Although summer technically ends in mid September, the start of a new school year always seems like the official end of summer. For me, the end of summer means shutting down the grill with all of its spontaneity and going back into the kitchen to prepare and cook my family’s meals. Being the dedicated to wholefoods eating, yet super busy mom that I am, this requires planning. Lots of planning, since McDonalds is NEVER an option around here. Meal Planning is a skill in and of itself. Its more than a notion and it does take some time but once it is done the rewards are great. The Key to successful meal planning is having the right tools and then, of course, executing the plan.