I have told you before that I meal plan using the monthly meal planning method and I absolutely love it. The method works great for me allowing me the flexibility and variety that I crave. As I have said before I love to cook and one of my favorite things to do is try new recipes. I am constantly on the look out for new recipes in magazines, cookbooks and from friends. I have several cook books that are my staples I love my Rachel Ray Express Lane Meals – A 30-minute Meal Cookbook and I love my Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. I also subscribe to Everyday With Rachael Ray as well as Kraft Food & Family. Another thing I do is make up recipes, often I take things I liked about several recipes and combine them to make my own recipe. All that being said the way I choose what will be on each weeks menu is based on several things. First I look at what I have on hand and either choose a recipe I like that uses those ingredients or I look through my resources for a new recipe with those ingredients. Next I look at what meat and fresh fruits and vegetables are on sale this week and again look through my recipes to find matches. When I try a new recipe if I like it it gets highlighted in the book or printed and put in my recipe binder. If I change it I retype it to add to my binder.
I also have a list of meatless meals that are very inexpensive to throw in so that I stay in my budget this allows me to try new recipes that otherwise might put me over my budget. I am definitely a mood person so while I plan in advance I like to pick the meal the day of from my list it allows me some spontaneity while still planning it all out. I try not to repeat a meal during the month which means I am always searching out new resources for recipes and building my recipe library. Where do you get your recipes?