#106 – The Girlfriend’s Guide to Mastering Meal Time

#106 – The Girlfriend’s Guide to Mastering Meal Time

This week we tackle another #lifehack for living — mastering meal time.

I’ve got to eat.

You’ve got to eat.

All God’s chillun’ need to eat.

Food is a fact of life but many face making meals with a little bit of trepidation, frustration, or overwhelm. We are supposed to eat every stinkin’ day three to six times a day.  That’s a lot!

So what can we do to make the preparation of our meals a little easier, simpler, faster, and “gooder”. I don’t know anyone who cares nothing about the food that we eat.  We may not all like everything or the same things but everyone I know likes something. But in order to nourish our bodies for this life we have to live, we must learn to master the making of these meals first.

On today’s podcast, I’m joined by two long term friends who I’ve admired for their commitment to the kitchen. They both are busy but make time to ensure that they feed their people well. During a free flowing conversation between friends, we come up with a solid ten ways that you can master your own meal time.

And you know what?  You and I should master our meal time.  We’ve got to eat everyday so we might as well make it easier, make it simpler, and make it “gooder“.

S. Truett Cathy of Chick Fil A is quoted as saying, “Food is essential to life, therefore make it good.”  (Click to tweet). Well I agree. So on today’s podcast, I share both principles and practical tips for mastering your meal times so that you can have less stress in the kitchen while keeping good food rolling out of the kitchen as you cook.  Cook for yourself?  Cook for a spouse?  Cook for a houseful of people?  No matter.  We all have to eat. This show is for you.

Highlight from Today’s Episode:

  • Ten ways to make meal time easier.
  • How you can keep meal planning and prep simple.
  • One tool that you shouldn’t be without.

Quick Links

 ==> Links for Today’s Show

Recipe Links

Recipe Planning Helps

  • Saving Dinner – Get dinner ideas mailed to you
  • Plan to Eat – Save meals from the internet and have your grocery list make itself!
  • Build-a-Menu – Get breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals based on your food preferences.
  • Prep Dish – Get a menu plan and grocery list for  gluten-free & paleo dishes.
  • Fix It and Forget It Cookbook – 700 Recipes for Crockpot cooking.

 ==> Three weeks of menu plans courtesy of Jailynn Smiley~

  • Week 1
    • Sunday – Lasagna, Spinach Salad
    • Monday – Breakfast for Dinner
    • Tuesday – Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Crusty Bread
    • Wednesday – Sausage/Peppers/Onions and Skillet Potatoes, Tomato/Cucumber Salad
    • Thursday – Pork Chops, Spinach and Corn on Cob
    • Friday – Salmon Patties, Skillet Potatoes, Green Salad
    • Saturday – Pinto Beans w/ Sausage, w/ Cornbread
  • Week 2
    • Sunday – Roast (Crockpot), Carrots, Green Beans
    • Monday – Chicken Tenders, Home Fries, Green Salad
    • Tuesday – Mac & Cheese with Ham & Sweet Peas
    • Wednesday – Ham Steaks, Baked Beans, Green Salad
    • Thursday – Pizza, Salad and Fruit
    • Friday – Open Faced Hamburgers, Fruit
    • Saturday – Corn Dogs, Fruit
  • Week 3
    • Sunday – Pasta Bar
    • Monday – Potato Bar
    • Tuesday – Taco Bar
    • Wednesday – Salad Bar
    • Thursday – Potato Bar
    • Friday – Breakfast Bar
    • Saturday – Sub Sandwiches, Fruit

 ==> General Links 

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  3. Kingdom Woman by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Tony Evans

Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment!

  • What is your biggest challenge with getting your meals made?
  • What tools do you use to keep your recipes straight and to keep new meal time ideas coming?
  • What habits have you developed that make mealtime easier in your house?


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How to Listen to The Podcast

If you’re new to podcasts, think of them like little radio shows that you can listen to at your convenience. They are perfect to listen to and learn from as you workout, fold laundry, wash dishes or conquer the world.

1. Listen right here on the blog. Click the little play button at the beginning of this post.

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You have been so great to join me on the journey here on the blog, I hope you jump right in do the same on the podcast!

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  1. Calvonia Radford April 17, 2017 at 11:54 am - Reply

    I have tried several times and cannot listen to the podcast.

    • Chrystal Hurst April 17, 2017 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      How are you trying to listen?

  2. Nosa O. April 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    My greatest challenge has been I don’t know how to cook small portions, even though I was raised in a household of two! Aannnnd I can only eat left overs a few times before tossing it out.
    Finally purchased a deep freezer so moving fwd, I’ll plan on only purchasing the basics AFTER I plan some meals.
    Got to learn how to use my crockpot; seems like it’ll be my magic wand.
    Whew! meal planning seems like a lot of mental work but I can’t keep wasting food so I’ll give it a shot.
    Thanks for the tips and links!

    • Chrystal Hurst April 17, 2017 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      I think that meal planning, like anything else, is a workout until you get used to it. And then you can’t imaging life without it 🙂

  3. Michelle April 17, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Awesome information! Thank you!

    • Chrystal Hurst April 17, 2017 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      Thanks for listening!

  4. Melanie April 18, 2017 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Thoroughly enjoyed this podcast. Simple and to the point and helpful for singles. Even though I don’t have a family to cook for, it keeps you in the routine and sometimes you just need a place to start!

  5. Alicia April 19, 2017 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Just tuned in to your podcast on WJIC Internet radio station. Great meal planning information!!! Awesome!!!!

  6. Stacey April 24, 2017 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Listened to the podcast today while I was stuck in Dallas traffic! It was like talking with girlfriends about menu planning. I really enjoyed it. I’ve been married almost 30 years…we all need inspiration from time to time. 🙂

    • Chrystal Hurst April 24, 2017 at 10:44 pm - Reply

      Yes we do!!!

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