Meal Planning. It’s something that I strive to do whenever possible! Not only is meal planning an excellent time saver and a big money saver it helps answer that annoying question, “What’s for supper?”
Since we moved into the rv I haven’t been able to do as much meal planning as I like to do because of the lack of space for fresh and frozen foods. Now that we are moving into the farmhouse I plan on getting back into the swing of things big time!
With a very active toddler I don’t have as much time on my hands to be able to sit down and meal plan like I once did. In an effort to figure out how I could save time I decided that checking into meal planning services would be worth my time. Over the last few years I’ve actually checked out several different meal planning helper sites and I still haven’t found one that I LOVE. I recently saw an ad for Plan to Eat on a blogging friend’s website and I had to check it out.
One thing I’ve always had a hard time with on other meal planning sites is that they provide all the meals that we are supposed to eat during the week. While that might be a big time saver for some, for us it just made it more difficult since I had to do so much adjusting to the recipes to work for our allergies (and my picky eaters!).
Plan to Eat is different from those other meal planning sites. What I really love about it is that I can choose the recipes from my favorite blogs and websites and plug them into my meal plan.
Want to see what I mean?
First you click on Recipes in your Plan to Eat dashboard. Then you can either type in your own recipes or you can copy and paste a url to automatically enter a recipe or you can even add the bookmark button to grab recipes while you are on websites!
When you add a url from a website, you then click import and the recipe will be added. What I love about this is you can scroll down to the ingredients and edit them as needed to make the recipe perfect for your family. This helps make your grocery shopping list accurate.
Click Save Recipe and the recipe will be added to your Recipe Book. Then all you have to do is drag and drop the recipe into your weekly meal plan where you need it. It’s really easy!
Once you plug all your recipes into your recipe box you drag and drop them into your menu, Plan to Eat will automatically populate a grocery shopping list using the recipes you’ve chosen. This shopping list can be organized to how you go through your grocery store and you can also download it onto your mobile phone if you’ve rather not print anything out.
Another thing I did not enjoy with other planning sites was the fact that their meal plans only lasted for a week. Living in a rural area, we try and only grocery shop once a month and I order from a coop so I need to be able to plan further ahead than a week! Plan to Eat offers a calendar that you can plan ahead as far as you need to. I absolutely love that!
Make sure you check out the Plan to Eat website to see if you think it would fit into your meal planning needs. I’m excited to have discovered it and I know it’s going to save me so much time and planning work! If you aren’t sure if Plan to Eat is for you, you can always sign up for the free 30 day trial to check it out. (No credit card required)
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