Meal Planning for Busy Moms | Dinner Ideas, Quick, Delicious, Healthy, Easy Meal Prep

Do you dread meal planning because it’s too complicated and cumbersome? Are you eating fast food and takeout multiple times a week because of your family’s busy schedule or trying to figure out dinner at 5:00 when everyone’s asking, “MOM? What’s for dinner”? Do you wish you had a step-by-step system so you could spend less time planning and meal prepping and more time enjoying quick, healthy, and delicious weeknight meals with your family? I am so excited you are here! In this podcast, I will help you create easy, healthy and yummy meals that Will satisfy even the pickiest eaters! And you’ll only spend 15 minutes a week planning, because my weekly meal plans and other tips, tricks, and strategies will take the guesswork out of the process! Hey, I’m Blaga. A Mama of 4, wife, and a meal planning strategist obsessed with creating systems to make it as easy as possible for us mamas to answer the ‘what’s for dinner?’ dilemma without chaos! For many years, I was doing it all wrong- thinking about dinner by the seat of my pants, not planning, and resorting to takeout and mad dashes to the grocery store wasting my precious time and money. I finally realized if I was going to reduce the chaos, the overwhelm and pressure around the dinner time rush and meal planning, I needed a simple, effective and easy plan I could stick to no matter what was happening in our ever changing, busy lives. So I created a system that fit our family’s busy schedule. One that slipped seamlessly into my already jam-packed life, but I could actually stick with. An easy, simple, and sustainable plan for delicious meals that nourished my family!. And I’m ready to share it with you! If you are ready to find a simple meal planning system that is built for busy moms…. So you can create meals that are quick, healthy, and delicious Hold off on ordering that pizza, and grab your notebook, pen, and maybe a coffee - because we are about to dive in!

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2 days ago

Hey, Hey!
 
This is Episode #68, and we're talking about keeping your summer dinners light, fresh, and oh-so-easy. Are you ready to dive into seven scrumptious dinner ideas that mix up proteins and cooking methods, all ready in 30 minutes or less? How Sweet!!! Right?
 
Plus, I’ve got some cool tips to keep things breezy as a beachside picnic! And stay tuned till the end for a special treat for our loyal listeners. 🌟
 
And I just had the privilege on being A guest on a fellow podcast. So if you Are you a busy Momma who is craving a bit more peace and organization in your home? Come join Amy, for hours of tips and organizing help at Master Organized Motherhood; a top 3% globally ranked podcast. Behind the scenes Amy is a wife, and work from home mom of 4 young kids. With new episodes released every Wednesday, you will find what you need to help you start to implement simple home organization systems to better manage your young, bustling household. 
 
And on the episode on her podcast I'll be sharing even more tips to keep the sizzling summer vibes going. It's a super fun conversation with some aha moments and great joy!
 
It'll be dropping on weds so be sure to pop in your earbuds and give it a listen!!  Here’s the link:
 
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/master-organized-motherhood-home-organization-daily/id1711870077
So grab your coffee, pop in those ear buds and let's do this!
 
Monday- Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs
Tuesday- Beef and Pepper Stir fry
Wednesday- Cajun Shrimp Skillet
Thursday- Pork Schnitzel
Friday- Turkey Taco Salad
Saturday- Basil Pesto Tilapia
Sunday- Sausage and Peppers Pasta
 
Hope this episode inspires you!
 
XX Blaga
 
P.S. Have you checked out ‘The Speedy Gourmet’ yet? It’s the app I’ve been building just for you. Imagine this: drag and drop to customize meal plans or create your own from over 200+ recipes, searchable by filters like proteins, episodes and cooking methods, makes planning a snap. Plus, an adaptable, clickable grocery list so you never miss a beat—or a beet! 
And because I love my podcast family, here’s a special offer just for you. Try ‘The Speedy Gourmet’ free for 14 days, and if you love it, it’s just $3 a month with the code PODCAST. That’s over 50% off the regular price! Head over to thespeedygourmet.org and start your free 14 day trial today.
 
Email us: blagagoertzen@yahoo.ca
 
Have a question? Send me a DM @blagagoertzen

6 days ago

Hey, Hey!
 
 Today we're getting slow and steady with our trusty Slow cookers aka  crockpots. You know what they say—good things come to those who wait, and nothing says "good thing" quite like coming home to a dinner that's ready to greet you at the door. So buckle up, because we're diving into the magical world of dump dinners, where a little morning prep leads to a lot of evening "ahhh."
 
