Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Menu Planning - Relieving Stress, Not Creating It (Even for Singles)
I already mentioned You've Got Supper (YGS). This is my "go-to" menu planner right now. Many of the recipes have pictures and reviews from other "customers". Also, many recipes have suggested sides, or options for switching out ingredients. (This is how I learned I can substitute tumeric for saffron, until I can convince myself to blow some cash.) Servings are roughly 4 to 6 people, so I just write "Half Everything" on my grocery list that prints. I do love YGS, but I do use a few other sites for my filler recipes.
Pillsbury Cooking for Two http://www.pillsbury.com/Recipes/Cooking-for-Two
This isn't actually a menu site, but it does have some great recipes scaled down. It is helpful when I am trying to re-portion something.
Make Dinner Easy http://www.makedinnereasy.com/
She sends out an email on Saturdays that contains the link to the menu. The menu is posted for two weeks, last week's is still up when you get the new week. She includes sides on most of the meals. Also she has some great tips in her menus too. Even if I don't want to use the recipes I like to check out the tips, like how to get rid of that extra zucchini. :)
Everyday With Rachael Ray http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/Weekly-Menu-Planner/chicken-potpie-and-more
I just signed up for this one this week. I will have to do a review after a few weeks on the plan.
Monthly Menu Planner http://www.monthlymenuplanner.com/about.php
Like the name suggests, this site gives a whole month of recipes. It is a little much for me since there are meals on every single day of the month. But if you are up for it, a great way to plan ahead.
Weekly Dinner Menus http://www.weekly-dinner-ideas.com/weekly-dinner-menus.html
She has 8 menus that she cycles through. I know a lot of people like this method because they can stock up on things they will use regularly. Her recipes are generally scaled for 4 servings. She doesn't provide sides, so keep that in mind, and add them into your lists.
Thanks for reading!!!