So you have decided to join me on the first day of my new series! Yay! I am so glad you are here. Ready to get a clean organized home? Let’s dive right in!
As you know, I plan out my meals every week. I do this for three reasons; organization, time and money.
First, organization. I hate that famous question…what’s for dinner? Well, I guess I should say I hate that question when I don’t have an answer! To me, planning out my meals gives me a peace in my day because I know what I will be making, that I already have what I need to make it and how long I need to cook it. So go ahead…ask me what’s for dinner…I dare ya!
Second, time. When I have my meals planned I am not wasting precious time in the evening frantically looking for a recipe, checking to see if I have all the ingredients, all while my family stares at me with hungry eyes. Nooooo, thank you. Why put yourself through unnecessary stress! If I have a meal planned, I know when I need to stop and start cooking so that dinner is ready when my hubby comes home.
Third, money. Planned meals mean I am not running to fast food (Little Caesar’s Pizza) because I don’t have all the ingredients to whip something up. Also, planning meals saves you money by controlling how many times you are eating meat. We all know that meat is expensive. So I try to plan a few vegetarian meals during the week to help stretch the budget. Plus, it’s good for our health!
Now, I know what you are thinking….planning a weekly menu takes tons of time. First I have to find some recipes, then I have to make a grocery list, and then still…there is the grocery shopping. I hear ya…I do! So I will tell you what I do and it works like magic.
I use Relish!, a meal planning service! I have been using then for over two years, maybe longer. And I love it.
Basically how it works is that each week you gain access to 15 new recipes and one dessert. You choose which meals you would like to cook and then add them to your weekly menu. From there, you can create a shopping list! That’s right…they take your selected recipes and create a categorized shopping list for you!!! You simply print it out, mark off what you already have on hand. Then take your list to the store and shop. How simple is that?!!! No more forgetting items or looking up recipes. They have done all the work for you. Plus they have tons of extra recipes like, 10 freezer meals each month, desserts, low-calories meals, kid-friendly meals, holiday meals, salads, breads, drinks….I could go on and on.
Their recipes are great because most of them take 30 minutes or less to cook and they taste good! That’s important right?! It’s a great time saving service that not only keeps me organized, it also saves me money.
Now, if you don’t want to use online menu planning system, I have other options you may like…