(Here is the main page for the Meal Planning Boot Camp with links to all the lessons.)
Welcome New Recruits
I’ve shared about doing this Meal Planning Bootcamp for a few weeks now on the podcast. I love how excited you all are about it! I thought I’d give you a little overview and a few tips before we get started.
I’m doing this “boot camp” because over the Thanksgiving holiday I shared about the website I use to do my meal planning. It’s called PlanToEat.com. I was blown away by how many of you signed up for it. I want to follow up and make sure you have everything you need to make the most of it.
Hence, boot camp…
What Will You Learn?
This meal planning boot camp is going to be centered around the PlanToEat.com service. Why? Well, because it’s the only meal planning system that has ever worked for me, so it’s the only method that I could cover with any semblance of authority.
However, the overall method of organizing recipes into weekly menus with a corresponding shopping list will help anyone on any system. And the accountability of going through the bootcamp together might just be the motivation you need to get your meal planning in order.
However, I’m not a food blogger or any sort of meal planning expert. I’m just a mom who loathes meal planning, cooks only when forced (It’s like my family expects to eat every single day. What’s up with that?) and wants to simplify the process as much as possible.
This system allows me to meal plan in less than 5 minutes each week. How awesome is that?
I don’t have all my recipes tagged or perfectly categorized. I don’t even have photos for a lot of them. I thought about tidying up my recipes and such before doing the screencasts, but then I thought it would be best for you to see that it doesn’t need to be perfect to work well.
I expect you to work this week. No, really. I do. If you’ve signed up for PTE and you are following along, take a look at your calendar for this week. Right now, I want you to block off at least 30 minutes a day to work on your meal planning system.
If you put in the work this week, by next Sunday, meal planning stress could be a thing of the past. But you need to work hard this week.
Lesson and Homework Overview
Lesson 1: Recipe overview. I will walk you through the process of entering recipes in PTE.
Homework: Enter at least 5 recipes into your account.
Lesson 2: Planning overview. In this lesson I will walk you through the Planning section of PTE and the process of both planning a week of meals as well as creating a reusable menu.
Homework: Add 5 recipes. Meal plan one week and create a saved menu.
Lesson 3: Shopping List – In this lesson I will show you the shopping list feature of PTE and how to sort and organize your list for your shopping habits.
Homework: Add 5 recipes. Organize your shopping list and categories.
Lesson 4: Q & A (and Friend section of PTE) – throughout the week, I hope you’ll ask lots of questions. On Friday I’ll share written and screencast answers to as many of them as I can.
Homework: Read through the comments and do what you can to help other recruits.
Lesson 5: Graduation ceremony – Graduation is based on the honor system. If you follow along all week and complete all the homework assignments, you are a graduate. Hooa!! or is it…huuua!!… (Army people, help a civilian out, how do you spell that?)
Homework: On this day, I want you to share your progress and your tips. You can do this in the comments or you can share a link in the comments to a blog post where you’ve written your progress report.
Here is what I want you to have ready by tomorrow:
- Get your free 30 day trial Plan To Eat account started.
- Gather your favorite recipes in one place, preferably near the computer.
- Write down a list of all the non-recipe things you eat – like cereal, sandwiches etc.
- Set aside at least 30 minutes a day this week.
- Practice relaxing. You’ll have a lot more time each week to do that once boot camp is over and you are a meal planning ninja.
Now rest up recruits. Tomorrow is a big day.
-Drill Sergeant KatLeave a Comment