Dinnertime has its challenges. You want your family to eat healthy, but at the end of a long day, you don’t feel like standing over a hot stove all night, so fast food is often a convenient option.
What if you could have a pre-set menu for each day and not have to make a last-minute run to the grocery store? Best of all, what if these foods were family favorites, and even the picky eaters in your house would clean their plates.
Using an online menu planner makes all the difference, and you’ll be able to put a nutritious meal on the table in no time. Here are five benefits:
Keeps Your Recipes in One Place
If you’re like me, you probably have your favorite recipes in different cookbooks, filed in a recipe box, or saved online. Plan to Eat is an online menu planner that keeps your recipes all in one place. Using a simple bookmark tool, you can also drag and drop any online recipes you want to try.
Choose Recipes for Specific Dates
Your recipes will be on the left side of your screen and a calendar will be on the right. Choose which recipes you wish to use and drag it to the date and meal that you want to serve it. You can plan weekly menus or if you want to be more organized, plan for the whole month.
Use An Automated Grocery List
How many times have you shopped and forgot the most important ingredients you came for? It’s not fun to have to make another mad dash to the store. When you decide to make a recipe from your online planner, an automated grocery list is generated, so you can quickly pick out your items and head for the checkout line.
Waste Less Food
It’s easy to buy too much food and end up throwing it away. Now, you can stick to your automated grocery list, and if you end up with leftovers, you can schedule them for another day.
Cook in Batches
If you’re like me, you have a busy schedule. However, if you can carve out some extra time, maybe on a weekend, cooking meals ahead and freezing will allow you get dinner on the table in record time. Use stackable plastic jars or plastic freezer bags that keep out moisture and oxygen.On the day you plan to serve, all you have to do is defrost, add a salad or bread, and dinner is ready.
Online menu planners may offer a 30-day trial so you can use it and see if it works for you.