I’ll be sharing the best tips to use your crockpot and I’ll be sharing 4 dump and go recipes that will make you so “YUM!”!  You want to miss it!
 
So pop in your earbuds, and let's do this!  I hope this episode truly blesses and inspires you!
 
Xx Blaga
 
P.S. Have you checked out ‘The Speedy Gourmet’ yet? It’s the app I’ve been building just for you. Imagine this: drag and drop to customize meal plans or create your own from over 200+ recipes, searchable by filters like proteins, episodes and cooking methods, makes planning a snap. Plus, an adaptable, clickable grocery list so you never miss a beat—or a beet! 
And because I love my podcast family, here’s a special offer just for you. Try ‘The Speedy Gourmet’ free for 14 days, and if you love it, it’s just $3 a month with the code PODCAST. That’s over 50% off the regular price! Head over to thespeedygourmet.org and start your free 14 day trial today.
Become an insider and get weekly updates, and exclusive insider trainings, resources and support that you won’t find in the show!
https://busymamamealplanning.com/page/become-an-insider
Email us: hello@busymamamealplanning.com
 
Have a question? Send me a DM @blagagoertzen

Sunday Jun 16, 2024

Hey, Hey!
 
This episode is a goldmine of yum because I’m serving up seven dinners with seven different proteins. Yes, you heard that right! Each one is super family-friendly, done in 30 minutes or less, and we're mixing up the cooking methods to keep you on your toes. 
 
Plus I’ sharing 5 Sizzling Tips to help you get set up for summer meal planning! 
 
So grab your coffee, pop in those ear buds and let's do this!
 
Monday- Sizzling Salmon Tacos
Tuesday- Stir-Fry Sensation 
Wednesday- Perfect Pan Seared Pork Chops
Thursday- Beef And Broccoli Bonanza 
Friday- Shrimp Scampi Fiesta
Saturday- Turkey Burger Delight 
Sunday- Veggie Packed Beef Chili 
 
Hope this episode inspires you!
 
XX Blaga
 
P.S. Have you checked out ‘The Speedy Gourmet’ yet? It’s the app I’ve been building just for you. Imagine this: drag and drop to customize meal plans or create your own from over 200+ recipes, searchable by filters like proteins, episodes and cooking methods, makes planning a snap. Plus, an adaptable, clickable grocery list so you never miss a beat—or a beet! 
And because I love my podcast family, here’s a special offer just for you. Try ‘The Speedy Gourmet’ free for 14 days, and if you love it, it’s just $3 a month with the code PODCAST. That’s over 50% off the regular price! Head over to thespeedygourmet.org and start your free 14 day trial today.
 
Email us: blagagoertzen@yahoo.ca
 
Have a question? Send me a DM @blagagoertzen

Wednesday Jun 12, 2024

Hey, Hey,
 
Today we're tackling the grocery store gauntlet. Ever feel like your simple shopping trip turned into an episode of "Survivor"? Well, no more! I'm here to arm you with strategies to conquer your grocery run in 30 minutes flat—without losing your sanity or your shopping list.
 
We’ll be diving into Why speed matters at the supermarket,  how to create an efficient shopping list, and the tool that make meal planning fun, fast and fabulous!
 
So pop in your earbuds, and let's do this!  I hope this episode truly blesses and inspires you!
 
Xx Blaga
P.S. Have you checked out ‘The Speedy Gourmet’ yet? It’s the app I’ve been building just for you. Imagine this: drag and drop to customize meal plans or create your own from over 200+ recipes, searchable by filters like proteins, episodes and cooking methods, makes planning a snap. Plus, an adaptable, clickable grocery list so you never miss a beat—or a beet! 
And because I love my podcast family, here’s a special offer just for you. Try ‘The Speedy Gourmet’ free for 14 days, and if you love it, it’s just $3 a month with the code PODCAST. That’s over 50% off the regular price! Head over to thespeedygourmet.org and start your free 14 day trial today.
Become an insider and get weekly updates, and exclusive insider trainings, resources and support that you won’t find in the show!
https://busymamamealplanning.com/page/become-an-insider
Email us: hello@busymamamealplanning.com
 
Have a question? Send me a DM @blagagoertzen

Sunday Jun 09, 2024

This week, I’ve cooked up something special that’s close to my heart and, hopefully, will be filling your homes with delightful aromas and full bellies. Remember, this meal plan is a mere muse to inspire your weekly grind. Feel free to swap things up to suit your family’s tastes and dietary needs. 
 
