5 THINGS – to love about the monthly spread

a year ago this week we launched the very first addition of the monthly spread.  we were beyond stoked to get this project off the ground and could hardly wait to see where it went and how it would help.  but shortly after it became overwhelming and was obvious we needed back up.  we were spending so much time planning and testing recipes that we weren’t using our own product!


so we put things on hold while we regrouped and found an amazing dietician and recipe developer (heather) to work with and then relaunched in may…  and OMG… it’s been wonderful hearing all the great feedback and to actually use the meal plan in my own home, and it’s so much fun to follow along with our lovely subscribers.

there is a lot that we’ve enjoyed about the monthly spread, but here are the top 5 things that stood out to me to share with you.

(a little love note:  while i am head over heels for the spread and think everyone should try it, i don’t want you to feel like i’m pressuring you!  we’ve posted lots of recipes on the blog and have a gallery you can check out {here are some of our favorites (1 / 2 / 3)} and will continue to share lots of fun stuff to help out in the kitchen!  no pressure.)


1. our day is and feels more organized – regardless of wether we are running around for work and sports or we’re all at the table together, dinnertime is such an important part of our day.  it’s a great time to appreciate what we have, work together, learn manners (oiy), regroup, hold conversations (however short lived), and nurture our bodies.  because i know what’s on the menu and have all the ingredients (no hoping at 6 o’ clock that i have enough bread for 6 grilled cheese sandwiches!) i don’t procrastinate and everything comes together more effortlessly.  even if we are eating on the run!


2. i’ve been using my little helpers (mucho) – it’s so much easier to include the littles in the kitchen when i am not frantically trying to throw something together with a 2 year old clinging to my leg….  nuff said.



3. the recipes – they are creative and delicious without taking a lot of time or gourmet skills to make.  some of my favorites so far include salmon tacos, lasagna rolls, blender crepes, and the greek inspired chicken piccata (pictured above).  it’s always refreshing to have a new take on a no-fail classic.  oh, and have i mentioned the date-night-in recipes?  more on that in a later post

4. everyone is in the know – theres no guessing games or 6 different dinner requests (myself included). in addition, if i’m running late i just call johan and ask him to start prepping dinner.  he knows just where to find everything – so money.


5. happiness all around – there is heathy, seasonal food in our kitchen, i’ve found sanity during the dinner rush hour, the hubs and kids are loving the yummy new flavors…  well, the kids don’t love every meal, but i’m convinced that they will thank me later.  especially after living off of top ramen in college!

so there you have it.  my top 5 list for the monthly spread!

now we want to hear from you:

what’s most challenging about getting dinner on the table – do you have a hard time keeping the kids occupied?  or maybe cooking isn’t your fave?  or grocery shopping is torture…?

also, please feel free to send us a note or leave a comment if you have any questions about the monthly spread.  i hope you will join us for sanity saving mealtimes!

xo . rae

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  • Emily Mulder May 30, 2013 at 9:47 am

    You do a beautiful job with this! I was signed up in the fall, and these look beautiful as well. Unfortunately we have too many dietary issues as a family. I have to adapt everything I make to be gluten and dairy free. But I love what you are doing!

    • rae May 30, 2013 at 10:14 am

      thanks emily!

      most of the recipes this time around have a gluten free option/adjustment and dairy free suggestion. would love to send you a sample week to look at if you are interested. we’ve been on a low-gluten diet for health reasons and the meal plan has made it really easy to adjust!

      xo . rae

  • FojAga July 14, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Very useful in my house. Thank you 🙂