7 Keys to Meal Planning Success

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Not long ago I took a fabulous online course to develop the habit of meditation. It was run by Leo Babauta from Zen Habits – a master at the art of developing new habits.

Anyway it got me thinking that meal planning is really a ‘habit’ in itself. There’s the habit of keeping an ongoing shopping list, as well as the ‘habit’ of doing a weekly shop – and planning for that.

So it makes sense that we can apply the principles of forming a new habit to help us succeed with our meal planning.

1. Make a commitment to start.

One of the first steps is to promise to yourself that you’re going to develop a new habit. In the meditation class, we put our names into a spreadsheet as a form of public accountability. I found this really helpful in sticking to my new habit.

I really encourage you to pop your name in the comments below to make your own ‘public commitment’ to developing your new meal planning habit.

2. Start small – make it as EASY as possible.

For meditation, we were encouraged to start by doing just 5 minutes a day. And if that didn’t work, or felt too intimidating to back it down to 1 minute or even 30 seconds. The most important thing was to make it as easy as possible.

Let’s face it. Forming or changing habits is HARD WORK to begin with. So the best way to set yourself up for success is to make it as small, manageable and easy as possible. I think of it as the first major step is just forming the new habit. Focus on this first.

Then once you feel confident you’ve ‘adopted’ your new habit, it’s time to start getting better at the habit. No rush though.

It’s up to you of course. I recommend starting with only using 1-3 new Soupstones recipes in the first week and adjust your shopping list accordingly. Then build up from there.

But if you do feel up to diving in to 5 dinners in the first week, by all means do so!

3. Keep an ‘ongoing shopping list’ for pantry items & non-food stuff

Each week you’ll be getting a new shopping list for your dinner items, but it won’t cover the rest of your meals and other household items.

So I recommend choosing somewhere to record when you’re running out of things as you think of them. Doing this as you go takes hardly any time or effort. And means you’re far less likely to run out of something.

Options include:

1. An app on your phone.

I’ve recently started using a ‘shopping list’ app called ‘shopping list’. It’s brilliant. I just add things in as I think of them and then check them off as I shop.

2. A notepad.

Old school but still effective! My Mum used to swear by her magnetic notepad on the fridge.

3. Chalkboard / whiteboard.

Can make a nice decorative feature in your kitchen. The downside is you need to copy it over to your ‘take with you list’. Although I have a friend who uses this system and she takes a photo of her chalkboard on her phone so she instantly has it with her.

4. Stock your pantry

Now I don’t mean you need to have an overflowing pantry full of random ingredients. All you really need from your pantry is to have the essentials on hand. Your weekly shopping list will let you know which essentials you need each week.

Plus, your pantry can also provide an excellent meal planning ‘insurance policy’. Rather than go into all the details here, I encourage you to check out the **surprise** bonus training on pantry essentials.

5. Allow a ‘takeaway’ or ‘wild card’ night – or two.

Soupstones includes meal plans for 5 dinners each week to give you choice and flexiblity. That doesn’t mean you need to buy all the ingredients each week. Remember it’s up to you to decide.

You’ll have an idea how much volatility your schedule usually has. If you think it’s likely you’ll need a takeaway night or two… be realistic and adjust your shopping list accordingly.

6. Expect schedule changes and take action when they do.

Lets face it. There are pretty much always going to be changes and things that come up. So rather than get upset by them, it’s key to expect the changes to happen.

And when they do, you won’t be on your own! Just check out the ‘Waste Avoidance Strategy’ for whichever recipe you were planning to make and take action! Follow the instructions to ‘preserve’ your ingredients for another night. Too easy.

7. Don’t expect to be ‘perfect’ from the first week.

Perfection can be scary. And the thing is, we don’t need to have a ‘perfect’ meal plan every week. Or even a ‘perfect’ system.

I prefer to aim for ‘mostly great’ to keep it realistic AND make it much more likely that I’ll keep going, rather than giving up because it’s ‘all too hard’.

And don’t forget we’re in this together!

