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New Recipes Feature: Healthy Family Dinner Planner


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011





It's about 4:30 p.m., which means that I'm asking myself the same question I ask myself almost every day at this time: What's for dinner?

Usually I search SparkRecipes for inspiration, but I still have to decide what to make. As of today, I'm in luck! We have teamed up with Family Circle magazine to make that decision an even easier one!

We're thrilled to announce the Healthy Family Dinner Planner. We combined some of our best recipes with Family Circle's best recipes to create this easy-to-use tool that makes meal planning a snap. What sets this apart from our other great recipe features? The recipes have been pre-selected by our editors and theirs, so we know your family will love them.

Click a few boxes, select the dates you want, and--voila!--your meal plan is ready (plan up to two weeks at a time)! You can view the nutrition info and add the meals to your tracker, too.

From Chef Meg's Taco Soup to Chicken Alfredo Potatoes, there's something for everyone. There are even vegetarian, lower fat and lower carb options.

You can find the Healthy Family Dinner planner here.
It is also found on SparkPeople's main Nutrition page.

Let's get planning!

Cheers,
Stepfanie

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CKLROBERSON 3/7/2012 10:15AM

    I use this planner each week. I agree with Suzholle, I wish we could use our recipe box/collections. It is the only way to get a meal added to the tracker beyond 6 days out. PLEASE add that ability. Currently I add to planner from my recipe collection, but as I said, I can only add 6 days out. It makes it difficult to plan ahead and impossible to have a complete grocery list. Thanks for your consideration.

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SUZHOLLE 1/6/2012 2:53PM

    I love the idea of the Family Meal Planner. It's so easy to swap out recipes and add to the tracker but it would be really awesome if we could add in our recipes from our own recipe box, those from our recipe collection and other members recipes. Also, adding "Category" such as Chicken, Soup etc. to the meal filter would be great. Thanks for the great work on this.

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_SPARK526 9/27/2011 9:03AM

  Is there any update on DELAINAB's request for an automated ingredient list? It would be ever so helpful--thanks!!


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DELAINAB 8/26/2011 10:45AM

    Is there a way that once you have selected your meals, that we can get a print out of a week's worth of ingredients. It would not have to combine ingredients - just list for each meal. Then, I could pick up what I needed when I went grocery shopping on Sunday. I tried to make my own list, so I would not have to carry the recipes with me to grocery store - It forgot stuff. The 2nd week, I tried to carry the recipes with me, I lost one of them. Someone is making a very delicious Chicken Parmesan thanks to me.



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SAL1512 8/24/2011 4:15PM

    What a great idea! I wish I would have had a tool like that when I was working full time with 2 boys at home as it would have been taken a lot of distress out of the day!

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RAPUNZEL53 8/22/2011 1:58AM

  Thank you!

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JANEYINMADTOWN 8/16/2011 11:31PM

    Thank you!

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THEIS58 8/8/2011 6:15AM

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KIN59VARA 8/8/2011 4:23AM

    Thanks for this!

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MAMAOFTEN 8/6/2011 11:01PM

  WHAT A FINE EXAMPLE OF DETERMINATION AND IMPLEMENTATION!!!

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KMONTEIRO 8/4/2011 10:24PM

  So very excited for this!!! Thanx!!!

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KMONTEIRO 8/4/2011 10:24PM

  So very excited for this!!! Thanx!!!

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CBAILEYC 8/4/2011 4:56PM

    I'm back! I've used this feature for the last two weeks. The only suggestion/request I have would be to see if you (collectively) can figure out a way to include member-added meals to the menu planner for the week.

After adding all the dishes from the Dinner Planner, and then printing out our menu, I had to go back in and manually add the dishes. That was fine, but would really be great if they were automatically added when the menu is generated to be printed.

Otherwise, I love this tool! It's great to sit down with my husband and pick out what meals we're having when. The up-tick in variety is exactly what we needed, and it takes the guesswork out of having to go through so many yummy recipes, trying to pick just one.

