Friday, February 12, 2010

Dinner Solution Software Giveaway

This giveaway has ended. Do you struggle with the whole idea of meal planning? From picking the recipes, to making the grocery list, to deciding which night to fix which meal? Well, struggle no more! Thanks to Karin & Kristi, sisters from California, there is now a simple software program that will help you will all these issues. They call it The Dinner Solution!

Most moms know that one of the easiest ways to save money and save time is to plan your meals. Meal planning is now super easy with The Dinner Solution software program. This is not a menu service, it’s an actual software program that you install and use on your computer…. a complete control center for your meal planning! (available for Windows only)

Using the calendar feature, you can plan out your meals in minutes, then instantly print a complete grocery list. The grocery list is sorted by category and also by store name. The program comes pre-loaded with some easy recipes, and you can also add your own recipes (like ones from Recipes for Moms). Another cool feature is the ability to organize freezer meals: You can print freezer labels, assembly instructions, a freezer inventory list and more. It’s like having one of those “dinner assembly” centers in your own home. In addition, you can plan leftovers or take-out into your weekly menu.

I think this software is such a great idea. Check out their Menu Planning page to see a step-by-step explanation of how the system works. Who couldn't use a system to make meal planning more streamlined? If you still have more questions about the Dinner Solution, visit their FAQ's page. They also have a e-newsletter available (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Now that you are ready to menu plan with ease - here is how you can get your hands on this great tool. First it is available to download in two versions. The Basic version is $39.95 and contains recipes, list planning and calendars. The Premium version is $59.95 and contains all the basic features plus the tools for freezer/make-ahead cooking. These are one-time prices and the software is yours on your computer. Right now, Recipes for Moms readers can get a 15% off discount by using the coupon code RFM15 when you make your purchase.

And the best part...one Recipes for Moms reader will win the Premium version of the Dinner Solution software. Please remember that this is only available for Windows.

Required Entry:

- Leave a comment telling me why you need this program. (This has to be done for any additional entries to be valid.)

Additional Entries:

- Visit The Dinner Solution website and leave a comment about your favorite feature of The Dinner Solution.

- Find a recipe from
Recipes for Moms you plan to try with your family and leave a comment telling me which recipe.

- Grab my button and add it to your site. Please let me know where I can find it. (If you already have it, that counts too.)

- Blog, post info, tweet or otherwise publicize this giveaway and link back to this post. Again, let me know where I can find it. (1 entry allowed for each form of publicity)

- Become a fan of Recipes for Moms on Facebook. (If you are already a fan, that counts.)

- Subscribe to Recipes for Moms by E-mail. Please make sure you activate your subscription by clicking the activate link in the initial e-mail. If you already subscribe, just leave a comment saying so.

Please be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry and your e-mail address if it is not available on your profile. This giveaway is open to anyone with a Windows operating system. The winner will be chosen using Random.org and the contest will end on Sunday, February 21st at midnight (MST). After I contact the winner, you will have 48 hours to get back to me or another winner will be chosen. Good luck! I reserve the right to delete entries that do not adhere to the entry rules.

*Disclosure: No compensation was given for this review and giveaway. The opinions are my own.

155 comments:

RR said...

This would be a great way to get my meal planning off the ground.

Nikki said...

I need this program because meal planning at my house is a complete joke.

nik_har at yahoo dot com

Emily said...

I'd love the program because I keep trying to plan meals, but I can never seem to following the plans or make plans that are actually worth following!
e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

Emily said...

My favorite feature is the grocery list. I love that it tells you what each item is for, otherwise, I'd forget why I was buying certain ingredients.
e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

Emily said...

I'd love to try the chicken marseilles recipe.
e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

Michele Heart said...

I would love this Program Because I am busy mother 4 kids and I am tired of having no ideas fr dinner and what to buy at the store to make the recipe I want ot make. and Would love the meal planning. It would save me time and money to do meal planinng, And I could more time with my family, insted of firguring out a meal plans.

Jennifer said...

I need this because I hate meal planning but if I did have a program for it I might actually start making better dinners

Jennifer said...

I like how you can plan a month in advance and also print out the plan so family knows whats for dinner

Jennifer said...

I would try the Crockpot BBQ Chicken with my family

Jennifer said...

I have your button in my blog: http://whateverandbeyond.blogspot.com

Jennifer said...

tweeted: https://twitter.com/jkgorcery/status/9041066907

Mysharona said...