My dream is for Soupstones to evolve over time to be as easy-to-use as possible. So if you have a problem with something OR you have an idea to make the service even better, just send an email to jules@thestonesoup.com OR leave a comment somewhere on this site.

I’m always looking for feedback and am interested to hear what you think. The good, the bad and the ugly 🙂

Your Actions

STEP 1. Commit to making a change to your meal planning and leave a comment below this video.

STEP 2. Decide on your preferred ongoing shopping list method.

STEP 3. Check out the surprise bonus training on ‘your pantry’.

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{ 109 comments… read them below or add one }

Helen Sayer November 2, 2017

Hi there
I think I’m having an oldtimers moment – where do I fond the surprise bonus training on the pantry?
Thanks
Helen

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jules November 3, 2017

Hi Helen!

It’s an ebook to download over on the Soupstones Bonuses page:
http://stonesoupvirtualcookeryschool.com/soupstones-bonuses/

Enjoy!
Jx

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Doreen Sinclair October 31, 2017

Thank you, here goes i am making a commitment to start to plan my meals and bring in more variation from today

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jules November 1, 2017

Good for you Doreen!

You might find it helpful to be more specific. How many meals would you like to start with a week?

Jx

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Brittany Goodman October 31, 2017

This is my first foray into meal planning and I am excited to give it a try.

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jules November 1, 2017

Great Brittany!
Just remember to start slow. Choose 1-2 meals first and take it from there.
It’s all about baby steps
Jx

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Betsy Salunek October 25, 2017

Am feeling a weight lifting off my days of trying to think of how to make meals for my vegetarian husband as well as the meat eaters. I was so relieved to see you add substitutions, clinched your program for me!

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jules October 25, 2017

Wonderful Betsy!
Welcome.
If you look in the ‘cooks notes’ on the shopping list I include the vegetarian suggestions there so you’ll know what to buy for your husband. Look forward to hearing how you get on with it.
Jx

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Mary Ryan October 24, 2017

Really excited to get started. I have tried some of your recipes in the past Jules and they have always been so delicious and easy to prepare. I really struggle with planning my meals and food waste so am really looking forward to getting on top of this.

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jules October 24, 2017

Wonderful Mary!
You’re totally in the right place. Look forward to hearing how you get on with this.
Jx

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Melanie April 19, 2017

Thanks for the encouragement, Jules!

I’m committing to trying your meal plans for healthier eating. My plan is to follow key 2 – start small, by identifying 2 meals on the plan to try each week, and then customizing your shopping list to make sure I have everything I need at home to cook after work. So looking forward to learning new recipes and spending less on unhealthy fast food.

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jules April 20, 2017

Good for you Melanie!
Starting small is soo soo important.
Let me know how you get on!
Jx

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Tina Poppe February 10, 2017

Your “7 keys” video is very helpful. Simple straightforward things I can do to be successful. And some of the actions I am doing already, so that helps!

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jules February 16, 2017

Good for you Tina!
Jx

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Denise Pastor February 2, 2017

Wow, I just read the comment I put up in 2014. My life has been a whirlwind since and whilst I have ‘dabbled’ in Stonesoup recipes, I never really stuck to it. Now at 59 next week and with a 6th grandchild on the way, this is the year! I have already started on low carb, low sugar eating with the help of Stonesoup. I am in my fourth week and seeing good results.

My commitments are, making my lunch each day for work, looking at the recipes with low carb, low sugar in mind and the weekly shopping list.

I am being kind to myself, as Jules suggested. If I slip (like a did last night) because I was exhausted, today is a new day! I also appreciate a night off each week, when I indulge what I am craving (in moderation).

Thank you for this site, and the simple recipes. For the first time in a long time I feel that I am on the right track to simple, nutritious eating that will improve my health. Each time I feel like slipping I will think of playing with my grandchildren, for a long time to come.

