It’s taken 34 years but I’ve finally decided to try planning dinners on a regular basis.  I’ve always wandered the grocery store with a list of basics and then I grab whatever looks fresh and inspiring. Later in the week I find myself with 2 red peppers that don’t really go with anything.   And this method leads to a lot of unnecessary impulse buying as well as a ridiculous grocery budget.  It also hinders my ability to be creative with meals, which sounds counter-intuitive.  But once I’m at home and deciding what to make it would help if I had all the ingredients for a recipe.  The creativity comes in the planning.

I’ve been using ZipList (thanks to Lisa for the recommendation!), which makes adding recipes to my grocery list a breeze.  If you’re not familiar with it, you can see an example of the ZipList recipe plugin on my site (check out the recipe below).  You’ll notice above the recipe an option to save as well as print.  If you create a ZipList account and save the recipe, you can go back at any time and automatically add the ingredients to your shopping list in the exact quantities you need.  It also has a nice meal planning function and phone app.  I wish I could convince all of my favorite food blogs to use this plugin!  I’m now much more likely to make a recipe if I can save it to ZipList.  I’ve recently found myself making quite a few dinners from Cookin’ Canuck, Skinnytaste and Simply Recipes.  I highly recommend their recipes!

Do you meal plan? If so, do you find that it saves you money on groceries?  Any tips for a beginner? I’m only planning 3 meals a week right now since I cook for two and many recipes make great leftovers. And to be honest, some nights all I want is cereal or a frozen pizza.

And now for the recipe, which was definitely not planned.  I had a ton of fresh seeds leftover from a recent pumpkin canning extravaganza. And a ton of nervous energy during the storm.  Behold, the final snack of Hurricane Sandy: Sriracha maple pumpkin seeds.

Sriracha Maple Pumpkin Seeds ~ Savory Simple

 

Sriracha Maple Pumpkin Seeds
 
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh pumpkin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Toss the pumpkin seeds with the Sriracha and maple syrup and then spread evenly on a baking sheet.
  3. Sprinkle with salt.
  4. Roast for 20 minutes.
Notes

 

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  1. Yum, perfect snack food for any weather!
    I used to meal plan regularly and enjoyed cooking much more when I did, and also was better at trying new recipes regularly, but it fizzled out…I found I needed to do two-three weeks at a time in order for it to save money since then I could buy larger portions of meat and things and plan multiple meals to use it that weren’t so close together I got sick of things. Good luck!

  2. Sriracha on pumpkin seeds? Uh yes please! I could seriously put Sriracha on anything and everything!

    As for meal planning, I only cook on the weekends so I make about 6 dishes (some desserts, some main dishes) and I only buy ingredients for those planned out meals, except for various fruits and snacks. It’s definitely helpful with saving on groceries although if I don’t get to my 6 dishes as planned, there’s a lot of waste in that too because I can’t cook until the following week.

  3. The pictures look very good on the slate background. I had a wonderful piece of slate (3′ x 3′) which a client managed to pack up with the hired props and send back to England. I’ve never seen it again and these pictures are making me wish that I still had it:)
    PS. I still receive a great deal of your comments even though I’m not ticking the box for follow up comments. Some glitch, I imagine.

    • That’s so weird! I wish I knew how to help. Have you tried looking in your subscription settings? You could also contact WP support or use the message boards, they’re pretty helpful.

  4. Sriracha on pumpkin seeds is such a brilliant idea! I absolutely love that first picture, Jen!

  5. We’ve started planning our meals in the last couple of weeks and have found that it helps us eat a much more varied diet rather than falling back on a small rotation of favourites. I think you need to have a bit of flexibility though for those nights when you really can’t be bothered to cook.

  6. I used to be better about planning out meals. But I generally keep a well-stocked pantry and have sort of a standard go-to meal list. So that really helps. Those pumpkin seeds sound incredible. Definitely pinning this recipe!

  7. simple yet very unique – this looks like my new favorite way to eat pumpkin seeds Jen! Spicy and maple – what a combination. I’m savin gthis recipe. PS: I LOVE these photos! I don’t meal plan, although I’m beginning to think I should. It makes life so much easier.

  8. Sriracha and maple are two of my favorite things…ever! Love the combination here.

  9. I don’t plan my meals either (fear of commitment?). I’d much rather eat brownies for brunch and nibble on a bowl full of these pumpkin maple seeds for dinner! :D Love pumpkin seeds!

  10. Oh girl, you’ve got my number on this one… sriracha and maple syrup?!? I NEED this….

  11. These look AWESOME! I may have to dig into that little pumpkin that’s been sitting on our table, I had planned to make something with it but it looked so cute sitting there. I’m really bad at meal planning, I just buy stuff and hope I can figure it out. I should try that tool, maybe it will help me be more organized.

  12. I make store lists, cook dinner every night (even weekends!), coupon clip and do the shopping for my family of 5. I’ve been doing it for over 7 years now and I love it! Start small and try organizing your lists by location in the store (frozen, fridge, meat, produce, etc) which helps. And on the backside of your grocery list, write what you’re going to be serving so you can flip back and forth in case something else strikes your fancy (like if you find yourself buying say, garlic bread and wonder “why is this in my cart?” you can flip over and see you’re making pasta–I forget sometimes lol).

    BTW, these seeds look awesome!!

  13. I love sweet and spicy together. MMM, these look addictive.
    Like you, I plan about 3 meals a week; however, I invariably end up impulse buying/cooking, because I will come across something random that strikes my fancy, and I must make it RIGHTTHISSECOND. Or I will go grocery shopping when hungry. Last week, this resulted in half a gallon of pumpkin ice cream and a box of gingersnaps. Whoops!

