Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
Has anyone had any luck with weekly meal planning? Favorite tools or cookbooks, tips for planning? I would really like to try this to cook healthy meals and save a little moolah. I am also in the process of making a google doc template for this – would anyone be interested in seeing what it looks like if I am able to make a good one?
Any tips would be appreciated – thanks!
Post # 3
I love to meal plan! I sit down sometime between Friday evening and Sunday morning and plan four meals I want for the next week. Then I write out a grocery list for those meals (plus extra fruits, veggies, dairy, etc.) and go shopping on Sunday.
I try to cut every recipe to make 4 portions (there are 2 of us) so that way we have enough for dinner and leftovers for lunch. I cook Monday thru Thursday and there is usually plenty of food leftover for lunches and the weekend or we will go out one day.
I like sparkrecipes because they have a built in nutrition counter for every recipe or you can input your own recipes and figure out the nutrition. Good luck!
Post # 4
I do the exact same thing as babyboo, and let me tell you it really makes a huge difference. There is no more wondering “what’s for dinner” because you already know and have the ingredients on hand because you grocery shopped according to your food list, rather than just picking up a random assortment of things then thinking “now what can I make with this”?
As for cookbooks and online recipes…
Favorite online recipe site – hands down, allrecipes.com is the best out there. Very comprehensive, easy to use, you can modifiy the serving sizes and ther recipe changes all the ingredient amounts, and the reviews let you know if a recipe is good, bad, or needs modification. I haven’t been steered wrong here!
One of my favorite cookbooks is “Cook Great Food” by the Dieticians of Canada. I am sure Dieticians of America would have something very similar. Lots of easy, healthy, quick to prepare recipes!
Another tip: make leftovers. Lunches are then taken care of too!
Post # 5
I’m so into meal planning! Although I haven’t done that in a while – I just kinda choose on the day, whoops! I try to sit down every weekend and figure out what I can make from stuff still in the fridge/freezer before I decide what to eat and go shop for.
Post # 6
Same as littlemissmoo, I love to meal plan–but i’ve been slacking lately. it’s just so much cheaper to shop when you know what you have and know what you’re looking for, nothing more!
Post # 7
I plan very similarily. I often use allrecipes.com and sparkrecipes.com. I plan the entire week on Sunday morning and go grocery shopping Sunday afternoon. It’s awesome! We save so much time (and money!!)