Simple Starter Tips

You will receive an email with the weekly meal plan and shopping list every Thursday. I suggest buying the ingredients and looking at the recipes on Friday or Saturday.

The Truthful Take Facebook Cooking Community

With the purchase of a subscription, you can request to join the private Facebook group. This is a place for us to offer cooking suggestions, pictures of the food we make, ask questions, or offer cooking support for one another. You need to request approval into the group. It should be approved within 24 hours of starting your subscription.

Cooking on Instagram TV & YouTube

I will be cooking 2 of the dinners per week, so you can watch how I put together a meal for my own family on a weeknight. You can watch the cooking segment on Instagram TV or YouTube. Since schedules are hectic, I can’t give an exact day or time they will be posted, but I will always announce in the morning on my Instagram stories which day and time my video will go live.

Password Protected

Some recipes are password protected. The password is provided in your Thursday Meal Plan Emails. If you forget the password or lose it, email

Healthy-ish Options

I offer some cooking and dietary suggestions. Keep in mind, this is just the beginning of the suggestions and changes. Feel free to make any substitutions necessary for your own dietary needs. If you find a change or substitution that you love, share your ideas and pictures on The Truthful Take’s Facebook Community. I will be continually working to add more vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free and other dietary options. Also, I am not a dietician so you do what is best for you and your family’s needs.

Weekly Salad Dressing

For those who want to add additional veggies to your dinners, I provide a weekly salad dressing recipe. I make a batch or even double it and keep it in the fridge so I can have a salad whenever I want. I also buy a bag or two of mixed greens, spinach, romaine or really any green I’m craving, so the salads are very easy to assemble. The amount of salad greens and fixings will be up to your discretion.


Most recipes serve 4 people. Keep in mind, some families eat more or less, so you will have to make adjustments depending on the amounts your family will consume.

Sunday Prep

Some recipes come together quicker and easier if you prep or partially cook on Sunday. I highly suggest getting a crockpot so you can cook the stew type recipes during the day while you are working or running errands. Also, you can prep some items (mainly chopping veggies) on Saturday or Sunday so they are ready throughout the week. However, prepping before-hand is not necessary. If you buy meat and won't be cooking it for a few days, I suggest freezing it. Just make sure to put it in the fridge to thaw out the day before.

Pantry Items

My shopping list includes most items needed. There are some food staples I don’t tell you to buy because I assume you already have them. These include:

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Butter
  • Oil (extra virgin and vegetable/canola)
  • Granulated sugar (if you don’t like using granulated, you can substitute other sweeteners but that may change flavor and consistency of final product)
  • Flour
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Baking powder
  • Baking Soda


Example of extra ingredients: Keep in mind, some weeks I suggest buying a container of sour cream for tacos or chicken stock for a pasta bake. Even if you don’t finish the container that week, you will in the coming weeks because there will be other recipes that you will need to use those ingredients. Also, you may think it’s expensive to buy some ingredients such as dried oregano. But you will use it throughout the months and it will worth the money. Also, feel free to make substitutions or eliminate certain ingredients due to personal preference. Just remember that will probably change the taste of the final product!


hi, I'm leslie

Whether it's through nutrition, mindfulness, spending more time with family, setting monthly goals, or just finding the things that make us happy in life (Real Housewives of New York anyone?!), working towards any semblance of balance is the ultimate goal. Join me as I go through a journey to find the best ways to go from Super Mom to the Do What Really Matters Mom.

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