Like to win a FREE place in Master Your Meal Plan?

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YOU can win one of 5 FREE places in the Master Your Meal Plan program!

Here’s how to enter…

1. Watch my FREE training videos. Just enter your details below to get instant access.

2. Leave a comment below answering the following question…

How would your life be different if you were able to ‘reverse’ your meal plan and become a healthy, intuitive cook? What changes would we see?

I’d really love to hear your story. I’m looking for enthusiasm and creativity!

Entries close Monday 3rd March.
Entries are NOW CLOSED

And the winners ARE:

Linda Inness
Anne from France
Grace LeVasseur
Marlo De
Anne O’Grady

the fine print:
* The winning entrants will be notified by Facebook or email.
* The winners will be announced here and on Stonesoup Tuesday 4th March 2014.
* The judge’s decision will be final and no other correspondence shall be entered into.
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Jack February 28, 2014 at 6:06 am

Due to the huge difference between my wife and myself ( I prefer looking at foods and exploring the world through my tastebuds, no possible combination frowned upon, while she sticks with what she knows and is only comfortable with. My honey is equipped with a ton of severe allergies, sensitivities, does not eat alot ( ok, hardly any)of the group known as vegetables) I tend to see the questions forming whats for dinner and want to run shreeking in terror! It is and has been hard to cook one satisfying meal for us both to say the least! I would wager that I could get a true handle on some unique and delicious dishes – counteract the expanding plethora of pre boxed pre made pre fabricated ” simple” choices creeping into our storage spaces to make a quick dinner and not look at meal prep with dred or sheer boredom. It would be also a huge perk to look at structuring meals that are all together just darn healthier for my family. Gosh this sounds insurmountable – but – go ahead and pick me – I can bet I am a challenge. This could be awakening and fun!!! :)

Kris February 28, 2014 at 6:18 am

I’ve spent my life following instructions, listening to what everyone else thinks and generally trying to ‘get it right.’ Your videos and upcoming course really appeal, as I’m on a mission to break free from this unsupportive pattern. I’m already tuning into my body; and I’m keen to get my man on-board too (as he has some blood sugar health issues he’s in the process of addressing). The chance to delve deeper into listening to my intuition (in the world of cooking) is a fabulous concept. I’d love to have the opportunity to learn more.

Anne from France February 28, 2014 at 6:43 am

We have a young son who, due to autism, is a fussy eater. As parents we both have health issues and we are on a very low income. I was used to meal planning, buying good ingredients and really enjoying all the preparation, presentation etc. Since our lives turned around and we found ourselves needing charitable help I really want to make a positive difference for my husband, son and myself. Currently our meals are adhoc and not always nutritional and they tend to be bland and sort of the same. I have been learning, through your blog, how to adapt and tweak key ingredients to alter tastes and enhance what food we can afford. Now I need help with being able to get a good meal on the table with what we have, and according to any given situation and without fuss or pressure. A challenge which I hope will bring a smile to my son’s and hubby’s faces!

Nicola February 28, 2014 at 7:21 am

This is what I have wanted to be able to do for so long ! My story is basically what you described in the first video, I would trawl through my recipe files, write lists and then…. well lets just say a lot of food went to waste. I’ve often said to my husband that I would love to be able to just look in the fridge and cupboard and put something together, but I have no real idea what flavours work well, I was never taught to cook when I was younger and since leaving home have relied on recipes so didn’t have to think for myself.
I think cooking will become so much more enjoyable if I’m not restricted by recipes, the pressure will be off and food won’t be wasted.
Sorry for the essay, can you tell I’m excited by this concept!!

Sarah D February 28, 2014 at 9:21 am

A few months ago, I wanted to find a new egg-based meal for ‘vegetarian night’, because all the egg recipes I could find were more or less the same thing: omelette or frittata. I spent quite a lot of time trawling recipe websites, but there was nothing that was appealing. So I took a chance: I invented something with what I had to hand. To my great delight, it became an instant hit with the family (well, everyone except the fussy 4 year old). It was a wonderful feeling.

I’d love a place on the Master Your Meal Plan course. I’m looking for full-time work again after 8 years at home with my kids, so my ability to plan and to cook tasty meals from scratch is about to be halved, and this is quite important to me. We have food issues too – health problems mean we have to be strict about following low-GI diets, but there are many healthy ingredients such as pulses that I can’t use either. It can be very restrictive. But actually, having just read the comments above me, I’d rather a free place go to someone like Anne from France. I used to have a friend with two autistic children and I know she found it very stressful trying to get them to eat anything nutritious. I know this isn’t a voting competition, but….

