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Meal Planning: Vacation Recovery
Posted By Jessica Fisher On September 26, 2010 @ 11:51 am In Meal Planning | 10 Comments
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 , but that’s about it.
We’ve also got our new fall dinner themes  to keep things exciting.
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  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  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 . 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  and test it yourself. Let me know how it works for you!
Football Food – Hotdogs, Potato Salad, and veggies
Soup, Stew, or Chili – Taco Soup  with Cornbread, Green Salad
Meat and Taters – Roast Chicken , Stuffed Potatoes, Green Beans
Casserole – Poblano Chile Enchiladas , Beans and Rice
Pizza – The Usual 
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.
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