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7/30/11 5:20 P

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Lots of great ideas on this board! I have chosen to use the SP meal plans for heart healthy eating. I usually log my meals in the evening for the next day so there's no guesswork later, although the idea of planning for the week sounds like something I'd prefer doing. I spent an hour today going through the food database looking for low sodium pork, beef, and chicken recipes. I found some recipes that I think my DH and I will really enjoy and created various cookbooks to keep track of these. I'm a Type A personality (*sigh*) and thrive on being organized ~ not that I'm doing a good job of it at the moment!

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7/29/11 5:54 P

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I use a site called savingdinner.com. It helps with any type of meal planning you like and are healthy. You can join the weekly menu plan and they send you meal plans for the week. I use their freezer meals. These meals aren't cooked first. You place your meat, fish, chicken etc in ziploc bags with the rest of the recipe ingredients and freeze them flat in the freezer. All the ingredients are already there and measured out, ready to be cooked. I usually make these in bulk and then use them over the next couple of months on busy nights. On nights that I have more time I like to cook more involved meals..

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7/29/11 3:58 P

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Because of my paydays, I have to plan out 2 weeks of shopping and menus. I also use coupons, and always want the best deals. Before I plan my menu, I check and see what I have in the pantry. I then build meals around what I already have (oh look, whole wheat pasta-guess what we are having tonight), what's on sale, and what I normally buy at the market anyway (meats, dairy, etc). I like to "buy once and cook twice." If squash is on sale I plan 2 meals with squash (I also buy extra and freeze it for the months when squash is not available) that will be dinner one night and lunch another night. Also, I love a good casserole. I will make one casserole to cook and one to freeze for the night we come home late, or just don't feel like cooking. I often use leftovers to make casseroles (pasta meals make great casseroles-just top it and toast it!) I do like to try one new recipe a week-so for those recipes I only buy enough to make one meal of it-since it might be a disaster! LOL

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7/23/11 11:35 A

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Since I joined this team, I'm planning one day at a time, but I am using the nutrition tracker to help plan. Yesterday morning I asked Art what sounded good for dinner. He said sirloin steak with mushroom soup gravy. And since that's not something I can make in 30 minutes after I get home from work, or on Sunday after church, that seemed like a good idea. So I went into the nutrition tracker, made a "recipe", and calculated the nutrition from that. I figured the oil to brown it, the flour, etc. It worked pretty slick after I have finally figured out what I'm doing. Then I planned the "go withs" from there. Now for the leftovers, I can just click on the recipe, and the tracking is done!

So far this week I have been within the range for calories, fat, carbs, and protein every day. But doing all that takes a lot of time and mental focus. Don't know if this can become a "lifestyle" or not. I don't really want to spend all day every day thinking about food.

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7/19/11 9:28 P

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There are soooo many great ideas on here. Thanks all! I have 3 kids and they each decide on and help prepare for one meal. I add side items like veggies and that takes care of 3 days. I try to have 2-3 other days worth of meals planned depending on if I will have leftovers from the kids meals. I leave 1-2 days open because my husband likes to cook as well and I never know when he is going to take over the kitchen. I gave up on planning to have certain meals on a certain day. It never seemed to work out for us. I just plan what meals we are having that week and make my shopping list. We then have 5-6 meals to choose from through the week. I will also double some easy to freeze meals so that if I am sick or can't make it to the store, I have something to fall back on.

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7/19/11 1:46 P

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I try to cook a few veg meals a week and also meals made with lentils, beans or chick peas. My family eat most of the things I offer!

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7/19/11 11:57 A

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I am starting to spend one day to plan my meals for the week around what is on sale and what I have in the kitchen..then prep what I can in advance sauces , dressings, precut cheese and veggies..I am also trying to have a few vegetarian days each week.



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7/19/11 11:23 A

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Lots of good ideas here. I will definitely take a closer look at some...I hate having to figure out dinners every night, so I think hubby and I will have to sit down and make up some menus. I may have to wrangle him into it, but I hate making something if he's not really interested in eating it!

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7/7/11 1:05 A

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I like to make my menu ideas kinda incorporate through out the week. I try to use the same type of ingredients so I can minmize what I buy at the store. I also like to make more of a meal so there is lefotovers to change into another meal.

Example - Salsa Chicken http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
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but up the batch to two meals and the with the leftover salsa chicken maybe make enchiladas or a mexican chicken bake.

