Plan To Eat Membership Give Away

The give away has now closed, thank you to all those who entered.

Plan To Eat are a current sponsor of Planning With Kids and they have 2 x 1 year memberships to this excellent premium meal planning site to give away. This give away is open world wide. Read to the end to find out how you can win.

Simple Meal PlanningPlan to Eat was the brain child of Lisa a homeschooling mom to 4 kids who is passionate about eating real food, cooked at home and eaten with her family. Her husband Clint is the creator and maintainer of Plan to Eat.

It goes without saying how important I think meal planning is. It provides such a great foundation as it affects so many areas of family life – eating together, saving time and helps you stick to a budget.

I have been having a play around with the Plan to Eat and have been impressed by its functionality. I love the free planner I have here on the blog, but like any free tool, it has limited options.

You can sign up for a free 30 day trial (no need to enter any payment details until your trial expires). Once signed up you have a few sample recipes added to your recipe book. You can then add recipes you are likely to use in your meal plan.

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At this point you cannot automatically input recipes straight from blogs like mine, but you can copy and paste the appropriate text and manually add them as you can see in the screen shot above.

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As I tested out Plan To Eat I decided to spend time looking for new recipes that would suit my family and upload them. It is incredibly easy to do this. I just searched for a recipe I was after and entered the recipe url and then clicked import. You then have the opportunity to classify the meal by type (eg main course, dessert, snacks etc) and type of Cuisine (Asian, Italian etc) which all help to make it easier to find the recipes you want once your recipe book expands.

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Adding meals to your planner is also very simple – just click and drag to the date you are after. I have only planned evening meals , but you can plan breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks if you are so inclined 🙂 . Once you have saved your plan you can then generate a shopping list. A great feature is being able to add your staple items to the shopping list, so you can have one master shopping list.

Plan To Eat also offers interactivity where you can find an iCal address for you plan (via Options, then settings in the planner) and then add it to your Google Calendar.

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Now at the top of each day in my Google Calendar I can see what I planned for dinner in August!

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And you can add friends and share recipe books. So when you sign up for your free trial make sure you friend me, that way you can automatically access the 40+ recipes I have added to my recipe book and then I can see yours too! My username on Plan to Eat is PlanningQueen!

Win a year membership to Plan To Eat

Two readers will win a year long membership to Plan to Eat valued at $39. This give away is open worldwide and to enter you need to:

  • Sign up for a free trial of Plan To Eat (only need a valid email address, no payment details required).
  • Come back to Planning With Kids and leave a comment letting me know you have signed up. You must leave a comment here to be in the running to win as the winners will be drawn randomly from the comments section.
  • You may only enter once.
  • Entries close at 5pm AEST 31st July 2011.
  • The winners will be drawn randomly and announced on the blog later on the 31st July.
  • Winners will be notified by email. If I don’t receive a response within 3 days, another winner/s will be drawn.
  • Good luck!