I also share a prep list to make your meal planning even faster!
 
Alright, let’s break it down, day by day:
 
Monday- BBQ  Chicken Sliders.
Tuesday- Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs
Wednesday- Sheet Pan Chicken with Mediterranean veggies.
Thursday- Slow Cooker Beef Tacos
Friday- Instant Pot Teriyaki Chicken
Saturday- Stuffed Bell Peppers or (Vegetarian Version)
Sunday- Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies.
 
Hope this episode inspires you!
 
XX Blaga
 
P.S. Have you checked out ‘The Speedy Gourmet’ yet? It’s the app I’ve been building just for you. Imagine this: drag and drop to customize meal plans or create your own from over 200+ recipes, searchable by filters like proteins, episodes and cooking methods, makes planning a snap. Plus, an adaptable, clickable grocery list so you never miss a beat—or a beet! 
And because I love my podcast family, here’s a special offer just for you. Try ‘The Speedy Gourmet’ free for 14 days, and if you love it, it’s just $3 a month with the code PODCAST. That’s over 50% off the regular price! Head over to thespeedygourmet.org and start your free 14 day trial today.
 
Email us: blagagoertzen@yahoo.ca
 
Have a question? Send me a DM @blagagoertzen

Wednesday Jun 05, 2024

**Why Your Freezer is Your Best Friend:**
 
Let’s face it, some days are just a whirlwind, aren't they? Between school runs, work deadlines, and that impromptu science project your kiddo "forgot" to mention, cooking is the last thing on your mind. This is where your freezer steps in, like the superhero we didn't know we needed. Freezing meals in advance is not just about saving time; it's about preserving your peace of mind. Imagine always being just one "defrost" away from a delicious, homemade meal. Dreamy, right?
 
In this episode we're diving into one of my favorite life-saving strategies: using our freezers! Yes, you heard right. That chilly box isn't just for ice cream and forgotten veggies; it's your secret weapon for those days when the idea of cooking from scratch sounds as appealing as a root canal.
 
Hope this episode blesses and inspires you!
 
Xx Blaga
P.S. Have you checked out ‘The Speedy Gourmet’ yet? It’s the app I’ve been building just for you. Imagine this: drag and drop to customize meal plans or create your own from over 200+ recipes, searchable by filters like proteins, episodes and cooking methods, makes planning a snap. Plus, an adaptable, clickable grocery list so you never miss a beat—or a beet! 
And because I love my podcast family, here’s a special offer just for you. Try ‘The Speedy Gourmet’ free for 14 days, and if you love it, it’s just $3 a month with the code PODCAST. That’s over 50% off the regular price! Head over to thespeedygourmet.org and start your free 14 day trial today.
Become an insider and get weekly updates, and exclusive insider trainings, resources and support that you won’t find in the show!
https://busymamamealplanning.com/page/become-an-insider
Email us: hello@busymamamealplanning.com
 
Have a question? Send me a DM @blagagoertzen

Sunday Jun 02, 2024

Hey, Hey!
 
Okay, let’s face it—meal planning can feel like a drab chore, right?. But what if I told you it can actually be... wait for it... a blast? Yes! This week, not only am I serving up a scrumptious weekly meal plan, but I’m also going to sprinkle in some fun-fetti with tips to make meal planning something you look forward to! Are you Ready to dive into a week of mouth-watering meals that’ll make your tastebuds dance? Let’s get the party started!
 
Weekly Meal Plan:
Monday- Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls
Tuesday- Pad Thai
Wednesday- Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas.
Thursday- Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo 
Friday- Slow Cooker Chili
Saturday- BBQ Steak and Veggies,
Sunday- BLT Sandwiches. 
 
Hope this episode inspires you!
 
XX Blaga
 
P.S. Have you checked out ‘The Speedy Gourmet’ yet? It’s the web app I’ve been building just for you. Imagine this: drag and drop to customize meal plans or create your own from over 200+ recipes, searchable by filters like proteins, episodes and cooking methods, makes planning a snap. Plus, an adaptable, clickable grocery list so you never miss a beat—or a beet! 
 
