Pinterest is a huge part of my meal planning. It is my main go-to place where I can get ideas and inspiration for what I will be cooking. So before I share with you exactly how I meal plan, I wanted to share with you how I set up my pinterest boards.
In the beginning I just had a food section. Every food recipe was in one area. But this became overwhelming. Slowly, I moved the one board to 27 boards. That's right, 27. This helps me stay organized and find exactly what I want.
Here is how I decided how to split up the boards:
- soups + stews
- gluten free, low carb, paleo
- appetizers + snacks
- freezer meals
- sweet treats
- aisan inspired
- dips + sauces
- meal planning
- budget friendly
- pioneer woman (my fav)
How did I decide to split up the boards this way?
Well, I first really looked around at other Pinterest boards. Then I thought about what would be best for me. What would be the easiest and quickest way for me to find recipes? Finally this is what I came up with. It has been so much easier to know that I want to use chicken on Tuesday and I would like to try to find a crockpot meal. So I can just go straight to crockpot recipes. If I can't find a crockpot meal that will work, I can look under chicken next.
Yes, 27 boards is a lot! And it may be too much for you, which is completely okay. But I wanted to be very specific with my boards. This is not something that is necessary, just works best for me. Do I use all of them all the time? No, not at all! But they're there if I need them.
I love Ree, the Pioneer Woman. I use her recipes constantly. So for me, instead of searching in the pasta for her delicious lasagna, I decided to make a board just for her! I usually go to this board first.
This was step one to making me meal planning work for us. Do you have to use Pinterest? Nope! Not at all. But I can meal plan much quicker using it as my main tool and then using other sites as needed.
Are your pinterest recipes organized? If so, how and what made you organize them that way?