A simple plan for a month of meals

This giveaway is now closed. The winners are Syndi, Amy, Leah, Jenevra, Jenn, LeeAnn, Katherine, Toiling Ant, Lauren, and Charissa – congratulations!

Next up is a great new ebook called “A Month of Meals.”  Jamie Ussher has written a fabulous, easy to read compilation of everything you’d need to feed your family for an entire month.

Jamie uncomplicates the entire process by breaking down every little thing you might need, from recipes to ingredients.  First, she explains why healthy eating is so important, that reading the ingredients instead of the calorie count matters more for long-term health.  To be honest, reading this meant, to me, that her recipes are quality and dependable.  I can trust that everything in this ebook has passed the health test.

farmer's market
Yours truly, at my neighborhood farmer’s market.

All the recipes are easily organized, and they are so easy. She also includes recipes for side dishes that tie in with the main dishes, recipes for salad dressings and mixes, and provides a simple plan that breaks down when to do it all.

Also included are weekly grocery lists, lists of healthy foods, tips for getting kids to eat healthier, and a guide for helping you keep track of your nutritional intake.

Jamie then ends with a reminder about world hunger, and how living simply and eating well means positively impacting the world’s hungry.  I love that she ends on this note.

Seriously, readers, this is a fabulous ebook, chock full of useful information and practical ideas. If you like reading Simple Mom, then you’ll like this ebook!  I plan on using her ideas in my own home.

cherries at the farmer's market
Cherries in season at my market.

Ten readers will win a copy of A Month of Meals! This ebook is currently on sale at $6.95 – it normally retails for $19.95.

Here’s How To Win:

1. Leave a comment on this post, answering this question – What’s your standby family meal on a busy day?

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3. Finally, to get a third entry, post or tweet about this giveaway – if you use the URL of this post, I’ll receive it – no need to email me.

This giveaway will end this Friday, January 30 at noon EST. I hope you win!

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Our stand-by meal is Turkey Tacos!!

  2. My favorite standby meal would be grilled cheese and perhaps a soup from another meal that I’ve frozen.

  3. Our stand-by is usually breakfast for dinner. Pancakes and scrambled eggs. Ü

  4. We rely on noodles and salad as our go to meal when we need to fall back on an easy one. I know, blech and boring, but everyone eats it without blinking an eye.

  5. Grilled Cheese with Turkey & Tomato Soup. Sometimes a salad too.

  6. Some type of breakfast food…usually eggs and pancakes.

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  7. Lafantasma says:

    Burritos made with cheese, pico de gallo, and grilled chicken strips (I buy the Tyson’s frozen ones in the bag for just such an occasion). Yum!

  8. My go to meal is usually salmon cakes, frozen veggies, and rice. Its easy to fix up in 25 minutes and, because I use canned salmon, its great when I don’t remember to defrost a meat. Add a can of kidney beans to the rice, and cook with chicken broth and you have Island inspired rice and peas.

  9. Mary Ellen says:

    Pasta y Fagioli soup, make the soup base and add pasta as needed.

  10. Our stand by meal is pretty much anything with pasta. I keep a steady reserve of noodles on hand. That, or if we’ve got ground beef, my husband will come up with ANY kind of burgers.

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  11. Our standby meal is soup 🙂 usually served with grilled cheese.

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  12. pasta with whatever veggies we have on hand

  13. Our stand by meal….. Morning Star Ranch Chicken patties, fried and cut into pieces, mixed with mac noodles and homemade marinara sauce, I make sure that I have all the above on hand at all times. I also serve whatever veggie we may have in the house. Everyone loves it!

  14. Our standby is usually tacos and to be honest sometimes $5 pizzas.

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  15. Probably grilled chicken, pasta and a veggie. It’s simple, quick and still healthy. Two thumbs up for the grill!

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  16. pizza

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  17. Tacos or soup.

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  18. My standby meal is peanut butter and honey sandwiches or leftovers.

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  19. My standby would probably be spaghetti (I make my own quick sauce), or now that I have figured out how to quickly make a pizza from scratch, that might become my new standby…..

  20. Our standby is spaghetti with spruced up spaghetti sauce. We add lots of yummy veggies, and sometimes some ground beef!

  21. Our standby is usually quesadillas. If I tortillas and cheese my girls are thrilled (and I usually add veggies / chicken / spinach to mine and my husband’s!)

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  22. Spaghetti. I always have homemade sauce frozen in the freezer so it is quick and easy to make!

  23. Our standby meal would probably be Fettuccine Alfredo.

  24. Oh my goodness!! This is coming at SUCH a perfect time, as I have been really trying to focus on planning meals, healthy meals, for my family of 5 (3 boys and a hubby).
    I’d really love this!

