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 […]
Tips, benefits, best practices, and other practical musings from the Planful Cook on meal planning, adapting recipes, and healthful eating.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We began meal planning with a goal of reducing our spending on food. We saved $500 in our first month, and discovered other immediate benefits which we share here. We’ve now made weekly meal planning a family habit, with more than 15 months of consecutive weekly plans safely tucked into […]
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 […]