I also prep ahead with meals so I am not forever chopping, cutting and prepping. Chop extra onions, peppers or any veggies when you have them out and save them for next time. You could even put little dinner kits together and store in the fridge and just pull the kit out when its time for dinner. Planning and the prep ahead really help out when it comes to dinner.

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7/6/11 1:51 A

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Thanks for the link to www.kitchenmonki.com, I signed up today and it looks very interesting!

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6/23/11 5:03 A

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My menu plan is for 8 weeks. I only plan for main dinners. And have collected recipes over time of those we like. I also plan for cakes and snacks and the Granola I will make, although the latter 2 don't get made much. I also have to plan on a budget so I have got some recipes from here. www.cheap-family-recipes.org.uk/inde
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I haven't looked at it in-depth for a while because I found the recipes bland to start with but it does look improved recently. They also have a Facebook page.

I am hoping to introduce different breakfasts as although we eat Bran-based ones we spend an awful lot a month!

In the past when I have stuck to the menu plan I have found it so much easier to know on that day what I am making for tea. I usually shop weekly and am going to try and buy as much as possible locally depending on cost.

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6/20/11 2:17 A

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I have been watching a show on TV called the Food Nanny, she makes her menus for 2 weeks at a time so for most of the shopping you only have to go once every two weeks. That sounds like a good idea to me.





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6/9/11 2:44 P

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Chicken breasts. I prefer to pick them up from the little market down the street from where I work, but they don't always have them. So I keep some in my freezer. I have a ton of decent recipes involving chicken breasts. Also , cherry tomatoes, olives, bell peppers, olive oil, garlic, and onions or shallots. I can always make something with them.



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I love to see the ideas for Menu Planning. It is inspiring and helps me to get over my not wanting to plan.

After reading some of the posts I have found that if I stock my cupboards and fridge/ freezer with ingredients that provide a healthy meal I can stay on track.

What is in your cupboard and fridge/freezer that is a must have for planning your meals.

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Sounds like a great web site. I will give it a try.

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6/8/11 10:37 A

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I found a website I like a lot right now. www.kitchenmonki.com It lets you put in your recipes or find others that have been entered Then it lets you plan your meals. you can print the shopping list or have it sent to your phone.

It doesn't have a nutritition tracker, but I get most of my recipes from magazines like Clean Eating or America's Test Kitchen Light & Healthy, so I enter that info in the description box. When I have one I don't have info on, I use Spark's recipe calculator, but I find it to be burdensome so I don't do it often.



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6/6/11 5:37 P

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I keep a binder with recipes I've printed out or cut out from magazines organized by main ingredient, so I can more easily find recipes for using whatever proteins are on sale that week. It took a little time to put together but I was able to save a lot of space throwing away 3 years of cooking light mags!

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6/6/11 9:29 A

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Clean Eating magazine has a recipe for whole wheat pizza crust. It's very good. Maybe try their website? I get no kickbacks from CE magazine but seriously, I've never tried a recipe that didn't end up really tasting great. The ingredients are fresh and whole grain. The cook books are also great.

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6/6/11 12:04 A

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grilled pizza sounds great! how did you make the crust? might want to put it on recipe page. thx 4 sharing

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6/4/11 7:36 P

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I'm noticing that my late afternoon Saturdays are pretty lazy. I'm tired from the running around of the day and just like to sit down.

Today, I decided to use my "sit-down time" to make a menu and plan my shopping. I surrounded myself with my favorite cookbooks and magazines (Anything "Clean Eating" or Elie Krieger is perfect). I also have a binder of some of my favorite recipes so I don't have to hunt them down. Then I get real about my upcoming week and make a list.

That and a cup of iced tea was all I needed to get my planning done.

Have a great week All ! !

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6/3/11 10:06 A

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Last night, I grilled pizza! I made an easy whole wheat crust the night before, rolled it super thin, then topped it with sliced tomatoes, onions, goat cheese, 2% mozzarella (just a sprinkling), garlic, spring mix salad (trust me, tastes so good slightly wilted from the grill, but just toss that on the last minute), then I drizzled it with a little olive oil. SO DELICIOUS! Way better than any delivery I've had lately, and so much more healthy!

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6/1/11 3:30 P

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i love that sight also and use it a lot i like that it gives you a list of what you need..

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5/31/11 10:03 P

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I tried this for my first week.....I went onto allrecipes.com and you can pick recipes and make a shopping list. You can also print the nutritional info which is helpful. I looked at what I had when I cleaned out fridge/cabinets and went from there.