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jules February 8, 2017

Congrats on the 6th grandchild Denise! How wonderful!
And so glad to hear you’re being kind to yourself. The older I get the more I realize how critical it is to a healthy relationship with food.
Jx

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Lucinda Speed February 1, 2017

Hi there! I’m excited to start a meal planning habit! My husband and I shop weekly but without much structure, so I think this will be really helpful for us. I use Wunderlist – it is a great app that you can share with your family members.

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jules February 8, 2017

Welcome Lucinda!
And thx for sharing your app
Jx

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Megan Donoghue January 25, 2017

Thanks for the inspiration and guidance Jules. I also follow Leo and attempted a number of habit changes but this is the first time of have committed to meal planning. I have a very much carnivore husband and two boys, 13 and 12 (very fussy eater) years old. I will be planning 4 meals a week and will be adding more veggies and zero food waste as the habit continues. I have the shopping list sorted and can highly recommend using the list app that comes on the iPhone. Set up a shopping list and then use Siri to add items. It can be done even when the phone is locked which is great when the boys tell me something has run out I can get them to put it on the list. I love cooking but can get overwhelmed by choice. Looking forward to streamlining meals. cheers, Megan

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jules February 1, 2017

Welcome MEgan!
And thanks for the shopping list tip… brilliant!
Jx

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Simone January 5, 2017

I’ve recently re-discovered your site & meal planning method. This time I commit! Wish me luck!!

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jules January 18, 2017

Welcome back Simone!

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Lisa Delmar-Edmonds October 30, 2016

I’m definitely committing to using this membership to relieve myself of the daily struggle to get dinner on the table (and not resorting to eating out in a pinch as much). Thank you for this, I’m pumped!

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jules November 2, 2016

Good for you Lisa!
Let me know how you find the meal plans 🙂

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Amy Conaway July 30, 2016

Ok, I’m doing this! 🙂

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jules August 4, 2016

Awesome Amy!

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Donna-Lee Greaves July 29, 2016

Well Jules,
Joining seemed like a bit of a leap, at first, though I’ve been enjoying your emails for months. Now, I’m finding that the more I read, the more encouraged that I feel.
I’m looking forward to an exciting journey to simplify my life – work, study, family and friends – while continuing to strive to improve my diet and health.
Thanks for the opportunity, your enthusiasm and very good sense.
Donna-Lee

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jules August 4, 2016

Welcome Donna-Lee! appreciate your kind words and yay for simplicity!

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Carla Shover July 28, 2016

I have been meal planning for a while, but I am a perfectionist and do most of my cooking on the weekend and have made it way too complicated. I am looking for ideas to simplify the process so it doesn’t take my entire weekend to do it. I can’t wait to see what you have to offer in my first meal plan which will come tomorrow. I already have my meals planned out for next week, but who knows you may have one I can’t resist.

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jules August 4, 2016

Perfection is dangerous Carla! Hope you find what you’re looking for here 🙂

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Susan Waclawski July 28, 2016

Just cleaned out my frig and threw out $$$ into the trash. Sadly this isn’t the first time but is going to be the last. I am getting organized and meal planning is the key.

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jules August 4, 2016

Good for you Susan!

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Joan Frommer July 27, 2016

With a local farmer’s market down the street and the warm lazy days of summer, it seems the perfect time to make a commitment to changing our eating habits. Having a brand new kitchen is also incentive. Cooking is what I love but deciding what to cook has always been my challenge = this will make it so much easier!! Thanks, joan

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jules July 28, 2016

Wonderful Joan! Lucky you having a new kitchen 🙂

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Casey Driscoll July 21, 2016

I love new recipes and am constantly looking for HEALTHY ones -which can be a big challenge. I am excited to use the meal planning service and look forward to trying new things in the kitchen!

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jules July 28, 2016

Welcome Casey!

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Lyndy Smith June 29, 2016

Hi there I am here to access a sourdough bread recipe after a friend gave me a starter & the name of this website. Perhaps I will hang about & learn to prepare healthier meals.
Lyndy

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jules June 30, 2016

Great Lyndy!

