Sunday, May 18, 2014

Menu Planning

Hi all!

One of the more frequently used sections in my planner is the Menu section.  As a wife and mother, I try to provide a well-balanced diet for my family, i.e., more variety, less repetitions.

I used to do this daily but found that planning the menu weekly was more efficient and saved more time.

Here's how I do it!

I use this image as a template for the week.  I resized, printed and laminated it so that all I have to do is slap a sticky note onto it and just replace the sticky note weekly.

Daiso sticky film is the perfect size.
Flyleaf with Post-Its for notes.

 Tabs at top and bottom help me to find the template easily

I have a few pages of dishes that I know we like.  I categorized them by entree, soup, salad, etc.  No recipes in here.  If I need to look up a recipe, I go to the Home binder, or the good ole internet.

Two pages of entrees:

Beef, Pork and Veggies

Pork and Fish/Seafood

Followed by:

Appetizers, Salads/Dressings and Soups

Pasta and Desserts

These all used to be in my Home binder but I moved them in here because I do sometimes change what's on the menu mid-week and it was just easier than pulling it out of another binder everytime.

I even remind myself to do it every Sunday night (along with bathing the dog) so I don't forget.

This has been working well for me for a few weeks now.  Since I started doing this, there has been less stressing about what to prepare each day.

I would love to hear what menu planning tips you may have!

Thanks for visiting!


  1. WOW i love your menyplanner/shoppinglist insert!! I have looking after something like this.
    Where do you buy this? I like your blog always something fun to see :)

    1. Hi Witch, thanks for your sweet comment! Which were you referring to? I found the template online as a free printable and you're welcome to use the blank image I attached.

    2. It is the one with the weekday on left and shoppinglist on the right. Oh I can i do that, that's great :) Now i write the meal and shoppinglist on sticky notes and put it in my pocket malden in my bag. And the only fall of all the time.

    3. Glad you found the post useful! It took me a while too to figure out how to organize my menu plan. Regards!

    4. Thank you so much for you help! Have a great sunday :)

  2. All wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing. I might have to incorporate something similar in my planner. :)

    1. I would love to see what you do. Regards!