MENU PLANNER or Planning Meal

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Iphone App to increase your home productivity

Principle 101:

  • Plan your meal for the incoming week
  • List your grocery needs
  • Buy your ingredients ONCE
  • Prepare in advance some meals – Freeze or not
  • Cook the rest every day
  • SERENITY

 

Version 2.0:

  • Using an app on your smartphone. For us, MENU PLANNER (unfortunately, only available on IOS device)
  • Plan your meal for the incoming week
  • List your grocery needs
  • Synchronize on your device (tablet, smartphone)
  • Buy your ingredients ONCE (Drive on Monday + market on Sunday)
  • Manage your pantry (I’m not really at it)
  • Prepare in advance some meals – Freeze or not
  • Cook the rest every day
  • SERENITY 2.0

 

Low tech version:

  • Print a meal planner or use a blackboard on the kitchen

 

ADVANTAGES:

  • Saving time buying online (on Chronodrive for us not on the MENU PLANNER, it’s not possible) and go pick up to the drive once a week on the go home path.
  • Saving money buying only what you need for the week. No more temptations in the supermarket!
  • Not asking you what I’m going to cook when you come with your daughter.
  • Saving time preparing food in advance and store on the freeze the leftovers
  • Your recipes are available on the app, so, MBF can make the diner without problems

 

DISADVANTAGES:

  • MENU PLANNER is not available on other OS
  • You have to pay every time you want to install it on a new device
  • You have to enter your recipes and it’s very long

 

SOME TIPS:

  • Don’t try a new recipe on week. It will take too much time, prefer the weekend for the experimentation
  • Calculate your recipes for 2 if you are a couple with a child. Especially, if you add Soup on 2 different days, it will multiply your ingredients.
  • Transform the names of the ingredients; do not put 3 different forms of butter. It will simplify your grocery list
  • Use the note to put on your meal leftover. If you add the recipe, it will add the ingredient.
  • Create entry as Restaurant or Leftover party, to remember not to cook something
  • Create useful item as Canned beans or frozen yakitori for ready to eat food
  • You can create salad various around the tomatoes or create an entry for each ingredient

At the end, we use it since 2013 and it’s really helpful. In the past, I have problems to constitute healthy meals (starchy food, meat, vegetables) but it’s not the fault of the app, it’s only because I always think in terms of starchy food and meat and forget the vegetables.

In order to be more confident with the meal planning, you can use at first a piece of paper to visualize your week.

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