I wasn’t breathing well enough to do a whole lot of “think work” during the past week, but prior to that I was working on my latest meal-planning venture: Ziplist.
It may seem sacrilegious to even mention another meal planning tool besides E-mealz. I have loved E-mealz for years. It has revolutionized and simplified the way I plan meals and shop. So simple. Good recipes.
But sometimes, I get to the point where I want to choose my own food.
This is one of those times.
It’s not like meal planning is really hard. But my problem has always been getting from seeing something I like online (like on Pinterest), saving the recipe, recording what I need to buy, buying it, printing out the recipe, and then making it. Well, let’s just say, sometimes it’s just easier to put a frozen pizza in the oven.
I’ve found the Ziplist makes those steps a little easier. Ziplist is a website that helps organize recipes, create grocery lists from those recipes, and then can send your grocery list to a mobile app that can carry your list to the store (even on an Ipod Touch without WiFi). You can even share it with someone else’s mobile device (Ken’s) and sort by grocery store, if you shop at more than one. That way someone else could hypothetically pick up items at the grocery store if he were hypothetically closer to say, Aldi, than me. Hypothetically.
It takes a little bit of effort to set up well, but I pushed through the “just put a frozen pizza in the oven” phase and came up with what I think is a pretty interesting list of recipes. I’ve got 45 at this point, although with Pinterest around, I’m sure it will continue to grow.
I sorted the recipes into categories: Mexican, Asian, Italian, Comfort Food, Side Dish, Quick, Crock Pot, Sunday School, etc. Sometimes recipes would fall into more than one category (like a Mexican Crock Pot recipe) so I could put the recipes in more than one category.
I can then select to put that recipe on my shopping list, and it creates a list of ingredients from the recipe. I have to edit through this, because sometimes their robots don’t read my recipes very well, and sometimes I have most of what I need for the recipe on hand already. But it hasn’t missed a single ingredient yet, and sure makes it a whole lot easier to create a list!
As I decide on a week’s worth of recipes and edit what I need, it automatically syncs to a mobile app on my Ipod Touch where I can see my grocery list.
I’m already excited about this week’s recipes. It’s a sort of dinner-around-the-world and back home again list.
- Sausage, Spinach, and Provolone Pizza
- Jamaican Pumpkin Soup (Crock Pot)
- Quick Mu Shu Pork Tacos
- Buffalo Chicken Mac and Blue Cheese
- Mexican Salad
- Baked Oatmeal with Strawberries, Bananas, and Chocolate Chips (for Sunday School tomorrow)
Now that my shopping is done, it’s back to translating it into the kitchen. I hate putting my laptop in the kitchen, and I don’t want to kill trees to print the recipes. Ziplist helps again with the mobile app on my Ipod Touch, where I can bring my recipes up as I cook.
This is my first week trying it, but the shopping trip was great, and I’m pumped about the recipes! I’m still learning about all of the features of Ziplist, but so far, I’m loving it!
**I think I’m mostly out of the woods from the pneumonia, and hopefully the peritonsillar abscess. Gearing up for the semester over the next couple of days while finishing up all my medicine will be the real test. I’ve had pneumonia before, but this was definitely the worst and the fastest moving. And having Ken gone for a conference was hard. Thankfully, we have some very kind neighbors who lent a hand with the dogs this week. Lets’ hope I’m over this sickness stuff!