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6 Meal Planning Tips for Working Moms

by Katie PierceImage SourceLife as a working mom sure is hectic. Juggling job-related responsibilities with tending to the needs of the kids, sometimes you might not have time to cook for the family. Well, we’ve got an answer to that: meal planning. We’ve compiled some of our own best tips on meal planning to help you save both time and money without compromising the nutritional value and flavor of your meals. Tip #1: Tailor Meals to Your NeedsIt is important to take your and your family’s needs into consideration first. Whether someone in your family needs to follow a special diet, or you just want everyone to hop into healthier food choices, meal planning can be a great way to take everyone’s needs into consideration. When you do meal prep, you can make sure that all the meals are balanced and to the tastes of all of the family members. It is important to take your and your family’s needs into consideration before even beginning to plan for your weekly meals. Preparing nutritious dishes is not only good for kids’ growth, but also for avoiding sickly-looking skin. Meal prep helps you accommodate a family member’s special diet. It could also get your family into healthier food choices. It promotes good food practices, and can improve your family’s overall well-being.Tip #2: Get Organized Being organized when cooking saves a lot of time. Whether you are experimenting on new flavors or going back to our tried and true ways, =always make sure to write the recipe down. Here’s a good tip: you can write down all your favorite recipes in one notebook to plan your meals for the week, which can serve as your inspiration. You can also organize it based on meal types, cuisines, and of course, your family favorites!Planning meals on a budget? Well, meal planning is an excellent way to keep track of your budget. Now that you have your meals planned, you can predict your list of ingredients, and you can work your grocery list around that. On the flip side, you can first take stock of what you currently have and then plan your meals from there. It will save you the money you spend on buying double ingredients, and you’ll have less food waste that way.Tip #3: Make Doubles We can try to be creative in the kitchen by innovating our leftovers, but we can take it one step further. A good tip is to make double batches! Double batches are life savers, especially when there’s not a lot of time to cook or prepare meals. There are two ways to do it. First, you can make double batches of ingredients for two different dishes. You can make double portions of ground beef and turn half of them into homemade patties, half into meatballs for your spaghetti. The second way is to make double batches of your favorite freezer-friendly meals. Whether it is your favorite curry dish or a hearty soup, you can always make double batches of it so you can freeze and enjoy it for another day! Tip #4: Have Meal Prep Containers Meal prep containers don’t have to be all that fancy as long as they’re air-tight, food-grade, and freezer-safe. You can choose to recycle your old glass jars to save a couple of bucks. Plastic containers are fine too, but you better be careful when you load them into the dishwasher. But you can also invest in good meal prep containers that are durable and can last your meal prep adventures! Some good meal prep containers are weck jars, Glasslock containers, and stasher bags.   Tip #5: Check your CalendarIt is also essential to know what your upcoming week looks like. When you plan your meals, it is crucial to point out days when you’re not expected to cook, whether it’s date night, a family meal out, or you’re just in the mood for some take-out. This would save you time, energy, and of course, money on ingredients. This is great when you’re not only making dinners for the kids but also preparing their meals for school tomorrow. Preparing meals for the week is an excellent activity to include in your back-to-school routine. There are plenty of fun snacks that you can plan and ready ahead of the school day to avoid stress in the morning. Sundays are usually a good day to prepare your kid’s meals for the week, but you can choose any day that works best for your schedule.Tip #6: Check the Weather This might be a bit of a weird tip, but it’s also very important! If you’re expecting to get rain in the upcoming days, then perhaps it’s a good idea to add hearty meals and soups to your meal plans. Or, if you’re expecting some hot summer nights, then maybe throwing in an extra dessert element would be great! Plus, when you know what you’re expecting, you can adjust your grocery days and would know if you need to stock up on extra ingredients or supplies.Key takeawaysMeal planning is a budget-saving and hassle-free way to ensure that your family is eating right. For an efficient meal prep, remember to consider your family members’ needs, be organized, prepare doubles, invest in good meal containers, consider your schedule, and check the weather forecast.Written and submitted by Katie Pierce

Why Riemer Meats?