I like it because with menus planned, i may be able to better shop for food.

TexGram said...

I would love to have this ... would be a great time-saver. My hubby is diabetic and I have to plan 3 meals each and every day of the week!! Very time-consuming. This would be a terrific help. Thanks for having the giveaway.

Katy said...

I need this to help make dinner prep less work and plan ahead.

Katie-O said...

I'm very much a planner in every aspect of my life, but when it comes to meal planning I really struggle. I think this software could really help me.

Katy said...

I'm an email subscriber

Katie-O said...

My favorite feature is the freezer cooking option. This is something I'd love to do more of to simplify things during the week.

Katie-O said...

I subscribe to the Recipes for Moms by email already -- it's been a great resource for me!

Katie-O said...

I just purchased a pork roast, and I've been planning to try the South Shore Pork Roast recipe.

notaquiter said...

I need this program because every day I ask my husband "what would you like for dinner." all he says is "you" hahaha so I think of something then usually I'm defrosting something in the microwave to cook.

mverno said...

i'm a fulltime workimg mom and grandmom sometimes its hard to keep my head on straight i could really use this software it would help me out tremendously
mverno@roadrunner.com

debsweeps4 said...

I need this because I always have to stop and try to think up what meals we are having for the week so I can make my grocery list. debsweeps4@yahoo.com

debsweeps4 said...

My favorite feature is the meal planning calender. debsweeps4@yahoo.com

debsweeps4 said...

I plan to try the Bean N Rice Burritos with my family. debsweeps4@yahoo.com

sunnymum said...

I like the Dinner Solution's ability to organize assembly with printing "instructions, freezer labels, freezer inventory list, and more." This would be really helpful to me!
cbeargie at yahoo.com

sunnymum said...

I haven't tried the green bean and pork noodles recipe yet, but I think my family would like it.
http://www.recipesformoms.com/2009/10/green-bean-pork-noodles.html

sunnymum said...

I'm an email subscriber
cbeargie at yahoo.com

sunnymum said...

Added the Recipes for Mom button to our bloroll page here: http://aspritzofsis.wordpress.com/31/

Anonymous said...

I need this because for years I have made the same meals over and over.
Diane Baum
esldiane@gmail.com

Henrietta said...

I would love to win so I could be more organized in my meal planning. I end up staring into the fridge some nights and I always forget to take things out of the freezer to thaw! This would simplify things I think!

Henrietta said...

I'm an email subscriber
hensnest at windstream dot net

Henrietta said...

your button is in my blog button sidebar http://ahensnest.blogspot.com

lulalola said...

I'd really enjoy it because I am completely, frighteningly unorganized and am trying to do better. Love to cook, enjoy shopping, the planning is where I fail miserabley. With three boys playing sports on three different teams. I need all the help I can get!

Danetta said...

I could use this program to help me be more organized in the kitchen and help me plan meals.
talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

Danetta said...

My favorite feature of The Dinner Solution is the Menu Planning Calendar. It would be great to help with not knowing what to fix each day. It would be great to plan ahead instead of waiting til the morning to decide what's going to be fixed that night.
talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

Danetta said...

I would love to try the Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo recipe.
talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

Danetta said...

I became a fan of Recipes for Moms on Facebook
Danetta Young
talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

Jenn said...

My favorite feature for The Dinner Solution is the fact that it would help me stay organized about planning ahead. I try to eat right/wholesome, and make the right decisions. That's hard unless I plan ahead. This software would really enable me to be organized all the time. Plus the freezer sessions look really cool!

Jenn said...

I am a fan on facebook - Jennifer Buckley Gaffney

Jenn said...

I subscribe to your blog via email - pcjenn(at)gmail(dot)com

Jenn said...

I totally want to try your Taco Casserole - pcjenn(at)gmail(dot)com

Jenn said...

Your button is on my blog - Gaffney's Gabs www.jennandbillgaffney.blogspot.com

Jenn said...

Tweeted your giveaway

http://twitter.com/pcjenn/statuses/9115417829

AudreyO said...

I a such a strong supporter of meal planning, but I don't always do it. This would be a great tool to make it all happen.

AudreyO said...

My favorite "feature" is that it can be done in 10 minutes per week. Wow!!!

AudreyO said...

