I have some exciting news! The Roasted Root (meaning me) has teamed up with ZipList. Have you heard of ZipList? If you have, just know that you can save my recipes to your ZipList recipe box! If you haven’t, no worries, because I have one great tutorial for you to show you how it works.
First, a summary run-down. ZipList is a FREE online (and mobile) tool to help you keep track of the recipes you come across on the internet. You can save recipes to your Recipe Box, add the ingredients from a recipe to your Shopping List, see Grocery Deals from the stores you shop at, and even get organized by using the Meal Planner function. This convenient service just made weekly cooking and meal planning WAY easier!
Let’s go over the various features Zip List offers.
1. Recipe Box
4. Meal Planner
1. Recipe Box
Have you noticed my handy dandy recipe cards that display my recipes? On my green recipe cards, there is a blue button that says, “save recipe.”
You simply click “save recipe” and you’ll be brought to a screen that will ask you to either log in to ZipList (if you already have an account, you can log in), or register for a ZipList account.
Using ZipList is 100% FREE! Not only is it free, but it will actually save you money if you shop using the Grocery Deals feature (we’ll talk more about that later on in this post). It only takes a couple of minutes to register and doing so makes keeping track of recipes and meal planning a million times easier. I recommend you register for ZipList and take advantage of all their awesome features.
So let’s try this out. Since we’re dying for a brownie (as always) and we’ve been thinking about the Black Bean Brownies I posted a while back, we can go ahead and click the “save recipe” button on the brownie recipe card.
We then confirm that we want to save the recipe to our ZipList recipe box by clicking the “Add to Recipe Box” button.
We are then given a SUCCESS note and we can choose to click “Recipe Box” to see Black Bean Brownies in our recipe box.
We are now in my recipe box. Since I have saved various recipes from other blogs, all of those recipes show up in my box.
Since there are a great deal of other sites and blogs that use ZipList, your recipes will be organized by the site they came from. You can see on the left side which sites I have saved recipes from so far.
Now comes the fun part. Since I am dead set on making Black Bean Brownies, I can hover over the thumbnail of the brownies and click “add to list.” (Note: I can also click “plan” which will bring me to my Meal Planner, but we’ll talk about that later in this post).
Next, a screen pops up that shows me what grocery items I am adding to my shopping list. Once I confirm the items I’m adding, I am brought to my actual Shopping List, which organizes the ingredients I need by ingredient type. COOL!
But guess what? Even though it’s been one helluva day and all I really want is a brownie, I think it’d be smart to have a healthful meal first. I can then go through the same process with other recipes (Pesto Zucchini “Spaghetti” from Perry’s Plate) I already have saved in my Recipe Box and add those ingredients too.
It gets even better. ZipList has a mobile app, so if you forget your list at home, you can access it through your smart phone!
When you’re in your Recipe Box, there is a tab that says “Grocery Deals.” If you click on this tab, you can see what deals are available on various products. You can filter the deals according to the grocery store you shop at. Where I’m from, there are a ton of Raley’s grocery stores, which is where I love to shop. This way, I can see what is on sale before I go to the grocery store, and even add these sale items to my Shopping List!
4. Meal Planner
Now that we are super savvy with ZipList’s features, we can take it one step further by doing some planning. While ZipList makes meal preparation on the fly easy, it also makes planning ahead easy. When you are in your Recipe Box, you can hover over a recipe that you want to make later on in the week and click “plan.” This enables you to select a specific day for making the recipe. You can also access Meal Planner through the drop-down menu on my navigation.
You may have noticed, I added a new link to my navigation menu titled “recipe box.” When you hover your mouse over that link, a drop-down menu comes up (I know, I know…it’s not super easy to see), which reads “recipe box,” “shopping list,” and “meal planner” These links are your easy-access tool to YOUR personal recipe box. If you aren’t already logged in, you’ll simply enter your email address and password, and you’ll be taken directly to your Recipe Box.
You can also access your ZipList account directly through ZipList.com by logging in or through other sites (food blogs, recipe pages) that use ZipList too. Similar to Pinterest, you can add a ZipList icon to your toolbar which enables you to easily add recipes to your Recipe Box.
Remember to visit my “recipes” link which lists all of the recipes I have posted on The Roasted Root by recipe type. You can add my oldie but goodie recipes to your recipe box – they don’t have to be my recent posts. Keep in mind, I am still making the transition of converting all of my recipes over to ZipList, so feel free to email me if you come across a recipe that does not have a “Save Recipe” button yet.
That is all for now, folks. Remember meal planning and shopping can be easy and fun when you use ZipList’s wonderful resources. Keeping meals healthy during a busy week can be difficult but now you have an amazing tool to make personal and/or family food preparation a cinch! Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Now go get your ZipList on!!