I love to cook. And I love finding new recipes and tools to use in the kitchen. When I'm working on weight loss and budgeting I prefer to plan out my meals each week on Sundays in an effort to plan ahead and save money.
I don't have to worry about what to make for dinner or unexpected trips out to eat.
But for the most part I've been pretty low tech with my meal planning. I peruse blogs and websites for great recipes and than simply print them out and stick them on the fridge for each weeks meal plan. When we like a recipe I place the print out in a three ring binder. If we don't, I recycle the print out.
Simple and to the point, right?
Except for the fact that my binder is too full and the recipes are getting a bit grimy. There's spills, rips, and tears all over the pages. It's just time to upgrade.
Of course I'll keep the special recipes my family has given me. The binder originally was a present given to me at my bridal shower with recipes from all of my female family members and written with love. They'll always be cherished. But it's time to find an alternative that doesn't get quite as messy.
I've found a tool that's even simpler to use and has many resources to make meal planning and recipe organizing a heck of a lot easier than printing everything out and storing it in a big binder.
The Cook'n Recipe Organizer is a software system that not only stores all of your recipes in one place but it also comes with hundreds of recipes already! You can also store recipes that you find on the internet easily with the capture feature. Simply click "Capture" and import Internet recipes into Cook'n and keep them in one central database for easy access!
But my favorite feature of all of them is the fact that I can easily import any recipe from Cook'n straight to my blog. This feature has saved me a lot of time over the last few weeks!
This organizer is like 5 products in one:
Electronic CookbookSimply tell Cook'n Recipe Organizer what ingredients you have on hand and in seconds, Cook'n will suggest several delicious recipes. Or, use Cook'n's exclusive "Recipe Browser" feature and page through pictures of finished dishes to look for ideas.
Download new recipes every week from this web site. You can also import recipes from other web sites or other cooking software.
Recipe ManagerOrganizing your family recipe collection in the computer is easy with Cook'n Recipe Organizer. You already know how to put in your recipes, that's because Cook'n's recipe window looks just like a recipe card. And, "Quick-Fill" editing does much of the typing for you.
The Recipe Organizer has simple cookbook-like chapters and categories that make it easy to find your recipes fast.
Cook'n's Recipe Manager makes entertaining a snap. Simply select the number of guests you will be serving and enter it into your favorite recipe. Cook'n Recipe Organizer calculates the new ingredient amounts for you. No more of that measuring madness!
Sharing recipes is easy. Print recipes on pre-formatted 3x5 or 4x6 cards, or just have Cook'n Recipe Organizer e-mail recipes to a friend.
Menu PlannerWith Cook'n Recipe Organizer you can simply drag recipes into the days of the week to create a menu. Then combine weekly menus into monthly and even a yearly menu.
Plus, you can combine recipes and food items to make complete meals. Then, drag and drop meals to make your own weekly or monthly menus.
Grocery Shopping AssistantCook'n Recipe Organizer automatically combines the food on your menus and makes a grocery shopping list. It even converts tablespoons of tomato paste to 8 oz. cans! Cook'n organizes your shopping list by aisle to save you time at the store.
Cook'n Recipe Organizer also calculates the approximate cost of your shopping list. You can print off these detailed lists for easy access while shopping.
Personal Home NutritionistCook'n Recipe Organizer will analyze the nutritional value of any recipe or menu (even the ones you add!). You don't have to be a nutritionist to understand it either -- that's because Cook'n nutrition facts window looks just like the label on a can.
Cook'n Recipe Organizer has nutrition facts from the labels of 10,000 food products. You can choose between different brands to see what the nutritional effect is. Stop the guesswork among different brands and know which one is most appropriate for your needs.
Now you can plan menus based on dietary needs and tastes. Prepare one delicious meal for the entire family.
So if you're looking for a way to organize your kitchen and want a tool that can do all this and more then hurry over and check out the Cook'n Recipe Organizer now! You won't be disappointed.
I'm excited to announce that one lucky reader will win a Cook'n Recipe Organizer in the May Buffet Giveaway Hop!
Want to purchase a copy of the Cook'n Recipe Organizer now? Cook'n has kindly offered a special discount to readers of the Simmworks Family Blog. Use the code mb-simmworks for 50% off your copy of Cook'n!
Keep in touch with Cook'n and like them on facebook or follow them on twitter. And make sure to head back to the Simmworks Family Blog for your chance to WIN a Cook'n Recipe Organizer of your own in the May Buffet Giveaway Hop on May 1st.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the Cook'n Recipe Organizer for review purposes only. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.