Regular readers of the Allen School Online Blog know that we have some blogging topics that we tend to return to frequently. One of the regular subjects covered here is “ways to make life easier for the busy online student”. Another favorite topic here at ASOB is “healthy eats” or in some cases (see posts on KFC’s Double Down sandwich) “unhealthy eats to avoid”. Well today’s post rests at the intersection of these two favorite topics. Let me tell you about this fantastic idea I came across recently, courtesy of the Simple Dollar website. In a recent post, the bloggers at Simple Dollar discussed a problem many of us share. As busy students, parents, workers and spouses, we often have little time to prepare healthy, home cooked meals. As a result, we often default to packaged, processed or prepared foods which are often not the healthiest options. But there are only so many hours in the day right? Well the solution to this challenging problem lies in what is referred to as a “Meal Library”. The idea is to develop a list of satisfying, healthy – and most importantly – easy to prepare, 30-minute meals that everyone in the household agrees are scrum-diddly-rumpcious! The post which I highly recommend reading is available here and goes into a bit of detail on how to develop such a library and the benefits of building it. Key benefits include saving on groceries, minimized impact on your time, healthier dietary habits and overall familial satisfaction.