Today I´d like to share some tips to save you time and make your life much easier, explaining how to meal planning and build your grocery list with Evernote.
If you have been following this blog for some time, you´re used to a monthly «30 healthy recipes» post. If not, let me show you the list of recipes available so far, in alphabetical order:
This simple list means 480 recipes, without a single paper, which proves that Evernote is a great tool to keep and search all the recipes you need. All you have to do is create a specific notebook for your recipes and save them all in there. But you can (and should) do more than just save recipes. You can plan your meals and your grocery list with just a few clicks.
First, when you´re struggling thinking about what are you going to eat next week, there is nothing easier than scroll down your recipes notebook and chose from a wide range of recipes. Then, all you need is a note called «Meal plan«, for instance.
Let´s plan your next week´s dinners. We could plan all your meals, but this post is just to give you an idea of how easy and useful is Evernote for your daily life.
You check your recipes and chose what you´d like to have for dinner next week. Right-click on the recipe and select «copy internal link» (Shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + L).
Then paste this link on your «Meal Plan» note (Shorcut: Ctrl + V).
The table, of course, is totally optional. For new Evernote users who want to know more about creating and customize tables, please read this.
Once we have our internal links on our Meal Plan note, we can easily check the instructions, losing no time searching the recipe.
To help us build our grocery list, all we have to do is copy (Shorcut: Ctrl +C) the ingredients of each recipe and paste (Ctrl + V) them right after our meal plan.
While you´re doing this, I strongly recommend you to check:
- The most common ingredients, like salt, olive oil, onion, etc.
- What you already have in your kitchen.
This way you won´t buy what you already have available or buy the same product twice.
As we are used to taking our phones everywhere we go, you´ll have your grocery list available anytime, and you won´t ever need a paper to remind you what to need to buy at the store.