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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Planning your meals

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 by Andrew Conkling

Eating at home can be inexpensive, healthy, and certainly tasty. It does take a bit more work at times, at least if you eat more than Bob's usual dinner. This week's tip, shared by flewtist, discusses how you can keep up with your meal planning — and any prep work — to make sure you have something ready to eat when you get hungry. :)

Bob cooks... something

I always plan the meals for my family. But I will often forget to leave enough prep time or forget to do the necessary prep work (like defrosting) that means the difference between eating a healthy home-cooked meal or eating delivery.

Now as I do the planning, I make entries in my RTM list. The first entry is tagged menu for the menu item for that day and contains a list of things I am going to make, along with the prep time if it is an unfamiliar dish.

Dinner: Crockpot Turkey/stuffing/green beans (cook 8 hrs) ^Sunday #menu

The second entry is if I have to do prep work for the dish, like defrosting, or assembling the dish ahead of time.

Defrost turkey ^Friday #foodprep

I combine these two tags into a Smart List so that I can see all menu/food tasks at once, and each item comes up on the day I need to do it.

Thanks for sharing this tip, flewtist! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

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