(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.)
Well Done Recruits!
Great job making it through day 1.
I’m proud of you, but…don’t think I’m going easy on you now. If you haven’t finished yesterday’s homework, go do that before moving on. I want you to have at LEAST a dozen recipes by the end of the week in your Recipe Book. It will help you make the most of PTE.
No use trying and not going all out, right?
Lesson 2: Meal Planning
Today we are going to look at the planning section of Plan To Eat. This is where all the goodness happens. Even though I love how simple it is to enter recipes, it’s the planning part of the site that makes me sing its praises.
Call me a nerd, but I think it’s really fun to be able to drag and drop recipes onto the calendar to plan my week. And when I discovered I could SAVE that week’s meal plan and then just drag and drop an entire weekly menu…I wept softly.
Wait…no I didn’t. Drill Sergeants don’t cry. Alright, forget that. Get to work. Here’s today’s video lesson:
(RSS and email readers, click here to view today’s video lesson.)
1. Enter at least 5 more recipes. After yesterday, you are a recipe entering ninja-ette. (After you enter 25 recipes, you officially become a ninja. Patience, grasshopper.) Today, I want you to enter at least 5 more. The goal is for you to have enough meals to plan an entire week. Drop and give me 5.
Tip: I even have Leftovers and PBJ and Cereal as recipes in my Recipe Book. We do eat those often, so I just drag and drop and save them in my weekly meal plan. If you are pressed for time, feel free to enter simple “recipes” like that for today’s assignment.
2. Make a Menu Plan. If you have enough recipes to meal plan for a week, go ahead and do that. Be sure to save it as a Menu so that you can use it again later. If you don’t have enough recipes entered yet, meal plan as many days as you can and save that as a Menu. I want you to at least practice meal planning via the drag and drop calendar. I also want you to practice creating a menu plan – that is where the secret power lies.
Here is a video and instruction from the Plan To Eat site on how to install their handy dandy bookmarklet. It may vary a bit depending on your system, browser etc.
When you complete today’s homework, please check in by leaving a comment. Did the menu planner make you weep with joy?
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.
Get to work. No time to play. Tomorrow we talk about Shopping Lists. This stuff ain’t for pansies. Dismissed.Leave a Comment