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Menu planning is essential for keeping your pantry stocked and budget in check. I don’t know about you guys but with the kids out for Summer, they are eating EVERYTHING in sight which means I’m spending more on food. I’m terrible at menu planning and prefer to fly by the seat of my pants when grocery shopping or have a menu plan made for me.
This is where Kraft & Sam’s Club come into play. Both companies have partnered together to bring you a 2-Week Meal Planner. Their goal is to get you to the store once and have meals to last 2 whole weeks, saving you money on frivolous grocery spending and gas to go back and forth! As an added bonus for Sam’s Club members, you can create a personalized cookbook! If you’re not a member, you should be. You can find a location near you with your zip code. We love shopping at ours and it’s very handy for us to buy in bulk since we live out in the boonies so to speak.
Back to the meal planner. I have downloaded it and already begun to make the recipes included in it. They are very easy and have been very good! I love that I have the meals all planned out for me but most of all, I love that they are easy to make.
Our first night of cooking with the meal planner was actually quite surprising. We chose to make the Di Giorno Pizza with BLT Topping. We never buy just a cheese pizza, we always buy one with tons of toppings but this recipe called for the Rising Crust-Four Cheese. It never occurred to us to add fresh toppings like the recipe called for which was a great way to add a little coolness during the hot day, not to mention the addition of veges. My husband insisted that we start making our pizzas this way instead of buying one that’s loaded with other toppings. WHOA! I think he must have fell in love with the bacon and ranch, don’t you?
Di Giorno Pizza with BLT Topping
Heat oven to 400°F. Bake pizza as directed on package. Serve topped with remaining ingredients.
I’ll be sharing more of the recipes over the next couple of weeks but I hope that you’ll go and download the 2-week meal planner yourself so we can try them together!! How fun would that be. Then when I talk about one of the recipes, you can tell me if you’ve tried it and how you liked it!
OVER TO YOU
Are you a meal planner? If not, do you think having a meal plan at your fingertips would make a difference, cooking & budgeting wise? I love that it gives me new creative meal ideas for the future because I’m always running out of ideas on what to cook. I’d love to hear your thoughts!Disclaimer “I was one of five bloggers selected by Kraft Foods to work on the Kraft Foods and Sam’s Club Two Week Dinner Planner program. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program which includes my trip to Sam’s Club, my interactions/experience with the two week dinner planner and my posts about my experience. I have also been compensated for the food purchased for the two week dinner planner. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.”