My favorite recipe I'd like to try is http://www.recipesformoms.com/2009/12/stuffy-turkey.html

AudreyO said...

I did try to become a fan, it's not working. Please feel free to invite me to the fan page. My user name is Audrey Okaneko

AudreyO said...

I did subscribe :)

Bethany said...

This software would be a Godsend! I work fulltime and run a parttime photography business. I have three kids ages 3, 7, and 8 and a husband that works all hours of the day and night.

I would love this!

logan 4301 @ yahoo.com

Bethany said...

I like that not only can I use my own recipes, but the program has family-friendly recipes included.

YESSSSSSSSSS! :)

logan 4301 @ yahoo.com

Bethany said...

I currently subscribe via email.

logan 4301 @ yahoo.com

Bethany said...

Think I'll try the taco casserole. Yum!!



logan 4301 @ yahoo.com

Carrie said...

I need this software because I need to be more organized in all areas of my life - but especially in meal planning

carriemschmidt at gmail dot com

Carrie said...

mmm the Chicken Wild Rice soup on your site sounds good! I'll have to try that one soon...

Carrie said...

I really like the fact that you can add in your own recipes and that you can save your menu planning combinations of main dish/side dish to use again later.

carriemschmidt at gmail dot com

Carrie said...

I'm a fan of Recipes for Moms on facebook (Carrie Booth Schmidt)

carriemschmidt at gmail dot com

Carrie said...

I'm an email subscriber

carriemschmidt at gmail dot com

julia said...

We need to try a meal planning system because we have roommates, and therefore limited fridge, freezer and cupboard space. At the moment our grocery shopping is overfilling those spaces and still leaving us running to the shop for something every few days. Thanks!

sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

Allison said...

I am a new mom and struggling mightily with being organized so I can spend a good amount of time with my baby girl. This would be a great way of simplifying my life!

buckeyechik at gmail dot com

Allison said...

I'm a FB fan!

buckeyechik at gmail dot com

Allison said...

I love the What's in My Freezer list! We freeze lots of things but then forget that they're there!

buckeyechik at gmail dot com

Allison said...

I'm looking forward to trying the Something Yummy (I've starred it and want to try it in the near future, especially after stocking up on crescent rolls in a recent grocery store deal)

buckeyechik at gmail dot com

Kimberly said...

I need this program because I do menu plan and I do it all by hand and it literally takes me all week to plan for my next shopping trip. This would save me a lot of time!
Kimberly
fishinmomwantstowin@gmail.com

Kimberly said...

I think the Freezer Cooking section is something that I would use a lot! I've always wanted to do this so this software can point me in the right direction;
Kimberly
fishinmomwantstowin@gmail.com

Kimberly said...

I plan to try the Tomato Feta Penne.
It sounds delicious and we are Feta addicts so I know it's something we'll all enjoy!
Kimberly
fishinmomwantstowin@gmail.com

Kimberly said...

I tweeted.
http://twitter.com/fishinmom/status/9164445027
Kimberly
fishinmomwantstowin@gmail.com

Kimberly said...

I'm a fan on Facebook
ID: http://www.facebook.com/CandidCleverCostEffective?ref=profile
Kimberly
fishinmomwantstowin@gmail.com

Kimberly said...

I subscribe by email.
Kimberly
fishinmomwantstowin@gmail.com

Jenn said...

Retweeted!! http://twitter.com/pcjenn/statuses/9165600317

Mandy All said...

I love that this program includes the extra help for freezer meals! Very helpful!

Jen @ GBG said...

I need this program because I haven't been doing very well with meal planning lately. We have been eating out way too much because I wasn't prepared!
ssovrnej (at) gmail.com

care said...

I really could use this! Unless we have company, I never seem to think about what to make until right before dinner time! This sounds very helpful!

care said...

I'm planning to try the chicken marsellies recipe -- I think my family would like it!

care said...

My favorite feature is that it would help my figure out ahead of time what ingreedients I'd need, which should make shopping trips less frequent!

Heavenly Savings said...

I always have a hard time deciding what to cook! This would be wonderful!
Kwhiz84(at)live(dot)com

Heavenly Savings said...

I love that I can Plan our dinners & side dishes out on our calendar!

Kwhiz84(at)live(dot)com

Heavenly Savings said...

I have never heard of Spicy Muffins before! That sounds yummy!
Kwhiz84(at)live(dot)com

Heavenly Savings said...