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Lindy Green December 16, 2015

Have just finished the 8 week I quit sugar program with Sarah Wilson and am Looking forward to your easy relaxed learning style now, into 2016 and thereafter as have become a lifetime member. You were my introduction to computer recipes years ago and I have printed your first free book and bought your hard copy book when it came out. Now I have an iPad am super excited to use the virtual cooking school, thank you thank you thank you. Have favourited the vanilla roasted fruits already and planned my Christmas meals around you fab PDF. Peace, love and veggies, Lindy.

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jules December 17, 2015

Welcome Lindy!
Good for you on the quitting sugar front… such a positive step towards healthy eating!
Jx

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Andrea Campbell December 9, 2015

I need to eat healthier to reverse my type 2 diabetes and prevent the recurrence of cancer. But I never Seem to be able to get organized and I end up at the Drive through or the vending machine. So I am hoping the simple recipes and prepared meal plans here will make it simple and stress free. So I commit to (jukes) meal planning.

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jules December 10, 2015

So glad to hear you’re willing to change your diet to help your health Andrea!
I hope the meal plans help you get a bit more organized. One thing I’d say is with making changes like this the toughest part is at the beginning when everything is new. But once you get some healthy habits under your belt it starts to get easier!
Jx

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Amy Graydon September 21, 2015

My family is so busy that whenever I get on a meal-planning kick, things get harder and mor complicated – not simpler. We are in a good routine now of simply preparing veggies we receive from our CSA and eating them throughout the week, along with a few staple items we buy from memory at the grocery store. This is certainly simple, pretty healthy, and we do get veggie variety from the CSA. But it also gets a little boring, and I’m not sure my kids will find this appetizing as they grow older. We also don’t get enough protein in our dinners, and I’d like to eat fish at least once a week. Finally, we have gotten better about wasting food, but we still waste too much, and I think we could spend less money on food than we do. So please accept my commitment to trying meal planning again, only this time, I will try to find a way to keep things very simple! I think Soup Stones seems like a great place to start. 🙂

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jules September 24, 2015

Thanks for sharing Amy!
Yes keeping it simple is the key 🙂
Jx

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Melissa Brassfield February 11, 2015

I am so excited to start with this! I have attempted meal planning on my own several times and failed because deciding what to make was too hard (for me) with so many choices. So I think this is going to work really well for me!

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jules February 12, 2015

Wonderful Melissa!

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Marina Carstens February 10, 2015

Looking forward to someone taking the stress out of meal planning for me. I truly need to eat healthier and teach my daughter what that looks like also. My doctor recommends minimal carbs to change my health status. Thank you for your help.

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jules February 12, 2015

Wonderful Marina
So great that you have the added incentive of teaching your daughter!
Jx

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Kelcey McLaughlin February 4, 2015

So excited to be a bit more strategic about preparing meals. I’ve always struggled with coming up with ideas of what to make each week so I’m looking forward to discovering new recipes and committing to more consistently healthy meals. I also love the ingredient thesaurus – that will be a life saver! Thanks for creating this plan, can’t wait to start!

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jules February 5, 2015

Wonderful Kelcey!

If you think of anything I can do to make the meal plans easier for you to use please let me know 🙂

Jx

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Denise Pastor December 26, 2014

Hi Jules,
Committed to changing my eating habits to reverse the middle age spread. Good idea to start slow, as there is Xmas leftovers in the fridge. My main challenge will be reducing carbohydrates and fruit. What attracted me first to your recipes is the flexibility, with my husband being a vegetarian. I look forward to the journey. My challenge will be continuing once I am back at work.

Thank you

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jules December 29, 2014

Welcome Denise!

The holidays are a great time to get started changing your habits. And great that you’ve already identified being back at work as a potential obstacle…. the next step is to try and think of ways to overcome this obstacle… how can you make it as easy as possible for yourself?

