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Meal Planning: Vacation Recovery

Posted By Jessica Fisher On September 26, 2010 @ 11:51 am In Meal Planning | 10 Comments

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We spent several days away from home last week when we took our first REAL vacation in three years. In fact, I think it was our third real family vacation ever.

Vacation = going someplace exciting and/or relaxing, for which the sole purpose is not to visit relatives. Can often involve restaurants, hotels, airplanes, and rental cars.

While we didn’t fly nor did we rent a car, we did take on a few restaurants and a hotel. We also saw family and friends which was super fun. And we travelled about 800 miles, all told.

Prior to our departure, I gave the refrigerator a thorough cleaning and emptying. So, this week’s eating involves a little freezer diving and eating from the pantry. We’ve got lots of apples [4], but that’s about it.

We’ve also got our new fall dinner themes [5] to keep things exciting.

Getting Help

Since I was kind of in a daze Friday when we came home after six days on the road, I decided to try out this meal planning service called Plan to Eat [6] to help me pull things together. I quickly plugged in recipes by cutting and pasting their ingredients lists into my account. Then I dragged and dropped them into a weekly grid.

Plan to Eat [6] instantly compiled a shopping list for me. According to their database, I spent “0.3 hours” plugging in recipes, planning where to put them, and printing. Twenty minutes is not bad, and I think I might have spent a lot more time doing this on my own.

When I get my feet back on the ground from vacation, I’m going to tackle planning October’s menus using Plan to Eat [6]. I imagine that once you’ve plugged in your regular go-to recipes, meal planning could be a snap. You can sign up for a free 30 day trial [6] and test it yourself. Let me know how it works for you!

In the meantime, here’s what we’ll be having this week:

Football Food – Hotdogs, Potato Salad, and veggies

Soup, Stew, or ChiliTaco Soup [7] with Cornbread, Green Salad

Meat and TatersRoast Chicken [8], Stuffed Potatoes, Green Beans

Breakfast for SupperHomemade Turkey Sausage [9], Pancakes [10], Fruit

CasserolePoblano Chile Enchiladas [11], Beans and Rice

PizzaThe Usual [12]

Out to Eat – yet to be determined, but Del Taco’s 39 cent tacos and 49 cent burritos are sounding like a win-win at this point.

What are you eating this week?

Don’t forget to visit I’m an Organizing Junkie [13] for more meal planning inspiration.


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[4] lots of apples: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/grocery-geek-hits-the-central-coast.html

[5] new fall dinner themes: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/delicious-meals-for-fall.html

[6] Plan to Eat: http://www.plantoeat.com/6g2y7uwepb

[7] Taco Soup: http://lifeasmom.com/2008/06/frugal-food-taco-soup.html

[8] Roast Chicken: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/good-cheap-eat-roast-chicken/

[9] Homemade Turkey Sausage: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/ask-the-readers-breakfast-freezer-cooking.html#comment-34483

[10] Pancakes: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/01/.html

[11] Poblano Chile Enchiladas: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/05/poblano-chile-enchiladas-and-an-ultimate-recipe-swap.html

[12] The Usual: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/tgif-make-pizza-yourself.html

[13] I’m an Organizing Junkie: http://orgjunkie.com/

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