General Goodness

Tips, benefits, best practices, and other practical musings from the Planful Cook on meal planning, adapting recipes, and healthful eating.

A Tidy Kitchen is a Productive Kitchen

Is it cliché to admit that I learned the value of a tidy kitchen from Marie Kondo? The Netflix series “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” has certainly generated a lot of buzz since it launched in January 2019. I was introduced to the KonMari Method in 2014, when during a […]


Adapting Recipes for Dietary Restrictions

If you’re like us, you don’t want food allergies or digestive issues to limit your meal planning or culinary adventures. I have a dairy allergy; I follow a low FODMAP diet in which I avoid kitchen staples such as wheat, onion, garlic, and cauliflower; and we also try to limit […]


7 Steps to a Tidy Kitchen Pantry

Our kitchen storage used to make us crazy. Our pantry shelves were always full but we could never find anything. We’d regularly come home from the grocery store having purchased items we already had on-hand. Or worse, we’d realize in the middle of cooking dinner that we didn’t have a […]


3 Reasons to Tidy Up Your Kitchen Pantry

You’re sold on the benefits of meal planning and eager to get started. Great! Before you begin searching for recipes and building a grocery list, we recommend an important first step – cleaning out your kitchen pantry. Whether you live in a small home without a lot of extra storage […]


5 Immediate Benefits of Meal Planning

If you don’t consider yourself a planner, you may not see the value of meal planning. Do you imagine it would restrain your spontaneity or limit your creativity? Does the idea of organizing weekly plans feel overwhelming? Are you struggling to know where to begin? My family has been meal […]