  25. Karen Olson says:

    Pasta any way any how. I can usually find something in the fridge or cupboard to toss in. My kids started getting into combine weird things together

  26. Breakfast for dinner- I’ve always got the stuff for pancakes, eggs and fruit!

  27. Our standby meal is mexican…..cheese quesadillas with cheese tomatoes, onions…whatever everyone wants, beans, rice….it actually is a very easy, delicious meal.

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  28. Frozen DiGorno pizza–not the best, but it’s fast!

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  29. Our standby meal is chili and cheese on baked potatoes – beyond easy and quick and it can all be done in the microwave

  30. definitely eggs!

  31. Our standby is some kind of spaghetti or other pasta…we buy big boxes of whole wheat pasta and jars of sauce at Costco. Sometimes I’ll make homemade sauce, or I’ll just upgrade the bought sauce with leftover meat, meat from the freezer, fresh veggies, grated or cubed cheese, meatballs…whatever we have in the house.

  32. Hmm. Standby dinner is pasta with frozen cooked meatballs in a tomato sauce( jar). I try to ease the guilt from eating non- homemade by throwing in whatever is at hand into the sauce i.e. sauteing some onion and garlic first, adding some chilli flakes, chorizo-or whatever is hanging around in the fridge. Real lazy nights is order in pizza. No easing that guilt so I don’t even try!

  33. I would go for pasta or soup, but my husband would definately go for anything with eggs and cheese!

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  34. Scrambled egg burritos! We love them, and they take two minutes tops, and we always have the ingredient.

  35. Breakfast for dinner always work – egg sandwiches on english muffins.

    Or Nachos Havana – black beans, frozen corn, chopped peppers and onion, shredded cheese, salsa.

  36. Plan-ahead easy dinner is assemble-your-own chicken tacos. Last minute easy dinner is probably grilled cheese sandwiches & fruit.

  37. Our standby is ravioli tossed in brown butter and balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with parmesan cheese and whatever veggies we have around served on the side. It is super quick and my 2 year old will actually eat it.

  38. Soup and grilled cheese! It’s always a hit on a busy day 🙂

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  39. Spaghetti is fast and always in the pantry!

  40. Shannon Q says:

    Our standby meal is either grilled cheese/tomato soup or breakfast. My whole crew are fans of both so there are never complaints!

  41. What a great idea for an ebook! Our standby meal is pancakes and scrambled eggs.

  42. Either something in the crock pot or breakfast for dinner: eggs, smoothies and a grain of some sort.

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  43. Our stand-bys for those hurry up Wednesday night meals are pb and j with apples and Sunchips (not spectacular, but healthier than a drive thru), grilled cheese and tomato or chicken noodle soup, and on a really bad night, take out from Penn Station. mmmm. yummy. (!)

  44. A good standby for us is Nachos.

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  45. Pancackes or spaghetti. If spaghetti we use ground turkey. My husband is the master of buttermilk pancakes from scratch!!!!!

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  46. Our standby meal is spaghetti (just Ragu & noodles).

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  47. Pasta with a simple red sauce or cream sauce with whatever else I have on hand.

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  48. Quesadillas- with cheese, chicken, spinach, black beans- whatever we have on hand!

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  49. This looks great. My standby is so lame…english muffin pizzas.

  50. Well, tonight our standby was pizza, but that’s not the norm. I’d say my quick meal, if I haven’t thought ahead, is pasta.

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  51. Baked Potatoes – so easy

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  52. Fried Rice! Start the rice cooking and then clean out your crisper. If nothing there – throw in some frozen veggies!

  53. Our standby is usually bacon, egg and cheese bagels. Those are easy to fix when I’ve had a rough day!

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  54. Quesadillas! so easy and uses up leftovers:)

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  55. Spaghetti, with sage sausage. Really easy, everyone likes it, you can make a ton for cheap, and it reheats well.

  56. Well… since our stand by meal has become eating out… This book sounds perfect for where I am right now! I just went through your meal planning – set up my google calendar with a week’s worth of meals… hit the grocery store yesterday… and am hoping for a change in our stand by 😉

    In a perfect world, however, our stand by meal is TACO night 🙂 My kids love making them on their own… it’s a lot of fun!

  57. Michelle Meyer says:

    Our good old standby is always breakfast fare. Its something I KNOW the kids will always eat (with excitement even!), and is easy for both me and my husband to throw together.

