Laini Oldfield | January 2, 2019
Stephanie’s just made my 2019 simpler.
Being this time of year, I’ve spent time reviewing my life. And I decided I spent too much time in the kitchen in 2018.
Yep. I said it.
Don’t get me wrong. I do love the kitchen (not the dishes!). But the reality is that this season of life sees my attention pulled in many directions, and that means that time in the kitchen is often hurried and stressful.
2018 was a hard year. On quite a few levels.
So I’m actively looking for ways to make 2019 more simple.
Because to me, simple is good. Simple is focussed and joyful.
I’m a self confessed goals-nerd, and I absolutely LOVE this time of year when I focus on how I can live a principle-and-mission centred life that brings me joy.
(Side note: Looking for a great book to read? I’m in the middle of Stephen Covey’s ‘First Things First’. A classic. As well as having my grandmother’s insightful scrawls all through it, it’s full of time-tested principles and systems).
So 2019 will see me simplifying and refocusing at every opportunity.
And that will mean spending less time in the kitchen, while still serving up nutritious meals for my family and I.
Because there’s nothing more important than our health, and I reckon I can be more efficient with the limited time I have.
So back to Stephanie.
She’s the Founder over at Ultimate Bundles.
If you’ve been with us for a while, you’ll probably remember that she and her team pull together crazy-as bundles of high-value material and make it accessible for everyone at an unbelievable price point.
Now that’s someone speaking my language!
And she asked us at the Wholefood Collective to contribute to the latest (and in my opinion, best!) bundle.
So Kate (our recipe-creator-extraordinaire) went to town and contributed a bunch of her creations to the amazing collection.
It’s called the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle.
Heaps of you jumped with both feet on the last Bundle, which was a bucket load of amazing recipes.
And back then I said the only hesitation I had in buying all those recipes was that I never quite know how to file them properly.
I even reached out to the TWC Community for ideas on how to store all those wonderful recipes here.
(Side note: I’ve now found a drop-dead easy way to store and file recipes that requires no apps. If you want me to send you instructions when they’re ready, click here and follow the prompts in Messenger when it opens).
Anyway, last year’s bundle was an epic slew of recipe ebooks from different people. But there was no categorisation or easy way to reference types of recipes. Plus, the formatting was different in each one, so it felt a little hard to navigate.
This current bundle is waaay better.
Over 1,000 recipes, all uniform in format and serving size (4 adults), and categorised according to meal type, dietary choice and allergens. (And if nutritional data is your jam, you’ve got that for each recipe too).
That makes weekly meal planning a synch, and… this recipe-filing-nerd (me!) more than a little happy.
Here’s a little vid that explains it quickly and simply… (less than 2 mins).
Check out some of the meal type categories…. (I’ve bolded the ones I’ll be using weekly for sure!).
- Baked goods (87 recipes)
- Breakfast (124 recipes)
- Dinner: Celebrations (54 recipes)
- Dinner: Every Day (93 recipes)
- Dinner: Freezer Meals (65 recipes)
- Dinner: One Dish Wonders (72 recipes)
- Dinner: Quick and Easy (85 recipes)
- Dinner: Slow Cooker (96 recipes)
- Light Meals (76 recipes)
- Salads and Sides (122 recipes)
- Snacks (97 recipes)
- Soups (101 recipes)
Optional (for only $10 more)
- Beverages (75 recipes)
- Dessert (127 recipes)
(Scroll down to the see the count by dietary preference and allergies).
All for a ridiculous price point of $37 USD (around $52 AUD), and a 30-Day-Happiness-Guarantee.
If that many easy-to-access recipes aren’t enough, Stephanie has curated some super helpful resources and bundled them up for you.
I’ve given you the short-hand version here. If you want the details, scroll down to the end.
30 ready-to-go meal plans for a range of needs, worth $380
Work-at-home lunches (yes please!), instant pot dinners, seasonal meals, long weekends with guests, etc. I don’t have images for the meal plans, but simply scroll down to see a list of them.
Healthy Eating eCourses, worth $258
The one on how to teach your kids knife skills looks great!
So does the Flavour Crash Course, where you’ll learn how flavour profiles work together, instead of relying on recipes all-the-time.
And based on heaps of feedback from you guys, you might love the ‘Why Won’t My Child Eat’ ebook too. For feeding kids with allergies, pickiness, oral SPD and more.
To see the other products included, scroll down.
Killer resources to help you meal plan effectively, worth $119
I’ll be checking out the Freezer Meal Blueprint first for sure.
It’s a framework to stocking your freezer with make-ahead-meals without wasting the weekends prepping them.
To see the other products included, scroll down.
