Kitchenspiration

Are you looking for some inspiration in the kitchen (Kitchenspiration)?!?  Check out the 3 tips below, and also be sure to link-up with Chelsea and I every Monday!

What is Kitchenspiration?! 

A new weekly link-up where you can share whatever is currently inspiring you in the kitchen!
This can be:
- Recipes you’ve tried or want to try
-Weekly meal plans
-Pinterest recipe ideas
-Food related tips
-Your favorite kitchen essentials
The possibilities are endless!  
You can link-up a new post that day, OR link-up anything food/meal/recipe related from your blog that you posted within the previous week.  
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3 Tips...
Try New Things: Who wants to eat the same boring meals all the time? I'm all about adding a family favorite "to the rotation"...but branch out every often and try something new!

Keep It Simple: Trying new things doesn't mean it needs to be difficult. If you check out the recipes on my blog, you will see none of them are too involved. I don't have patience AT ALL. When it comes to cooking, I don't want to slave over the stove for hours. Don't overcomplicate things, there are plenty of quick and easy recipes out there!

Plan Ahead: This is a HUGE lifesaver for me! I've been planning my meals for about 4 years now, and blogging about it for over a year! Check out my Weekly Meal Plans, and read below for more info on exactly HOW I do it!


So how do I plan anyway?!?!
A friend of mine texted me and said she is now inspired to start planning her meals! Thanks Jess, your text made me smile!  This got me thinking though...I have been sharing the meals I have been planning, yet I never shared HOW I plan them!  Besides the obvious part where I scour the internet for recipes, on blogs, pinterest, etc....I use the website Plan To Eat!
 This website has been making my life a BAJILLION times easier for over two years now!  I tried the 30 day trial on a whim one day.  I wasn't thrilled that there was a membership fee...but I figured I had nothing to lose just by trying it.  Well, after that first month I was hooked...weekly meal planning just wouldn't be the same with out it!

Basically, you import all of your recipes into your account.  You can write your own, or load them directly from some websites.  Skinnytaste, EatingWell, Cooking Light, Food Network, Myrecipes all import directly into Plan To Eat just by copying and pasting the link.  If you want to import a recipe that doesn't directly load....you can still do it, it just takes a little longer because you need to upload a picture, and copy and paste the ingredients and directions manually.  Not a big deal though, I have done it many times.

After you have your recipes are loaded into your account, you just drag them into a calandar.  You can add additional ingredients you may need to pick up as well.  When you are finished, it creates a shopping list for you.  You can delete all of the things you don't need or already have on hand (for example, things like salt, pepper, olive oil).  Then you can either print it out, or e-mail it to yourself.  It is the greatest thing ever!  It takes a little bit of time to build up your arsenal of recipes...but it is so worth it!

These are the ingredients we needed for this weeks list...

The other great part is that it is also a network where you can add friends and then share recipes with each other.  Love it!  If anyone signs up for it let me know your username....mine is Sascoma, add me!  :)

***YES, I had to refresh my memory on how to take screenshots!  :)

4 comments:

  1. This is freaking awesome & sounds like a major time savor. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. How AMAZING is this?! Just what I needed to keep up with my cooking resolution :)

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  3. This is awesome!! I am always doing the cooking (of course) and getting a text mid day to ask "what's for dinner?" We do our monthly shopping at the beginning of the month and I am a big list maker so this would work so well for us. What does the monthly fee generally run? As a soon-to-be-married and moving CLEAR across the states (from FL to Anchorage, AK).. we are really counting our nickels and dimes :)

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  4. Ok.. so I've been telling LOTS-O-FOLKS about this link up and I had to check back tonight and make sure it was weekly! So glad it is and that it's acceptable to link "back" to older posts!

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