I’m the mom who loves to eat but really, really, really dislikes pretty much all tasks leading up to the eating part. You know… dreaded duties like searching for recipes, planning the meals, organizing the recipes, and making the grocery lists.
I am not kidding about this. If I were single, I would make one crockpot of red beans and rice large enough to feed me for a week, and I would consume it for every. single. meal.
Mind you, I would do this NOT because I have an unusual affinity for red beans and rice, but because THAT is how much I loathe the searching, planning, organizing, and listing that surrounds food preparation.
But I am not single, no one in my family enjoys red beans and rice, and apparently I’m the only one who thinks it’s a good idea to make a huge pot of anything to eat for every meal for an entire week.
So for years – in an effort to serve my family well – I have set aside weekly time to pour over cookbooks, write out grocery lists, and sketch meals onto a calendar. And even though I know the Bible says that I should complain about NOTHING (see Philippians 2:14 if you don’t believe me), may I confess that every. single. week. I would grumble in my heart about having to plan meals?
(Foodie friends, don’t judge me. Seriously. Stop judging me right now! :))
But then… someone told me about this Web site called Plan to Eat — an online meal-planning service — that could help me in this area of weakness in my life.
And you guys… I canNOT even BEGIN to tell you how much I absolutely LOVE this Web site.
Remember how I despise the searching for, planning out, organizing together and writing down of all things related to eating at home? Well, this Web site does just about all of that for me.
While I do still have to forage for recipes, the hunt is as simple as surfing the Web or flipping through Pinterest. When I find something I like, I click the handy Plan to Eat bookmark (that I have uploaded to my browser’s toolbar), and PRESTO… the recipe automatically uploads. And get this… it NOT ONLY uploads the recipe, but it ALSO categorizes it.
Bottom line: I search, I click what I like, and Plan to Eat uploads and organizes my selections.
But that’s not all.
After collecting a good number of recipes in my account, I tried out the site’s “Planner” feature. It took me to a split screen where I simply dragged my recipes into different time slots (i.e. breakfast, lunch, dinner) on different days of the week. Planning a weekly menu took me less than five minutes. Planning a month could take less than ten!
But the best feature is the “Shopping List.” Once I set my meals on a calendar, making a grocery list took me… wait for it…
It’s true. One second. All I had to do was click the “Shopping List” button and TA-DA! – there was my grocery list… and it, too, was categorized (i.e. baking, dry goods, dairy, etc.).
There are all kinds of features available with the Plan to Eat service that I haven’t even tried yet. For example, there is a “friends” feature where you can find friends and share recipes. There’s a mobile app where you can have access to your shopping list and recipes on your smartphone.
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