My Honest Review of Kitchen Confidence, Frugal Farm Wife’s Course on Meal Planning

My Honest Review of Kitchen Confidence, Frugal Farm Wife’s Course on Meal Planning

 

This course definitely saved me money this month! $100 and counting. Well worth the price of the course.

 

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The Knowledge Presented In Kitchen Confidence WILL Save You Money!

There are plenty of super helpful budget-saving suggestions and lessons here. I recommend this course to anyone with a grocery budget that they want to stick to!

  • PROS:

This is a great course for the beginner and a nice refresher, and even an inspiration, for more experienced meal planners. While I didn’t do all of the steps/lessons in their entirety as a LOT of the steps were extremely time intensive and, in my opinion, simply overkill, the knowledge base that Elise of www.FrugalFarmWife.com presents is very solid and extremely helpful. I learned a lot about how to provide low priced, nutritious foods for my family.

As a bonus, she provides a nice introduction to couponing which is definitely a solid base for anyone who wants to try their hand at couponing. However, I did notice that she didn’t mention using digital coupons, which is my life-blood at the moment. lol

  • CONS:

An example of “overkill” in her lesson plan for me would be the lesson on comparing food prices. What she suggested for accomplishing this list would have taken way too long. For me, meal planning should save me time, not require an excess of planning. Her suggestion would have taken 5 hours or more. For ONE step. And required me finding a babysitter for that period of time. First, no. Secondly, I’m just not doing that. Lol

  • Summary:

Aside from the suggestions of intensive list writing/building/compiling which I simply decided was not for me, I really enjoyed this meal planning course and I do believe that, should you decide to take the course, the knowledge she presents, when applied to your grocery budget and meal plan, will save you money and pay for itself in a week or less. It has saved me $100 already. I know this because I compared this month’s food budget to last month’s food budget. I was over budget by $100 last month! (shame shame, I know lol) I am on track this month because I used the Kitchen Confidence Course. If that’s not an endorsement, I don’t know what is.

 

This course has good advice for keeping track of and using what you have for a meal plan to save money.

 

Why I decided to take the course:

Elise generously offered to let me review her course as a beta tester.

I agreed to review this course because I was was looking for a way to step back into more solid meal planning after getting very discouraged with trying the more mainstream meal planning programs.

 

I admit, I was skeptical of yet another “meal planning course” that would have impossible requirements that do not work for my family.

 

I have some pretty picky eaters, so most of the meal planning courses that I have attempted in the past have been all but impossible for these reasons:

 

Meal planning courses that I have attempted in the past have been all but impossible for my family.

 

  • Why Most Meal Planning Courses do NOT work for my family:
  1. Most courses (I have found) that teach meal planning include mostly crockpot meals which my family doesn’t enjoy and make too much food for our needs.
  2. They include specific recipes in their meal plans which call for ingredients that I know my family will not eat or my family is allergic to.
  3. They require specific recipes which are allocated to a specific space on an arbitrary 30 day “meal calendar.” This doesn’t fit our family as we are very picky about what recipes we like and we like flexibility in being able to choose our meals.

 

Kitchen Confidence is the first Meal Planning Course I have found that (Mostly) works for my family!

  • WHY Kitchen Confidence by Frugal Farm Wife (mostly) works for me:
  1. We are able to use our OWN recipes!
  2. She has great suggestions on how to compile lists that help with grocery shopping and meal planning. I didn’t use all of her suggestions to the fullest because they are too time intensive for my needs. But I simplified her list-making suggestions to fit my needs and they have definitely helped me to stay on track and save money.
  3. She “gets it” when it comes to planning special needs meals, especially where special diets are required. So she doesn’t require that her own recipes be used for this course!
  • Recipes

She does list some of her own recipes as examples within the course. The recipes she presents are optional, easy, and healthy! (They also look delicious.)

  • I would recommend this course!

I would suggest taking this course. I think it’s worth the investment of time and money.

This course definitely saved me money this month! $100 and counting. Well worth the price of the course.

Caveat: I would suggest taking the course with a mind to tailoring the steps to fit your schedule. I skipped time-intensive, and what I thought unnecessary, steps.

And now….a WARNING:

If you’re not a make-a-huge-list-for-everything fan, be warned. This course has so….many….lists. HOWEVER, don’t let that scare you off or deter you from taking the course. I just used what I thought would be useful to me, saved some things for later or for an extended timeline to finish (like I plan on doing her suggestion of a freezer inventory, but not as she suggests doing it all at once,) or I simply did not do the step. *insert shrug here*

There are plenty of super helpful budget-saving suggestions and lessons here. I recommend this course to anyone with a grocery budget that they want to stick to!

Checkout her “bite sized” intro videos for a sample of how her course, Kitchen Confidence may be able to help you:

 

https://frugalfarmwife.lpages.co/kitchen-confidence-meal-plan-training/

 

https://frugalfarmwife.lpages.co/kitchen-confidence-meal-plan-training/

 

https://frugalfarmwife.lpages.co/kitchen-confidence-meal-plan-training/

Low Sugar and Low Cholesterol Recipes

My husband and I have low sugar and low cholesterol dietary needs respectively. We attempt to create tasty meals which meet both of our needs.

Below is my list of recipes that we enjoy together and are on a (pretty) regular rotation. I’ve put this together after rigorous testing, searching, blood, sweat aaaand yes, tears. Cooking is not my forte.

NOTE: This is what works for my family. I AM NOT a healthcare professional (obviously) so make sure you’re doing whatever your doctor recommends!

Low Sugar/Low Cholesterol Recipes (I’ll be adding to this as we find stuff we like)

  • Chicken breast

Defrost 3 chicken breasts in the refrigerator.

Heat a pan with about 4 tbls of olive oil to medium heat.

Place chicken breasts in the pan. Season with salt and pepper. If the pan doesn’t sizzle when chicken is added, wait until the oil is heated.

Cook chicken about 5 minutes on each side or until mostly cooked through. Leave to rest on a plate before serving/cutting.

TIP: I love to precook these and cut up to serve over salads, send in lunches with veggies, and serve with pita bread and tzatziki sauce. I’ve even put them in serving size baggies in the freezer!

 

 

 

 

  • Lentil and Ground Beef Spaghetti Sauce with Veggie Noodles:

Rinse lentils

Cook 1 cup of lentils with 2 cups of water and 1 beef bullion cube. Stir periodically. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 30-45 mins or until tender and the water is absorbed. Add more water if you need to cook them more. (You can cook these separately and eat as a side dish if you want.)

Cook 1 pound of ground beef (we use 80/20) in a separate pan. Add the lentils.

Add two 24oz jars of spaghetti sauce and simmer and stir for about 10 mins.

While simmering the sauce, boil water and add veggie noodles. We like these: Ronzoni Garden Delight

Drain noodles. Serve with sauce.

TIP: I usually make a huge batch and then freeze sauce in serving portions. Using lentils not only reduces the cholesterol content, but it stretches the more expensive ingredient, beef.

  • Cucumber Salad – (it’s Tzatziki sauce with larger slices of cucumber.)

 

  • Cured Salmon (My husband used vodka instead of smoke flavoring.)

 

  • Whole Wheat Pancakes – This is a great resource HERE for easy pancakes

 

  • Boiled Eggs (I don’t eat the yolk because it has all the cholesterol. I eat the white part.)

 

  • Whole Wheat Bagels with Cream Cheese

  • Brown Rice (I use olive oil instead of coconut oil and I add either beef or chicken bouillon) In the picture I used the same pan I cooked the chicken in. Saves time. Adds flavor!

 

Do you have any favorite recipes?