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Posted: 2018-12-06 13:10:00

In week 2 of our new series, "How to feed a family," you'll meet mom Kristin, who is committed to cooking in large batches.

Today brings the second instalment of TreeHugger's new series, "How to feed a family." Every week we talk to a different person about how they approach the never-ending challenge of feeding themselves and other household members. We get the inside scoop on how they grocery shop, meal plan, and food prep to make it go more smoothly.

Parents work so hard to feed their children and themselves, to put healthy meals on the table, to avoid spending a fortune at the grocery store, and to fit it all around busy work and school schedules. It's a feat worthy of more praise than it commonly gets, which is why we want to highlight it – and hopefully learn from it in the process. This week's interview features Kristin, a mother of three and committed home cook. (Responses edited for clarity.)

Name: Kristin, husband Dave, son Hunter (10), daughters Annabelle (8) and Kathryn (6)

Location: Ontario, Canada

Employment status: Dave works full-time. Kristin stays home with kids and works part-time hours in various volunteer positions.

Diet: Omnivore, with minimum 2 vegetarian or vegan meals per week

Weekly food budget: CDN $200 + 1-2 meals out per month

Favorite meals: Sesame chicken/tofu with rice noodles and toppings (create your own bowl), soup (every week I make a big pot of soup), Taco Tuesday (could be ground beef, black bean burritos, or fish tacos), build-your-own pizza (usually with naan bread)

1. How would you describe your diet?

We eat meat, but we aim for a minimum of 2, if not 3 or 4 vegetarian or vegan dishes per week. This helps reduce the grocery bill and our carbon footprint. I don’t believe meat at every meal is healthy. I try to buy local when I can, and I have a big garden in the summer but I’m a sucker for discounted produce!

2. How often do you shop for groceries?

I try to stick to once a week but sometimes I make a second trip if we run out of basics like

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