“My Kitchen Chalkboard”: Your Family’s Guide to Meal Planning

Cooking dinner can be a satisfying way to unwind at the end of the day. But for a busy mother looking to feed a hungry (and sometimes picky) family, it can feel more like a challenge. Is there a way to create a wholesome meal that will appeal to the entire family without spending hours slaving in the kitchen?

Enter My Kitchen Chalkboard by Leigh Belanger. When Leigh, a lifelong home cook, found herself dreading dinnertime, she knew she had to be smarter about it. So she began to map out recipes for the week, listing them on the chalkboard on the back of her kitchen door.

Having a plan gave her a sense of control over the process and she began to find small ways to get ahead. Now she’s able to pull together meals that pack a punch instead of feeling overwhelmed by dinnertime chaos – when everyone’s tired and hungry, it helps to know what’s for dinner.

With My Kitchen Chalkboard, Leigh will share the bits of wisdom, tips, and strategies she’s collected along the way with other busy cooks trying to get dinner on the table. Interested in learning more? Follow along on Instagram and Facebook as she tests different recipes, gathers ideas, and continues on her daily quest to get her three year old to eat something that is not beige. Want to be part of the process? Take this survey to let us know what your current cooking routine looks like—and how you’d like it to change!

Leigh is the food editor for Culture magazine. As a contributor to local newspapers and magazines, such as the Boston Globe and edibleBoston, she’s written about whoopie pies, food policy, and cheesemaking chefs. From 2007 to 2012, she was program director for Chefs Collaborative. Her first book, The Boston Homegrown Cookbook, was published in 2012. She lives and cooks in Boston with her family.