Hope you had a lovely Xmas!
Jx

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Laura Anderson September 4, 2014

Hi Jules,

I feel like we’re friends ever since you called me in Mozambique to do your survey! Well, I just signed up this morning for Soupstones and I am very excited. As a single person, I always felt I didn’t really need to menu plan but I really do, I want other single people to realize this isn’t just for families! Reading through three weeks of the Soupstones, it seems very comprehensive, I already have tonight’s dinner planned! Thanks for offering this incredible resource, you’ve obviously put a lot of effort into it! Bless you, Laura

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jules September 4, 2014

Lovely to hear from you Laura!
So glad you’re on board.
Keep us posted with how you get on with the meal plans. Especially in Mozambique 🙂
Really interested to hear if you can think of any ways to make the meal plans even better.
Jx

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Debbie Brownlow August 1, 2014

Hi Jules I started the meal plan on Wednesday, and I love the recipes I have tried,soupstone is a brilliant way to eat healthy without becoming bored.Even my husband has not complained about eating raw broccoli.
Soupstone newby Debbie

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jules August 8, 2014

Wonderful Debbie!
Thanks so much for reporting back and very excited that your husband isn’t complaining about raw broccoli
Jx

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Catherine Parker June 9, 2014

Hi Jules,
Thanks for the meal plans and all the extra resources. We just started this week. I thought it might be a bit inconvenient to tweak the shopping list, but it wasn’t at all. I just used a highlighter on an app on my device and sent the shopping list page to my partner who bought the ingredients. He also kicked off cooking our first meal from the plan and it was good. Like most things, if you think about it enough you will talk yourself out of it and take an “easier” path (like takeout). I think that’s the beauty of this – you don’t need to think too much about it, so your motivation isn’t eroded and there’s room to just take action.
Thanks Jules

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jules June 12, 2014

Wonderful Catherine!

I’m so glad to hear the meal plans are working for you. AND that you’ve got your husband on board with the shopping and sharing the cooking 🙂

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Julie Birbeck June 7, 2014

Hi Jules!
I finally decided to commit to the meal plans after doing my own plans & still struggling to constantly think about “what we’re going to eat”.
Hubby & I eat mostly Paleo these days and hubby doesn’t like “too much green stuff” on his plate, so I’m going to have to substitute ingredients a little along the way.
I love the 5 ingredient concept & am finding the menus a big inspiration!

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jules June 12, 2014

Welcome Julie!
I had to laugh at your husbands thoughts on ‘not too much green stuff!’

Jx

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Marita Harlton June 6, 2014

I am ready to commit to this plan! With all the little tips, it already seems more possible then other meal plans I have tried!

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jules June 12, 2014

Great Marita!
Let us know how you find the plans once you’ve tried a few
Jx

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Ann-Christin Palm June 5, 2014

At last a decision! I really commit to my new habit and I’m grateful for your help, Jules! I’ve longed and looked for a simple solution for planning and cooking our meals as long as I can remember. I’ve probably found it by submitting to your Stonesoupvirtualcookeryschool.com. Summergreetings from Sweden! Anki Palm

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jules June 6, 2014

Welcome Anki!
Here’s to your new habit 🙂
Jx

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Nick Rayner June 5, 2014

I’m tired of relying on microwave meals as a staple for my main meal. Time to learn to cook properly. Looking forwards to this.

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jules June 6, 2014

Great Nick!

Very excited about getting you away from microwave meals 🙂

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Steve Markowski June 5, 2014

Looks great. Time to give away 40 years of cookbooks. Thanks for adding time and spice to my day.

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jules June 6, 2014

Awesome Steve!
Glad you found some extra time and spice 🙂

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Caitlin McCullam June 2, 2014

I am so excited!!

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jules June 6, 2014

Welcome Caitlin!
Very excited to have you here 🙂
Jx

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Manuela Sampaio May 31, 2014

Making my commitment! Starting this week! Already made my pantry shopping list.

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jules June 6, 2014

Awesome Manuela!

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Justine Tindall May 31, 2014

I am looking forward to this meal planning program. I have been doing my own version with my recipe books but it is so time consuming and I have been slacking on it and “winging it” these last few weeks. It is time to get my meals back and track and this meal plan seems so simple since the shopping list and recipes are all in one place and its done for you. Thank you for making this product!!!

