It’s week two of the Real Simple Take Back Dinnertime Challenge. I’m partnering with Real Simple on their challenge because family dinners are an important ritual that help families connect, communicate and stay healthy — both physically and emotionally.

Every day this week, Real Simple has tips for getting organized with your meal plans. Their first tip: Streamline your grocery shopping. By simply keeping a shopping list in a convenient place, you can save time at home and at the store. If you sign up for the challenge, you’ll get more tips in your inbox each day.

Take a look at this week’s video for more ideas.

The layout of the Real Simple Menu Planner is pretty clever. Not only does it help you keep track of what you’ll be eating each night; it doubles as a grocery list. I’ll definitely be using it. And, I’ll use a highlighter on the ingredients to differentiate which items I’ll buy at the grocery store and which items I’ll buy at the farmers market.

If the recipes they spoke about in the video interest you, here is where you can find them.

One last thing. Real Simple Food Editor Dawn Perry will be hosting a live chat on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 3-4 p.m. (EST) when she’ll discuss grocery shopping, planning meals, or getting your kitchen organized. If you have questions about these topics or your own tips to share, this is the place to do it. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Organization makes dinnertime easier
This week's Real Simple Take Back Dinnertime Challenge focuses on getting organized with tips and a video to help you get started.