One of my most indispensable tools for preparing heart-healthy foods isn’t found in the kitchen section of my favorite department store (although I love to browse the gadgets!). I actually picked up my favorite tool at the local stationery store: an inexpensive, low-tech three-ring binder.
But this isn’t your typical notebook. It contains a treasury of heart-healthy but delicious recipes that I’ve collected from the internet, magazines, newspapers, friends and family over the last several years. When a recipe earns a thumbs-up from my family, I add comments and suggestions to the clipping and slide it into a page protector in my binder. As an added convenience, I can remove the page from the binder and refer to it while cooking, and the easy-to-wipe sleeve protects it from splashes and spatters.
To help with meal planning, I store loose-leaf paper at the front of the binder, where I jot down my menus for the week. The first column of each page lists the week’s recipes and where I can find them (either in the binder or a specific cookbook); the second column lists ingredients I need to make the dish, and I transfer these items to my grocery list.
Using this simple inexpensive tool, it’s easy to find my family’s favorite recipes.