Three o’clock and the kids are home 🙂 (one of my favorite times of the day). Four o’clock and my anxiety starts to increase. Five o’clock and the “WHAT TO HAVE FOR DINNER?” is all I can think about. Deciding what to have for dinner is 75% of the battle, in my world. Can anyone else relate to my dinner stress?
In my dream world, we would just decide what place to go to for take-out or just go out to eat, frequently. But reality is #1 – there are very few places that I can eat without having significant side effects later. And #2 – Eating in is so much more cost effective. But it does require “Planning”.
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The daily battle gets old very quickly. I tried making menus based on sales; going through recipe sites; paying for someone else to make my menus — each system worked well for a while. Then I go back to the daily standard of wondering what to make. However my friend Megan T introduced me to my solution! The solution is the site called Plan to Eat — very fitting name!
This site blesses me each time I use it. There are 3 basic steps:
1. Gather your recipes into your online Recipe Book — they have handy-dandy clipping helps to do this easily.
2. Drag and drop your recipes into the calendar/planner
3. Print out your grocery shopping list
The 3rd step is the sanity saver for me. I can easily glance down the list and see what items I already have and which ones I don’t. Then when I go to the store (or use Walmart pick-up, or Kroger Clicklist) I know exactly what I need to have. I prefer to plan meals for a 2 week period. I don’t feel like we have to eat the assigned for on the assigned day but sometime within that 2 week period.
As long as I use this system, my life flows SO much easier. And stress is suddenly much less!
You can try Plan to Eat for 30 days for free!
If you try Plan to Eat, we can become “friends” and then you can have access to all my wonderful recipes and I can have access to yours.
In full disclosure, I really don’t like to cook the same thing over and over. If you could see into my kitchen you would see 2 inches of recipes that have been printed out in the past 6-12 months. This is what happens … I see a recipe that looks good, I print it out and usually make it within a week. I add it to the pile and the process goes on … When I go through the pile of recipes that add up, I always find a few treasures that I forgot about. Those are the recipes I am trying to add to this blog — so that I can share my favorites with others.
Rather than this digging through a pile system, I have a vision of something better. If I make sure to import the recipe into Plan to Eat before I print it, then I can go to their site any time, log-in, and type in any ingredient that I remember and it will bring up all of my recipes with that ingredient. Genius! No more continuously searching for new recipes … unless I want to.
Plan to Eat is easy to pull up on your phone (not an app) to see ingredients to purchase or even use it to view your recipe.
If you choose to continue to use Plan to Eat after the free 30 days, it is only $39/year or $4.95 per month. It is worth more than $3/month to give me sanity over meal planning — that is for sure! I think you will like it too. Give it a try!
Wishing you peace, joy and hope! And good wholesome dinners 🙂