We are in a Mealtime Rut, so I'm Trying Lifehackers #1 Meal Planner...Cook Smarts!

Ok, I'm trying something again.  It's called Cook Smarts.  I am SO tired of our family food rut, and  using a meal planning service like cook smarts seems to be an easy way to change things up! They send a weekly menu plan, with a shopping list (and since I have been doing Whole Foods delivery and Instacart, that makes it even easier).   Every time I use it, I think WHY did I stop?!  Unlike those meal boxes you get in the mail, it is so affordable, and has THOUSANDS of weekly options...

Clara isn't that picky, but she generally hates all sauces.

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You guys, I have tried all the meal delivery things like Hello Fresh, Green Chef, and Sunbasket.  The meal options were limited and 9 times out of 10 my kids didn't like them. Cook Smarts has thousands of recipes that you can choose from weekly, and I can always find something for my picky kids. Because it seamlessly works with grocery delivery, I only get what I need, and can get the items my family will actually eat.

I'm hoping we throw less away.  It's super annoying to have food go to waste because we don't have a plan to use it!  Did I mention that Cook Smarts works directly with Instacart to upload the grocery list?!  Such a time saver!  You can also easily add it to any grocery list app (I use my Alexa).

Cooks Smarts is quick, and easy to use to Meal Plan:

I went to the weekly menu, picked three (from the weekly plan) that I liked, and clicked "add to my Instacart" (for delivery).  You also have the option to email or print it.  I also love that I can add it to my MyFitnessPal app, with the push of a button, to help me track calories. 

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Cook Smarts has some freebies on the site that I found pretty handy, like the guide to creating a functional kitchen.  The pantry guide shows you what a well stocked pantry looks like.  I am excited to see if I can convert some of these recipes for my instant pot!  Already, I see that I can prep rice easily...

I'm hoping that meal planning will help get us out of our mealtime rut.

My kids have gotten so picky, and no one likes anything these days.  It feels like I cook something one week, and they like it.  The next week, they all hate it.  I really am not going to be cooking separate meals for everyone, so we all need a refresh.

Here is a link to your first month free:

Let me know if you are trying it and what you think!

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