Spring Giveaway Week: Win 1 of 3 One-Year Subscriptions to Plan to Eat

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I have a confession to make. I may run a website. I may have self-published ebooks. I may own a laptop and an iPhone. BUT. I am not a technical, computer-loving person. No sir.

My husband actually finds it funny (or irritating, it may depend on the day) how incredibly inept I am when it comes to using most electronic devices. DVD players and universal remote controls? I’m useless. Using my iPhone for more than making a basic phone call? My 7 year old is teaching me how.

All that to say, you would think that when it comes to menu planning, I would be a pen and paper kind of gal. And you would be right.

However, last week I decide to challenge my technologically-impaired self and go back to doing my menu planning online. A couple of years ago I was introduced to Plan to Eat, an online recipe, menu planning and grocery-list program. At that time, I recognized how useful the program could be and I jumped into trying it out. I thought it was a brilliant solution and really loved the idea of using it. But, since most of my beloved recipes were in cookbooks or written on cards, I relegated to my pen and paper ways after a while.

Things have changed, though. Increasingly, I find more and more of my go-to recipes are from online sources (mostly blogs, some large recipe websites, and others from ebooks that I never get around to printing out). I’ve begun to somewhat use Pinterest as a way to at least store them and remember where they are, but I needed something even better than that.

Last week, I returned to Plan to Eat and realized just what a perfect program it is for those who find their food inspiration online!

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A Simple Way to Store and Organize Your Recipes Online

You can import and store your favorite recipes, using categories (breakfast, salad), food ethnicities (Mexican, Italian, etc.) and tags (fast, crockpot, guests)  to store them and then search through them later to find what kind of meal you’re looking for. From some websites, importing them is as simple as clicking a button. From blogs, ebooks, etc. it’s a copy and paste process, a few fill-in-the-blanks, and presto. Your recipe is in the system.

You can also share recipes with friends, giving them access to your recipes and vice versa. No more running back to Pinterest to find that recipe I think I store there, or to search through my most-frequented blogs, trying to find the recipe that I think I might have seen here last month.

Did I mention that it’s super easy, even for the technologically impaired?

Once the recipes are in there, you go about your meal planning as you usually would, but you simply drag and drop the recipes you want into the days when you want to make them. As you do this, a grocery list is automatically generated. You can use it to compare it to what you already have in the fridge and pantry, so that you don’t forget to buy anything required for one of your meals.

With my two-week meal plan complete, I printed it off (to put on my fridge) as well as a good number of the recipes that were included. Since they each print out nicely on one sheet of paper, I thought it might be a convenient way to build up a small binder with the meals we eat most often, so that I have all of those recipes in one easy-to-access place. As opposed to my current system (now which binder/website/recipe card/cookbook was that recipe in?). Ahem.

And, for those who actually know how to use their smart phones, you can ditch the pen and paper all together and simply view (and check off items) on your grocery list, using the Plan to Eat app. How cool is that? I’m sure my 7 year old already knew that.

Try It for Free

If you’re totally unsure of what Plan to Eat is all about or whether you would use a system like this, they offer a free 30-day trial. Take a tour, try importing some of your recipes, play around with the planner functionality, see how the grocery list works.

Membership is very reasonable at $4.95 a month, or (a better deal) $39 a year, which works out to $3.25 per month.

Plan to Eat has been our premium sponsor at Keeper of the Home this winter, and they’re definitely a business that I love to work with and highly recommend! Since I am a huge believer in meal planning, I’ve always recommended them to those who are friendly with technology, and yes, even to the backwards gals like myself. :)

Or You Could Win It… I have 3 One-Year Subscriptions to Give Away!

Rather than simply leaving comments, I’m trying out a new method for entering giveaways. Click below to complete one Rafflecopter form, for all of your multiple entries, and then you’re done!


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This giveaway is generously sponsored by Plan to Eat. I received a membership for the purpose of review. As always, all editorial opinions are my own.

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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Comments

  1. I already meal plan with my google calendar, but it would be nice to have a grocery list made for me…

  2. This would be a great system to have! One place for all my recipes.

  3. Bambi Bittner says:

    Meal planning has helped me in the past, but I’ve gotten away from it. I would love some new ideas.

  4. I’ve just recently gotten into converting our family to whole foods & I’m loving all of the websites, blogs & recipes I’m finding on the topic! I would love to get better organized with my meal planning & with all of my printed out recipes stuffed in my cabinet! I would love a free membership to Plan to Eat!

  5. I just ended a 30 day trial about a week ago and am weighing whether I want to pay for a subscription or not…winning it would make the choice easier! :D

  6. Susan Jonell Roragen says:

    I love Plan to Eat! Have lots of recipes there. Finding a recipe is easy with the tags you customize to fit your needs. :)

  7. I just found out about Plan to Eat last week and have been thinking about subscribing! I’d love to win!

  8. Kristin Gideon says:

    Eeek! I did the trial awhile back and fell in love! I’ve gotten sooo out of the habit of meal planning, this would be wonderful for me to win!

  9. I love the shopping list feature tied into the meal plan. It would save a ton of time!

  10. Lauren A says:

    I have all of these recipes from all over the web and I just need a way to organize and synthesize! I’ve got pins on pinterest, links in an excel spreadsheet, and a blog to try to get it all together, but Plan to Eat sounds like something that would really help me out all around, with organization AND planning.

  11. I plan on doing a better job of incorporating real food snacks and desserts into my meal plan this year–hopefully it will eliminate some of those processed food holdouts in our pantry.

  12. Anything to make meal planning easier would be wonderful!

  13. The kids are getting busier now with after school activities, and if I don’t plan our meals, we will be rushing and scrounging and eating convenience foods. I would use Plan to Eat to plan out healthy, nourishing meals ahead of time so we can eat right!

  14. So wanting to improve this area of my life. Wanting my children to know what the plan is and empowering them, through training, so that they will have the life skills to feed their families and be good stewards of the resources God provides.

  15. Would love to try this…I seem to get stuck in a rut with meal planning. Seems like this could help to keep recipes organized.

  16. I am always crossing my fingers to win one of these from different blogs… lol. :)
    I just never meal plan as much as I plan to. (irony.)

  17. Stefanie says:

    I would love to use this tool!! I have so many bookmarked recipes and printed ones floating around… I know I could save a lot of money if I got my meal planning planned better!

  18. I’m planning to use my slow cooker more often…

  19. Christine says:

    Our meal plan goal for the year is to eat at home more often and only eat out once a month. So far so good but planning meals gets boring with the same stuff every week.

  20. I’ve always used paper and pencil to meal plan and would like to try an electronic version.

  21. Oh my. Meal planning is an area where I do well for a couple of weeks… and then fail miserable for a couple of months. A tool to help me be more consistent would be wonderful!

  22. Miss Maria says:

    I would LOVE this! Such organization is needed in my life.

  23. My meal planning goal this year is to organize all my recipes (online sounds great), and to have two weeks of meals planned in advance.

  24. I would like to plan more inexpensive meals. Grocery prices have gone up so much!

  25. Sounds like a great idea for organization in the kitchen!

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