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How to Meal Plan for your Family

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of On-Cor. The opinions and text are all mine.

Happy New Year! This is the time of year when we start thinking about resolutions and all the things we’re going to change in the year ahead.  We approach resolutions with good intentions, unfortunately most don’t make it into Spring.  I have found that small simple changes are easier to sustain and can have a lasting impact.  This year my resolution is simple, I want to meal plan, something I already do most weeks.  The weeks I do not plan our meals are much more stressful. I also want to focus on simple easy dinners that allow our family to spend time together during those precious evening hours.  Take a look at how I am making meal planning a priority in 2018 and a favorite, simple meal on my menu.  There is also a giveaway for a family fun package at the end of this post.  

simple guide to meal planning for your family

I have decided to use a dedicated meal planning calendar and keep it in my kitchen.  In this calendar I have notes and recipes of meals my family enjoys that I can rotate through each week.  I like to plan my menu and go grocery shopping on Sunday so we are ready for the week ahead.  Meal planning is as simple as looking at the week ahead and writing down what we will have for dinner each night.  It’s helpful to keep in mind what activities we have each night and when our schedule calls for something quick and easy versus a full sit down dinner. 

meal planning notes

Each week we have an On-Cor meal on our menu.  I like that these frozen, fully-cooked entrées are conveniently packaged and ready to heat and serve.  This saves me time in the kitchen and allows our family to spend some time together while our meal cooks. I like that we can change up our On-Cor meals each week and get creative serving On-Cor entrées as is, or putting a personalized spin on them, such as turning the Gravy & Salisbury Steaks into sliders, or adding chicken to the flavorful Macaroni & Cheese.

On-Cor Meatloaf Slices

My family enjoys the hearty Homestyle Gravy and Meatloaf Slices and I appreciate that On-Cor has recently enhanced their products to satisfy the needs of moms looking for convenient, quality dinner solutions for their families.  They taste great, are easy to cook and really help me keep my New Year’s resolution.  On-Cor has a simple mission—to offer quality, multi-serve entrées that everyone loves.

On-Cor entree meatloaf slices

A little family time while dinner is cooking is always fun, and an On-Cor entrée makes this special time possible.  My girls love to help in the kitchen and can often be found digging for ingredients and helping assemble side dishes or a tasty dessert.  

meal planning and kids cooking

family prize pack from On-Cor

If you are like me and want to simplify your evening routine I encourage you to give meal planning a try.  Grab a calendar and plan out your meals each week, be sure to include simple and delicious entrées from On-Cor to take some of the stress out of cooking.  To help jump start your resolution I want to give one lucky reader this family prize pack.  These items are perfect for enjoying a little family time while your On-Cor entrée is in the oven.  


On-Cor family prize pack

To enter, leave a comment below telling me what your favorite On-Cor entrée is or what your New Year’s resolution.  

**This giveaway has ended, thank you for your entries**

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older and ends 1/12/18.  Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email. 

The prize includes (1) Coupon Valid for One Free On-Cor Entrée (1) Children’s Apron, (1) Kitchen Tools Set, (1) Children’s Baking Cookbook, (1) Board Game, (1) Popcorn Maker, (1) Popcorn Bowl, (ARV: $200)

For your next family meal, head to the freezer aisle of Meijer or check out the store locator at to pick up one of On-Cor’s entrées.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of On-Cor. The opinions and text are all mine.


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Sunday 21st of January 2018

My fav is the lasagna. It is cheap and fast to make. When You are a single mom you look to save money and time! Plus it is delicious. My son loves it so much! Which gets me to my next point. My new year's resolution was to lose weight and also spend more time with my son. The best part of En-Cor dinners is the time it saves. I can exercise and my son and I can go for walks. Its perfect! We would be so so excited to win. I have never owned a popcorn maker and my son is really getting into board games now. It would just be perfect. Thank you for the chance!

Joan Kubes

Sunday 14th of January 2018

My resolution is to eat healthier and cook healthy meals for my family.

alice minx

Sunday 14th of January 2018

My resolution is to spend more time at home.. So these would be great time savers

Audrey Stewart

Friday 12th of January 2018

The kids love the popcorn chicken and the mac & cheese.

Wendy Namken

Friday 12th of January 2018

I have never tried these meals, but look like a time waver. Especially since my New Year's resolution is to be more present for my family!


Saturday 13th of January 2018

Yes, that's what I love about these. A good meal that give you extra time with your family.

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