Meal Planning on a Budget

Meal planning in a time of quarantine is proving to be challenging.

During times like these, supermarket visits are shorter and further apart. Simple meals are often the way to go. Deciding the recipes beforehand can help, as well as looking for seasonal vegetables and fruits which are cheaper when they are in season. Going through your pantry, refrigerator and freezer before you go to the supermarket will be an advantage too.


In this current situation you do not need to worry about finding quick and easy recipes for your family’s needs. You can access the many e-resources that YPRL provides for our borrowers online. Your family can get involved with these delicious recipes.Though our library branches are closed you can access all our collection online. If you are not a member don’t worry,you can join here with a digital membership and get instant free our collection.

A great e-resource that we provide for our patrons is RB Digital. This can be accessed through RBdigital Gateway from your computer. It can be quickly downloaded from the App Store and Google Play to your device, iPad, phone etc. RB digital will give you and your family access to quick and easy recipes that contain simple ingredients that are fridge and pantry staples or are easy to find.

Magazines you can access:

I recommend Easy Cook, Super Food Ideas, Diabetic Living, and Australian Healthy Food Guide. These Magazines and many more will make your cooking enjoyable.

As well as the RB Digital Magazine collection, you can download from YPRL eBook Cookbooks. These can be accessed through Libby, by OverDrive - an app for library ebooks and audiobooks and Borrow box: Main Page. These can also be downloaded to your mobile devices.These are a few titles among many that you can access: 

Jamie's 30-minute Meals

Delicious Every Day

.Vegetarian 101 Recipes Celebrating Fresh Seasonal Ingredients

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Ann Perera, Officer, Reading, Learning and Community, Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries.

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