And because I love my podcast family, here’s a special offer just for you. Try ‘The Speedy Gourmet’ free for 14 days, and if you love it, it’s just $3 a month with the code PODCAST. That’s over 50% off the regular price! Head over to thespeedygourmet.org and start your free 14 day trial today.
 
Email us: blagagoertzen@yahoo.ca
 
Have a question? Send me a DM @blagagoertzen

Wednesday May 29, 2024

Hey, Hey,
 
In today’s episode, we’re not just cooking; we’re transforming how you cook. We’ll dive into 21 tips and tricks for preparing meals that are both quick and delicious. Say goodbye to the stress of last-minute cooking and hello to relaxing evenings. Grab your notepad, because these strategies are golden!
So let me help you Master the Art of Quick & Tasty Meals with these 21 tips: 
Plan Your Meals: Start with a weekly meal plan. Knowing what to cook in advance is half the battle.
Prep Ingredients in Advance: Chop vegetables, marinate proteins, and measure out spices ahead of time.
Batch Cooking: Cook large quantities of versatile ingredients like grains and proteins to use throughout the week.
One-Pot Wonders: Embrace recipes that use just one pot for minimal cleanup and maximum flavor.
Use Frozen Veggies: They’re just as nutritious as fresh and can save a ton of prep time.
Invest in Good Quality Cookware: Equip your kitchen with a non-stick skillet, a good chef's knife, and a powerful blender.
Embrace Shortcuts: Use pre-cut veggies, canned beans, and prepared sauces to speed things up.
Organize Your Workspace: Keep your kitchen organized for efficient movement and less time wasted.
Try Sheet Pan Meals: Toss your ingredients on a pan, season, and let the oven do the work.
Spice It Up: Keep a variety of spices on hand to quickly add flavor without the fuss.
Cook Once, Eat Twice: Make double batches and reinvent leftovers for another meal.
Use the Right Heat: Cooking at a higher heat can reduce cooking time—just watch closely to avoid burning.
Quick Pickles: Add zest to meals with quick-pickled onions or cucumbers, ready in just 15 minutes.
Speedy Sauces: Blend fresh herbs, garlic, and oil for a quick and tasty pasta sauce.
Grate Your Veggies: Grated carrots, zucchini, and squash cook faster than their chunkier counterparts.
Use a Pressure Cooker: A lifesaver for cooking grains, beans, and tougher cuts of meat quickly.
Microwave Magic: Don’t underestimate the microwave; it can be great for steaming veggies or potatoes quickly.
Preheat Your Pans and Oven: Start with a hot pan and a preheated oven to cut down on cooking time.
Quick Breakfasts: Overnight oats, yogurt parfaits, and smoothie packs make breakfast a breeze.
Efficient Snacking: Prepare snack-sized bags of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits for easy access.
Delegate Tasks: Get the family involved in meal prep to make it quicker and more fun.
 
Hope this episode blesses and inspires you!
Xx Blaga
 
"So, what are you waiting for? Be the first to download the Speedy Gourmet Web app. And get my special promo coupon!. This is your chance to keep the culinary meal planning magic alive every day with minimal fuss and maximum flavor. Drag and drop your way to efficiency and deliciousness.  And always have your grocery list on hand so you never miss a beat or should I say b-e-a-t?! 
Remember, you're not just planning meals; you're crafting experiences that your family will cherish. Let's make every dinner special, and let's make it simple with Speedy Gourmet." Get The Speedy Gourmet App Today!
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P.S. Coupon code is podcast to get it for only $3/month (I think it may already be added! Wink, wink!
 
Become an insider and get weekly updates, and exclusive insider trainings, resources and support that you won’t find in the show!
https://busymamamealplanning.com/page/become-an-insider
Email us: hello@busymamamealplanning.com
 
Have a question? Send me a DM @blagagoertzen

Sunday May 26, 2024

 Today, we’re talking about something that’s a real game-changer in our busy lives—how to whip up a weekly meal plan that’s not just quick and scrumptious, but also super efficient. And guess what? I’ve got a secret trick up my sleeve that’s going to save you an extra 20 minutes each week. Who’s ready to find out more? Let’s get cooking!
 
