You’ve written down your recipe criteria– what is the next step to make meal planning easier in 2011?
Step 2: find recipes that meet your criteria.
Here are 20 resources to get you started:
1) Write down the recipes you already make that meet your recipe criteria and your family enjoys.
2) Like crockpot meals? Here is a fantastic site to search for Make it Fast and Cook it Slow recipes- Crockpot 365 a.k.a The Crockpot Lady. (She has two cookbooks as well.)
3) Every Wednesday Debbie, over at Dining with Debbie, does a Crockpot Wednesday linkup. She shares a favorite crockpot recipe and her readers link up and share theirs as well. This is a great place to find new things to cook!
4) Love short ingredient lists using common items you likely already have on hand? Hop over to Eat at Home and search her site for some super tasty dinner recipes. Every Monday she offers a weekly meal plan AND a printable grocery list for free. Tiffany’s recipes are regularly on my weekly meal plan.
5) Visit Org Junkie every Monday and you’ll have instant access to over 300 bloggers who submit their weekly meal plans and share links to many of their recipes. You’ll be amazed at the recipes you’ll find.
6) Tempt My Tummy Tuesday is a great site for fetching recipes each Tuesday. Not every recipe submitted is something dinner related, but you can certainly find some yummy stuff if you browse.
7) $5 Dinners is a site where each meal can be made for $5 or less! I’ve made a handful of her recipes are they are always tasty. (She also has a cookbook available in print.)
8) Pioneer Woman makes some delicious meals. Some of her recipes may not meet your criteria, as some are more time consuming and not always ingredients that you have on hand, but she is an amazing cook! She also has a site called Tasty Kitchen where readers submit their recipes and they are ranked with a star system by those who have made them. (She has a beautiful cookbook filled with delicious comfort foods as well.)
9) Meal Planning Mommies offers a weekly meal plan on their site each Sunday that comes with a grocery list. I am not a regular reader of their site, but I see many bloggers write about using their site on a regular basis. You can also search for recipes individually.
10) Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms is another site I see many menu planning bloggers rave about. I have just recently started following, but she certainly offers frugal and easy recipes that are very practical.
11) Good, Cheap, Eats is a very well organized food blog, breaking things down into categories such as breakfast, lunch, main dishes and even freezer cooking, starters, sides, etc. The name says it all and if inexpensive cooking is important to you, check this site out!
12) Menu for the Week is an on-time, on-budget, online dinner planning service. She offers a one year or six month subscription (you can get a FREE trial) where she provides you with a meal plan and grocery list each week for 5 dinners, 1 brunch, 1 dessert and access to all archived menus. My thrifty and frugal friend Kim subscribes, and really enjoys it.
14) Homemade Gourmet has an excellent recipe data bank. You can use their mixes to make your dish of choice or improvise. They also offer printable grocery lists, calendars and menus.
15) Kraft has an excellent recipe site. What I love best is you enter three ingredients you have on hand and it will give you a list of recipes using these items. Love it!
16) Thumb through cookbooks you already own and discover recipes with an open mind while implementing your recipe criteria.
17) Check out cookbooks from the library for free.
18) Shop your local used book stores. They always have tons of cookbooks for half the price.
19) Thumb through magazines for recipes when you’re at the doctors office.
20) Borrow from friends. Share with them the things on your criteria list and ask if they have any family favorites they would like to recommend. Ask to borrow their cookbooks or thumb through their recipe box.
If you can make a list of 21 recipes that meet your criteria, you will be good to go. This will give you a good list that will allow you to provide your family a delicious dinner and not repeat meals, unless you want to, for three weeks.
Now it is your turn to share. Where do you get most of your recipes from? Feel free to share names of cookbooks, sites, blogs, etc., that other’s might find helpful.
Make sure you come back tomorrow as we discuss The Importance of a Grocery List.