Have your button!
www.heavenlysavings.blogspot.com
kwhiz84(at)live(dot)com

Heavenly Savings said...

fan of Recipes for Moms on Facebook
Kristina W.
Kwhiz84(at)live(dot)com

Heavenly Savings said...

E-mail subscriber
Kwhiz84(at)live(dot)com

dreeg said...

I need this because I am so disorganized and don't do any meal planning in advance.

dreeg said...

My favorite feature is that you can plan a week or a month at a time.

dreeg said...

I want to make Oven-Barbecued Ribs.

cheflisa said...

I cook all day at work ,the last thing Iwant to think about is cooking when Iget home.A plan would help

cheflisa said...

Your white chili looks good

cheflisa said...

I have subscribed

cheflisa said...

facebook fan

calvad said...

This would make my life so much easier to be able to plan ahead for our family dinners.

katidyd said...

I'm due with my second next month, so this would make life sooo much easier!
katidyd at hotmail dot com

katidyd said...

I like that you can plan a month ahead and print it out for everyone. Kind of reminds me of school lunch calendars!
katidyd at hotmail dot com

Missy said...

I'm a fan of Recipes for mom on Facebook.

Jen @ GBG said...

I like the fact that you can save meal combinations (main dish and side dish combinations) so you can enter them in your menu easily. This would be a great timesaver.
ssovrnej (at) gmail.com

Jen @ GBG said...

I would love to try your veggie lovers pot pie. It sounds yummy!
ssovrnej (at) gmail.com

Jen @ GBG said...

I have your button on my right sidebar.
http://greatbloggiveaways.blogspot.com
ssovrnej (at) gmail.com

Jen @ GBG said...

blogged
http://greatbloggiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/02/blog-giveaway-roundup-21810.html
ssovrnej (at) gmail.com

Jen @ GBG said...

I added your giveaway to my weekly giveaway linky
http://greatbloggiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/02/giveaways-galore-february-15th-to-21st.html
ssovrnej (at) gmail.com

Jen @ GBG said...

tweeted
http://twitter.com/Greatgiveaways/status/9284614454
ssovrnej (at) gmail.com

Jen @ GBG said...

email subscriber
ssovrnej (at) gmail.com

Jen @ GBG said...

facebook fan (Jen Voss)
ssovrnej (at) gmail.com

Jen @ GBG said...

I shared your giveaway on facebook.
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?v=feed&story_fbid=500297740606&id=100000459985344&ref=nf
ssovrnej (at) gmail.com

Heather McDougle said...

I need this because we make the same meals every week because when we are planning meals we can never think of anything else.

ratherbechangingdiapers[at]gmail.com

Kerrie said...

I need this program because I have 3 boys and a husband that are sick of spaghetti! I have about 5 meals that I make over and over and spaghetti is the easiest so we eat it the most
kerriekg@yahoo.com

Caroline said...

Between going to grad school, working, blogging, and all things life. I find it hard to find time to create a weekly menu. This software would really help simplify my life.

design4less@yahoo.com

Michelle said...

The freezer cooking is a winner for me!

Lindsey said...

My husband and I are trying to be better at meal planning, but it's hard. This would definitely help us stay on track and plan our meals, preventing our usual defeated trips to a local restaurant. This software would help our wallets and our waistbands. :)

Lindsey said...

I really like the idea of the freezer meal organization.

Lindsey said...

The pumpkin chocolate chip bread and muffins sound yummy!

Lindsey said...

I subscribe by email

Briana "Symmie" Simmons said...

I need this program because I have no meal planning skills at this point! I try but i make one meal and then none others. I am very computer oriented and I think this would help me a lot!

Briana "Symmie" Simmons said...

My favorite feature is that you can print your shopping list by store! I have food allergies so I have to shop at about 4 different stores and this would be SOOOOOo helpful

Briana "Symmie" Simmons said...

The Crockpot BBQ chicken sounds fabulous. I think I will try that one on my parents!

erma said...

I need this program because meal planning is nonexsist.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

Lady V dZine said...

I desperately need this software because my husband and I want to set healthy eating examples for our 1 and 2 year old kids, and I know menu planning is a huge component of that, but I STRUGGLE with menu planning. Thanks for the chance. ladyvdzine[at]yahoo[dot]com

Lady V dZine said...

subscribed as ladyvdzine[at]yahoo[dot]com

Lady V dZine said...

