(If your just joining us, welcome to Meal Planning Boot Camp. Each day this week I’ll post a lesson and a homework assignment. Click here to read the complete overview.)
Today is Day 1 of the Meal Planning Boot Camp and it's going to the be hardest day. You’ll need to work, but if you can survive this, you will be a meal planning ninja in no time.
Yes, I just mixed metaphors. I’m a pretend drill sergeant, I can do that. But for the record, Ninjas do not go to boot camp.
Today is all about entering our recipes into PlanToEat. If you already have your recipes gathered, this will be a pretty straight forward process.
There are several ways to add your recipes depending on whether you have them on paper or digitally. I’ll cover all the methods in today’s video lesson.
Lesson 1: The Recipe Book
Here is my video screencast on how to enter recipes into your recipe book.
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Today’s homework is to enter at least 5 recipes into your Recipe Book. If you have time to do more, then that’s even better. We will be entering recipes for the next few days, so the more you can do today, the less you’ll have to do tomorrow.
Focus On Your Favorites – Only enter your most used recipes. Don't start at the beginning of your recipe pile and waste time on recipes that you only make occasionally. You can always add those later. Focus on your core meals.
Finish first, fancy later – Don’t worry about photos or tags or categories at first if you are pressed for time. Make something useable and then worry about making it fancy.
The goal for this week is for you to have enough recipes in your recipe book to make at least one or two menu plans. If you can add more that’s even better. Just be sure not to get hung up on the details.
Don’t retype if you don’t have to – Google is your friend. If you have a lot of recipes on paper that you need to type in, try searching for them first. I've done this for a number of dishes and it works really well. I simply search Google or a recipe site for the dish name. I often find the exact dish, but even when I don't there are usually just one or two adjustments that need to be made. It speeds up the process a lot because I can just use the PTE recipe bookmarklet. (Here’s the info on how to add the bookmarklet if you haven’t already done so.)
When you complete the homework, please check in by leaving a comment.
Also, if you have any questions, please leave those in the comments as well and I will do my best to help. If you have suggestions or ideas feel free to help other recruits by chiming in on questions in the comments. Click here to join in the discussion.
Rest up recruits. We have another insane day tomorrow. Dismissed.