Meal planning sounds daunting, but once you find a system that works for you, it’s life-changing!
On any given day, meal planning attributes to the healthy habits I’m trying to encourage in my family. When I don’t take the time to meal plan, I feel stuck, overwhelmed, and a healthy dinner doesn’t happen. But I’ve learned that meal planning doesn’t have to take long and it can even be
fun not terrible.
I’ll get right to the point: my favorite meal planning website, Plan to Eat, is running their annual half-off subscription sale November 25 through November 28 and I wanted to let you know about it before time runs out. It’s already very affordable, but the half-off price tag makes it even more attractive if you’ve been considering giving meal planning a shot. Plus—you can try it FREE for 30 days and still get the half-off price for an additional year!
Why plan your meals?
I’m not one to push many products—something has to really impress the pants off me in order to feel I want to recommend it to anyone. Plan to Eat is one of those things that has been so helpful in our family that I can’t help but share it!
I have been using Plan to Eat for about four years now and the longer I use it, the more I love it. My meals are planned (rather than haphazardly thrown together), we’re saving money (by not eating out as much), and we’re eating healthier (due to not eating out as much). I also love that all of my favorite recipes are organized and easy to grab at a moment’s notice. Best of all, I spend 10-15 minutes planning my meals for the week and then the nagging stress of “What’s for dinner?” is completely erased from my mind for the rest of the week. You can plan as many or as few weeks as you want, and you can even save a batch of recipes in a group (known as a Menu) that you can easily “re-plan” anytime.
How does it work?
- Easily import recipes from pretty much anywhere online or enter them manually
- Drag and drop your recipes onto a calendar on the day you want to make them (I typically plan 3-4 dinners a week and then we eat leftovers 1-2 nights, or eat out if we happen to be out and about during dinner time. You can also plan breakfast, lunch, and snacks.)
- Your shopping list is automatically generated and you can quickly check off the items already on hand (check out this video that shows how cool this really is)
- As you shop, check off items on your phone (list will sync with your phone or you can print it out)…my kiddos love to check things off for me when we’re at the grocery store
- When it’s time to cook a recipe, just click it on your calendar and you’re set (and it’s also super easy to move recipes to a different day if your plans change)
- Easily search and swap recipes with other Plan to Eat friends and add them to your own recipe arsenal with any edits or variations you want.
- Add any new recipes you might want to try to your “Queue” and give them a shot when you’re feeling adventurous (no more lost recipe ideas!)
Get FREE help using Plan to Eat
The Plan to Eat website has tons of great tips and tools for getting the most out of the service. Also, check out this fantastic 5-day Meal Planning Boot Camp that walks you through the entire process, complete with videos.
Like most endeavors in life, a key to success is planning. One thing that’s true for me: if I set myself up for success, nine times out of ten, I succeed. So I try to help out my future self whenever possible. I hope you’ll check out Plan to Eat and let me know what you think of it. I’m positive that, like it does for me, it will save you time, money, and anxiety around “What’s for dinner?” Happy eating!