I don’t know how many times I have pinned recipes and never made them. Sometimes I have planned an entire week of meals around certain recipes to only get off track making other things and letting ingredients go bad. So I came up with a method to save money and stay organized when it comes to planning a weeks worth of dinners.
1. I plan our meals with a few repeat recipes and a few new ones that I find via Pinterest and Blogs. Since our kitchen is not usually stocked with all kinds of ingredients I choose meals with one overlapping ingredient. For example, the recipe I show in the image below from The Pining Mama uses Pesto and Roma tomatoes. So I might try to find a second recipe to use the pesto in and a third that uses tomatoes (I save money on buying a pack of tomatoes vs. just one or two).
2. I save new recipes in Evernote using the Evernote Web Clipper for Chrome. Once it is installed on your Chrome navigation bar you can simply click the Evernote icon and a box will appear. You select how you want to save the webpage to Evernote and add tags. For blog post with recipes, I choose simplified article and add the tag menu.
3. I make a list of the meals I plan to make for the week in my AnyDo App under the folder Menu. Once I have 5-7 meals I make my grocery list by going back through my Evernote clippings and of course adding in other things we need such as sides. I make this list the old fashioned way with pen and paper so I can just toss it as I leave the store. I do not organize my meals by day I just pick one the night before or the morning of so I can defrost things or get the crockpot going.
4. When you need to find the recipe in Evernote you can search for your tag and select the one you want to see. Also, if you really like a recipe and want to find more from the same blogger you can click on the weblink just above the recipe.