Q: I just signed up for The Fresh 20 and am curious about online meal planning services. Do other readers use this type of service? How have they found them to be in terms of saving time and ensuring that cooking is still an enjoyable and creative process?
Last week we asked our readers for their best tips for meal planning. How do you get dinner on the table, week in and week out, without getting bored? How do you stay energized and engaged with the act of cooking at home? Here are fifteen of our best and most universal tips for learning how to plan your meals.
I love this cheery little pantry, which illustrates some cute printable labels from Better Homes and Gardens. What I really love, though, even more than the labels, are the calendar and shopping list on the back of the door!
Most cooks appreciate every scrap of storage space allotted to their kitchen, big or small, urban or suburban. Some of us let the kitchen spill out into other spaces in the home (remember how David Lebovitz keeps his ice cream maker under the bed?). I recaptured an inefficient coat closet and turned it into a cheery little pantry — one of my all-time most useful kitchen projects! Packing all your kitchen goods together in a pantry like this can really streamline your organizing and post-grocery shopping routine. Here are ten more inspiring examples of pantries, each with a takeaway for small spaces.
In yesterday's post on battling food waste in the kitchen, many of you praised the benefits of meal planning. What is meal planning, to you? What's your routine? Do you draw up a big chart for the whole month and stick to it? Do you go to the store, see what looks good, and let that guide your meals? Do you freeze meals far ahead of time? We'd love your best meal planning tips and ideas — what keeps you organized and well-fed?
I have become intimately acquainted with the walls of my new house as over the last several weeks my husband and I and a pack of friends have stripped most of the rooms of wall coverings, plaster, and lathe, exposing the true bones and studs. One side effect of this (besides sore shoulders and scraped hands!) is that the naked structure of my house has given me a whole new perspective on storage. There's so much room in there, between the studs! Here are some inspiring photos showing how you can use all that negative space inside your walls for positive storage solutions.
Kitchen pull-outs are a dreamy feature of custom kitchens, making access to things like trash, recycling, and pantry essentials much easier. Here's a new twist on the pull-out theme: Basket drawers for root vegetables and fruit. Would you do this, if you had the chance?
My wife and I usually meal plan for the week on Sunday mornings. We get a stack of magazines, I pull up a recipe planning site on my iPad, and we pick items that are simple and drool-worthy. With our selections made we go grocery shopping, often returning home with a pile of fresh produce. About midweek, though, we'd forget some of our recipe decisions and leave our veggies to veg-out beyond edibility. We needed a more prominent visual reminder. We needed a chalkboard meal plan menu! Here's how we DIYed one.
The IKEA Expedit bookcase may be one of the most popular affordable bookcases out there. (When you actually start looking for it, you see it everywhere. Trust me.) Its ubiquity also means it's rife for reinterpretation, as seen in this kitchen/dining storage hack!
Although I'm tall enough to reach everything in my refrigerator that doesn't mean I'm stoked to pull half the items out to get to the ones in the back. Instead, maybe I should give this easy storage and organizational solution a go!