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This first week helped me get organized and set time aside to meal plan. Saturday morning, while the rest of the family is asleep, I clean out fridge and make list of what needs to be used. We will be moving soon so I'm also trying to use items from my pantry. Since I just started with Spark I have a lot of stuff in my pantry. I find SparkRecipes a great resource to try new recipes while using certain ingredients. I try to combine these with fresh, seasonal produce.

I sit down with a few cookbooks, my calendar and inventory list to plan the following week. I have a template printed that allows me to plug-in my meals where I want them. I start by noting which days have events that would effect preparation time so I can plan accordingly. From there I create my grocery list and post the menu plan on the fridge for all to see. (Dear Family, Hint, hint... you can make dinner too!)

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5/29/11 3:44 P

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i will clean out my fridge b4 i shop so that i know what i need and my fridge get clean at the same time.. i always try and have a lot of fresh fruit and veggies in my fridge for my family to eat on..

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5/27/11 10:43 P

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I will be taking time on Staurday to clean out my fridge/freezer and put together a meal plan. I am going to use a calendar that I will keep in the kitchen. Tomorrow will bring some organization into my kitchen!

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5/24/11 1:27 P

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Hi,
I am new to the boards and challenges, so here goes. I work 7a-7p 4 days per week - so my husband and I are trying to eat healthier; which means cooking at home. I will try to plan meals to be cooked on my days off and maybe leftovers on the days that I work. Off work today so looking for recipes to cook for tonight..... hmmmmm - I have seen some good ones.

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5/22/11 5:41 P

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That's the spirit!
I actually set aside Thursday to clean out my refrigerator and inventory my pantry. While I am doing that, I make notes of what needs to be re-stocked.

Then I sit down with my notebook and start building meals around what I already have on hand. I can usually come up with at least three meals this way.

I hope this helps you, too.

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5/22/11 7:50 A

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This is my first week of planning ahead! I will have to let you all know how that goes! I am hoping that makes it easier around my house! I have some of your wonderful ideas and using some of them, like checking out my pantry and freezer first and planning on some of that into my meals!

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5/20/11 5:01 P

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I also look at my huge list of meals and try to do Ground Beef and Chicken every other day for 4 days, another meat for Day 5 (tuna/salmon/pork), pizza or meatless or leftovers Day 6, and Sundays we have morning and evening church meetings, which means we have a quick sandwich for lunch, then nap (3 kids under 5), and have "catch as catch can" for dinner (or cereal as last resort) before going back to church.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
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2 ideas...
1. track your meals on a calendar for a month including meals eaten out. Then, you'll have 30 meal ideas (or less with duplicates for your favorites). I've started looking up recipes to make different Chinese meals that I love so much. Much cheaper too!

2. make a list remembering any meal you know how to make, first think, then review recipes in your recipe files or books. When you have thought of everything, categorize by something such as meat or type of dish (Italian, Chinese, grill, etc) or meal (breakfast, lunch, etc.).

It's always tough when we change seasons, because I just got used to cooking for winter meals, and now it's summertime. Use the grill more often and the oven less...hopefully!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
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when i plan my menues for the week i have to remember to look at what we got going on that day and around dinner time if there is a game an hour from dinner it will effect how much time i have to make dinner so it will need to be a simpler meal things to remember put it on the master menu

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I have more food in the house than I know what to do with but because of my lack of planning the food never gets used we wind up with a totally fatting whatever is around meal or going out to eat which is fatting and expensive. We cant afford to do that and when we go to the store i buy more of usually the samething cause we have so much but i have no idea what we actually have so i think i would benifit and so would my family from meal planning making a list but also making an inventory of what we already have on hand it might take a while and i know i wont want to do it but it needs to be done and it will not only be better for me but also the whole family so it is worth doing


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5/14/11 1:51 P

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I try to plan my meals out every week. The problem is sticking with them - some weeks are better than others. A few years ago I discovered an online subscription service called Saving Dinner. Menus are developed and include the recipes and shopping lists as well as prep instructions - especially if doing the cook-ahead. There are menus for all kinds of dietary needs. Other sites for planning I sometimes use are www.mealsmatter.org, kitchen monki and www.mealbank.net.

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When I cleaned out the pantry I found items I do not even remember buying! So when I plan the healthy menu for the week, some of the items will be used. Doing the same with the freezer. Why buy more, use what you have!

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5/6/11 10:18 P

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End of the month, my daughter and I go through all the drys and frozen food in the house. We make a big list of the things we have and the things we know we need. It's great for her; she's 7, so she can practice her handwriting and be involved in healthy choices.