  58. Chicken quesadillas

  59. breakfast! eggs, biscuits, fruit

  60. Our favorite busy night meal is Tortilla Soup from the crock pot. It can be made with shelf stable ingredients if I forget to plan ahead. And everyone in the family eats it!

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  61. Our standly meal for a busy day is either cheese tortillas and rice or pasta with sauce and parmesan cheese. Add a fresh or frozen veggie and we are good to go.

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  62. Our standby family meal on a busy day is pasta with tomato sauce. 🙂 I just got started with meal planning, so that eBook sounds really cool!

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  63. paige Chase says:

    Our stand-by is burritos. We use leftover meat, frozen cooked beans, and tortillas.

  64. Our standby meal is brinner (breakfast for dinner). We’ll have omelets or waffles and bacon in no time.

  65. We’ve got a couple stand-by meals… Scratch Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches is the easiest!

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  66. Great standby for starting right after school, and it can cook while you go to “lessons” , sports, etc.
    throw bag of frozen turkey meatballs and big jar of spaghetti sauce into the crock pot. turn to high,
    go run errands
    come home and cook noodles

  67. Tacos!

  68. My standby meal is black bean soup. Throw 2 cans black beans, about 1 1/2 cups of salsa and some water (or broth) in the blender. Blend till smooth. Then heat. Easy, healthy and yummy!

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  69. Tuna melts

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  70. We love chicken quesadillas and mac & cheese with something thrown in (tuna, ground turkey, hidden veggies, etc.) Both of those are quick, easy, and loved by all.

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  71. Spaghetti & meat sauce. I need Jamie’s ideas!!!!

  72. We do quesadillas or grilled cheese in a pinch 🙂

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  73. Lasagna is our standby meal.

  74. My fast standby meal on a busy day is breakfast for supper. That may be eggs, bacon or sausage, hash brown or breakfast potatoes, pancakes, waffles, or toast or any combination!

  75. My stand-by meal is tacos and spanish rice. It’s quick and easy and we have it once a week. My husband always says “Tacos, Again?” but he loves them.

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  76. Our standby is spaghetti!

  77. Ours is also spaghetti. I like to serve pasta when I’m in a hurry because there’s no meat to thaw!

  78. Our stand-by meal is chili. I always have the ingredients on hand and it’s as easy as dumping it all in the dutch oven and stirring. A definite no brainer!

  79. A stand-by for us is tacos or nachos. They’re a family favorite and quick to mix up.

  80. Either a frozen pizza or a potato, onion & cheese frittata… depending on what we have on hand.

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  81. Spaghetti, with or without meat in the sauce. It’s so simple and it’s always on hand.

  82. pasta…

  83. Our standby dinner is hamburger and green beans….a very simple meal with browned hamburger, a can of green beans and a can of cream of mushroom soup over a bed of rice. Simple, cheap and fast!

  84. My favorite standby meal is tacos or taco salad. It’s so easy and I usually have the ingredients on hand.

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  85. Spaghetti seems to come up a lot on busy days.

  86. On a busy day I make breakfast burritos; scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese, with salsa on top, wrapped in a tortilla.

  87. Scrambled cheese eggs, cinnamon toast, applesauce.

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  88. We love breakfast for supper. Scrambled eggs, grits with cheese, fruit, and toast can be quickly assembled and on the table in no time.

  89. Juevos Rancheros.
    Cook eggs sunnyside up, serve on top of corn tortillas with salsa and sour cream. I open a can of refried beans for the side. I always have the ingredients, and everyone loves it!

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  90. Bertolli Skillet meals- open bag, pour in pan, cook covered ten minutes, throw fresh tomatoes on top and voila!

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  91. Pasta and roasted veggie… whatever needs to be used up.

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  92. Open face cheese sandwich and tomato soup. Or cranberry, walnut and feta salad.

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  93. We usually fall back on spaghetti, bread and veggie!

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  94. Our family standby (and fave) is as my 4 yr old calls it “curly pasta” with Parmesan cheese. Mmmmm mmmm.

    What a fabulous idea for an e-book!

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  95. Our standby is tacos, yum! 😀


  96. Rice made in my Zojirushi rice cooker topped with chili beans, and sauteed veggies, sprinkled with a little cheese. The rice can be put on a timer to be ready at supper time and the beans just need heated. The chopping & sauteeing is quick too. We have this often for lunches or for a quick supper.

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  97. we do Grilled chicken with either rice or pasta. I’ll vary the seasonings a little but it’s a no fail!

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  98. Spaghetti!

  99. Stroganoff. Without question.

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  100. Our standby is spaghetti every time. Seems like you did a lot but, because I’ve pre-made & frozen sauce, I can have it on the table is less than 30 min.