Teacher Week: Make Ahead Meals

This is Deedee Wills from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten.  When our Blog Hoppin group talked about ideas for Teacher Week... I jumped (or hopped) at the idea of doing Make Ahead Meals.

Let me tell you... I! HATE! TO! COOK!   HATE! IT!
Sadly, Mr. Wills does not enjoy it either.
But I love to eat!  So when I get busy, I tend to grab what is easy.
Easy and Healthy don't always go hand in hand.

I started to examine what I disliked so much about cooking.

Honestly, it is the planning.

I am not a sit-down-on-Sunday-and-make-a-shopping-list-girl.  
I am usually a I-am-at-the-grocery-store-what-do-I-need-girl. OR

Then I found this website.

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Game! Changer!

Here is why...

First I can import the recipes I find on the internet into this website.  This is done by just clicking a tool on my toolbar... sort of like pinning to Pinterest.

My go-to sights are...

Then I can plan my meals for the week by dragging your saved recipes into the planner.  Takes like 2.2 seconds... for real.  This is a screenshot from my computer but I usually do this on my phone... in the parking lot of the grocery store.   Sad but true.

This is the cool thing...  IT! MAKES! A! SHOPPING! LIST! FOR! YOU!  As you put an item in your shopping cart, you can check off the boxes.  

This website does cost a little money, but I have save so much money because I am getting the right stuff.  I don't over or under buy.

So what is my FAVORITE make ahead meal?

Picture Source:  Skinnytaste
You can find her recipe by clicking below.

Skinny Slow Cooker Pernil (Puerto Rican Pork)

Disclaimer:  I am not a food blogger.  I have no idea how to photograph food.

So the night before I get started.  I pull the recipe up.
 There are just a few ingredients.
 I put the pork and the juice marinade in the fridge for the night.
 In the morning, I slide the crock into the pot and put it on low.  
When I get home, the house smells delicious!
 Then I cook some tortillas on the griddle.  It just takes a few minutes.  
I like to get the uncooked flour tortillas from CostCo. I find them in the refrigerated section. 
Add a salad and WAH-LA... Dinner is served!

We are busy!  Right?   Please link up your favorite make-ahead meals.  If you are a blogger, please be sure to add our graphic and link back to us.

If you are not a blogger... no problem-o.   You can add your favorite make ahead meals on our Facebook Page!


  1. Thank you for the great new websites! I am so excited to find some new recipes today!

  2. I love the idea of doing things this way. I love that I gives you a shopping list and you don't have to figure it out. You should check out blue apron. I have never used it, but it also takes the guess work out of cooking. When you sign up and pay for the plan they send you the ingredients to the meals so you can avoid the grocery store all together. Let me know if this was helpful.

    1. I have not looked at Blue Apron! Does it come with the cook? Ha!

  3. Hi, Deedee!
    I had to laugh because I had started out my blog post in much the same way as yours--except I referred to myself as a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants cook. Great minds hate to cook alike...

    Even though I teach junior high kids, I LOVE your blog and find so many ideas to adapt for my classroom. You and Deanna Jump have totally changed the way I think about reading after 26 years! I just wanted you to know that your wonderful work is trickling up to the secondary set. Thanks for all you do!


    1. So glad I'm not the only teacher who doesn't enjoy cooking! I usually don't know what we're having until 6:00 haha. Better late than never!

    2. Thank you Melanie! That makes me so happy to hear.

      We must be kindred spirits!

  4. I think you have changed my life with the Plan to Eat Website! THANK YOU!!!

  5. DeeDee! I love your post! I blogged about Plan to Eat too (great minds ;)) We love their site and use it all the time. Such a time saver.

    Michaela We Heart Edu

  6. Plan to Eat looks awesome!! I am going to look into that right now! I need some meal planning organization in my life. :)


    1. Yay! Tiffany! I had to watch the videos because I'm not that techie... but it is a good one!



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