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Meal Planning Made Simple

4 Steps to Plan Meals and a Healthy Grocery List

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CHERYLYNMAC
1/25/2014 4:16:18 PM

I like the idea for using ziplist.com to organize and find new recipes
1/20/2014 8:37:06 AM

AWESOMECHELZ's SparkPage
One new idea for me was keeping a couple of baskets in the pantry, in which to place items for recipes. That's great! I never thought of that. I keep baskets under my sinks with cleaning supplies so it is easy for me to just grab a basket and not keep running back for forgotten items. Having MS, I am always looking for ways to save energy. THANKS for this wonderful article!
DDB0416
1/5/2014 8:45:51 AM

I thought I was pretty efficient with meal planning, but I learned about some great time saving tools offered by Sparkpeople. Thanks!
LJDISSMAN
1/4/2014 9:23:51 PM

A great way to plan meals and save recipes is plantoeat.com. You can create a staples list so as you run out of regular items, you can add them to your list. I love using this website to help with meal planning and grocery shopping.
10/16/2013 9:03:29 AM

DELLMEL's SparkPage
Grear article and ideas. Now just to do them.
4/30/2013 9:30:16 AM

GLORIAMAJDI's SparkPage
I am all about fast and easy meals - I use my slow cooker often and sometimes I freeze food for later meals. I plan my meals two weeks out and shop - I also have at least one back up meal planned for emergencies (such as when I don't have time to fix what we had planned or when I forget to take the chicken out of the freezer).
3/16/2013 6:23:51 PM

MILLIFRED's SparkPage
I was already doing some of this as I keep a running list on the fridge and collect recipes that look promising and plan my weeks meals accordingly. I need to work also on planning snacks - as a diabetic on insulin I can't just eat three times a day and need to concentrate on healthy snacks that also safisfy.
3/16/2013 6:21:31 PM

MILLIFRED's SparkPage
I was already doing some of this as I keep a running list on the fridge and collect recipes that look promising and plan my weeks meals accordingly. I need to work also on planning snacks - as a diabetic on insulin I can't just eat three times a day and need to concentrate on healthy snacks that also safisfy.
2/14/2013 10:16:22 AM

ANTBEF's SparkPage
This grocery list is fantastic !!!! I printed it out last week and posted it to the fridge.

This week, I wrote down the items needed from the newspaper sales. I then used a blue hiliter for the items I has a coupon for.

Shopping was so easy !!!!
11/30/2012 2:58:17 AM

JAVAMONSTER's SparkPage
Ooo, I really love that idea of grouping the ingredients together in the pantry/fridge--if the box is labeled for a recipe, then those ingredients are less likely to be eaten before that meal can be made! How simple and brilliant!
CAI1959
10/27/2012 12:31:42 AM

Great article. I am doing some of the things listed, but there is more work to do.
10/26/2012 5:27:51 PM

PICTUREME40's SparkPage
I already to a lot of the things listed with the help of DH we tag team the grocery list and shopping. Good tips.
9/26/2012 5:16:56 PM

MSMOSTIMPROVED's SparkPage
This is my go-to Spark article. I have yet to master grocery shopping.
LONIANNE
9/23/2012 1:59:42 PM

The idea for using a basket is a great one! Since I don't have baskets around, I thought of another way to group everything into one area on the counter. Use an empty box from the case of the cat food. These boxes have sides that have a height range of 1 3/4" - 2 1/4" (depending on the brand of cat food). You may also find similar boxes on grocery store shelves where the canned foods are.

Just put everything needed in the box, & as you use the item, set it aside; when done, gather everything back into the box & return it to where it came from. No more running back & forth with individual items when you use a basket or a box.
GRANNY-DIANE
9/18/2012 1:13:23 PM

I need helP!!! where do i record the meals i plan to prepare for the following week?
Can i coordinate these meals with the recipes I have saved??
Ca I then have a grocery list prepared?
please help
Thanks

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