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BETTYFUG 8/4/2011 4:30PM

  What a wonderful and easy way to meal plan. I did my first week today! emoticon

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MYDONNA13 8/4/2011 9:54AM

    Thanks, now this is something I can really use right now. Besides my disability I have just been diagnosed with asthma and I am trying to figure out how to deal with this while the doctors come up with a plan on treating it. Sick of the docs right now. Anyway, darling sweet hubby, who is diabetic, has recently taken a serious interest in meal planning (a first in 34 years mind you) and since he is the master griller he has been grilling some wonderful veggies and chicken. But we need a change up and a little planning. This meal healthy family meal planning may just be the help we need. Since my son will eat almost anything and we are all into healthy, I thank you for this.

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SALSA_DIVA_44 8/3/2011 10:05PM

    Anything I can use to make my life easier!! Thank u!!

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WITCHYKITTY1 8/3/2011 9:44PM

    I love this idea and it would be wonderful to use if I didn't have such a picky eater for a husband; lol. Maybe one day I can get him to branch out his taste buds.

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JAVAQUEEN74 8/3/2011 12:17PM

    FANTASTIC!!! Thank you!

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FISHINGLADY66 8/3/2011 11:59AM

    emoticon Thank you very much. This is just emoticon

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WORTHEYMOM 8/3/2011 10:36AM

    This is awesome!

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MAYKATCOOPER 8/3/2011 9:55AM

    This could sure make my life a lot easier. I love to cook I just hate to decide! Smile.

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SPARKMYLIFE2011 7/23/2011 3:49PM

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COOKWITHME65 7/20/2011 5:58PM

    Great idea!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 7/20/2011 2:28PM

    emoticon emoticon SP for continuing to come up with helpful, time saving, inspiring and motivating ideas that actually make sense! Just when I think SP couldn't get any better...You out did yourself again!!! This new addition is emoticon ... emoticon

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CBAILEYC 7/20/2011 10:57AM

    What a great new tool! I look forward to trying it out.
Thank you!
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NEWCASTLE7B 7/20/2011 7:45AM

    good idea, but it would be nice to have a feature that allows smaller families or singles to reduce the number of servings. If I really want to make something I can adjust it myself, but if the idea is quick and simple adding in extra steps defeats the purpose!! I think I'll stick to things a bit more customizable, but I'm sure others will get a lot out of it!

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JEWITCH 7/20/2011 6:34AM

    I love when I can plan my meals for a week, makes life so much simpler. Thanks SP!

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CONNIER64 7/19/2011 8:41PM

    emoticon I can't wait to try it emoticon

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CONNIER64 7/19/2011 8:40PM

    great!Can't wait to try it.I love SP emoticon

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CONNIER64 7/19/2011 8:40PM

    great!Can't wait to try it.I love SP emoticon

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CONNIER64 7/19/2011 8:40PM

    great!Can't wait to try it.I love SP emoticon

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CONNIER64 7/19/2011 8:39PM

    great!Can't wait to try it.I love SP emoticon

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CONNIER64 7/19/2011 8:39PM

    great!Can't wait to try it.I love SP emoticon

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ONE*BUSY*MOM 7/19/2011 8:20PM

    Nice feature! Thank you so much.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 7/19/2011 7:53PM

    This is going to be great. I hope they are going to have things for those on a budget and those with food/health issues. emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/19/2011 7:18PM

    Thanks very much. I try to plan a week in advance. This will be a big help in our weekly grocery shopping.
Kay

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/19/2011 6:41PM

    Very nice!

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AYAMMAYA 7/19/2011 6:41PM

    OMGOSH!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!
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SHEENADEE 7/19/2011 6:07PM

    Looking forward to using this new tool.

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OUTOFIDEAS 7/19/2011 5:34PM

    Still no gluten free option when a full 1/3 of the population is estimated to deal with some form of gluten intolerance. I am disappointed in what is otherwise a good site.

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ABB698 7/19/2011 5:27PM

    emoticon just what we need!

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KASEYCOFF 7/19/2011 5:09PM

    Now that's intriguing! Thanx for putting this together - I'm going to go check it out!
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HAPPYWALKER 7/19/2011 5:03PM

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It just keeps getting better! Thank-you!

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SPARKYCARLEY 7/19/2011 4:50PM

    Awesome.

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