Bebaki February 28, 2014 at 9:55 am

I would adore to win some free training.I bought your book 5 ingredients,10 minutes but still I am in a rut with literally studying recipe books and finding its very costly and time consuming to do even Jamie Olivers 15 minute meals!I spend too much time looking for easy things to cook and wasting fresh things that I buy.I would absolutely adore to be an intuitive cook and to shop without a list!My whole life would transform and still cant imagine how it can be done!I at the moment don’t have enough money to buy the series but to win one would transform not only my life but my families too and my friends as well,who I would all tell.PLEASE let me win one of your series!I badly NEED it!Kind Regards Bebaki

Linda February 28, 2014 at 10:29 am

I would love to win a place as I am a frustrated mother of four fussy eaters and an even fussier husband! I try my hardest to please everyone but unfortunately I really wasn’t taught how to cook and every night and weekend is a chore. I think I have a well stocked pantry but even when I stand there looking at it I just can’t see a dinner or lunch and then have to go through my cookbooks and waste time and then have to shop for ingredients that I may not have. I love your simple and carefree approach to cooking and if I can learn from you then maybe I can then pass on those cooking techniques to my children. I would love for my children to be able to cook and be able to run their future kitchens without all the problems that I face. I just want to be able to cook some great food and get enjoyment from it rather than frustration. Thank you.

Helen February 28, 2014 at 11:47 am

This is really what I NEED. I am ashamed to admit that I have wasted so much food in the past. Both my husband and I are hard to please – he won’t eat anything ‘green’ and I am gluten intolerant, have IBS and diabetic, so to be able to really learn how to just throw together ingredients that are already in the pantry and fridge would be wonderful. I am already trying new things and have made some lovely ‘raw’ meals, but my husband does not like the new meals at all, so I need to know HOW to make good, healthy, tasty meals that are good for us. You will have many many people applying for the places on this course, but if I could please win one, I can assure you that lives will change, and for the better. Thank you.

Heather February 28, 2014 at 4:05 pm

I have struggled to “cook” my whole adult life. I was the queen on peanut butter sandwiches and ramen until I found your cooking with 5 ingredients in 10 minutes. It made it look easy, quick and do-able. I’m now at the point where I want to be able to be an intuitive cook. I want to be able to go the store and know what to pick that is fresh and in season and then make a meal people would like to eat instead of being a slave to the “list” (oh the dreaded list). Thank you for making your talents available to those of that are “cooking” challenged.

SueS February 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm

C -is the challenge of changing one’s methods
H-is for hard it is to make the new changes
A- is for average( which is what we have now)
N-is for new food new tastes and new methods of cooking
G- is for great green ” grub ” cooked oh so intuitively by “moi”
E- is for elegance and energy a plethora of both to be seen in my kitchen soon!!

Kathryn February 28, 2014 at 7:15 pm

I have followed all of the e-mails that you send out and looked at all of your videos and find them inspirational and would like to take it all that one step further. I have lost 50lbs by eating healthily and following your principles and would like to loose another 50lbs to get to my ideal weight – i know its not a quick fix and the best way to do it is by buying good nutritious food and then planning meals around them which we as a family can all enjoy – with spring just around the corner I would so like to win one of your courses as i think this will give me the help to loose the next 50lbs slowly and sensibly – thank you so much for this opportunity

Jackie March 1, 2014 at 2:56 am

I always end up spending way too much time in the kitchen. I always plan my meals for the week on Sunday, which takes a lot of time, then I take at least 2 hours every evening cooking dinner based on the the fancy recipes I picked out on Sunday. It’s getting exhausting! I’d love to be able to whip up quick and tasty meals during the week!

Karen March 1, 2014 at 2:48 pm

What I wouldn’t give to be able to just KNOW how to plan, shop for, prepare and serve delicious, nutritious and interesting meals to family and friends without feeling overwhelmed, nervous and sometimes even panicked. I was number 5 of 6 children and the baby for 10 years. By the time I came along my 2 older sisters were responsible for cooking and I never was really taught (as, let’s face it, who wants their 10 year younger sister hanging around and messing things up). My first foray into cooking a cheeseburger was to put a frozen premade patty in a frying pan doused with Accent (MSG), topped with a processed cheese slice and the electric burner on High! Sigh…lots of laugh from the older sibs! Fast forward to today. Still terrified when it’s “my turn” to reciprocate a meal for friends/family at holidays. I have taken general interest cooking classes, but find those help with preparing specific recipes only. Oh, to experience the bliss of just KNOWING what and how to prepare a tasty, healthy meal SPoNTANEOUSLY whilst actually not worrying or even more incredibly, ENJOYING it and being so relaxed people actually felt welcomed and nurtured. The icing on the cake (pun intended) would be to stop the obscene waste of food that goes on when I buy produce and don’t use it all, make food that does not get eaten (because I make too much or because it tastes like -um – s#!t)…well you get the picture. It’s pretty much chaos in my (head, heart) AND kitchen…HELP

