Meal Planning

Get organized. Give your best meal planning tips, and find out how other Chowhounds organize their meals from recipe planning to grocery shopping.

How To Meal Prep On a Budget

Tired of circling the Whole Foods hot bar on your lunch break? More importantly, isn’t your wallet tired? There’s only one way to solve this first world problem and it’s made up of two words: meal prep...

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Eggplant parm and.....

by bxgirl 6 years ago

I am trying to avoid pasta and potatoes but want to make eggplant parmesan for dinner. Other than a salad, what would go well with eggplamt parmesan, excluding any pasta, potatoes, and rice. Would ...

vegetarian/vegan suggestions for toddler

by villainx 6 years ago

My spouse is vegetarian, though probably 95% of time vegan. We've been giving the little one a mostly vegan diet (again, probably 95% of the time - some eggs and sometimes yogurt). But it's mostl...

bbq menu

by linzandchris 6 years ago

I am planning a family BBQ for many families with young kids. I am wanting to limit the menu to one protein, salad, side, and desert. What crowd pleasers do you recommend? Thank you!

Hot Crab Dip

by ColoffulOne 6 years ago

I am having some friends over and want to do a hot crab dip with baguettes. I would like to know, what is a good main dish that will go well with this dip? Thank you for any suggestions.

Cook on Sunday - Eat All Week?

by Allenkii 7 years ago

Ok, so since I love cooking and we love good food, I noticed that I am cooking dinners at least 4 times during the week days and on the weekend. Since I also work full time and my commute is nearly...

Seriously Fast Dinner Ideas

by Lila 16 years ago

I know everyone has their favorite fast stand-by weeknight meal, but what do you make when you're REALLY in a rush to get something hot on the table? I'm talking about 2-3 ingredient quickie meals...

Book/website recommendations? Meal planning for two

by erichalias 6 years ago

Hello, everyone, I'm expecting to move out of the parent's home later this year and living with the SO. We enjoy cooking but don't have enough experience yet to cook without a recipe. The proble...

Critique my (first!) Pesach menu?

by elizabells 6 years ago

Hello! My husband and I are taking over hosting duties for Pesach this year, and while I've hosted large meals before this will be my first Seder as hostess. I'd like to get your opinions on my pla...

What cooked veggie to add to this entree?

by windin 6 years ago

I just finished making some delicious baked red peppers stuffed with Mexican pulled pork, poblanos, black beans, and corn; topped with a bit of scratch cheese sauce. I've got 8 of these I'd lik...

What are you planning for dinner this week?

by ChristinaMason 11 years ago

Recently, I've taken to planning a weekly dinner menu to avoid 1,001 trips to the store and slapdash, uninspired meals at 8:00 pm. Maybe those of us who plan ahead could post our weekly menus to h...

Heaviness of a second seder

by jaheim 6 years ago

Something in me just rebels at digesting Brisket at 10:30 pm this year. I'm thinking of changing my traditional second seder menu and trying a set of mostly room temperature small dishes instead. H...

Breakfast and Lunch suggestions for a group of women

by herby 6 years ago

I am organizing a day of quilting for my guild for about 18 women. They will come for a day (9am - 4pm) to put together a quilt for the show from the blocks that they have already made. The venue h...

Help with menu planning--hosting a BBQ with 15-30+ guests

by nothingswrong 6 years ago

You know the drill: Looking for a cohesive menu that can largely be prepped ahead of time (day before would be ideal). It will be just me prepping and cooking (except my man will be at the grill...

32 Hungry Boys

by VosFan 6 years ago

In three weeks, I have 32 young men coming to my house for dinner. This will be their final dinner at the end of a two day conference. Their meals for day 1 will be a fast food lunch, and Philly ch...

what's a good side for coq au vin?

by Wendy Lai 19 years ago

I'm making some coq au vin this weekend and wonder what I should serve as sides?

Husband Coming from 3 months stay in China; What to cook .

by Sandwich_Sister 6 years ago

My husband has been off working in Beijing for almost 3 months and gets home Feb 18th for 2 weeks, then will be back in China for another 3 months. Since he's only hear for 2 weeks before he goes b...

Need help with my menu..

by AshleyCas 6 years ago

I'm making a nice dinner for my Husband for Valentines day. We're HUGE raw oyster fans, so I've ordered a bunch from Island Creek Oysters. I know my husband will most likely get pretty full off t...

Need Ideas for My Menu for Two

by TXMandy 6 years ago

Hubby and I aren't fans of going out to restaurants for Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, etc. That said, I always look forward to preparing us something a little different on those nights. I'm no...

How do you put together a menu plan, if you do?

by ennuisans 6 years ago

In my case, I'm an older adult living with my retired parents, and part of what I do is try to cook for them. But of course everyone at our age has pretty firm ideas of what we want to eat, and the...

When do you plan dinner?

by Puffin3 6 years ago

My morning routine is make my tea then spend an hour or so in front of the 'Leopard'. A stop at CH is always a must. This is when I start thinking about what to make for dinner. Over time I've s...

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