What would you rather do: Blow your monthly budget on food, or create memories with people you love? For many families, grocery shopping forces them to choose fast and easy (and expensive) over fun and leisure. Well, that’s about to change.

Do you cringe at the cost of groceries every time you go to the supermarket?

Does the thought of sitting for hours, clipping and sorting coupons, and risking carpal tunnel, sound like a modern-day torture chamber for working moms (those that work inside and outside of the home)?

Are you trying to feed your family a healthy and delicious variety of food without falling prey to the convenience of drive-thru, pre-packaged, and overly processed meals that entice you at the end of a long day?

I get it! And…I’ve done it. Everything from extreme couponing, to ordering take-out, to cooking bulk meals at home, to simply throwing in the towel and paying full price for whatever, whenever.

But at the end of the day I always come back to this:

I want to live a long, full, healthy life where I have the time and money to spend on activities, travel and experiences with my family.

The best way to achieve this is to NOT hand all my money over to the food-czars!

It’s with that main goal in mind that I’m determined to spend only what’s needed at the grocery store to provide something great for my family. Plus, the unseen benefit of committing time to shop better, cook at home at little more often, and bring your family back to the dinner table, is that you make the time to connect with each other in a world where it is so easy to electronically connect at the detriment of actually connecting.

Yes, it’s possible. And no, you don’t have to do it alone.

I’m a working mom. I run my own company, have worked from home and have worked in an office. However, just because I’m working, even when I worked from home, doesn’t mean it’s entirely up to me to handle all domestic duties solo.

From a very early age, my kids were involved in the kitchen. Something amazing happens when you empower your kids, allow them to experiment, make messes, and succeed. At first, they’ll be slow and messy; however, point them in the right direction and give them the tools they need and you’ll never know what’s going to happen.

My husband loves to cook and I’ve gotta tell you, there is nothing as sexy as a man in the kitchen…well, almost nothing…

A man with a dishcloth in his hands will send me to my happy place! lol

The kitchen is a place for passion, a place for play, and a place to nourish your body, mind, and soul.

Magical things happen in the kitchen. By simply doing all this meal planning and cooking together, you are able to build a bond, distribute responsibilities, and teach your kids how to take care of their most basic needs.

But at what cost?

Coupons can help you reduce your grocery bill. However, not everyone will use coupons and that’s ok. Buying your food at the right time and the right price, and planning ahead to prepare easy, healthy meals will also help you accomplish the goal of reducing your grocery bill. This is the goal of our Meal Plans.

The bottom line is this: You don’t have to choose between great food, great memories, and staying on budget.

You CAN have it all! It’s right there…in your very own kitchen.

For example, this Grilled Pork and Nectarine Salad recipe was prepared for just $2.50 a serving. It’s a simple recipe filled with nutrition-packed ingredients blended with seasonings to make your tastebuds dance.

Give it a try…and follow along as we go week to week to building up the health of you and your family – in a balanced, beautiful, and delicious way!

Click here for the Recipe:

Easy Pork Loin Salad Recipe