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Menu Planning Software

I’ve recently discovered a great software tool that you may find useful for your meal plans. It’s called “Cook’n” and the latest version does some amazing things. It’s a meal planning program, but in addition to helping you plan menus it does all of the following:

  • Organizes and manages your recipes
  • After you plan your menus, it will print a shopping list
  • It has a built-in nutrition calculator that will give you the food counts for all of your recipes
  • Makes it easy to publish a family cookbook

When you purchase Cook’n, you get a free download of one of their many cookbooks, such as “Cook’n with Pillsbury” or “Cook’n with Taste of Home.”

In addition to the software, you get a monthly newsletter and recipes. To me it’s well worth the price of $79.95. Go to http://www.dvo.com, view the demo and see what you think.

Currently it only comes in Windows version, but I’m told that a Mac version is on its way. Of course, if you have Windows on your Mac and one of the software applications to run it, such as Parallels, VMFusion, or Bootcamp you don’t have to wait for the Mac version.

The following recipe: Chinese Chicken Salad was featured in Cook’n’s  april newsletter.

Chinese Chicken Salad

1 head cabbage shredded, or 2 bags coleslaw mix
3 carrots shredded or sliced thin (omit if using coleslaw mix)
4 tablespoons sesame seeds
4 tablespoons slivered or chopped almonds
2 (8-ounce) packages ramen noodles, chicken flavor
2 chicken breasts cooked and chopped
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons white vinegar

Either marinate chicken in a little bit of soy sauce before frying or use leftover chicken and toss with a little soy sauce in the skillet and reheat it until lightly browned. Toast almonds and sesame seeds in oven at 400º for about 5 minutes. Put shredded cabbage and carrots (or coleslaw mix) in a large bowl. Break up ramen noodles and add to the cabbage mixture. Blend dressing ingredients together, including the seasoning packets from the ramen noodles, if desired, until sugar is dissolved. Add chicken to cabbage mixture. Toss with dressing until well coated.

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One Response to “Menu Planning Software”

  1. MDaisy says:

    Have you tried Mastercook 14? It’s cheaper and works far better than Cook’n. You can easily import recipes, create meal plans, menus and shopping lists using Mastercook. You can also print your own personal cookbook using Mastercook software. BTW I’ve used Mastercook since for over 20 years and am satisfied with it.

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