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Now Open: Fall Meal Plans

Today is finally the day!

Our Fall Meal Plans are open for registration!

  • If you know you want them, click here! Registration for fall meal plans is now closed.
  • If you want to learn more, keep reading!

Meal Planning Changed My Life

I haven’t always been a meal planner. But after my second daughter was born, I found myself really struggling with something that I normally love: making dinner.

That 4-5pm hour was just wrecking me. Everyone was hungry, and I was trying to keep the toddler happy, and nurse the baby, and get work done, and get our dog to stop barking, and just be a human and breathe for a second… and then, oh yeah, make dinner.

Making even the most basic meals felt so overwhelming.

Some of that was just a result of our season of life, and I knew that some of it would get better with time (it did). But I also knew that I just wasn’t organized in the way I wanted to be.

I wanted to figure out a way to trade the feeling of stress and overwhelm at dinnertime for one of organization and excitement, and ultimately end up with something on the table that I’d really, actually look forward to eating (no offense, chicken nuggets).

This is when meal planning started to really click for me. I bought a cheap little white board for my fridge and started getting consistent about listing out my meals for the week, making grocery lists, prepping certain things ahead of time, and sticking (loosely, but still sticking) to my plan.

And the beauty of this method is that it works. It really works. After doing this for the last year and a half, I feel so much more organized and prepared.

I *actually enjoy* what I’m eating, and I feel good about what I’m feeding my kids (most nights, at least!). I feel like myself in the kitchen again.

But the problem with this method is that it takes a lot of time upfront. Doing the research and planning and grocery-listing was taking a lot of actual time and also creating a huge mental load for me each week.

That’s where the Fall Meal Plans come in.

This fall, let me do the work for you

Every week for 12 weeks, I’ll send you a meal plan that includes:

  • five dinner recipes,
  • a pick-and-choose grocery list,
  • a list of prep steps if you want to work ahead a bit.

All you have to do each week is open your email. You’ll be ready to hit the ground running with cooking for the week!

I pulled each set of weekly recipes for these meal plans from our existing recipes on Pinch of Yum – I selected the ones that are my end-of-summer into fall MUST-MAKES!

And best of all, you’ll only see recipes in these plans with a 4.7 star rating or higher.

How It Works

Your one-time fee of $45 covers 12 weeks of easy, delicious meal plans.

Here’s how it goes:

  1. Register for the Fall Meal Plans before August 31. Get ready for deliciousness.
  2. On September 1, you’ll receive the Week 1 Meal Plan. This can be downloaded and printed directly from the email, or it can be accessed digitally. All meal plan PDFs are yours to keep and all links will stay active, so nothing will go away.
  3. Every Thursday morning is when you can expect to see your weekly meal plans drop into your inbox (September 1-November 17). Cook all five recipes or just pick and choose the ones that are right for you that week!

What’s Included In Each Week’s Meal Plan

We want these meal plans to work with you, and for you. They’ve got everything you need – from what to make, what to buy, and how to make happen.

Weekly Menu

A list of five delicious dinners that will get dinner on the table quickly and easily. Each weekly menu is finely tuned to the season, so you’re eating the freshest produce and getting all the season’s happiest vibes.

Grocery List

A thorough pick-and-choose grocery list to get you everything you’ll need for the week, with check-able to account for everything you need, and nothing you don’t.

Prep Steps

An agenda of items to prep for your weekly menu to make cooking a breeze. Take one hour on the weekend to chop your veg, whisk your sauce, or mix your sauces, and you’re ready to take on the week.

Day In The Life: Meal Plans

If you choose to register for our meal plans, here’s a little glimpse into what a typical week might look like this fall:

  • Thursday: Receive menu for the week with five recipes, the full grocery list for all recipes, and prep steps.
  • Saturday: Grocery shopping time! Before you go, check off what ingredients you already have, and get all the rest.
  • Sunday: Take an hour and use the prep steps to prep your veggies, sauces, dressings, grains, etc. Store them in the fridge for the week ahead.
  • Monday-Friday: Cook! Use your prepped ingredients from your weekend prep to get dinner on the table fast.

