Every spring like clock work I start to think about my diet and getting in shape for summer. I always have lofty goals of cutting out all the processed foods I consume and supplementing them with fresh fruits & vegetables. Unfortunately, I never really got a crash course in nutrition so eating healthy is kind of a foreign concept to me. No matter how hard I try, I know I always end up cutting corners. I suppose the hours of Paula Deen I use to watch probably has something to do with it.
This year, I decided to try a new approach to my healthy cooking goals and am enlisting the services of Plate Joy. Plate Joy is a company that specializes in creating healthy menus & recipes that are aimed at helping individuals achieve their cooking goals. They start by asking you to take a brief questionnaire to identify what exactly you are looking for in your recipes and what your cooking level is. From there they will provide you with a weekly menu & grocery lists that will help you meet your eating goals. Plate Joy also helps you reduce your waste by ensuring that the ingredients you use in one recipe can be utilized throughout all the recipes you've been given for the week. That last element alone makes the $14 a month worth it for me because I can't even tell you how many times I've ended up buying particular ingredients for one meal and having the rest all go to waste. I've tried many times in the past to plan my grocery list & weekly menu based off similar ingredients but the process is quite frankly a bit too time consuming for me.
My first months Plate Joy plan will include a Pescetarian menu with recipes for 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 5 dinners. All with enough ingredients to ensure there are leftovers for the lazy days I will face. Have any of you used Plate Joy before? I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty excited to have weekly recipe planning taken out of my hands for a while!
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