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04-01-2012, 02:40 PM
Has anyone used their upgraded features, as in subscriber features.

And how are the quality of recipes on this site. A couple that I've tried haven't been so great. So I am tempted to chuck the site other than the ingredient recipe search.

04-01-2012, 09:14 PM
I use allrecipes (free) ALL the time. Look at the ratings and read the reviews. I have had great success, esp using the tips mentioned in the reviews.

04-02-2012, 12:57 AM
Okay, I will keep looking at it. I love that you can search an ingredient and go from there.

Cara how do you plan your meals? One week at a time or do you have staples that you just think about and make?

My biggest problem right now is that I have too much food. My kids don't eat much. And I don't really eat that much. But I like to buy food. lol.

So it is almost easier to not have anything that takes too long or has too many ingredients so i could have been what I picked that was the problem. I will look more closely at the reviews.


04-02-2012, 05:02 PM
I used to plan about 3-4 days at a time, but i'm so burnt right now, i'm planning the whole week at a time. I then write the shopping list by going through the recipes of what i'm going to cook. There are a few staples i keep around - cold cereal and milk(s), rice cakes and gf pretzels, plain tortilla chips, fruit, carrots and onions and potatoes, canned tomatoes, salsa . . .actually, iir, Pioneer Woman had a post recently about what she keeps in her pantry, and it had a lot of overlap with mine.

but no, buying food no one will eat is wasteful. I am upset if I have to throw away 2 cups worth of food a week . . . i keep it pretty tight, freezing anything that wont be eaten before it spoils, and not getting food we dont need

04-02-2012, 09:02 PM
Yes it has been quite amazing actually to see how much we actually eat. My husband did all the shopping and cooking. And now he isn't so I am doing it. And I am not eating nearly as much. And we're eating different flavor profiles and it is all quite interesting. I am somewhat enjoying it. I wish I had a better ability to throw things together. And be creative yet not wasteful. We don't eat much.

i need to plan for shopping tmw. That is the hard part for me. I could eat the same thing everyday. Maybe not really, but it is hard to have every meal at home. Kids eat so much. And they are so picky. etc.

04-03-2012, 11:09 AM
so how did that end up changing? the designated cook?

04-03-2012, 11:12 AM
He left in February.

04-03-2012, 10:28 PM
Oh, i'm sorry, I had no idea . . .

also, when i've cooked for just me and the kids, I tend to do more kid-focused meals and just clean up after them. great weight loss program. Cuz when i cook food I really like, I eat a LOT of it. You could also do meals 2 or 3 days and then have a leftovers night. I actually just had leftovers night for the first time since my daughter moved back a year ago - these teens just eat so much, its hard to have leftovers

04-04-2012, 12:45 AM
Ive noticed that I am buying a lot of food and not much is getting eaten. i am also noticing a lot of leftovers. So both good ideas. Glad that we could have this conversation. LOL....

I have also noticed that when I am watching the sales, I have bought several of things and am sort of stocked up. So, I am doing okay I think.

04-04-2012, 11:56 AM
I *love* allrecipes... but I refuse to look at anything until I hit sort by ratings... and sometimes the comments are invaluable...

As for getting creative? That comes with practice. I used to not be able to pull a thing together unless I had a recipe in front of me. Eventually I noticed that a lot of them are the same theme over and over again, so I play with flavors... I go through my box to get a general idea of what I want and go from there.

04-04-2012, 03:52 PM
I use allrecipes, but I also like food.com (used to be recipezaar.com). It's become my first stop when I'm looking for something new.

04-04-2012, 10:13 PM
I've seen that a couple of times. But i am not sure if I've used it or not. lol...

04-10-2012, 10:30 AM
I use allrecipes daily. I'm bad at not planning ahead...I have all sorts of things stocked up but I never know what we're going to have for dinner the next day...
I just go by a meat that we have and pick something from there that has gotten good reviews. I love the recipe box feature too. I dont know if I'd ever pay for the other version though. I love it because we always get to try something new by looking on there. =)