January 29, 2018

That Time Big Daddy was Right–and the Menu Plan

A couple of times a year, I freak out about menu planning and grocery shopping. I rant. I rave. I tell other people YOU can do it (and then don’t like how they do it and throw up my hands and say that I’ll do it anyhow).

This happened recently.

Poor Big Daddy.  I’m high maintenance, but I’m worth it.

Big Daddy solves problems.  It’s what he does.  Literally.  He wanted to find a way to make our menu planning and grocery shopping easier and more collaborative and it some searching found a great tool for us that we can keep on our phones.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the AnyList app.

What’s so great about this one?  Well, it works just like Big Daddy wanted it to.  First, we have the ability to add to and maintain  and shared list across all our devices meaning the Princess can add shampoo and Big Daddy can add oatmeal and we can all see the changes and additions.  This makes shopping a lot easier and it also means we can divide and conquor at the grocery store since we both have the list.



The second feature I love is the meal planning.  It allows me to add recipes for each meal with the link and any included details.  Since I tend to meal plan with my phone (and make my grocery list from it as well) this just cuts down on the steps.  I used to keep my menu plan and list of recipe links in notes, but it meant a lot of flipping back and forth.  AnyList also has the capability of directly importing ingredients from your linked recipe, but I will admit that it’s been kind of hit and miss for me.  This could be as much to do with the sites that I’m using and not AnyList, but I’ll get that buttoned up soon.


Lastly, AnyList synchs up with Amazon’s Alexa/Echo services, so you’re able to add to shared grocery list with a voice command.  Pretty nifty!

I guess I’m welcoming our robot overlords?  At least when it comes to menu planning.


Menu Plan:

Monday Turkey meatball parmesan,  angel hair with garlic and parm, salad

Tuesday Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets and Easy Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

Wednesday Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chicken

Thursday Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

Friday Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap Chopped Salad

Saturday Dinner Out

Sunday TBD


*P.S. The full version of the AnyList app costs 11.99/year for family sharing.  It is not available for android at this time.



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