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Jen encourages women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives at BeautyandBedlam.com. A popular speaker, worship leader, and author of Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation, Jen lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, and a sofa for anyone...

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  1. I am a single woman and buy most of my groceries once a month. I cook up different kinds of meat with my meal ideas in mind as well. It saves a lot of time, washing dishes, and time in the kitchen. I find I eat better if I have planned ahead what my meals will be. It also gives me more of a variety, instead of making a meal and eating it several times. Keep up the good work.

  2. Wow! You are a power-meal-maker-extraordinaire! I love to double up on batches of dinner items so we can have at least a couple easy meals later in the week. However, I haven’t ever been quite this industrious! I am willing to take the challenge!
    Thanks for the great food for thought! 🙂

  3. Ok, I’m considering giving this a try – despite the fact that planning and executing dinner a day (or a few days) at a time doesn’t really stress me out because I’m always up for saving money and time!
    But I don’t really understand exactly what you put in each baggie. And how do you freeze rice without it drying out?
    SO I’d love to hear more specifics. (maybe on your blog?) Thanks for your wonderful encouragement to me.

  4. Wow! Good for you! This really encourages me to spend more time planning my meals than just flying by my pants seat. I do enjoy cooking, my husband and I both do. But some nights it’s just nice to come home and have everything “ready”, toss it in the oven, and enjoy! Thanks!

  5. Wow! This is great! I totally could use this as I often find myself completely frazzled as to what we should have for dinner. Thanks!

  6. Jen, you are one talented woman. Not only can you whip up words that feed our hearts…you can also get dinner on the table in nothing flat. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us! We love ya!

  7. We are trying to incorporate our 1 1/2 yr old daughter into dinner at the table with the two of us, rather than feeding her first and eating after she’s asleep. She’s at a hard stage for uninterupted dinner preparation though and most days Dad isn’t home until dinner is almost ready. Having staples pre-made to put together into a main course would probably save me a lot of frenzied cooking while simultaneously trying to distract the little one. A very helpful post!