Decorating my plate one meal at a time

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Meal Planning

So one of the big things I promote to help with healthy eating is planning.  Having a plan keeps me from coming home from work and deciding to make something terrible for dinner just because I don’t want to think too hard.

I used to have a fairly complicated process of choosing recipes, entering them into a 2-week grid on an excel spreadsheet, then breaking down all the ingredients into another tab of that spreadsheet as a grocery list.  It had some good points, but it wasn’t easy to explain/share with others.

At some point last year I discovered Ziplist.  I was on Pinterest, finding new recipes, and the link lead me to a Ziplist recipe.  Then I started exploring the site and realized what an amazing resource this is!

There are recipes already on the site, but if you found a recipe elsewhere, it’s usually as easy as clicking a button to add it.  You can enter tried-and-true home recipes as well, it will just take a few extra minutes to type it up.  Once they are entered I can then “schedule” that recipe into my week (or month, or year even!) and then create a grocery list from that recipe.  You can create & keep multiple lists too!

I put together a menu plan for the week on Sunday.  I spent about 5 minutes putting recipes from my Pinterest board into Ziplist, then another minute scheduling them for the week, and another 5-10 minutes putting together my shopping list.  Some of that time was spent running to the kitchen to see if I still had frozen peas.

Now, I have a plan, and a shopping list.  I’m prepared to eat healthy this week!  Oh! You can also import your Ziplist menu plan into your Google calendar! Which is awesome if you have a shared family calendar.

I will say that Ziplist isn’t entirely intuitive, there is a bit of a learning curve at first, but once you get it, it’s so simple!