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I’m sooooo excited to have contributed to the Healthy Meal Planning Bundle 2019! Here’s everything you need to know. (And, if it isn’t, please ask a question in the comments and I’ll get back to you.)
What is a ‘bundle’? Who are ‘Ultimate Bundles’? What the heck are you going on about?
A ‘bundle’ is simply a collection of digital resources sourced from a variety of authors all over the Internet. ‘Ultimate Bundles’ is a Canadian company which puts together different bundles on different themes throughout the year. I’m a huge fan of these bundles, I find them really useful – and now I’m even a contributing author! So that’s why I’m telling you about this one.
Do I get a book? How does it work?
They’re digital resources, so you won’t receive a physical product. It’s much quicker – as soon as you’ve paid, you’ll receive log-in details via email, and the product is yours to access! No waiting for delivery, no missed parcels. You can access the resource online, or download and store on your computer or other device.
It’s a digital recipe book then…right?
It’s so much more than that! Try:
- 12 recipe books (that’s over 1000 recipes), each with a different theme (‘Freezer meals’, ‘Quick and easy’, ‘Slow cooker’, ‘Baked Goods’, etc.) – all written and road-tested by parents, so these recipes REALLY WORK
- Over 30 meal plans, such as ‘Short on Time’ (my one!), ‘Budget’, ‘Lunch at Home’ and many more, each including shopping lists and prep notes
- 5 healthy eating e-books and e-courses (including my personal favourite, “Why Won’t My Child Eat: Simple Steps to Bring Joy and Nourishment Back to Feeding Kids with Allergies, Pickiness, Oral SPD and More”)
- 8 meal planning resources and printables
Will I have space to store this on my computer?
It takes some memory, of course, but the resource is separated into sections, so you can simply download what you need, when you need it, one resource at a time. I suggest downloading onto a memory stick, tablet or external hard drive – anywhere a bit separate, where you have some spare memory.
Do I get this for life?
Once you’ve paid, you have 12 months to download the resources, then you have them for life. This is no problem for the PDFs, but with the video courses, you’ll maybe want to prioritise them, as they’ll be gone after 12 months.
I’m a vegetarian – is there anything for me?
There are over 400 vegetarian recipes in the bundle (and that doesn’t include all those which you could easily make vegetarian, by swapping beef mince for Quorn etc.). And, if you have an intolerance/allergy (or someone in your family does), you may be interested to know that there are over 700 nut-free recipes, over 800 egg-free and over 800 gluten-free.
There are also plenty of sugar-free, keto and paleo meals highlighted, if you’re following these diets.
How much will this set me back?
$49.97 – which is around £37.
You could easily spend £25 on a brand-new hardback recipe book – but how many recipes would actually make it into your regular repertoire? How many would actually use ingredients you could source easily, take less than an hour to prepare, and be eaten by your kids?
The Healthy Meal Planning Bundle is TWELVE recipe books, with all the extra planning guides, printables and informative courses – and you’re paying less than £40. The recipes have been written by parents, so they’ve been road-tested with families, and are meals which will work for your family. (We’ve been trying some recently, and they’re really good!)
If you’re new to meal planning, adopting this practice could save you £37 on your shopping bill in one week alone (and if you’re nervous, don’t worry, the resources in the bundle are amazing for helping you figure out how to start planning meals).
Even if you already plan your meals, there are fresh ideas and tips to help you make the most out of your plan – again, it’s very likely you’ll start to save even more on your food bill. This resource will pay for itself in no time!
It’s an insanely good price…BUT if you really aren’t happy…Ultimate Bundles offers a 30-day full money-back guarantee – no questions asked.
I don’t have a family – is this resource worth it?
The meals have been designed for kids AND adults, so yes, absolutely, this bundle WILL be worth your money in terms of flavour and nutrition. In fact, as I was looking through the recipe list, I found quite a few dishes that would be great ‘date night’ meals for me and the hubs, never mind the kids!
To make life easier, the recipes have been standardised to four portions. But you can easily halve these if needed – or how about making the full amount then packing some up for the freezer, for quick meals when you need them?
And don’t forget about the meal planning guides, printables, and healthy eating resources. All of these will help you save money on your food budget WHATEVER your situation.
My kids are fussy eaters – is this going to be a waste of money?
I have one fussy eater, and two semi-fussy. I think I’ve just grown used to adapting recipes for them – and, if you’re in this situation, you probably do the same.
For example, the first meal we tried was the ‘Eat your veggies’ spaghetti sauce. Now I knew I’d encounter resistance from my kids if they could see which vegetables they were eating in this sauce! So I made the decision to blitz up the vegetables once cooked: much better.
However, the sheer number of recipes in this bundle mean that there’s a strong likelihood that you’ll find a few new dishes for even the fussiest eater!
There is also an ebook for picky eaters included (see above) so that will give you a few extra tips.
I’m not sure my kids are ready for ‘healthy’ food – can you reassure me?
Don’t worry, we’re not talking Weird Healthy, like the stuff you’d have to travel to the nearest city to source from some random health food independent.
I like to think of this bundle as ‘Sensible Healthy’: using fresh, whole ingredients to create dishes full of flavour – i.e. no jars of sauce or anything – just fresh fruit, veg, meat and dairy produce.
What are some of your picks from the recipe list?
Argh…there are SO MANY recipes I want to try in 2019!
Dinners-wise, I’m intrigued by 3 Ingredient Tex Mex Chicken Wings, Asian Noodle Salad with Eye Fillet Beef and Pulled Pork and Mango Puff Pastries.
We love to mix meat and veggie dishes, but I struggle to find exciting veggie dishes which our kids will eat! So for that reason I can’t wait to try the Easy Midweek Cauliflower Curry, Pumpkin ‘n’ Spice Mac ‘n’ Cheeze, and Smokey Teriyaki Tofu Bowl.
I’m also looking for more interesting breakfast ideas this year, so hope to try Cream Cheese Kolaches, Apple Cinnamon Hotcakes and Make-Ahead Sausage Egg Bake. (Apparently a kolach is a type of pastry – I had to Google it! Sounds yum!)
I could go on…! Do you get it? There are SO MANY interesting and different recipe ideas – this is totally a resource worth getting! Click here to find out more.
Haven’t answered your question? Please add it to the comments and I’ll do my best to answer it!
Not sure where to start with meal planning? Click here to read what works for us.