What’s for Dinner?

I am not a cook…..a cleaner and organizer, yes!  I always have great intentions to cook healthy dinners for my family, but I usually end up coming home in the afternoon, entertaining children, and dealing with one child crisis after another.  By 5:00 I am DONE and have no energy to cook, so we are usually stuck with pizza, tacos, or something else easy.  I have figured out that as a mom of two young kiddos, if I chop veggies or semi-prepare the meal while I am serving up breakfast, unloading the dishwasher, etc.. in the morning, then I am more likely to have a healthy dinner prepared for the family in the p.m. Of course, a crock pot meal is always an easy favorite for momma!

Anyway, since I am an aspiring cook, I figured I would write this post on organizing recipes in hopes of becoming a better chef myself.

I have decided that most people either keep their recipes online, tear them out of magazines (or print out online recipes), or some people may even still use cookbooks!  Whatever way(s) you like to keep your recipes organized, I hope that some of these tips can help you!

BINDERS: If you like to clip recipes from magazines or print recipes out online, a good binder (or 3 like me) is the way to go!  Get those clear plastic sleeves and organize all of your recipes in a binder and categorize accordingly.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Photo courtesy of Lo and Behold on Pinterest

COOKBOOKS – If you are a cookbook person, stick the small post-it stickies on the pages you use most often and write the name of the recipe on the sticky note. This makes glancing at cookbooks and finding your favorite recipes so much easier and faster.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

GOOD OLD RECIPE BOX: Self explanatory

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Online options and apps that are great include:

PINTEREST: Create a “board” for your recipes.  If your board is getting full, you can even create separate boards like vegetables, dinner, etc…


EVERNOTE:  I can’t explain it better than this post, so if you are into Evernote, check out how she organizes her recipes on Evernote.  There is also now an Evernote Food app.


BIG OVEN APP: Big Oven is an app that allows you to scan your written recipes and it converts them into digital recipes.  Take 250,000+ recipes (including all your own and recipes from friends), your grocery list and menus anywhere on your iPhone! With over seven million downloads, BigOven is the most complete cooking tool for getting inspired and organized in the kitchen and on-the-go. BigOven was named “Readers Choice, Best Recipe App” for 2012 and 2011 on About.com, and chosen one of the “Best Apps for Foodies”, “Best Apps for New Moms” and “Best App for Eating In” by well-known publications.


THE RECIPE BOX APP:  Create, display, and manage your very own recipes with one of the best loved recipe managers in the app store. The Recipe Box is all you need to build a fantastic looking digital cookbook you’ll use every day. Developed by foodies who love their iPad, this 21st-century cooking tool helps you get your recipes into a quickly-sorted, easily shared format that can’t be misplaced, covered in stains, or catch on fire. “The perfect tool for serious cooks” — @AppStore

2011-02-23-RecipeBox1Bon Appetit!

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