Investing a little time at the beginning of the week with meal planning will end up saving you lots of time and money later on!
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I’ve been a big meal planner for a long time now. When I used to develop recipes for Rachael Ray Every Day magazine, one of the sections I worked on was the Express Lane Suppers. I had to come up with one 10-ingredient grocery list and make 3 full meals from it, trying to use up all of the ingredients. It was like solving a puzzle- I loved it!
The idea behind meal planning is that investing a little time at the beginning of the week will end up saving you time and money later on. You plan out your meals for the entire week, make one grocery list and go shopping once. That way you’re never stuck at 6pm, hangry (that’s hungry and angry), staring into your fridge, asking the age-old question, what’s for dinner? Meal planning saves time and money by preventing multiple trips to the grocery store or last-minute runs to the fast food chain. Plus, you eat healthier. And it even reduces food waste if you try to plan your meals so that you use up all of the ingredients that you purchased.
If meal planning seems intimidating or time consuming, there’s a great service that may be perfect for you. Plan to Eat is an online meal planner that allows you to collect your recipes (from the web, cookbooks or your own collection) and plan them using an interactive calendar. Plan to Eat will then make your grocery shopping list for you based on the recipes you plan. Basically, they streamline the meal planning process and make it a whole lot easier for you to get dinner on the table.
What is Plan to Eat’s One Pot Challenge?
Throughout the month of April, Plan to Eat is hosting the One Pot Challenge. The good news is that it’s free and open to anyone! They’ve compiled a month’s collection of recipes from various websites (including my Sunday Beef Stew) and provided them to you directly in your Plan to Eat account.
All of the recipes are an entire dinner that can be made using a single pot, crockpot, or sheet pan. I’m a big fan of one-post meals, especially on busy weeknights. Just throw all of your ingredients into one pan, one pot or in the oven and you’re done! It means less dishes, less time coordinating side dishes, and more quality time with your family.
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Watch this video to see how the challenge works!
During the Challenge you will:
- Learn how simple dinner can be by making entire meals using a single pot, crockpot, or sheet pan.
- Use Plan to Eat to customize a meal plan that is perfect for you.
- Be introduced to fantastic recipe authors
- Join the One Pot Challenge Facebook Group to exchange recipes and discuss tips to make your kitchen super-efficient.
- Be entered into 4 different giveaways (one each week, each worth $80) that Plan to Eat is hosting throughout the challenge.
Don’t just take my word for it! Click here to join Plan to Eat’s One Pot Challenge and see how you can use meal planning to make dinner simple again.
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