Monday, October 14, 2013

Menu Planning Part 2

I'm back with part two of how menu planning is going for me. I actually started planning for meals and cooking at home a couple weeks ago, but with blogging it seems like everything gets posted a little bit later than when it happened. So I just published a post a few days ago about how I really don't like cooking and how we eat out way too much. 


I'm happy to report that I am cooking at home a lot more now! The planning and organizing everything has helped me tremendously. I will admit we have still ate out a few times. I'm working on trying to break that habit tho!

So I shared with ya'll the printable I made for myself for meal planning and a shopping list. I really like using it a lot. Here's a picture I took of meal planning from last week. 

Today I thought I would share the meal planning system I'm working on.

I bought a really cute and colorful binder for our meal planning. I figured at least the binder would make me happy since cooking and grocery shopping isn't my favorite thing.  :)

I got some sheet protectors from Dollar Tree. I am in the process of printing out our favorite recipes to add to it. I also like the idea of a binder, because now if I see a recipe I like online or browsing Pinterest, I can print it out and stick it in there. I am going to organize the recipes a little better, maybe getting some page dividers, after I get more in there.

I've been keeping our menu plan/shopping list handy in there so I can have it all in one place. I'm keeping the whole binder in the kitchen so when I think of something to add to it I can.

This is the beginning phase of organizing our meal planning. I'm sure I will tweak things to have them work better. But as of right now, it really seems to be helping me! I am a person that needs a little organization to be productive with things. 

So now when 5 o clock rolls around, I don't have to frantically think of where I should go pick up food, I just start the meal I have wrote down. This has really helped make our house feel more like "our castle".

So how do ya'll do your meal planning? Do you have a certain system for it you love?


  1. So, you seem to dislike cooking almost as much as I do. :-) I have a question. I tried to enlarge your picture, but I still couldn't tell. Are you cooking super simple meals or are they things that involve a lot of prep work? If they're easy, I'd love to know what some of the simplest ones are!

  2. For meal planning Ill look through the fridge/freezer/pantry and then go through a few foodie magazines or cookbooks to get some ideas of what Id like to make over the next week and then write my shopping list for any extra ingredients Ill need. I try to make 1 new recipe a week and then my favourites and faithfuls during the week. Sundays are always a roast :)