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There’s no getting around the fact that we all have to eat and feed our kids, but when dinner time rolls around, you’ve had a busy day, you’re exhausted, and hangry, figuring out what you’re going to cook—and what everyone will eat—can feel impossible. Yet with some easy, stress-free meal planning ideas, you can get dinner on the table in no time and bring back the joy in cooking.

In this episode, I sat down with Laura Fuentes, founder of the popular site, MOMables. Laura has helped thousands of families improve their health and wellness by establishing healthier eating habits as a family with her Family KickStart Program and weekly meal plans. Laura is also the author of 5 cookbooks, including her most recent title, Clean Treats for Everyone: Healthy Desserts and Snacks Made with Simple, Real Food Ingredients, an entrepreneur, public speaker, and spokesperson. 

Laura explains how to make meal planning easy and enjoyable, how you can save 5 hours of cooking and cleaning in just one hour a week, and how to make cooking enjoyable even if your kids don’t eat what you make. Her realistic meal planning ideas will give you a ton of inspiration in the kitchen and make mealtimes pleasurable again. 


2:34 Let’s talk about your story!

7:02 More people took up home cooking during the pandemic and it seems it’s a trend that has stuck, but parents are too busy and stressed to cook. How do we bring back the joy to cooking?

10:00 Why is it not a good idea to become a short-order cook?

12:10 When we hear meal planning, we think it’s time-consuming, complicated, and overwhelming. True? 

22:39 What’s the easiest way to get started with meal planning?

26:11 You say people can save 5 hours of cooking and cleaning in one hour a week. How is that possible?

30:14 What are some ways to find healthy, delicious recipes that everyone will enjoy?

35:00 What are your favorite tips for making the most of your meals?

38:54 What do you think about the meal kit subscriptions?


Julie mentions this 2022 survey which found 39% of people are cooking 3 to 5 times a week and this 2021 survey which shows parents are too busy and stressed to cook.

Laura mentions her popular chili recipe. 

Laura talks about her experience with Blue Apron. 

Learn more about Laura Fuentes on MOMables.com, and follow her on YouTube and Instagram. 


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Author Details
Julie Revelant teaches parents how to raise children who are healthy, adventurous eaters. Through blog posts and videos, her goal is to shift the conversation from short-term, problem picky eating to lifelong, healthy eating and healthy futures. Julie has written for FoxNews.com, FIRST for Women magazine, WhatToExpect.com, EverydayHealth.com, RD.com, TheBump.com, Care.com, and Babble.com.