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Meal Planning Resources for Busy Families

January 11, 2013

One of the new leaves I'm trying to turn over in 2013 is in the kitchen. My #1 goal for this year (other than losing weight and achieving world peace and/or domination) is to do a better job planning and preparing meals. I've written here before about the perils of arriving home at 6:30 to a hungry toddler with no patience for dinner prep that doesn't involve crayons, and for budget and health reasons I'd also like to get back into the habit of bringing my lunch to work (ever tried to find a salad for under $5 in midtown Manhattan? Well, don't). So I'm on the hunt for online resources that can help me build a better lunchbox and a better dinner plan. My first stops every week are of course Epicurious's Weekly Dinner Planner and our Healthy Dinner Tonight feature. Other sites I'm shamelessly stealing weeknight meal planning ideas from include's Month of Dinners,'s great list of kid- and adult-friendly dinner recipes, and Our Weekly Eats, where Jessica Harlan, a friend who's also a recipe developer and food-fixated mom, is recording her meal-planning in detail, including lunches and school snacks for herself and her two girls. What online tools are you using to make weekday meal planning easier?

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