grocery lists, and recipes for 40 days. Most, if not all, of the recipes in this packet are grain- and gluten-free or have grain/gluten-free options. Since the packets for the 40-Day Challenge already have completed grocery lists, all you need to do is print off a packet each week before you go grocery shopping and get your groceries! And with 40 days of menus planned, you could reuse this over and over and never have to do any planning!
Once you place your order through Paypal, I will receive a payment notification from Paypal. I will then email your packet to you in pdf form right away!
30 Days, 30 Recipes, No Sugar!
To go along with HFFG’s bi-annual No-Sugar Challenge (every April and September), I’ve created a little packet/book–“30 Days, 30 Recipes, No Sugar.” For just $10, this packet contains the following:
- Information about the Challenge
- A chart containing the sweeteners allowed and the sweeteners to avoid
- Testimonies from previous No-Sugar Challengers
- Encouragement from God’s Word to meditate on throughout the challenge
- 30 Recipes free of refined sweeteners, including the most difficult things to find without sugar. Recipes include:
- Delicious, sugar-free breakfasts including our family’s favorite homemade granola recip
- Homemade bread
- Chocolate zucchini bread
- Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
- Homemade Larabars
- Green Smoothies
- Orange Julius’
- And lots of delicious no-sugar desserts
To order, enter your email address in the Paypal box below and click on the “Add to Cart” button. Once I receive your order, I will send you the packet in pdf form via email.
“30 Days, 30 Recipes, No Sugar” $10
This packet is not required for the Challenge. The Challenge is free and I have included a collection of resources both here and on HFFG’s Facebook page for Challengers. Sometimes, it’s just easier to have everything in one place on paper, especially the recipes!
Custom, Personalized Menu Plans
I also offer custom-created personalized menu plans for all types of dietary restrictions–Daniel-fast, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, vegetarian, etc. This service is $15 for each weekly menu that includes breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner ideas for every day of the week and recipes. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
(I offer these products at a small cost for a couple of reasons. My first job is as a homeschooling mom to five children. Since my husband works two 40-hour/week jobs and sleeps very little to make this possible, I currently do this job without having my husband home much to help with the children. We live very basic lives–we do not have internet-capable cell phones, cable television, nice vehicles, new clothes, etc. (Although we know we are rich beyond comparison!)
Consequently, my hope is that the time I take on producing resources such as this will help alleviate some of the financial income responsibility on my husband. I also hope they will be a blessing to those purchasing them! Thank you for your support and your efforts to create a society that honors God with their bodies!)
“. . .those who work deserve their pay.” Luke 10:7
Considering the circumstances above, I ask that you respect copyrights on these resources. If you recommend these resources to others, I greatly appreciate it! Please forward them a link to this page rather than copying/emailing these resources to them yourself. Thanks!
And please let me know if you enjoy them (or if you don’t)! Feedback is crucial to the success of this venture. I want to help you be a Healthy Family for God!