Now you have decluttered and organised your kitchen its time to tackle those recipes. Do you have your standard family recipes? Recipes ripped out from magazines or saved on social media? Its time to organise these and put them in one place to save you time in the kitchen.
There are several ways to organise your recipes, do whichever works for you:
- Saved on your computer
- Saved on your mobile
- Printed onto paper
I would advise putting together your own recipe folder. If you are anything like me and have a terrible memory then having your own tried and tested recipe book to hand will help you to put together meals with ease.
Using your recipe book to plan weekday meals
Divide your recipe book into sections so you can choose your style of meal. When planning my meals I tend do the following:
1. Pick a source of protein to base your meal on e.g. meat, fish or a vegetarian source like eggs or beans (refer to the healthy eating section on this website for more sources of protein, it is the pink section on the eatwell guide). Use your recipe dividers to locate the protein source your have chosen. For example if you have chosen chicken to base your meal on then go to the ‘chicken’ recipes located in your folder for inspiration and choose a recipe. Either a firm family favourite or a new recipe that you would like to try (time permitting of course). Keep in mind your weekly family planner and plan meals according to where and when you are. If for example you are out saturday night for a meal there is no point planning a meal.
2. Add a source of carbohydrate– e.g. potatoes, rice or grains (refer to the healthy eating section on this website for more sources of carbohydrate, it is the yellow section on the eatwell guide).
3. Plenty of veggies– Finish off by adding as many veggies to the plate as possible (refer to the healthy eating section on this website for ideas of fruit and vegetables, it is the green section on the eatwell guide).
Adding new recipes to your folder
Internet – If you see any recipes on the internet, print them off and put them into the appropriate section of your recipe folder.
Magazines – Rip them out and add them to your folder
Recipe book– photocopy the page and add them into your folder
Social Media– They usually tend to have a printable version or you can copy and paste the recipe into a word document in order to print it off.
Organising your recipes really is a must if you want to be prepared, plan ahead and save time in the kitchen. You need to find which method works best for you so that you have your recipes to hand in the kitchen.
If you have any questions or would like to share your recipe organisation methods with us please leave in the comments.