I’ve been menu planning for as long as I have been married and I swear by it. I used pen and paper for years, then I used notepad on my computer for years. The past few years I’ve been using Pinterest and an Excel spreedsheet. I just recently discovered Gatheredtable, it is a menu planning site that really streamlines the planning and the shopping. Now, I will plan with a combination of these two sites. The best thing about planning with Gatheredtable (so far, I’m still new to it) is that you can add any recipe you want to use. So if it’s a new recipe I find on Pinterest, I can import it either via a drag and drop button or pasting a link. Either way, it imports all the ingredients, instructions and a photo. If you’re using one of your grandmother’s treasured recipes, you have the option to type in the information yourself and save it for next time, and you can upload your own photo of the recipe too! There are recipes on the site already, so you can explore those as well.
Once you’ve collected recipes you know you like to make and maybe saved some you’d like to try out, you can make a 7 day menu. Personally, I like to plug all my meals and snacks into the menu exactly as I want them, so that’s how I use it. You can, however, let Gatheredtable generate a menu for you, and I think I will test this out next week and blog about it. You can check off days you want to cook and days you don’t, you can add time restraints to days so the recipes placed in those time slots will not take more time than you have. Pretty genius really.
I do all my grocery shopping online. Last month, I decided to see if I could save a few bucks by shopping – out in the world. I found it to be not at all worth it haha! Gatheredtable has a grocery delivery setting, but it does not apply to all delivery services because I put in my zip code and it did not have a delivery service for me though I use Vons. It would be so perfect to have my shopping cart generated for me, but honestly having a full shopping list populated for me to do my Vons shopping myself is pretty great!
This week, all the items on my Gatheredtable menu will be eaten by my husband and our kids, but not me. Not this week. My wonderful and inspiration friend Jessica, over at Rock Your Life Movement is kicking off a 5 day eat clean challenge this week. I will try to blog about this once I’ve officially done all 5 days to report back.
This week I used Gatheredtable to plan dinners for the family, and during the week as I plan next week I will also use it to plan all the meals. This could be a really powerful kitchen tool for a homeschooling mama of three that likes to cook and bake from scratch every day!
Here’s what’s going on this week.
Monday – chicken pot pie with scratch gravy and buttermilk biscuits for the fam and chicken and veggie stir fry with brown rice for me
Tuesday – tacos (duh) for the fam and turkey chili for me
Wednesday – baked perogies with bacon and cheese for the fam and baked chicken broccoli with brown rice for me
Thursday – chicken tenders with potato wedges for the fam and turkey meatballs with broccoli and brown rice for me
Friday – pizza for the fam and maple salmon with green beans and brown rice for me
Saturday – London Broil steak, baked potatoes, grilled corn on the cob and Ceaser salad
Sunday – hamburgers, hot dog, homemade buns, copycat In n Out sauce and fries
I am a little bummed that there is no avocado in my life (or my belly) for the next 5 days, so you can be sure I will be eating them all weekend!