Going to try the Apple Onion Pork Chops. Thanks so much! ladyvdzine[at]yahoo[dot]com

Lady V dZine said...

I LOVE that the software lets you print your grocery list! ladyvdzine[at]yahoo[dot]com

Lady V dZine said...

FB fan as ladyvdzine.
ladyvdzine[at]yahoo[dot]com

chromiumman said...

love their family friendly recipes

chromiumman (at) mail (dot) com

Annemarie said...

I am really trying to get serious about meal planning and this would sure help!

Annemarie said...

I like how I can add my own recipes to the software. That is a great feature.

Annemarie said...

I am planning on making the Salisbury Steak with Gravy next week. Looks like an easy and tasty recipe

Annemarie said...

I am a fan on Facebook - Annemarie Fox

Vanessa said...

I need this program because I am HORRIBLE (and I mean horrible) with meal planning.

Vanessa said...

My favorite feature is that the Our Meal Planning Calendar allows you to plan a mixture of traditional meals, home-made freezer meals, leftovers, and take-out.

Vanessa said...

I'd love to try the Parmesean Herb Bread

Sue Sweeps said...

I have been meaning to plan meals ahead for years. This software tool might be just what I need to finally start!

Sue Sweeps said...

favorite feature -- The What's For Dinner report to hang on the fridge to remind me what I'm cooking and answer the questions of those who want to know!

Sue Sweeps said...

Recipe: Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (http://www.recipesformoms.com/2008/09/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-muffins.html)

although I'll have to tweak them to be egg-free (son's allergic)

Sue Sweeps said...

button on blog http://suesweeps.blogspot.com/

Sue Sweeps said...

Facebook fan Susan Cottingham Mayer

Sue Sweeps said...

subscribe via email

Sue Sweeps said...

tweet http://twitter.com/scm74/status/9416741142

sibabe64 said...

I can't seem to plan a meal for anything. My poor husband has tried putting a board up for me but that doesn't help much

sibabe64 at ptd dot net

Oneangel said...

I could use all the help I can get when it comes to meal planning!

Anonymous said...

I'm always at a loss on what to cook so I end up cooking the same 3-4 recipes :(

plur268 at yahoo dot com

missrantsypants said...

Meal planning is such a hassle each week, it would be great to have one less thing to worry about.


clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

Kowanda said...

I love this! No more flipping through cookbooks or recipes printed from the internet or cut out from magazines. Everything at my fingertips! I need this for kitchen management, ease of grocery shopping and more time freed up for fun stuff with the family!!!

kowandamcbride@yahoo.com

Kowanda said...

I'm going to make your Black Bean Burrito Bake. My family loves burritos so this is a must make recipe!

kowandamcbride@yahoo.com

Kowanda said...

I subscribe via email.

kowandamcbride@yahoo.com

Kowanda said...

I'm a fan on facebook.

kowandamcbride@yahoo.com

Blake and Erica said...

I need this to help me organize my weekly menu!
iamtheluckiest3@yahoo.com

Blake and Erica said...

I want to try the teriyaki pork chops -yummy!
iamtheluckiest3@yahoo.com

Hotsnotty2 said...

I need this to help us from caving into the fast food calling, thanks!

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

Taryn said...

I need this because at 5:30 every night I open the fridge and wing it.

taryn237 at yahoo dot com

Taryn said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/taryn237/status/9457439586

taryn237 at yahoo dot com

Taryn said...

The Pork Chow Mein sounds really good!

Taryn said...

I like that you can determine the amount of time you make the list for.

prizehound7 said...

I need this program because I am really disorganized, and really bad about planning ahead.

Gianna said...

I think it would help me be more organized.

lilyk said...

I need this program because I would like some new ideas for cooking dinner.

lilyk said...

My favorite feature of The Dinner Solution is that you can add your own recipes or use the family-friendly recipes already included.

lilyk said...

The Apple-Onion Pork Chops recipe looks very tasty!

lilyk said...

I became your Facebook fan.

lilyk said...

I subscribed by email.

purango said...

I need this because as a fulltime worker and homemaker it's a great chore to plan nutricious meals that my family would enjoy. garrettsambo@aol.com

Post a Comment

I'd love to hear what you thought of a recipe or coupon! Feel free to share any tips you came across as you prepared your food.