gazpacho style pasta

I wanted to extend a hearty “Welcome!” to all of you and share some helpful tips and tricks that will enable you get the most from your She Plans Dinner subscription…

1. Is there a She Plans Dinner FaceBook page? Yes. (here)  I share more tips, encouragement, and photos of recipes there. And sometimes special coupon codes-in case you want to purchase someone else a subscription.

2. Do I have to make the recipes in the order listed? The recipes on the menu are listed in no particular order. Make them in the order that best suits your schedule and/or fancy. If one thing needs made before you can make another recipe, I generally will say that in the “tips” section of the menu. I have included approximate preparation, cooking and total time estimates for each recipe-not each meal.

3. Do I have to shop for both weeks in one trip? I don’t have that big a refrigerator! The grocery lists are written for all the meals on the plan. But, they don’t have to be shopped all in one swoop. That’s why I’ve included the meal numbers next to the ingredients so that you only have to buy the ingredients for the recipes you want to make. The reason they are written for all the meals is because 1 trip to the grocery store saves both time and money. Money, because it’s one trip’s worth of impulse purchases instead of two. And time, because it takes only a little more time on one trip to buy everything, as opposed to twice the twice, by taking two trips.

4. Where do you shop? I shop at 3 stores. It keeps the costs down without being super dependent on sales or coupons. I have a club membership for bulk purchases like meat, flour, and cheese. (Sam’s Club, but Costco is great too.) I shop at a large chain store for my odd purchases, like ethnic foods. (Meijer-comparable to Super Walmart or Super Target). I shop at Aldi (Save A Lot works too) for staples and canned goods. Their prices can’t be beat generally, and the quality is as good as higher end stores.

5. How many meals are on each menu? And what if I don’t think I will like them? There are 12 dinners on each Fit & Healthy menu and 15 on each Classic Comfort and Variety menu. With 12-15 new recipes to try, there are bound to be some you are not interested in. Just don’t make them. Make some of your own favorites. But, do be willing to give new flavors a try. You might find you like a particular combination that you’d never tried before.

6. Do I need to buy everything on the grocery lists?  Some categories on the grocery lists stay rather static-particularly the Pantry Items and Herbs & Spices. Glance through those columns and make sure you have enough of everything. I try to take off the odd ingredients if they aren’t being used. You will need most of what is listed in that section.

7. Do you test the recipes yourself? Do they work? I try to test as many of the recipes as I possibly can. But, with almost 45 recipes every 2 weeks, this is not always possible. If I’ve missed an ingredient or a step in the editing process, please send an email my way so that I can correct for future editions.

8. How in the world do you log into the Private Pages?

-Log into your She Plans Dinner account, by clicking on My Account in the home page footer.

-To log into your She Plans Dinner account, enter the email address you signed up with as well as the password you used to create your account.
-Once you are in your account, you can edit your info, change your subscription, and click on the plan link that you’re subscribed to. i.e.
Classic Comfort 1-2, Classic Comfort 4-6, Variety 1-2, Variety 4-6, Fit & Healthy 1-2, Fit & Healthy 4-6.
This is the text link at the bottom of the page. Not the link in the box.
-When you click on that link, you will be prompted to enter a password. This is not your personal account password! Enter the password that is included on your introductory email.
That password is (respectively) meatloaf (CC1-2), tomatosoup (CC4-6) , pesto (V1-2), hummus (V4-6), carrot (F&H1-2), peaches (F&H 4-6) . This password for your plan will allow access to that page.
9. When will I be emailed the newest menus? The newest menus and grocery list links are emailed out on the 15th and 30th of each month. The private page content also updates on those days.
10. Will my subscription renew automatically? If you have chosen a fixed time subscription (3,6 or 12 month), it will simply run out when the time is done. It will not automatically renew. If you have chosen the month by month plan, it will continue until you cancel it. In order to have access to the private pages, you must have an active subscription. (If you try to log into the private pages without an active subscription you will get an error message.) Any menus and grocery lists that you have downloaded the links for, or that have been emailed to you, are yours to enjoy forever.
Hope this smooths the process into the She Plans Dinner groove. Look for your next menu on the 15 or 30th-whichever come first.
-Bernadette =)
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