I used to sit down once a month and fill in my calendar the meals I was going to make for supper each night of the week. I would pull out all my cookbooks, recipes and notes to get ideas on what to make for supper. Once I had my calendar filled up I would go through the recipes and make a list of the ingredients I would need. It was time consuming, inefficient and annoying. Something had to change.
I did some searching online and came across an app called Paprika. It had great reviews and I needed to try something... anything. I purchased the app for my desktop computer (there's also an app for iPads and iPhones) and I am so happy with my purchase. It makes menu planning and grocery shopping so much smoother and efficient. Here is why I love my purchase:
1. It makes meal planning way easier and efficient without having to pull out all your recipe books and boxes. It's all in one place and in the same format.
2. Not only does it have all your recipes in one place, it has a calendar that you can plan your meals for the week or month or however long you want.
|This is calendar part that you can plan your meals. When I plan my meals, I usually pencil it in on my actual planner that I look at everyday.|
5. You can save recipes under multiple categories. For example, a recipe for lasagna I can file under the category of "Pasta", "Italian", and "Supper" which makes searching for recipes easier. When I plan my meals for the week or however long, I open my "Supper" tab and can see all my options on what to make for supper. If however, I was in the mood for some Italian food, I could click on my "Italian" tab. It's just nice to be able to categorize the recipes under more than one category.
|This shows all my recipe categories and you can create as many categories as you want. The recipes shown here are in my "Supper" category. This is the category I typically look at when I'm planning meals.|