Please enjoy this video shared with us by the Senese family! They are long time customers and friends who use our ground pork to fit their family's special dietary needs by making their own sausage blends (see links below). Hear how they use a variety of our pork products and what they enjoy about them. :)Enjoy some of their family recipes here!DIY Italian Seasoning (Low FODMAP)Barbecue Mini MeatloavesClassic MeatballsBreakfast Sausage (Low FODMAP)This video is not sponsored and was graciously submitted by the Senese family. Thank you for watching! We love hearing from customers!>> Shop the Seasonal Pork Harvest Sale Now

Which steak should I buy?

So many beef steaks to choose from, but which is best for you and your family? Which would Dad love best? How about your kids? Looking for date night ideas? Money is tight, but you still have to eat....which is the most economic cut? We're here to help.

What does regenerative farming mean?

According to Whole Foods top trends in 2020, the #1 food trend you need to watch is "Regenerative Agriculture". Good news for you - you're WAY ahead of that trend! Why? Because Riemer Family Farm is a regenerative farm, and as a customer and supporter, you're already buying "regenerative foods". But what exactly does that mean? What is Regenerative Agriculture?

How to Grill a Grass-Fed Steak

Have you ever cooked a grass-fed steak before? A grass-fed steak, cooked correctly, is absolutely phenomenal! Rich in flavor, tender, and juicy... But too much time on the grill or incorrect placement can result in a less tender steak. Check out our recommendations, step by step.

Which Bacon is Best?

For all of the bacon fans out there, you may not realize it, but here at Riemer Family Farm, we offer 5 different types of bacon. Five different kinds? That's right! Have you tried them all? Which is your favorite? Learn the differences between each and which might suit you best, by reading below.

How do we ship our products to your door?

It's been 1 year of success in our venture to safely ship frozen meats directly to people's doorsteps across the Midwest. Take a look at how we do it and see some of the numbers from the last year, including the farthest any one box travelled!

Why choose wild caught Alaskan seafood?

It turns out Captain Mark has a lot of the same values that we do - transparency, sustainability, and of course, healthy, clean all natural meat with no added junk. The only difference is that he harvests his products from the sea. As he put it, "Our fields are a lot alike, mine just has a lot more water on it!"

Refer a Friend

Sharing Your Referral LinkLove the meat you eat? Share with a friend! Use your special referral link to save money on you and your friend's next orders.*Video does not contain sound* Share your link with a friend. When they click on it, it will take them to our website where they can create their account. When they place their first order, you will both receive in store credit towards your next purchases. :)Using a Referral LinkWhen you receive a referral link, all you have to do is click the link, which will take you to a Create Account page. When you create an account using the link and place your first order, you and the person who recommended you will both receive in store credit.If the recipient has already created an account, no activity of theirs will result in store credit. The account MUST be created through that link for any account to receive any store credit.

Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021! A message from the Riemer Family

Whether you've known us for years or just stumbled upon our website this fall, please join us for a special New Year's message and reintroductions from the Riemer Family. It's been a while since we've taken the time to check in as a family with you all, so we've put together this special video to do just that, as we look back on 2020 and forward to 2021. Thanks! Happy New Year!Don't forget, we've got 3 ways to start your New Year with some great savings:Join Your Family First for a special enrollment price now through January 10 or if you're already a member, enjoy your special holiday gift (see your email for your exclusive details).Shop our seasonal Winter Comfort Bundle which features 20 pounds of nutrient dense, delicious, comforting family favorites including roasts, bone broth, fixings for chili, and more. This one ships free, priced at $165!Mark your calendar! Our Annual New Year's Pastured Turkey Sale runs from January 13 - 17 (Your Family First members gain early access).

How do I feed my family healthy while on a budget?

We know how important it is to feed your family well, but sometimes, feeding multiple mouths can be difficult to do on a budget. We hear you! That's why we've put together some of our own money saving tips to help you and your household, too. Check out our top 5 money saving tips below!

Thanksgiving Turkey FAQ's

The time to purchase your family's Thanksgiving turkey is now! Still trying to decide if a Riemer Family Farm turkey is right for you? Review some of our Frequently Asked Questions for some answers and clarity in helping you decide if our farm's turkey is right for you.

Quick and Easy Recipes

Life is complicated, but dinner doesn't have to be. Check out this list of quick and easy recipes for your family's dinner. Mom and kid approved!

Celebrating 10 Years

Join us for Riemer Family Farm's 10 Year Anniversary Celebration! We'll head out to the pastures throughout the coming weeks to see the incredible proof that the meat you eat is helping to make some positively wonderful change in the world.