Welcome to MealPlanHQ! My name is Mike and I’m happy you stopped by. I’m in my low 30s (pretty sure that’s exactly how I’ll refer to it until my 40th birthday) and am the primary cook in my household of four. I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michgan cooking in a Syrian family. All of our family gatherings were highlighted by amazing middle-eastern food. My first job was naturally in the kitchen, whipping up pizzas as an afro-haired teenager at The Beach Bar in Clark Lake, Michigan.
After college is where I honed my cooking skills – with great reward. I moved into my family’s beach house – located on the Gulf of Mexico about 30 minutes south of Tallahassee, FL with my Great Aunt Mary. My Aunt Mary was one of 10 kids growing up. As you might guess, there’s plenty of sibling rivalry there, especially when it comes to cooking. Under her tuteledge, I quickly learned some tips and tricks that made me into a better chef – with great reward.
A couple years later when I began dating my now wife, those cooking skills really paid off. Kim would rave about my cooking. She even swears the moment she fell in love with me was when I made her a bowl of my Greek Spaghetti with Lamb and Feta – one of my favorite dishes. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Since then, we added our daughter, Ella (now 2) and we still love creating new dishes to keep things interesting.
Why I love meal planning
A few years ago I had fallen into a bit of cooking rut. I was working overtime and was always scrambling at the last minute to figure out what was for dinner. This led to a seemingly steady rotation of chicken thighs or drumsticks, tacos, sloppy joes, spaghetti or take out. Nobody was really excited about what I was making at the end of the day – and we were always eating at off hours. It was a bad rut that was costing me money, stress and the enjoyment of cooking I grew up on.
That’s when I discovered meal planning. To start, I fired up a google spreadsheet and attempted to manually plan out my meals and create my own grocery lists. This was a good start, but it took so much time to create and maintain that it was becoming cumbersome to keep up with. That’s when I was turned on to an awesome online tool called Plan To Eat. Plan To Eat is truly cool, useful and saves me tons of time and money. I can quickly import recipes, drag and drop them onto a calendar and generates a grocery list on my phone. You can learn more about it in the video below and sign up for a free (no credit card required) 30 day trail here.
What we’re doing here at MealPlanHQ
I use the repository of recipes I have stored on PlanToEat to create new and exciting recipes I use at home. I’ll document those and share those with you. You’ll also be able to track, add and use customized weekly meal plans for a variety of diets (a repository that will grow as time goes on).
Let’s stay in touch!
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