Meal Planning In A Snap

What’s for dinner tonight? That is the perpetual question that I inevitably ask myself at 4:00 pm at least once or twice a week! Some days I’m lucky enough to have remembered to get out the crock pot in the morning and get it going during the “window of opportunity,”, other days I have a particular recipe I’ve been planning to make from one of my various sources online (aka Pinterest).

Then there are the days I have remembered to get out chicken/fish from the freezer to throw on the grill ahead of time, plus time to get some sort of marinade on it, and some (blessed) days I have left overs from last night so I am off the hook completely! Hallelujah for those days!!  I love to cook, but getting myself organized enough to have a weekly menu planned just seems SO overwhelming sometimes! I mean, I have to find the recipes, make the shopping list for it, then pick up the various things I don’t already have in my kitchen, and then actually commit to sticking with those recipes! 🙂 It’s enough to make me give up and stick to my “old stand-bys!”

That, my friends, may now be a thing of the past. I was recently introduced to an awesome website that literally takes ALL the guess work, planning headaches, and list making woes out of meal planning! Relish Relish is an online meal planning website that was founded by two moms who were also sick of the mundane weekday meal monotony! They realized it isn’t necessarily the cooking that is the problem, more that is is the planning that is intimidating!

They came up with a solution. They are a website that has a weekly list of recipes that change every Thursday ( great so you can get your shopping done on the weekend if needs be!) You pick the recipes your family will like, add it to your menu, when you are finished, click a handy tab that creates a shopping list for you and Viola! Easy as 1-2-3, you are ready to shop, cook for the whole week and have delicious, thoughtful, EASY meals your family will love! Did I forget to mention all the meals are designed to be completed in about 20 minutes!!!

The meals are even conveniently grouped into handy categories like “kid friendly”, “lower calorie”, “quick”, “simple gourmet”, and “vegetarian.” And if you aren’t seeing anything you like in that weeks list, you can access past  menus and well as the “editor’s pick”, which has the top rated recipes stored in one place!

You can also create your own custom menus using all the resources! And something else INCREDIBLE, there is also a “freezer” tab where you can plan freezer meals to have on hand at a moments notice! BRILLIANT! The best part is that the service is only $7 a month, so it’s totally affordable and worth every penny to people like me who have a hard time planning! 

This website is truly a life saver! I love the variety that is offered, as well as the fresh ingredients that are used! Do you want to know what’s on my menu for tomorrow? How about Blueberry pork tenderloin with buttermilk mashed potatoes. I may or may not do the quick brownie trifle for dessert! 


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