You all know my theory that if you are going to spend hours on Pinterest (like I do!), you better be DOING some of the things you are pinning! I love how pushing myself to “Become My Pinterest Self” has made me a better person. One of the ways it has improved my life is by making me a better cook. I love trying out new recipes. But sadly, my “Cooking” board has HUNDREDS of recipes on it and it is so tough to leaf through the entire board every time I want to find a recipe while I am cooking.
First off, I create a “Secret” Pinterest board titled “This Week.” (You can create a “Secret” board by scrolling to the bottom of your Pinterest Boards page and select “Create a Secret Board”)
Then I go through my “Cooking” board and re-pin everything that I want for the week, onto the “This Week” board (I make it secret so I don’t drive followers crazy re-pinning the same amazing chicken broccoli every week!).
(You’ll see I don’t have all food on there, I also post some learning activities that I plan to do with my kids for the week)
I also add to the board by photographing pictures of recipes I find in books and magazines and putting it in there (another reason why the board is secret, since the photograph would violate copyright issues and I want to respect the authors of the recipes). (<–I don’t do this too often, I prefer using Evernote for this…maybe that’s another tutorial!).
When the week is over I go back through the page and delete the pins on my secret board (I normally do this while meal planning for the next week). BUT, before I delete the pin (and remember, it is still saved on my “Cooking” board), I re-pin it to my “Pins I’ve Actually Done” page with a small review of how it worked for me. This is a great way for me to remember how we liked it, make notes on how to modify it, or warn me to never make it again. Just now as I was going through my “Pins I’ve Actually Done” board I found recipes I tried (and gave rave reviews to!) and totally forgot about (I wrote about this in this post too).
MY RANT: It drives me crazy that there is no recipe accountability on Pinterest. Someone could post total GARBAGE and say it is the most amazing thing ever (sadly I totally fell for a pin that was called “best chicken ever”….I think it could pass as dog food). So I feel like my small contribution to the world is to write mini reviews on how a recipe worked.
Then I just delete the pin! DON’T delete it from the Pins You’ve done board. Make sure you go to the “This Week” board and select that pin. I select “Edit” at the top of the pin and it takes me to this page where I select “Delete Pin”. After doing this, that means I still have the recipe pinned on my “Pin’s I’ve Actually Done” board, as well as my “Cooking” board, but NOT on the secret “This Week” board.
This entire process takes me less than 15 minutes to menu plan. It’s easy, I can do it anywhere.
Plus I am not fiddling through my Pinterest Boards looking for this week’s recipes as the kids are climbing up my legs while I am making dinner. Instead, I can pull up the recipe in seconds.
I’d love to hear how you use Pinterest to meal plan! Also, are there any recipes you found on there that you highly recommend?