Sunday, January 1, 2012

meal planning at it's best

new year. new plans for a more organized 2012? i know a lot of my readers are moms and in an attempt to make your life easier, i am passing along my new found love: www.cozi.com. (thank you liz girsch) been on the hunt for a menu planning/shopping list website that was both free and had an app that i could use on my fancy smart phone. i believe cozi was initially designed to coordinate family's crazy schedules, however, their latest addition was this menu planning/shopping greatness. it sounds a bit ocd to menu plan but it's made my life so much less stressful. on top of that i've been saving my family a ton of money in groceries by shopping for only what i need versus what talks to me at the grocery store. i'm so sucked in to this new way of life that i can't imagine going into the grocery store without my app grocery list. i feel as if i would experience heavy breathing and perhaps convulsions. okay, that might be an exaggeration, but the thought of not having a list adds time + money. two things i just don't have a lot of.
so... once you create your free account, you can plug in your dinner plans in the "meals" page. (okay don't judge my meals- i got a panini grill pan from my mother-in-law for christmas and am truly obsessed with paninis at the moment.)


if you find a lot of your recipes online as i do, there is a handy little tab on the meals page titled recipe box. here you can type in or upload a link to your recipe and then reference when deciding what to add to the shopping list or when you're in the kitchen cooking away.
use the "groceries" page to add your grocery shopping list. when you are at the store you can pull up your app and check off things as you shop. it's just awesome.


and then if you have three crazy kids like liz does, you can add in the million soccer practices, christmas programs, birthday parties, etc. (it truly sounds exhausing)
while on the topic of grocery shopping i wanted to share this short little video showcasing famous author and contributor to food, inc., Michael Pollan's take on grocery stores. if you haven't seen the movie, see it. you'll never shop the same again.



happy grocery shopping, meal planning and EATING to you and your family in 2012!

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