Cooking is not my forte but with the help of Allrecipes.com and their new interactive menu planner I might actually learn to like cooking. At a recent event at Rachel Ray’s kitchen (yes, that Rachel Ray), we were able to test drive the new site’s feature as well as meet up with Deb from Seattle who is one of the Make Ahead Mamas.
Deb who is part of a communal group of moms who get together on a regular basis to cook and prepare meals for their families, guided us in preparing a recipe from the site, Vegetarian Moroccan Stew for us to make later that day. I can only say that it was one of the best meals I have made and super simple to make. I can’t wait to make it again since using a slow cooker is perfect for this stew and what I loved was that you can make a huge batch and freeze it for when you just don’t feel like cooking.
Before I went to the event, I had no idea that allrecipes.com, that the site gets over 525 million visits a year, that all the recipes that are submitted by readers is actually tested by the allrecipes kitchen staff. They even check to see if the measurements are correct before uploading the recipe.
Allrecipes.com Menu Planner is a Supporting Membership feature meaning it’s a paid feature (6 months = $9.95, 1 year = $17.50, 2 years = $22.95)
With the all-new Allrecipes.com Menu Planner, you can:
- Create a menu for a single meal
- Create menus for a week, or multiple meals
- Drag and drop recipes from your recipe box to create a new menu or edit an existing one
- Browse through over 1,000 already created menus for occasions from everyday to holiday (Whether you’re counting calories or craving good old fashion comfort food, we have countless choices to choose from!)
- Customize these pre-made menus by saving them to your My Menus and exchanging recipes for your favorites
- Add a recipe from any recipe page to an existing menu saved to your My Menus, or start a new one Save money and time by using pre-made menus that have been designed to use all the surplus ingredients – so no wasted leftovers!
- View automatically calculated nutritional information for your entire meal
- Find a menu that goes with any recipe by clicking on ‘related menus’ from a recipe page (no more guessing what side or main dish goes best with the recipe)
- The best part? Allrecipes Menu Planner builds your shopping list as you add recipes to your menu – making it so easy to plan and shop for your meal (or meals!).
I have been fiddling with the menu planner, it’s super intuitive and easy to use. Can’t wait to search recipes so I can start planning meals in advance. Before I get to that point, I need to get rid of stockpiles of food in my pantry. Months ago, I bought 12 cans of cream of mushroom soup (why I have no idea) and so I searched the database by ingredients and found Cumin Chicken with Apples. I think it looks quite delicious but will let you know but the opinion of the harshest critic in the household, my daughter is the key to the success of any recipe.
Head over to allrecipes.com and check out more chicken recipes.