If you’re like me, you cooked up a storm for Thanksgiving and are ready to relax, maybe do some shopping and look forward to Christmas. I have been linking up my menu plans with OrgJunkie and enjoyed being organized and knowing exactly what’s on the menu for the week, especially on weeks full of activities. I write my menu plan in my planner in the kitchen and even the kids can see what’s for dinner. It’s helped me tremendously in planning my busy days and making sure to save enough energy to cook a good home-cooked meal.
I noticed on Org Junkie’s site that Plan to Eat is an online menu planning service so I decided to check it out on a 30 day trial. I plan to purchase a yearly subscription from her affiliate link when the Black Friday sale starts at at 12:00am Friday, November 28 and ends on December 1, 2014. I have become an affiliate myself because I love this program so much and I am so excited to finally find a program that fulfills my menu planning needs.
Basically this is what I love about Plan to Eat (affiliate link):
Add Recipes from the Web
Many of the recipes I do from week to week are things I have pinned on Pinterest. By adding the recipe URL , Plan to Eat will import recipes and populate the ingredients and directions. I find this works if the recipe is in a plugin, some recipes may not work but that’s ok I can always type in at least the ingredients into my own recipe.
Add Recipes of My Own
Even if I don’t enter the whole recipe, I can add in the ingredients. So for example, I entered a recipe for “Homemade Pizza.” I entered the pizza yeast, the ingredients for the crust, cheese, sauce and toppings. Inevitably, when I’m going to make pizza I’m missing something. By entering them into Plan to Eat, when I add it to my menu plan, it will automatically create a shopping list with the ingredients I need and I can always cross off what I have in my pantry. No more last minute trips to the store for forgetting an ingredient.
Now I can enter the recipes I’ve bookmarked or created into my menu plan. When I click on the recipe, it’ll bring up a snapshot of the ingredients and direction where I can print the recipe if I need to. You can see I started putting in my last minute recipes for my Thanksgiving menu plan for ingredients I had not bought yet.
Of course, my favorite feature is once I’ve figured out what my menu plan is, then I can click on Shopping List and ta da, it creates a printable shopping list sorted by category. I can always add other items to the shopping list or delete items we already have. Then just print and shop.
I think the Plan to Eat online meal planning service will help me greatly. Since I blog my menu plans anyway, I can add a few extra clicks and have my shopping list ready and in the order I need to attack the grocery store. I think it will give me some extra motivation to get my recipes onto my blog as well so that I can add the links and have shopping lists ready quickly. Anything to shave time off menu planning and grocery shopping is a small victory to me. I feel like I spend most of my day planning and cooking food for my hungry, growing boys!
I also like that Plan to Eat is a family owned operation and they don’t have ads on their site. They rely on word of mouth, affiliate partnerships and good customer service to grow their business. I think that’s pretty cool for a business these days.
Sign up for your free trial and grab a year’s subscription Plan to Eat (affiliate link) for $19.50 (only $1.60 per month). Sounds like a great deal to me!
Note: This post contains affiliate links. I am only an affiliate for products I use, purchased and recommend myself. I was not compensated for this review, info contained is my own opinion.