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  • How-To: Use the SHOP Page

    Posted January 20th, 2018 by

    This article references how to use our SHOP page on a laptop, desktop, or tablet. 

    One thing we pride ourselves on here at the Cooking Light Diet is how we’ve always relied almost exclusively on community member feedback when it comes to making changes or updates to our site. After months of hard work, we recently launched an all-new site design which allows members to see their whole week—breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner—at a glance, makes it easier to schedule in swaps and leftovers, and integrates a whole new feature for favoriting recipes: My Cookbook.

    This is the second in a series of several posts aimed to help members new and old familiarize themselves with the new tools/features found on CookingLightDiet.com. These articles will be lengthy and full of screenshots, but should aid you in utilizing all our site’s tools. If at anytime a member has questions that go beyond what we delve into here, we’re always available via email: feedback@cookinglightdiet.com. Thanks for your support, and we hope you’ll enjoy the new site!

    The second of our three site pillars (the other two being PLAN and COOK), SHOP is where you can customize your shopping list for up to two weeks at a time. Whether you’re wanting to ensure you have all the ingredients needed for your weekly menus, omit ingredients from the list you already have stocked, add nonperishables, or email or print your shopping list before heading to the store—this is where you do it.

    Customizing your shopping list
    When you click the SHOP button, you’ll be brought to the following page.

    Here you’ll select which recipes you want to build a shopping list with. See the blue checkboxes next to each recipe name?

    A blue check indicates that a recipe’s ingredients will appear on your shopping list. Don’t see a blue check next to a recipe? This means that recipe’s ingredients won’t appear on your shopping list. You can choose to manually check the box of each individual recipe you want on your list, or you can select/deselect entire days or meal types by clicking the corresponding blue word. Going out of town on Sunday and know you won’t be cooking? Click the blue Sunday button to deselect all the recipes for that day. Don’t need to purchase any ingredients for your week’s breakfast recipes? Click the blue breakfast button to deselect all the breakfast recipes for that week. To recap, a blue check next to a recipe means it will populate your shopping list. If there’s no blue check, it won’t appear on your shopping list.

    Create a shopping list for two weeks
    Scroll to the bottom of the SHOP page. In the lower left corner, you’ll see a button labeled “Show next week.”

    Click that button to expand your shopping list options so that you can select/deselect what’s on your shopping list for two weeks at a time.

    Edit what ingredients appear on your shopping list
    Once you’ve determined what recipes will appear on your shopping list, the next step is to create it! There are two buttons labeled Create List located on the right side of the page. Click one of those buttons.

    This will bring you to a page where you can finalize your shopping list.

    Here, you can select/deselect entire ingredient categories similarly to how you could with entire days or meal types on the previous page. For example, let’s say you already have all the Alcoholic Beverages and Condiments & Sauces your shopping list calls for in your kitchen or pantry. Click the blue checkbox to deselect those entire ingredient categories.

    What if you don’t need to omit an entire ingredient category, just several ingredients that you already have in the house? For instance, let’s say you already have canola oil, kosher salt, and regular salt at the ready. To omit individual ingredients, just click on that recipe line. It will cause those ingredients to be grayed out and struck through.

    You can whittle down your shopping list in this manner until only the ingredients you need to purchase remain.

    Adding non food-related items to your shopping list
    When you go to the grocery store, it’s likely you’ll also need to purchase something non food-related, like paper towels, or dog food. You can add these items to your shopping list, too! In the lower lefthand corner of the list there’s a category titled “Extra Items.”

    So let’s say you need paper towels. In the box where the words Add a new item appear, type “paper towels,” then either click enter or click the + button. Voila! Paper towels have now been added to your list.

    Email or print your finalized shopping list
    Once you’ve customized your finalized shopping list—removed the ingredients you don’t need to buy and added ones you do—you can either email or print it. To email it to yourself or whomever will be doing the shopping, type an email address into the box indicated below, and then click the Email list button.

    That shopping list will then be sent to the corresponding inbox. To print your shopping list, click the blue Print List button near the top of your page.

    Your ingredients will then format into a two-columned version of your finalized shopping list, complete with checkboxes so you can mark off ingredients as you shop. For optimal printing, we suggest using Google Chrome.

    We hope you found this helpful and informative. Email us here with any questions, and if you haven’t joined yet, start your journey with the Cooking Light Diet below! Cheers.