My #1 Tool For Simplifying Meal Time

#1 Tool For Meal Time SimplifiedLife.net

Let’s be honest.  Who exactly likes planning out meal time?  Sure, we all like eating the food, but making a plan for how it’s going to get into the house and onto the table is a completely different matter.

Up until recently I found myself flying by the seat of my pants when it came to planning meals, especially dinner.  On the good days I usually had a general idea about I was going to make, praying the whole time that I actually had all the ingredients in the pantry.

The not so good days would find me rummaging through the pantry and fridge praying that by some small miracle I could come up with a creative and nutritious meal for my family.

Honestly, there were days it came down to serving cereal for supper.  Yes, I’m one of those mom’s too.

Over the years I have tried a lot of ways to map out and schedule meals.  Printables , menu planners, list for recipes, list for shopping – but nothing every really worked well for me.

Then I found the one tool that has revolutionized how I plan meals and shop.  I promise I am not being dramatic.  It truly has changed how we plan our meals and shop. The biggest difference? It saves our family time and money.

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No more wandering the isles of the store hoping I remember everything on my list (that is STILL stuck to the refrigerator door) and over-purchasing “just in case” I need it.

No more hitting the door at 5:00 and wondering what’s for dinner, who’s going to get it on the table and wondering if I will have all the ingredients for it.

Instead we now use this great tool called Plant To Eat *

I actually discovered Plant To Eat about a year ago but never implemented it.  Then about a month ago I went back to take a look at it and decided it was time to jump on board.

Now that I have been using Plan To Eat for the past month I honestly wish I had jumped on board sooner.  It has made that much difference for our family.  It has simplified my meal planning and helps us make much better use of our time and resources along the way.

Some of the things I love about this meal planning tool:

  1. I can add recipes from my own personal collection and upload recipes from any online site such as All Recipes or a friends blog.  The great part is that it remembers where the recipe comes from in case I ever want to go back to the place I found the original recipe.
  2. Once I have my recipe in the recipe area, I can drag and drop the recipe right into my meal planner.  The menu planner is laid out by the week and so it’s easy to see what is planned for each day, taking the guess work out of each day.
  3. After I drop my recipe into the planner it automatically adds the needed food items to the shopping list.  If I already have that item on hand it’s easy to delete it from my list.  I can also add other food or non-food items to my list at any time.
  4. I can access my shopping list right on my phone and check off the items once they are in my cart.  In fact, anyone in your family can access the list on their mobile devices with the user name and password.  I especially love this feature because I can send my husband or one of my girls to the store and they can see exactly what is needed without me having to dictate a list over the phone or calling to remind them of something that’s needed.  Once it’s added to the list it stays there until you check it off.
  5.  For friends that use Plan To Eat, you can add them to your friend list which allows them to see all your public recipes and menus and you can see theirs.  It’s a great way to share recipes and get ideas from others using the plan.  When you create your own Plant To Eat account be sure and add me as a friend – You can find me under my Plant To Eat user name: SimplifiedLife

So you may wonder – what does it cost?  You can either do a monthly amount of $4.95 or 39.00 for a whole year.  To me that is very do-able and well worth the cost for the time and money it saves me each month on my own grocery bill.

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Interested but want to test drive it a bit? Not a problem, Plan To Eat offers a 30 day free trial with no strings attached.  Try it for 30 days and if it’s working for you, then sign up by the month or for a year’s subscription. It’s up to you.

To sign up for your 30 day free trial or to get started right now, head over to Plant To Eat * and sign up today!

When you join, don’t forget to find me – my Plan To Eat username is: SimplifiedLife

*Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to purchase through my affiliate link there is no extra cost to you. Simplified Life earns a small commission that helps us to keep this blog up and running.  Thanks so much for your support. See our full disclosure here.

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