The Family Plan

Debbie Koenig
Meal planning made effortless: Everything you need for fuss-free family dinner this week, even if you have a picky eater. Each menu includes reinvented leftovers, so you'll cook less, too. From the author of the cookbook Parents Need to Eat Too.
Created 10 Nov 2019
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  • Meal Plan: Farewell, for Now
    11 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 1
    Hello all. Please forgive me for sending my final (for now) newsletter late! We went up to the house last night and I’m a little off balance. Tomorrow kiddo goes to sleepaway camp for two weeks. It’s ...
  • Shopping List: Pressing Pause
    08 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    Hi. So, I have a big announcement (big for me, at least): I’m putting the newsletter on hiatus through the summer, and possibly beyond. Between The Family Plan and my old “What to Cook This Week” colu...
  • Meal Plan: A Little Heads Up for My Paid Subscribers
    03 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 8
    So first, a quick shot of my new kitchen. (The orange-y wall is the dining room, which is now adjacent—it used to be on the opposite side of the house.) It came out pretty swell, though as we move thi...
  • Shopping List: Cheater’s Ratatouille, Quickie Tostadas, and No-Recipe Nights
    01 Jul 2021 • 2 min read
    I can’t get through July 4th weekend without this song running constantly, behind every thought. My son’s class sang it at their elementary school graduation, to a room full of sobbing parents—our bab...
  • Meal Plan: Plenty of Grilling, Plenty of Salad
    26 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read
    Wish me luck! In about an hour we head up to our house for the final, post-renovation walk-through. It’s something like 97.5% finished—next week the contractors will do any last-minute touchups and sk...
  • Shopping List: Simple Satay, Easy Stuffed Peppers, and Kid-Friendly Bread Salad
    24 Jun 2021 • 2 min read
    Tomorrow is finally the end of the school year here. Not that you’d know it from my son—his classes sort of petered out a week ago, so he’s been lounging. Like, a lot. It’s virtually all he’s done the...
  • Meal Plan: Let’s Talk About Father’s Day
    19 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Here’s my question: Why does Father’s Day feel so different from Mother’s Day? Is it because the way our country works, moms are expected to do so much more we’re considered sorta saintly? We get odes...
  • Shopping List: Cobb Salad, Israeli Sandwiches, and Sheet Pan Quesadillas
    17 Jun 2021 • 3 min read • 0 2
    Last night my son and I went out for dinner with old friends—a mother and son we met when the boys were in diapers. Our first time sitting across the table from each other since March 2020. It turns o...
  • Meal Plan: Look at This Cute House (nothing to do with food)
    12 Jun 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 2
    We’re nearing the end of the renovations on our little house. The interior is just about done, and here’s a pic the contractor sent me yesterday, after they finished painting the exterior. Cute, right...
  • Shopping List: Lotsa Kebabs, Weeknight Tacos, and Super-Fast Pasta
    10 Jun 2021 • 2 min read
    Are your kids still in school? We’re stumbling towards the finish line here. Our year doesn’t officially end until June 25 but at my son’s school, teachers have to submit final grades tomorrow—so thin...
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