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Using Pinterest to Reinvigorate Your Meal Plan


Have you discovered Pinterest yet?

It’s truly one of my favorite social media sites (if you follow me on Life…Your Way as well, you may have heard me say that a few times already, ahem), because it’s so practical and inspiring.

Basically, Pinterest is a visual bookmarking site that lets you “pin” images to your virtual pin boards to refer back to later.

You can create as many boards as you want to categorize and organize the images and links that inspire you.

I currently have boards for decorating, inspiring quotes, s’more variations and Christmas planning, but today I want to talk about my recipe boards.

Like most families, we often find ourselves in a meal planning rut. The process isn’t the problem since we use Plan to Eat, but because my husband is picky and has passed some of that on to three out of our four girls, finding new recipes can be a challenge, and we end up eating the same meals over and over and over, ad nauseum.

Enter Pinterest.

What I love about Pinterest is you can browse recent pins to see what other people are pinning or search for specific keywords to find what you’re looking for.

Just by watching what other people are pinning, I’ve discovered a ton of recipe inspiration, including Jamie Oliver’s Macaroni and Cauliflower Cheese Bake and this Super Simple Cucumber Salad.

Food blogs are great, and I get a lot of inspiration from them, but it tends to be quality over quantity since food bloggers can only post so many recipes a week and I can only read through so many at a time. Pinterest makes it easy to browse hundreds of ideas at a time, though…kind of like flipping through the pages of a magazine until a picture grabs my attention.

If you’d like to try Pinterest and need an invite, leave a comment here and I’ll send you one; otherwise, be sure to find me (I’m mandiehman), and I’ll follow you back!

Read Megan’s Pinterest tutorial to learn your way around and get started. I’ve also shared some Pinterest best practices that you might want to read through as well.

And with the release of the new Plan to Eat Bookmarklet, you can quickly add any recipes want to try right to your Plan to Eat account!

Not sure where to start? Here are my favorite Pinterest recipe boards:

Are you on Pinterest? Do you use it to find new recipes?

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