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jules May 31, 2014

You’re welcome Justine!
Thanks for joining us.
Jx

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Caryn Moss May 29, 2014

I have been “winging it” for quite some time and would like to get back to the calm that comes with planning ahead. Looking forward to using the meal plans.

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jules May 31, 2014

Great Caryn!
The ‘calm’ is a good way to explain it 🙂

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Mary Harrison May 28, 2014

I am so looking forward to starting this! I love the idea of a meal plan for the week with shopping list supplied. No more worries with not having the right ingredients or what do I cook with what I’ve got. Like a lot of us I am a bit time poor so this is just great! I have tried some of your recipes before and they were delicious – even started my husband being a fan of healthy wholesome cooking! Thank you for doing this!

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jules May 31, 2014

You’re so welcome Mary!
It’s so lovely to have you (and your husband) aboard
I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of hearing when Stonesoup has helped people enjoy healthy food more 🙂
Jx

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Ruth Uytterhoeven May 28, 2014

I’ve seen so many of your recipes passing by that looked delicious, so I jumped on the occasion as you offered this meal planning service. To be honest, I’ve already tried many other programs, and didn’t quite like them. I’m going to tweak it a little, as I subscribe to a weekly local and biological veggie box too (yay for that), so your suggestions will mainly be an inspiration and I look forward to dive into the archives and recipes, to go with the vegs that enter my house by surprise 🙂 I noticed that you offer great suggestions to make meals more substantial, and I will certainly use them, mainly to trick my husband into this whole thing 🙂

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jules May 31, 2014

Welcome Ruth!

That’s great you have a veggie box entering your house.

I’m looking forward to hearing how you get on with the tweaking… If you need help with ideas for how to use any veg just let me know…

Jx

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crystal Lang May 8, 2014

I am about to move in with the boyfriend and he works late, which means I am in charge of weekly meals. Eeeeeek, as a very reluctant cook, the idea of taking the list making and the 5 ingredient concept is super appealing. I am living in Medellin, Colombia, so my only fear is that I will not be able to find what I need… however, I will be making use of all the cool tools you have provided to help with that! Ready to give it a go! Thanks Jules.

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Lori Archibald March 3, 2014

Your meal planning program is exactly what I have been looking for! I want to be a better cook and a more focused shopper at the grocery store while also saving money. I have a tendency to buy more food than I need or want to cook and as a result I end up wasting food and money.

I’ve already tried out two of your recipes and loved them both and I feel I can really benefit from this program. I wanted to make sure I was going to like the food before I signed up for the program LOL :). I made the White Bean and Eggplant soup and the Buttery Zucchini with Ground Beef – both were yummy. Looking forward to my first week of meal planning. Thank you Jules.

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jules March 6, 2014

Wonderful Lori!

And welcome 🙂

Jx

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Kimberly Worthington-Kirsch February 11, 2014

Hi Jules,
Thanks for all your hard work & terrific ideas!
I currently do an okay job of planning my family’s meals, but our lives have changed. So, I commit to planning simpler, less complicated meals, while still serving healthful & delectable dinners.
Jules, that’s where you come in! Thanks for helping me shift gears!
I also commit to finding a magnetic list for my refrigerator. At this point I am blessed to have young adult children who are learning their way around the kitchen, & we need a communal shopping list.
Blessings,
Kimberly W-K

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jules February 20, 2014

Wonderful Kimberley!

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Kimberly Herbert January 31, 2014

We are SO looking forward to this meal plan. Everything sounds wonderful and simple to prepare. My husband and I are just finishing a 45 day cleanse and this will be a great way to stay prepared and ready to eat healthy food.

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jules February 6, 2014

Great Kimberly!
Would love to hear more about your cleanse…
Jx

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Patricia Forster January 24, 2014

Will give it a go , have yo try the variations as I am on low carbs

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jules January 30, 2014

Wonderful Patricia!

