I have been looking for the perfect meal planning system for several years. My problem is that I really like collecting menus from several different sites and let's face it, I am too busy to retype a recipe that I found on one site and put it on another. When it came time to create my menu for the week I needed to look in three different "online cookbooks". My other option was to print out everything and keep it in a notebook. This was OK but I really like the idea of a "paperless" system and printing then sorting are just more steps in my process. That is when I discovered www.Mealfire.com. This great site compiles your recipes in one central location where you can then assign them to a day on your calendar and create a shopping list. All you have to do is attach the "Save to Mealfire" booklet to your internet browser's toolbar and click it when you find a recipe that you want to save. It is that easy!
I love the way I can gather recipes from all my favorite sites with just a click of a button. I looked into using Google docs, and while I love using Google for most things, I found myself still having to either cut and paste recipes to my docs or maintain a recipe book on each of my 3 favorite sites. This was not working for me. Now I collect and plan out my menu on Mealfire and view it on my Google calendar by linking to the URL in other calendars.
Once I have my calendar made I select the meals for that week and head to the grocery.
This handy little tool has saved me huge headaches and I hope it does the same for you.
Happy meal planning!