Meal planning 101 Part 1 Finding and Saving Recipes
I’m sure you have heard of the quote “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail”. Planning can almost guarantee a week of healthier choices with less stress. All this week I am going to share with you my planning tips. If you are a great planner be sure to share your tips too! If you are a newbie to planning I think you will like how I am breaking this all down into bite size steps that you can tackle each day this week. So if you are catching up later in the week don’t get overwhelmed and take it at your own pace then as you get more comfortable go longer. Today is Meal planning 101 Part 1 Finding and Saving Recipes and here is a video I did live in my Journey to Be Fit Facebook Community (click on the link if you would like to join!)
The most time consuming part of meal planning is deciding what to have. There are so many choices everywhere? I find my ideas in cookbooks, Facebook, Pinterest, and blogs. I also have some that are just what have been what our family has been cooking for awhile no idea where it even came from.
So when you see these ideas you need to have a place to “keep” them. Here are some different places you can try. Let me know which one works better for you in the comments below.
1) You can save the picture and/or recipe to your computer in a folder. This works good if you are mostly on your computer and have the space to save them right onto your computer.
2) You can create a Pinterest Board for different meal ideas. You could have a board for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. This works well for people that are on a combination of computers, tablets, and mobile. Of course it helps if you enjoy all the visuals of Pinterest.
3) You can email them to yourself and keep a folder in your email just for recipes and meal plan ideas. This doesn’t work well for me since I am more on social media than in my email and I would have to copy and paste the whole recipe into an email to myself then save it, but if you are getting a ton of emails already from blogs and companies it would be a good thing to have them organized this way.
4) I have a program called Evernote that can be used both online, saved to your computer, or on mobile. There is a free account option too. I save everything in there. You can create notes which would be the individual recipe and organize them into notebooks which would be like folders, then even make stacks of these folders that would be kind of like drawers. I will provide you with a link to check it out when I wrap up the video. Link to Evernote.
5) Then of course you can just print every recipe you find and organize them into file folders and into a file box. I do this with many of the recipes that we have found we like since my daughter does a lot of cooking in my house.
So collect all of your recipes so that tomorrow we can sit down to map out a plan.
Important to make sure that the recipe will fit into your nutrition plan or that can be tweaked to fit in the plan. What I mean by tweaked is if it is a pasta dish I usually substitute Spaghetti squash in place of the pasta. You can do the same with subbing in leaner cuts of meat too.
So tell me in the comments which way you will be collecting and saving your Recipes?