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How do you plan for meals?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:11 pm
by bride2009
Do you have recipes printed? Cookbooks? App on your phone?
I just have such a hard time planning! I get anxiety thinking about what I'll make for supper!
On a whim, when I'm trying to come up with something, it is like I'm speechless! I can't do it. I need to get this under control! Fussy baby while trying to prepare supper doesn't help, either, I guess.

Re: How do you plan for meals?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:42 am
by jennelled
I gather recipes from cookbooks, blogs, Pinterest, this board, etc. When I find one I like or want to try out, I save the recipe in Cozi. This keeps all of my recipes one place, and allows me to link back to the original.

I use the meal planning feature to just drag and drop whatever recipes I want to the various days, and you can "add to grocery list" based on the recipe. I don't usually use that function because it will add the ingredient list--so it will say "1/2 cup sour cream." I think that's annoying, and I may not need sour cream or perhaps I want to use Greek yogurt instead!

Once the meal plan is done for the week (we usually plan four to five meals), I head over to the shopping list feature and refer back to my meal plan. I've set up our shopping list with headers to make things easier to find--Household Items, Frozen, Produce, Dry Goods, etc.

I tend to plan the meals and do the shopping list on an actual computer, but you can do it from your phone, too. And for actual shopping, Matt and I both have the Cozi app so we just pull up the list and check things off as we go! That way we always know what we need if one of us has the time to stop by a store.

The meal plan includes links to the recipes, so if DH is starting dinner before I get home he can just log in, open the recipe, and print it out. We have a lot printed out, but we also make a lot of the same things over and over and don't necessarily need a recipe for all of them.

Re: How do you plan for meals?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:14 am
by tiffanyandtoddmay3108
I gather recipes from the places that Jennelle mentioned as well... I also have an emeals account and get recipes sent to me weekly. I usually plan out 5 to 6 meals a week sometime on wed/Thursday of the week before so I can go to the store before the weekend (either Wed if working from home or Thursday evenings or Friday mornings if I can't get there before then).

I have a dry erase calendar in the kitchen that I write the meals each day on and also a chalkboard that I write down things we need as we run out.

Re: How do you plan for meals?

PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:15 am
by mrs.shea
I use I store recipes and make a shopping list. The app doesn't function as well as I'd like. I have to use he computer version to make the meal plan and shopping list because it just doesn't work right on the app. Otherwise I like it and the button to save recipes from websites is great. I've gotten bad about printing my weekly plan. I want to do a calendar to write on when I get my command center going.

Re: How do you plan for meals?

PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:49 am
by ctab
I like paprika for saving recipes I find online.

Right now I come up with a general plan, and then I adjust based on what we find at the farmers market (with the exception of milk and apple juice we shop pretty much at the farmers market and costco). With summer here we do a lot of grilling and salads.

If you are willing to try new things you might want to consider a menu planning service. I did fresh 20 when Michael was really little, and it helped not to have to think about it. It had a menus plan based on limited ingredients and came with a shopping list.