Rochelle March 1, 2014 at 11:17 pm

I want my family to enjoy healthy delicious meals that are not coming from a box or package. As a child my mother did not make many meals from processed foods and I want to give that to my children. But with my husband and I working full-time, we’ve used the excuse as being too tired and busy for not making healthy homecooked meals. We’ve always associated homecooked meals as complicated and time consuming and I would love to learn to change that outlook and feed my family healthier.

Jana March 2, 2014 at 6:29 am

My meal planning usually occurs in the car driving home from work deciding whether to stop for take-out or figuring out if I have something I can pull together from the fridge. When I have options in the fridge, it’s a much easier decision. Because I don’t like waste and shop lightly, as the week goes on my options become less. For example, this week I had a wonderful bean soup I made 3 out of 5 nights–not a lot of variety.

In another 2 months, my local farmers market will be in full swing. I would love to be fearless with my cooking. There’s something that happens when I eat simply. My energy is light and upbeat. I’m content.

I’ve spent time learning to cook, but there’s something missing. It’s that quality great home cooks have. I don’t know what it is. I just know that I don’t have it…yet.

Nicole March 2, 2014 at 9:24 am

Having just started up a new (creative) business over the past 18 months with two young children in tow, I am a wee bit on the depleted side. Let’s just say that all of my energy and creativity has been put into creating something so much bigger than me. As a result, my planning and ability to be imaginative with meals has gone out of the window. I have been following your blog for some time now and have made many of your wonderful recipes, however, I no longer wish to wander into the kitchen of an evening and look blankly into my fridge, wondering what on earth I was going to cook for my family. Oh, yes, and myself. Gee, I tend to forget about myself. Would love your help Jules. Thank you for this opportunity.

Bianca March 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Adding to what others have said about domestic harmony- I would teach my husband these skills, so that he would have more confidence in the kitchen. Hopefully, the end result would be that he cooks more. This would especially include dishes from his home country, since he would normally have to follow a recipe to do so (and he isn’t great at that).
Thanks!

Steffi March 2, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I’m looking at going back to work full time (including nightshifts and weekends) in a couple month. I will have much less time to shop frequently and plan meals. Becoming a more intuitive homecook would help me to use what I have on hand, waste less, adapt to the needs of my family (cook little person friendly, for a meat-eater and a vegetarian. A simplified process of what I’m currently using is needed!

Anne March 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Living with a chronic illness means I’m a snail in the kitchen, and cooking and shopping is exhausting. Consequently my diet is not good. But thanks to you, my diet is slowly changing. Your fast recipes, short shopping lists and many wonderful variations have made it possible to create delicious healthy meals without tiring out, so I get at least one good meal a day now. I’m even starting to enjoy cooking, which is such a turnaround. You’re changing my life Jules and I’m so grateful. So to reverse my meal plan and become an intuitive cook would simply be incredible.

Nicole March 3, 2014 at 7:34 am

There is one thing, and one thing only, that my husband and I fight about– what’s for dinner. He is responsible for dinner and isn’t a cook. I have all the creativity but have little time and want to out the healthiest meal on the table. We have two girls, under five, and we are committed to show them the proper way to eat. The challenge – we are teachers in a subject that we are failing. Please give us the tools to become good teachers. We all want to make the honor list in our health!!!

Andrea March 3, 2014 at 2:22 pm

I would save money, save time, eat healthier. And….actually cook instead of thinking about, buying the food and then ending up at mcdonalds.

Lesley March 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm

I’m so thrilled that I have taken on this new cooking journey, Jules!
Love your simple, easy and tasty recipes with all the variations.
However I have felt stuck in dealing with meal planning efficiently.
So now that you’ve introduced the idea of ‘reversing the meal plan’ I am so keen to get rid of lists and limits and take the next steps – simply being ‘free’ to create our own nutritious meals that come from pantry, veggie garden and the local market.
‘Master Our Meal Plan’ – you bet!

Janet March 3, 2014 at 11:57 pm

I’ve been cooking family meals for 43 years and haven’t planned for many of those. It all began when I used to make the “Sunday Night Surprise” using pantry items and fridge left-overs. These were always popular, although rarely repeatable because I never had the same combination of ingredients! I go to the shops with a small list of necessary pantry items and the rest is made up of what I fancy at the time and things in special. I also grow vegetables so use them seasonally. I wholeheartedly agree with your comments and find this method released me from the stress of having to get a recipe right. Even if I do use a recipe I don’t mind using substitute ingredients that are on hand. Also, much less waste because left-overs get used up. This said I am still interested in seeing the next video, I’m sure I’ll learn something new. Thanks.