I plan menus around what we have in the house, mostly through adaptations of things on allrecipes and sparkrecipes. I try to go shopping once a month for drys and frozen veggies and meat, then two or three times a month for produce. We calendar out as much of the month as we can, then have some just in case we run out of time meals planned, too.

Big change for me is preparing grab and go breakfasts once a week for the whole week. Oat muffins and egg beaters fritatas work great.

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I like everyone ideas and this was the first week i tried to go back to planning my menu. It DID make grocery shopping a lot easier. What I did was look at my oldest son's baseball schedule to pick those days for "easier" menu options. I also looked through my new cookbook for some good ideas as well. I would LOVE to use the SP menu planner but since I heavily limit dairy and have to eat gluten free, it doesn't work well.

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I usually make a meat, vegetable and then a starch for my husband and son. My husband takes leftovers in his lunch the next day. I have the leftover starch for lunch the next day too since I was told not to eat rice, noodles or potatoes for dinner. So as to not feel deprived I eat them the next day for lunch. My grocery list consist mainly of fresh veggies and fruit. I do a lot of stir-fry and it even taste good on top of salad too instead of rice.

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I have been using Allrecipes.com and finally broke down and got the paid membership. I'm so glad I did! They have great menu tool. Once you pick out recipes and save them, (which I've been doing for a couple of years now) then you can go to their menu and just click and move the item to your menu for the week. It also automatically puts it on the grocery list. I've only used it for the last two weeks, but I love it. It's really helping me plan my menus, which I pretty much HATE doing! Last night I went to the store with my list and got everything I need for the week!

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Thursday ~ Coupons come in the paper, look through & decide what looks delectible

Sunday ~ Sit down & find recipes with the ingredients I would like to purchase, plan out 6 meals for the week.

All week ~ Enjoy!!


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4/25/11 1:18 P

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That is a good idea. I will check it out. This week I am going to plan around Easter leftovers. There are a lot of options there and I can add more vegetables around them.


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I love the meal plans through SPARK. It makes it so much easier for me as I am alwasy short on time! I can print out the grocery list, and I can make changes if I do not like the meal for the day. So easy and convenient. I love it! Now to finish setting up my kitchen.....

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I have gotten less organized even though I have more time right now. I am getting on board to plan again and I am going to go with a theme such as Italian one night, Mexican, Meat and Potatoes, burgers, chicken etc....

It is getting to be barbecue time so I think it will be nice to get out and enjoy myself. More fresh vegetables and fruits will be available too so in addition to planning around ads, I iwll also take advantage of the produce that is ging to show up at the supermarket.


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4/24/11 9:27 P

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Dncngrl;
I'd love that recipe for your tomato, eggplant and cuc salad! I have never attempted doing anything but looking at an egg plant.

Also, Who was it that was talking about crispy Okra? One time when I tried to cook it, it was horrible slimy limp stuff. Then my sister turned me on to pickled okara, from the stores, and I can hardly get enough of them. However, they are expensive and I'm sure, full of sodium, so I try to stay away from them. How would you make them so they are crispy?


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4/23/11 6:04 P

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I am going to start making my french toast for this weeks breakfast, and then mixing up the black bean burgers so then all I have to do is cook it. yyyaaaayyyy SO EXCITED never new how excited I would be to be doing this :0)

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4/19/11 11:44 A

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DOWNDAY, do you use Barilla whole wheat pasta rather than Barilla Plus pasta? I love Barilla Plus, which has a little less fiber but more protein than the whole wheat, and it's texture is just like refined flour pastas. I subscribe to two food co-ops in the winter and two CSAs in the summer and LOVE the surprise of discovering what's in the box. It's like opening a treasure chest each week and then I get the fun of figuring out what to make with all these divine veggies and fruits. I usually make a menu of 4-5 meals/week and then decide the night before what I will cook the following day. The other days are either leftovers or looking at what's still in the fridge and freezer and coming up with recipes to use what is there.

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when I do meal planners on the end of the day I am on i hav a note section to tell me what to get out of freezer for the next day. Whgen all my children were at home they were all involved and lol the would even check to make sure the next days food was set to go!! Hope this helps

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I am forcing myself to sit down right now and plan out my dinners for the rest of the week. I'm fine with breakfast, lunch and snacks but dinner ALWAYS leaves me scratching my head saying "why didn't I defrost ANYTHING today"

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For a single meal, I use SP Recipes. You can enter your primary ingredients, specify categories and it will provide recipes based on these ingredients. I had some great meals that way.

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PRANA_DANCER....thank you so much for the link to www.supercook.com! I tried it out...it's GREAT!

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