I eat pretty low carb these days too
Jx

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Sharon Feldman January 23, 2014

I’m looking forward to assembling a planned, simple & healthful meal rather than devouring everything is sight. Lack of planning seems to foster distraction.

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jules January 30, 2014

Welcome Sharon!
I hear you about the distraction thing!
I’ve found that snacking on veggies, a carrot or some snow peas helps tide me over until dinner is ready
Jx

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Sue Halliday January 23, 2014

I commit to meal planning – yes! I have already chosen my 2 pantry emergency dishes – well, OK, that’s not strictly true, I’ve chosen 6 – they all look delicious!

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jules January 30, 2014

Go Sue!
Jx

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Karen Ryan January 23, 2014

My husband will be delighted that we will now have help to cook and eat healthy. Can’t wait to get started! Karen from Akron, OH in the USA

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jules January 30, 2014

Wonderful Karen!
Jx

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Joan Garneau January 23, 2014

I did follow or tried to follow the 2 minute meal planner and found it really worked but making choices is hard for me. The main choice I need to focus on is the protein element. I hope this meal planning will help with that. I have tried other meal planning sites, a number of them, and the biggest shortcoming is that there is always something on the meal plan that either I or my husband will not eat. He also has a gluten problem, serious, so that I always had to adjust the meal plans for that. I see that you include changes for gluten avoidance so that’s a help. I like and try to get enough veggies and I like to eat local as much as I can. One wish I have is that you might also include fruit in the meal plans since we do try to get at least one serving of fruit each day. I’m also trying to drop a few pounds and I know that your meals help with that. I also know that your meals tend to be heart healthy which is necessary for me since I have had triple bypass and try to avoid foods that might be a problem for me. I like the idea of the menu plan and hope it works for me.

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jules January 30, 2014

Welcome Joan!

I pretty much eat gluten-free so you’re in the right place. I’ll be really interested to see how SOUPSTONES stacks up against your previous meal planning experiences…. Do drop another comment when you have time.

To be honest I’m not a huge fruit eater but if you’d like to include fruit it’s great to have on its own or with natural yoghurt as an after dinner treat.

Jx

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Jessyca Rocha Idi January 23, 2014

Great initiative Jules! I’m going to live by myself soon and that requires new habits, so I want to make a good start. Although my father is an Italian chef, unfortunately I was never to keen on learning how to cook salt food, only pastry. But with this meal planning I hope to change it!

Cheers from Brazil

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jules January 30, 2014

Wonderful timing for you Jessyca!

So excited to have a SOUPSTONES member from Brazil… just shout jf you need help with coming up with alternatives if you struggle to find a particular ingredient…
Jx

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April Mack January 23, 2014

I’m so sick of relying on frozen processed food to feed my family because I’m too tired to think up and cook a fancy meal from scratch. I’m so looking forward to having something simple, but still healthy, to serve. And the best part is I don’t have to figure out how to make that happen! Just buy and make whatever you tell me to. No thinking for this sleep-deprived mama of two little ones. Sounds like a dream.

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jules January 30, 2014

Welcome April!

Really looking forward to hearing how you get on with the meal plans. To be honest SOUPSTONES is more geared towards couples and singles… Am planning to do a family friendly version in a few months so will be looking for your thoughts on any changes we need to make to help sleep deprived Mums!

Jx

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Lynn Sladek January 23, 2014

Love meal planning, but love that you will do it for me!

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jules January 30, 2014

Great Lynn!
Thanks for giving it a go
Jx

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Julie Kavanagh January 22, 2014

Looking forward to starting. Thanks Jules.

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jules January 30, 2014

Welcome Julie!
Jx

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Sarah Maguire January 22, 2014

I’m looking forward to cooking regularly with wholesome, healthy ingredients 🙂

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jules January 30, 2014

Yay Sarah!
Thanks for signing up 🙂
Jx

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Frieda Jacobs January 21, 2014

As soon as my first mealplan arrives I will adjust my pantry to be able to follow the plan.

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jules January 30, 2014

Sounds good Freida!

Don’t forget to checkout the bonus pantry eCookbook!

Jx

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