Alllll this amazingness comes with a 30-Day Happiness Guarantee.
In my head, it’s an absolute no-brainer and I’ll be snapping this up for sure!
When I get a moment, I’ll take you for a tour of the bundle on video if you like.
Enjoy your 2019 with simple meal planning! I will 😉
The finer details as promised….
Meal Plan details
All meal plans include dinners + sides unless otherwise specified.
- 2-week gluten free rotation
- 2-week paleo (grain/dairy free) rotation
- Company’s Coming Long Weekend
- Party Meal Plans x10
- Seasonal Meal Plans:
- Winter Meals
- Spring Meals
- Summer Meals
- Fall Meals
- Stay-at-Home / Work-from-Home Lunches
- Whole30 (2 weeks, all meals)
Healthy Eating eCourses & eBooks details
- 21 Days of Eating Empowerment by Jenny Eden Berk ($14.00)
Embody your Body, Enliven your Senses, Empower your Eating – in 21 days!
- Clean Eating Made Easy by Corinne Kantor ($15.00)
Learn how to improve your eating habits by making better food choices that are both healthy and safe – from detoxing your body naturally to smart farmers markets shopping tips to making your own healthy cooking spray.
- Flavor Crash Course by Courtney Polivka ($200.00)
The Flavor Crash Course is designed to teach the home chef to organically craft dishes based on flavor profiles instead of relying on recipes.
- Kids Cook Real Food: Knife Skills & Safety Lessons by Katie Kimball ($20.00)
Online access to 5 videos + PDF lesson plans and printable memory tools that will help you teach your kids knife skills and safety at every age.
- Why Won’t My Child Eat: Simple Steps to Bring Joy and Nourishment Back to Feeding Kids with Allergies, Pickiness, Oral SPD and More by Mary Voogt ($9.99)
In Why Won’t My Child Eat Mary shares her strategies to bring joy and nourishment back to feeding any child, including picky eaters, kids with allergies, those with oral SPD and just about any eating challenge you can think of.
Meal Planning Support details
- Complete Family Meal Planner Set by Laura Rizer ($2.99)
The Complete Family Meal Planning Set is a comprehensive organizer with tools for meal planning, grocery shopping and more.
- Dinner for a Dollar: How I Feed My Family a Simple, Allergy-Friendly, Whole-Food Diet for One Dollar per Person per Meal by Shelly Longenecker ($9.99)
Shelly shows readers how she feeds her family a simple, allergy-friendly whole food diet with lots of fruits and veggies for $1 per person per meal.
- Freezer Meal Blueprint: The Framework to Make Ahead Meals Without Wasting Your Weekends by Elisa Giorgio ($19.00)
The Freezer Meal Blueprint is a step-by-step framework to stocking your freezer with make ahead meals your family loves, without wasting an entire weekend to prep them.
- How to Host a Stress-Free Holiday Meal by Tara Ziegmont ($5.99)
- Magnetic Menu Board Ultimate Meal Planning System by Megan Duesterhaus ($19.00)
Featuring color-coded recipe magnets with coordinating recipe binder printables, The Magnetic Menu Board Ultimate Meal Planning System allows you to save time and money by helping you efficiently plan, shop for and prepare a month’s worth of meals.
- Meal Planning for Beginners by Brendie Heter ($28.50)
Join Brendie Heter live for encouragement and inspiration for meal planning and how to use the bundle to its full potential!
- Meal Planning Made Simple by Merissa Alink ($4.99)
Learn to create a meal plan that ACTUALLY works for your family.
- Printable Meal Planner from Carrie Elle by Carrie Lindsey ($5.00)
Get dinner under control with the printable Carrie Elle Meal Planner – you’re going to love having everything you need for stress-free dinners in one handy location!
- Simple Healthy Meal Planner by Tracy Lynn ($24.00)
A step by step guide that will help you to plan out healthy meals without the stress so you can stick to a plan and learn to love meal time again!
The recipe count by dietary preference….
Dairy Free – 726
Peanut Free – 957
Tree Nut Free – 770
Egg Free – 820
Soy Free – 809
Gluten Free – 843
Vegetarian – 441
Paleo – 346
Keto – 213
Sugar Free – 531
And I’m happy to see that all the recipes are fully compatible with a meal planning app called RealPlans (which you also get a free trial to).
I’m pretty skeptical of recipe apps as I’ve used a bunch before and none have suited me to a T. Hence why I go for a super simple system I can tell you about here.
But if you’re an app kinda person, go right ahead and try the RealPlans app for free. The other apps that come highly recommended in the community are CookBook and Paprika.
6 days only! Offer expires on the 7th Jan.