Making sense of meal planning with Gathered Table
Every blog post that I read about how to stay organized and save money at home tells me I need to plan my meals.
I always thought I was doing an ok job of planning my meals until I discovered Gathered Table - which quickly showed me that there is a much better way! Before Gathered Table came along, my week's meal planning would go like this:
- PLAN MEALS & MAKE A GROCERY LIST
- GO TO THE STORE AND GET MOSTLY WHAT IS ON LIST
- GET HOME FROM WORK AND REALIZE I DON'T HAVE EVERYTHING FOR THE MEAL
- ORDER GREEK FOOD OR GO OUT FOR CHIPOTLE
Then Gathered Table popped up on Pinterest and changed everything! This is not an endorsed review for this product. I have been using it since July of 2015 and wanted to share this tool with all of you who may be trying to save money and time on meals!
There are two ways you can use Gathered Table. A free account allows access to all of the recipes but a paid account allows access to meal planning, grocery lists, and even grocery delivery in some areas.
You can also add your own recipes and add them to your weekly menu. Gathered Table allows you to decide what kind of diet you want (vegan, gluten free, dairy free, paleo) and allows you to choose what kind of preferences you have for your groceries.
The feature I use the most is the grocery list. GT will populate your menu for you and then you can email it to yourself. This eliminates the forgetting-that-one-essential-ingredient conundrum that plagues me so often.
So, if you are in the market for a meal planner that you can customize, give Gathered Table a chance. You can start a 10-day trial account and then decide for yourself if you want to continue!
I am currently on a Paleo diet with Phillip, and Gathered Table has shown us many delicious recipes to try! I think I'm becoming quite the cook in the process. Check out a few of my favorite meals below!