Thursday, October 20, 2011

Meal Planning via Pinterest

  Every two weeks, I do a big grocery shopping trip. The day before I go, I sit down & plan my menu for the coming two weeks. I look in my freezer & fridge to see what I have on hand & try to incorporate those things into my meals to save on costs. Why buy extra ingredients when you already have some on hand?

  Since discovering Pinterest, I've come across a whole new world of delicious looking recipes. This week, I've decided to put some of those yummy looking dishes onto my meal plan. I told myself to stop dreaming of cooking & baking those fabulous recipes & start DOING it! I love to try new recipes. Love, love, LOVE! But I have stipulations for the recipes I pick.

  • I have to know what all the ingredients are. Or at least be able to easily find out what they are. See, I'm willing to learn new things.
  • The ingredients have to be easy to find. I don't want to have to run into 5 stores to do my shopping.
  • They have to be somewhat easy to make. I don't do incredibly detailed recipes.
  • They have to be ready in 1 hour tops! (Excluding crock pot recipes, of course.) I have a few exceptions to this rule, but they're pretty few & far between. I start cooking supper between 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. & we eat between 5:00 - 5:30. 
  So, when I look at a recipe with those conditions in mind, I can easily decide whether to make it or not. 

  As I said, this week I turned to Pinterest for inspiration. Wanna see what made my list? Here's my plan:

1) Hamburger soup (a recipe from one of my cookbooks) with Red Lobster biscuits

3) Mini Frittatas & salad 

4) Lemon Chicken Breasts with roasted potatoes & salad

5) Bean & sausage soup (my own recipe) with homemade Crescent Rolls

6) Pizza (cuz a girl's gotta have one night off, right? *wink*)

8) Greek Pasta Salad (my mom's recipe - I'll post it soon.)

Goodies / Extras for the lunch box, snacks, or desserts:

Best Ever Blueberry Muffins (a favourite recipe I've been making for years)

  That's my plan & we'll see if I stick to it! ;) Most weeks I do, but there's the odd one that I veer from the path that I've laid out. I'll be sure to let you know how the recipes turn out. I usually divide new recipes into a few different categories:

  • Make again
  • Make often
  • Don't bother making again
  You should see my cookbooks. Full of notes, they are. 

"So & so liked this one". 

"Blah. Don't bother with this one again." 

The favourite note that still makes me smile is on a soup recipe that my mom made when I still lived at home. It says, "This soup ROCKS MY WORLD!" Truly. I still make it & it's a family favourite. :)

  Have you tried any recipes you've found on Pinterest lately? What were they? How did they turn out - would you make them again?

Enjoy your day!

Linkin' Up:


  1. Love Pinterest and YES I have tried a couple of recipes that I have found and plan to try more! I made Citrus Butter Cookies, found on the Pioneer Woman blag and they are great! Thanks for introducing me to Pinterest - it's been tons of fun pinning. :)

  2. Yum, I have those cookies pinned too. I'm going to try them soon. 

  3. I have made reese's cheesecake brownies and stuffed mushrooms(with a few minor adjustments) from pinterest. Both were delicious and I would make them again.

  4. You had me at Red Lobster biscuits!! Wow I love those... I love your list of stipulations too-- totally makes sense to me!

  5. Red lobster biscuits ... WOW! I have made a recipe I found on Pinterest ... pumpkin soup with white beans ... it was delicious. I want to try more. PIN ON!

  6. That is super smart to make notes in your cookbooks! I have been using pinterest a lot for my menus the last few weeks and have found some great recipes. I usually add a comment if we liked it or to say what I would do different. Never thought to write in a cookbook;) Will be trying that.
    I just noticed looking up that I have at least one of your recipes pinned, the chai loaf. Have not tried it yet but it is moving closer to getting made.
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. Yum & Yum. Pinned & Pinned. Thanks, Ang!

  8. I know, right? red Lobster biscuits are the bomb! Thanks for stopping by to say hello. :)

  9. Yumminess. Not sure my kids would eat pumpkin soup, but I sure would! Might have to try it. 

    Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Glad I could help you out. :)

    The Chai Loaf if amazing... you definitely need to try it. Not to brag or anything, right?

    Thanks for stopping by to say hello!

  11. Oh boy, my mouth is watering! This post was delicious!! Thanks so very much for joining in with my weekly Pinning
    and Singing Pinterest Party. I am so thrilled that you joined in and shared
    these yummy pins. I am going to try the chicken breast recipe this week-it looks so easy and so yummy!


    This week’s Linky party is on now so please come and check
    out my favourite Halloween pins for the week if you have 5 minutes to spare.


    Best wishes and happy pinning,

    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me!


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