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Need Fresh Dinner Ideas? No Problem!

June 14, 2013

I don’t know what my problem was, but for several months I was really uninspired to cook like I used to do. Don’t get me wrong, I still made our meals nearly every night. But my dinners were more like a constant stream of old stand-by concoctions rather than new and exciting treasures. For some reason, I just didn’t feel as inspired to plan meals like I used to do.

So I was intrigued when a friend told me about The Fresh 20 concept. And all I can say is it has changed the way I cook dinners!

Seriously people, you are going to love this! The idea behind The Fresh 20 is that every week, The Fresh 20 sends you five recipes that require only 20 fresh ingredients. That’s it — all you have to shop for is 20 ingredients (and I tend to have a lot of them already)! The elves at Fresh 20 organize the shopping list for you and give you a handy prep sheet. The meals are simple, creative, healthy, and really delicious. And it’s all for only $5 a month. They also offer a vegetarian and gluten free Fresh 20 option (we use the classic plan).

By the way, this is not a sponsored post. I’m not getting any payment or free meals for endorsing The Fresh 20. I’m telling you about it because it’s helped revolutionize my meal planning and I want you to benefit from my knowledge.

Here are a few amazing things I cooked from Fresh 20 recipes that I never would have made otherwise.

Veggie Tostadas (even Bryan loved these and he always wants a meat option):


Chicken Tortilla Soup:

tortilla soup

I’m telling you … If you’re stuck for dinner ideas and are unmotivated to cook or shop, go right now and check out The Fresh 20! You can even download a sample menu of three dinners and try it out. 

What do you do to help with your dinner planning? How do you deal with dinner idea ruts? Do you have dinner ideas (by all means, please share)?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2013 3:43 am

    This is great, I have been stuck in the same menu for a while and feeling uninspired. Thank you Leah!

  2. June 14, 2013 5:29 am

    What an interesting and helpful way to plan and make meals. Your foodies look mighty tasty. Thanks for sharing, I’m going to go check it out.

  3. Melissa Crytzer Fry permalink
    June 14, 2013 8:52 am

    This sounds fabulous — especially coming from someone who ONLY cooks from her old standbys and doesn’t get creative. Thanks, Leah.

  4. June 14, 2013 9:30 am

    Since I’m doing more and more of the cooking on weeknights, but I’m not a big fan of cooking meat, Tony makes some kind of meat on the weekends. For example, he’ll crockpot some pulled pork or roast a chicken on the grill. I’ll then repurpose the meat into dinners, like pulled pork sandwiches or tacos, chicken enchiladas or shredded chicken salad.

    So our weeknight menu is dictated partially by what we have in the fridge, simple things like pizza or burritos, or by making a casserole on the weekend that I then freeze into smaller portions and reheat on weeknights, like lasagna with a quick salad and some homemade garlic bread. It keeps things varied, but allows for making something fresh if we have the time and inclination.

  5. Mom permalink
    June 14, 2013 1:08 pm

    Would you make the tostadas for me? Looks amazing 🙂

  6. June 14, 2013 5:11 pm

    This looks so delicious, it’s making me think of fixing some maybe tomorrow!

    Thanks Leah Have a great weekend!

  7. Pat Dintrone permalink
    June 15, 2013 3:42 pm

    You won’t believe this but this is what we do. I have a written list of maybe 150 or so recipes that I have made and my husband and I both like. Every week before we shop he chooses meals off that list, usually twice as many as we will need (eg., if we will be home for 5 dinners he chooses 10). I then select from that list or maybe choose something different. When we return from a foreign trip I usually make some of the dishes that we liked wherever we were and if they come out well they get added to the list. Ditto if I see something in the paper or get a new cookbook. The great thing is that I am not the only one trying to think of meals and we don’t get in too much of a rut because he reviews all the options every week. I know it sounds crazy but it works for us. Now if I could just handle the what to have for lunch problem… ( we each make our own lunch).


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