When it’s late on a Sunday night and you’re staring down the start of a new week, don’t you wish someone would sneak in and do just a little of the work for you? Pick up the kids from school or make all the lunches or plan dinners for the week? What if that person COULD plan your dinners AND … get this … could also make them match up to what’s on sale at YOUR grocery store that week? That’d be good, right? Well, your help has arrived, and its name is FoodontheTable.com.
At this website, you can find out what’s on sale, enter your food preferences for the week, and then choose meals from thousands of tested recipes that take 45 minutes or less to prepare. Even better, you can print out an organized grocery list after choosing your plan for the week. The current version of the website is early access, but it’s clear that the finished version will be invaluable for busy, budget-conscious families. I’ve been playing around with it for a few weeks now and really like the ease and simplicity of the site.
The website was started by Manuel Rosso, a dad. According to FoodontheTable.com’s Amanda Yates, Rosso got the idea after repeatedly hearing fellow parents talk about wanting to make home-cooked meals for their families but feeling like there were barriers. “One barrier was time, one was watching their grocery budget, and the other was that they wanted variety,” says Yates. “Some parents cooked, but it was the ‘old standby’ that their kids got tired of. Or, parents would spend time looking through recipe books, just to put a lot of effort into a meal that no one liked! So, he created a tool that would find sale items, suggest quick, kid-friendly recipes, and deliver a grocery list that was organized by department so parents could get in and out of the store.”
One thing I really like is that you can tell the site what’s most important to your family this week: Save Time, Save Money, Healthy Meals or Variety. You can also choose to plan for the whole week or just one meal. Yates says, “We want to continue to get better at delighting parents and that will come with added features over time. For example, we would know that you never picked anything with broccoli, so we would never suggest a recipe with broccoli. You could tell us that you ate gluten free, so we could deliver gluten free recipes. All of those things will come with time.” Right now, you can get a 30-day free trial to check it out by going to the website and signing up.
I also recommend heading over to the FoodontheTable Blog. There’s a yummy-looking recipe up right now for The Perfect Fried Chicken, plus some great information on meal planning, budgeting, healthy eating and more. Below is a recipe chosen by FoodontheTable.com just for my family when I wanted a healthy fish dinner one night (it even found the wine on sale!). I served it with whole wheat couscous and green beans. See what you can do with a little help!
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Minty Lime Grilled Fish
2 limes, freshly squeezed
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 Tablespoons fresh mint leaves
1 1/2-inch thick fish fillets (mahi mahi)
1. Make the marinade by combining all ingredients, except fish, in a bowl. Score fish skin and place fillets in a shallow dish just large enough to accommodate them.
2. Pour marinade over fish and turn it, coating both sides. Marinate in refrigerator for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, turning several times and spooning marinade over the tops of the fillets.
3. Grill over medium hot fire, 8-10 minutes per side, basting before you turn.
Written by: Shannon Oelrich