Linda Inness March 4, 2014 at 7:33 am

How would your life be different if you were able to ‘reverse’ your meal plan and become a healthy, intuitive cook? What changes would we see?

I have several changes I would implement if I could plan and cook healthy meals without wasting ingredients, spending hours pouring over cookbooks or having large amounts of leftovers. I also have a second meal planning, shopping and preparation problem:

My husband works 800 miles from home and only returns for several days every 4 or 5 weeks or so. I am a vegetarian, he is not, although after quadruple bypass heart surgery this last summer, he has had to modify his diet to lower his cholesterol levels. My meal planning and cooking problems are two-fold – planning, shopping and cooking interesting and small meals for one, and then for the times my husband is at home, cooking healthy and delicious home cooked meals for him to enjoy.

He lives in an RV with a tiny kitchen and tiny refrigerator when away and is not an accomplished cook – although he is improving! Luckily he loves salads and pastas, and has learned to cook simple meats such as chicken sausages and turkey burgers. But too many of his meals are eaten at restaurants, and although he tries to choose healthy options, it is hard to know what is actually being served and too often there are limited healthy selections available.

I would love to take advantage of fresh, healthy, organic produce that is seasonally available to provide varied meals for myself. Even more so, I need meal plans and skills I can teach my husband – simple, good tasting, filling foods he can prepare to maintain his health and avoid the costs, unhealthy cooking techniques and ingredients of restaurant fare. He avoids beef and pork, fried foods and whole milk. He is learning to enjoy most vegetables but lack of cooking experience, and space, makes veggie prep difficult. I know you can help with solutions, I have tried several of your excellent vegetarian recipes. I would love to participate in the Master Your Meal Plan program!

Grace LeVasseur March 4, 2014 at 11:42 am

The benefits of becoming a healthy, intuitive cook?! The answer is: Living to eat, and not eating to live. The simple joys that come with eating well and on a budget are endless and mutually healthy in so many ways. Currently I am a graduate student completing my final semester. The real world is just around the corner, where “no time to cook,” and “too easy to take out,” are faced on the daily. I’m eager to find joy in cooking from home more often than not. And I look forward to gaining confidence not only in my skills as a home cook but as an advocate for the same principles. Cheers to the evolution of happy and healthy cooking. And cheers to learning what works best for the individual and the family in us all.

Sarah Charters March 4, 2014 at 12:09 pm

My life would be radically different! My husband & are are in a meal rut, cooking the same TWO MEALS all week. We buy lots of fresh fruit & veg every week only to have it go to waste because we actually have no idea what to cook. Our dilemma is made worse by the fact that my husband recently suffered from Pancreatitis, forcing him onto a strict diet. I’m at the end of my tether TRYING to do the right thing by cooking healthy meals, but it’s a full time job!

We would see changes immediately if only I could get my act together. Perhaps we would ENJOY a meal together, instead of snapping at each other in desperation (and hunger!!) We would notice the difference in our moods and energy levels too, everyone knows that only get out what you put in.

This isn’t just a chance to cook nice meals for our family, but a chance to change our lives & our attitude to food, cooking & meal planning forever!

Dessie Pierce March 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Becoming a healthy, intuitive cook would help me to lower my triglycerides and cholesterol, be healthier, and have more energy. I am 49 years old, used to a pretty sedentary life, and two years ago I took up my dream of caving as a hobby. It’s pretty physically challenging, and I’d like to be able to do it as long as possible! I also would hope to have less temptation to eat ridiculous amounts of sugar. Pick me!

Phillip March 4, 2014 at 1:24 pm

It sends me nuts trying to think of what to cook for my family each day. My wife diets, one of the sons does hard physical labour and don’t forget granddad. My life would be different if I were able to ‘reverse’ my meal plan and become a healthy, intuitive cook as there would be less stress from “you know I can’t eat that” (usually no) and more streamlined preparation. Changes seen would probably be a husband with more hair from not tearing it out in frustation :)

Patricia Annen March 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Your video presentations have inspired me to tackle my problems in preparing meals for my diabetic husband, as well as my candida diet meals. By planning meals in reverse and using the concept of template recipes, I could be both more efficient and more creative in the meals I prepare without wasting food or being indecisive about our meals. It would be such a relief to enjoy cooking and eating healthier without all the struggles of menu planning. I truly appreciate your consideration–I know I would benefit from your class.

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