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Paprika Review – Part 2 Organization and Categorization

 This series is all about getting dinner on the table and making it as easy as possible. That’s the way I roll. Some people call it lazy, I call it smart ;-). If you missed the first part I have it linked below. I also listed out what I’m going to be covering thereafter.

  • How to add a recipe to the Paprika app
  • How to organize recipes in Paprika app – including categorization
  • How to utilize the grocery list aspect of the Paprika app
  • How to meal plan within the Paprika app
  • Misc features of the Paprika app (if I can fit them into the previous four posts I will)

I cannot begin to describe how much I love this app. I really despise cooking, and anything that makes it easier for me I am all about.

Also, as I mentioned in the last post, this is not a sponsored post. I just really love it. I’m sharing it in the hopes that it can help out more than just myself!

Let’s start off with organizing your recipes and figuring out how to categorize them. As you can see I have 533 recipes saved so far in my Paprika app. If you look along the left hand side you will see a few different parts. It starts off with the top 5: All Recipes, Most Recent, Top Rated, Favorites and Uncategorized. These I will cover after I talk about your organization options.

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If you look below the 5 standard “categories” you will see that I added 4 overall categories. These can be created for however YOU cook. I generally look for a recipe based on the type of diet (have I mentioned how my hubby loves diets?!), or how easy/hard it is to make. Occasionally I have a craving for a “type” of food such as chinese, mexican, etc. Anyhow, I created these categories because they work for me. I will show within each category how I sub-categorize. The only one that I don’t have sub categories for is the house cleaners section since it’s only used for that.

First is my diet category. I have Keto, Paleo, Sugar Free and Whole 30 sub categories since those are the most common diets that we try to follow. I should add a carbalicious diet! That’s my kind of diet….

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Next, we have the sub category of “food type/when” This is basically anything that I might search for as far as a type goes. Breakfast? I got you. Dessert? Even better. I also listed homemade spice/condiments, casseroles, indian, italian – you get the idea. This just helps me get to what I need as quickly and with as little brain power as possible.

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The last category I created is a Time category. What do I mean by time? Well I really should go through and clean this one up so that it’s more clear but here’s what I use it for…. I like to know how something is cooked (crockpot, stove top, oven baked, no heat, DCB which is deep covered baker, etc). This helps me because sometimes I want something more hands off such as a crockpot meal and other times I want to know that I can get ingredients together and just throw it in the oven. The other big factor for what meal I’m going to make is how much time (both cooking and prep time) that each meal takes. I can always look at a meal individually to see both prep and cook time but it’s easier for me to have these categorized. A few I use are high prep, low prep, marinate me, quick n dirty, less than 30, easy peasy. If I’m being honest with myself this is the area that I look at most often because I’m super lazy when it comes to cooking.

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Besides the categories that I’ve chosen, I also have two other ways that I look for recipes. I look up a lot of recipes by ingredients that I have handy already. It’s pretty self explanatory but you can see in the pictures that you can search at the very top of the page under any category for ingredient or name of recipe.

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One of my favorite things about this app is the top rated option that is listed on the left hand side. Within each recipe I can rate it between 1-5 stars and I can also make notes! Below you will see the biscuits and gravy casserole I made for Father’s Day. We had a few notes on how it could be improved but still loved it!

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As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, you can choose your own categories. Whatever makes YOUR life easier is what you should use. These are what I use and it works really well for me, but every family is different so think about what you need and make it happen!

Next time we grocery shop!

 

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sleep tips

Is sleep really that important?

Why yes, yes it actually is. A week ago I had a stretch where I hadn’t slept more than 4 hours broken over 5 nights. Two of the nights were because of my beautiful toddler who is having bad dreams, is hungwy, not sweepy, etc.  One of the nights was due to nausea, and getting up to pee 6-7 times. But the other two happen more frequently. Those nights I just had insomnia.  I’ve had insomnia for as far back as I can remember even as a small child.

I’m focusing now to try to get back into a good sleep rhythm because I know it won’t be good if I can’t sleep during the precious time available with a newborn.  I have spent a lot of time working out ways to improve my sleep habits, here are a few:

  • Exercise regularly (I’ve been doing yoga 4-5 times a week when I first get up before McKenna does).
  • Drink water all day but stop a few hours before bed.
  • Herbal options (in the past I’ve tried chelated magnesium, valerian root and melatonin).
  • Hot herbal tea (peppermint is one of my favorites! Chamomile is also delightful).
  • Stop screen time an hour (2 if possible) before bed time.
  • Make sure my tummy is full (I swear this relates to more than just pregnant women but it’s especially important now because hunger wakes me up or keeps me awake right now).
  • Warm bath.
  • Wine (not right now!).
  • Stretching before bed.
  • Massage before bed (I’m a lucky girl because when I’m pregnant I get a massage almost every night!).
  • Keep bed time and wake up time consistent.
  • White noise or calm music helps me. We started using white noise through our daughter (we hear it through the monitor) and now I love it. Sometimes I will also listen to the best of Enya album which is nice because most of the words are unrecognizable.
  • Every once in awhile I  get up and go through my bedtime routine again. It’s basically a do-over.
  • Flipping my head to the opposite end of the bed.
  • Sleep mask! I just started using one and I love it.
  • Herbal mist on sheets and blankets. The one I use right now is a blend of peppermint and lavender.
  • If my mind is full I do a brain dump and this helps me to get out all of my thoughts on paper in order to leave my mind clear and ready for sleep. Sometimes I have to do this a few times to really get it empty lol.

There may be more that I haven’t tried or some that I’ve tried and forgotten but this is a list of my most common tactics to sleep better. A little over a week ago a friend gave me a suggestion that I had never heard before! She suggested that I get out as soon as I could in the morning to get some time in the sun. She recommended at least 10 minutes but to try 30 for best results. The idea is that it reminds your body when daytime is and it should help your body also realize when it is nighttime. I’ve been doing this now for a week and it has made a huge difference! In fact, I had a day in the middle that I missed and that night took me 4x longer to get to sleep. I’m still having some other sleep issues (active dreams, wake ups, etc) but getting to sleep is usually the hardest part for me.