Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Secret Tool to Save, Plan, and ACTUALLY Cook Instagram & Pinterest Recipes You Love!

Make 2016 the year you actually make all the healthy and yummy recipes you discover on Pinterest and Instagram.

To save, organize, and literally plan to eat recipes you discover online right from your smartphone, you need my secret tool: Plan to Eat.

If you don't already have an account, join Plan to Eat for free now. (You can do this from your phone or computer.) Once that's set up you're ready to find recipes, plan meals, make grocery lists, and cook from your phone!

First, create a Plan to Eat icon for your phone:
  1. Open Safari (or another web browser) to go to
  2. Do not accept prompt to use the mobile version. It won't give you access to the recipe book.
  3. Click "Recipes" to go to your recipe book page. 
  4. Click the “send to” icon at the bottom of the screen, which brings up several options. 
  5. Select "Add to Home Screen", and voila — your very own icon appears so that you can open your Plan to Eat recipes collection with just one click! (This will save you a lot of time in the future.)
Now, whenever you are using your phone and discover a recipe online that you love, you can easily save it to your Plan to Eat recipe collection. Here's how:
  1. Find a recipe you love online. If you find something that looks good on Pinterest or Instagram, make sure you go away from there to the website that actually features the full recipe (not just the picture).
  2. Copy the URL (web address) of the page that has the recipe. 
  3. Open Plan to Eat on your phone using your handy icon ;-)
  4. Click "Add Recipe."
  5. Click "Import from Web."
  6. Paste URL of the recipe into the Import box.
  7. Plan to Eat will automatically upload recipe and (usually) a picture. Make any edits if you'd like. Then click "Save Changes."
  8. The recipe is now saved in your Plan to Eat recipe book. 
Here's what that looks like:

You can now schedule when you'll make it and add the necessary ingredients to your shopping list with a few clicks. I find that planning is the best way to actually get something done. That's why I love Plan to Eat

These muffins I discovered on Real Simple's Instagram feed--and made the following day thanks to staying organized with Plan to Eat--were so good!

Do you often end up making recipes you find on Instagram and Pinterest? How do you plan meals?

Olivia Lane Lovejoy is a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She's also author of Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning.   

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