I Want In! How Do I Get These Meal Plans?

All you need to do is register for the meal plans before August 31 by clicking the link below!

—-> Click here to purchase. Registration for fall meal plans is now closed.

By purchasing, you’ll secure your spot and receive your first of 12 weekly meal plans starting on September 1.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are these new recipes or existing recipes?

All recipes in the meal plans are existing blog recipes, all with a 4.7-star or higher rating. We chose the best of the best, tried-and-true recipes that we get excited about eating each week.

What does the recipe-type breakdown look like each week?

Generally each week has two vegetarian recipes and three “meat” (chicken, fish, pork, and beef) recipes.

Do I have to make all 5 meals every week?

Not at all. Every ingredient on the grocery list has a label for its corresponding recipe, making it easy to take a quick pass through the grocery list to knock off any ingredients you won’t be needing.

How much does an average week of groceries cost?

It’s almost impossible to estimate this because it will depend on where you live, how much you already have stocked in your kitchen, and where you shop.

That being said, this week I ordered all the groceries for week one (not including what I already had in my pantry – spices, condiments, etc.) and came in at around $80.

Can you share a sample recipe list?

Here’s the menu for Week 9, as an example!

  • Spicy Peanut Soup with Sweet Potato + Kale – 4.9 stars
  • Instant Pot Short Rib Ragu – 4.8 stars
  • Red Chile Chicken Tacos with Creamy Corn – 5 stars
  • Black Pepper Stir Fried Udon – 4.9 stars
  • Chipotle Orange Shrimp with Cilantro Rice – 4.8 stars

Do these meals follow a specific diet?

These meal plans include all kinds of recipes and the recipes are not specific to any diet. We recommend having our swaps and substitutions guide on hand if you need to make accommodations for your personal diet!

How many servings does each meal provide?

On average, each dinner is 4-6 servings. If you need to scale up, you can head to the recipe here on the site and scale it in the recipe card (just be sure to adjust your grocery list too!).

What are the recipes like? Healthy, indulgent, kid-friendly, etc.?

The recipes I included are recipes that I like to eat throughout the week, that are a great mix of healthy, comforting, quick and easy but elevated, etc. While not created for kids, most are doable for families depending on your family’s preferences.

How long does it take to cook each meal?

While each meal is different, after doing the prep steps included in the meal plans, each meal takes under one hour from pulling out ingredients to getting it on the table, but many are about 30 minutes.

Do ingredients overlap week-to-week?

We did our best to choose recipes with similar ingredients, but also don’t want it to feel like you’re eating similar dinners every night of the week. You’ll see some overlap to help eliminate as much food waste as best we can!

Will ingredients in the meal plans be hard to find?

You may see a few ingredients that you might not normally have in your pantry/fridge (harissa, burrata, curry paste, etc.) but most/all ingredient should be easy to find at your local grocery store.

Can I sign up for just one week at a time?

This is a delicious 12-week package deal! At this time, we are only selling this as a complete Fall Meal Plan set.

When will I receive my meal plan each week?

Every Thursday morning.

Is this digital or will it be printable?

Both! Every meal plan will be on the site for digital use, as well as a printable PDF.

Do recipes repeat throughout the meal plans?

Nope! Every week contains a new set of five recipes, no repeats.

How can I gift this to a friend?

How sweet of you! It’s pretty simple to do this – just enter your friend’s email at checkout when you purchase the meal plans.

What Others Have To Say

I felt like I was having fun in the kitchen again, while eating healthy, delicious food and not having to spend hours trying to figure out what to make!

January 2022 Meal Plan Participant

The recipes were easy to follow and so incredibly flavorful. They broke me out of my cooking rut, and the best part was I didn’t have to “decide” what to cook for dinner!

January 2022 Meal Plan Participant

It was great to have a plan and to be able to prep ahead. It also made passing off cooking to my husband seamless.

January 2022 Meal Plan Participant