  14. Ashley - Baker by Nature says:

    I am 100% certain we’ll be making these very soon! Can’t wait.

  15. fabiola@notjustbaked says:

    By now you know I love me some spicy foods, so you pretty much are guaranteeing me making this.

  16. Sriracha AND pumpkin!? Holy YUM, you are an evil genius! I already know I would finish off that entire bowl. They look incredible :)

  17. These look fab, girl!

  18. LOVE the photos!!!

  19. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says:

    Yum! Love the flavors! Good luck with the meal planning. I try to come up with a plan at the beginning of the week, but I don’t always stick to it. And then I don’t always feel like what I have planned later in the week. But it does keep me in check better, so that is good.

  20. Meal planner right here – I have been doing it for a few years now and the benefits definitely outweigh the drawbacks for me. I would definitely spend more on groceries if I were walking in there every other day! The way I see it, I plan five dinners, loosely based on my after work plans and the specials at the places that we shop, but I don’t follow it religiously. It just means I have most things I need for most meals and that we are conscious of the nutrition we are getting (or not….depending on the week).

  21. My husband would love these pumpkin seeds – he’s a nut for Sriracha sauce! They look scrumptious!

  22. Yum! I have been baking my pumpkin seeds with an assortment of spices to give them some heat, I never thought of adding sriracha (which I LOVE!)…sounds great!

  23. I definitely need to toaat some pumpkin seeds. Love the sweet spicy combo. Can you roast pumpkin seeds after having roasted the pumpkin whole or only use ones that were taken out of an unbaked pumpkin?

  24. What kind of recipe seo do you use? Does Ziplist get added into it?

    I PLAN some (more than one meal in advance), plan most, and wing it for some. We also do a lot of leftovers. I pride myself on my pantry–living where I do I could not cook the international meals that I do without a fairly extensive pantry, because much of it cannot be purchased locally. I do agree though that when I BUY without a plan, things often go bad. I am also lucky because we have a farmer’s market down the road 9 months out of the year, so we can easily pick up any fresh produce I might need to make a meal more complete. I definitely do not formally plan the way some people do.

  25. Coming back to add that having a smart phone does encourage more planning, as I am never scrambling for pen/paper late at night when reading cookbooks and blogs. :)

  26. These are the dreamiest pumpkin seeds I have ever seen. Being a sriracha lover and loving the addition of maple..I cannot wait to try them! More pumpkins to roast :)

  27. I’ll be honest, I’m likely an over-planner when it comes to meal planning, but only because I absolutely love the recipes my fellow bloggers are putting forth. With so many recipes coming from the web I can’t tell you the number of times i’ve had to print recipes or slowly tap out the ingredients one by one on my iPhone just to get a grocery list down; needless to say, ZipList seems like the perfect solution – so thanks for the intro!

  28. Kate@Diethood says:

    I get all the ziplist recipes on my phone, then I just lick add, and at the end of the week I go to the grocery store with an all ready ‘to-buy’ list. :)
    Now about those pumpkin seeds… can we say, GORGEOUS!!

  29. i’ve been wondering what i wanted to put on my pumpkin seeds this year – this is PERFECT!!

  30. I’m a total meal planner. I can’t think of a time when I haven’t done it… but I know that during those times when I don’t do it (which are rare), I always end up spending more than I want to. It’s so worth it, and I wish more people would do it. I literally sit down every Friday for an hour and talk to my hubby about what we want to eat for the next week and we do our shopping the next morning. It’s also nice to only make one trip to the store per week as opposed to multiple trips. Saves money and time! :)

  31. I’m super excited that I can add your recipes tp ZipList! I use it myself and love it. I will have to make these seeds for my Hubs. He will love it!

  32. Ashley - baker by nature says:

    We made these last night! Dang, girl – SO good!!!

  33. I always love a spicy-sweet combo. I’m roasting a couple pumpkins this week, so thanks for the inspiration! I’m not very good at planning ahead – even when I do, the meal seems to morph into something else. I just try to keep all the pantry staples well stocked – I can always pull a meal together from that!

  34. Sriracha is new to me! This sounds delicious, though. And I recently did find Ziplist, but haven’t yet made it a habit. Very good idea.

  35. I love siracha, so this recipe has my name on it. Really nice – love the addition of maple. I do my lists the old-fashioned way with pen and paper. The best thing is I can organize it by the way my grocery store is arranged, so I can be in and old of the store in no time. Anyway, really nice recipe – thanks.

  36. I love ANYTHING with Sriracha – it’s my most favorite thing on the planet! Can’t wait to try this delish snack!

  37. I’ve been using ziplist for my blog, however I’ve never actually utilize it on my own. You reminded me to give it a try (kept forgetting!). Your “sriracha” flavor made me smile. I’d never imagine that goes well with pumpkin seeds, or even any type of seeds! Great idea. My husband pretty much pour this sauce on a lot of food, and he’ll be shocked if pumpkin has this flavor. LOL!

  38. genius flavor combination!! my husband and i are obsessed with anything sriracha and i just scored a killer maple syrup from the farmer’s market. needless to say, i think i’ll be making these this weekend! thanks for the idea! xx

  39. Love it! Spicy Pumpkin Seeds…a definite must try!

  40. I don’t have much experience with meal planning, but I should really start too. It would save on lots of little grocery trips – those add up!

    I love trying out different flavors of roasted pumpkin seeds each year and this one sounds awesome! Srircha is good on everything!

  41. How funny to come across my recipe, after tweeting it out nearly two years ago!! I had no idea that the Sriracha Cookbook blog picked it up. Hey, as long as we are all spreading the spicy-sweet pepeta love – it’s all good! Incidentally, making a big batch today. ;) Happy October.

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