Weekly Meal Plan:
Monday- BBQ Chicken Skewers with Veggies
Tuesday- Instant Pot Stroganoff 
Wednesday- Sheet Pan Haddock with Broccoli. Thursday- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Friday- Instant Chicken Parmesan Pasta
Saturday- Vegetarian Taco Salad,
Sunday- Sheet Pan Pork Chops with Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
 
Hope this episode inspires you!
 
XX Blaga
 
P.S. Have you checked out ‘The Speedy Gourmet’ yet? It’s the app I’ve been building just for you. Imagine this: drag and drop to customize meal plans or create your own from over 200+ recipes, searchable by filters to fit your dietary needs. Plus, an adaptable, clickable grocery list so you never miss a beat—or a beet! 
And because I love my podcast family, here’s a special offer just for you. Try ‘The Speedy Gourmet’ free for 14 days, and if you love it, it’s just $3 a month with the code PODCAST. That’s over 50% off the regular price! Head over to thespeedygourmet.org and start your free trial today.
 
Become an insider and get weekly updates, meal plans with recipes and exclusive insider trainings, resources and support that you won’t find in the show!
https://busymamamealplanning.com/page/become-an-insider
 
Email us: blagagoertzen@yahoo.ca
 
Have a question? Send me a DM @blagagoertzen

Wednesday May 22, 2024

Are your weekdays a whirlwind of activity that leave little time for cooking elaborate meals? Well, fasten your aprons because today on "Meal Planning for Busy Moms," we're about to speed through the kitchen with lightning-fast efficiency. Get ready to learn how to dish out 21 delicious meals in just 20 minutes or less—yes, it's possible!
21 Meals You Can Make in 20 Minutes:
Garlic Shrimp Linguine: Quick-cooking shrimp and linguine tossed with garlic butter sauce.
Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry: Tender beef slices and broccoli in a savory soy sauce glaze.
Chicken Caesar Wrap: Grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, and Caesar dressing in a hearty wrap.
Caprese Salad with Grilled Chicken: Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and grilled chicken drizzled with balsamic.
Turkey Taco Skillet: Ground turkey, beans, corn, and taco seasonings served with tortilla chips.
Vegetarian Quesadillas: Stuffed with cheese, beans, and assorted veggies, pan-fried until crispy.
Salmon with Dill Sauce: Seared salmon fillets with a creamy lemon-dill sauce.
Pasta Primavera: A vibrant mix of sautéed veggies tossed with pasta and olive oil.
Thai Peanut Noodle Bowl: Rice noodles with veggies and a spicy peanut sauce.
Greek Gyro Pitas: Sliced lamb or chicken with tzatziki and cucumbers in pita bread.
Mushroom and Pea Risotto: Creamy risotto with mushrooms and peas, topped with Parmesan.
Buffalo Chicken Salad: Spicy chicken strips atop a bed of greens with blue cheese dressing.
Szechuan Tofu and Green Beans: Tofu and green beans in a fiery Szechuan sauce.
Italian Sausage and Peppers: Sautéed sausage and bell peppers served on hoagie rolls.
Egg Roll in a Bowl: Deconstructed egg roll components sautéed in a tangy sauce.
Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese: A classic combo, perfect for a quick dinner.
Korean Beef Bowl: Ground beef with soy sauce and sesame oil over rice, topped with green onions.
Pesto Chicken Pizza: Pre-made pizza crust with pesto, chicken, and sun-dried tomatoes.
Spaghetti Carbonara: Creamy spaghetti with eggs, cheese, and pancetta.
Curried Chickpea Wrap: Spiced chickpeas wrapped in a tortilla with greens and yogurt sauce.
Pan-Seared Cod with Citrus Salad: Quick-cooking cod with a refreshing orange and grapefruit salad.
 
Hope this episode blesses and inspires you!
 
Xx Blaga
 
Become an insider and get weekly updates, meal plans with recipes and exclusive insider trainings, resources and support that you won’t find in the show!
https://busymamamealplanning.com/page/become-an-insider
"So, what are you waiting for? Be the first to download The Speedy Gourmet Web App
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Get my special loyalty podcast listener promo!  I'm giving you 14 days to try it and then it's only $3 per month. The coupon is already applied!. This is your chance to keep the culinary magic alive every day with minimal fuss and maximum flavor. Remember, you're not just planning meals; you're crafting experiences that your family will cherish. Let's make every dinner special, and let's make it simple with Speedy Gourmet."
Email us: hello@busymamamealplanning.com
 
Have a question? Send me a DM @blagagoertzen

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