By now I’m sure most of you are using Pinterest, if for nothing else than to amass a large collection of obnoxious Someecards.
Or maybe that’s just me?
Pinterest is useful for other things too though, like meal planning. Since I tend to Pin links to recipes all willy nilly, it can be daunting to go dig back through them each evening for a particular link. So, I’ve begun making a weekly menu that has helped keep me organized.
On grocery day I browse through my collection on my Kitchen board, then re-pin any recipes I want to use for that week on my This Week’s Menu board. I make my shopping list from there.
When it comes time to prep a meal, I can access everything with just my phone in the kitchen. This is a vast improvement over the days when I used to haul my laptop in there and try to find a safe place for it among the splatters. Oh, and hey, who remembers those things called cook “books.” So quaint.
Using the Pinterest app for the iPhone, I go to my boards.
If I just selected Kitchen, I’d have to dig around for my recipe. Oh look, I pinned nothing but carbs. How…usual.
This is where This Week’s Menu comes in handy again with its much smaller selection.
There it is, there’s the Pin for the shells I want to make.
When I tap on the Pin, it takes me to the website where the original recipe was posted. (If I’ve Pinned it correctly, that is. But that’s a whole ‘nother post.)
I can even use my phone to take photographs of the food, although I really should take a class in food photography and presentation, ‘cause mine never turn out quite as pretty as the inspiration.
But it still tastes pretty great, so that’ll do. That’ll do.
*If you’re not on Pinterest yet and are looking for a tutorial, may I direct you here or here. Or you can just find me on Twitter or Facebook and I can help walk you through. It’s a great tool for organization and inspiration and doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as some might make it out to be.
8 thoughts on “In the Kitchen: Meal Planning with Pinterest”
I do this too! Well, I’m not as organized, I don’t have a meal planning board, but I do go to my Pinterest food board for Pinspiration!
Your Sweettooth board is eeeeeevil.
Wow! You have some yummy lookin’ food on your pinterest board. Now if only Pinterest would cook it for me…
I need to open a Pinterest restaurant. You order online and we deliver, HA.
I love your new header–so pretty!
When are they going to comeout with an android pinterest app? Because even trying to pin something on my phone is completely ridiculous. I still have to use actual pen and paper for grocery lists and my newish laptop in the kitchen. Sigh.
Those shells look yummy!! I wish I could photograph food better. I know a little, but it involves a homemade backdrop and thaat just isn’t happening.
They still don’t have one? Geez, Android. If I could afford it, I’d totally buy you an iPhone for my birthday. 🙂
This is wonderful. Makes me smile just the way you write about it. I tend to search through my pins each week for 3-4 recipes to try out, but think you’re so clever to come up with a weekly menu board. Keep writing…