Today – no menu. Sorry! We’re on vacation, so our menu is “Monday, eat out here. Tuesday, eat out there”. But I thought this week would be a great time to talk about some of the best Menu Planning printables and tips to make it easier to menu plan each week!
I think printables make the mundane task of menu planning so much more enjoyable! I truly dislike menu planning, but I started enjoying it so much more when I found fun printables!
There are many styles of printables out there, but one of my favorite styles is a weekly menu + grocery shopping list. I try to make 10 weeks of menu for each season, and write every food item needed on the shopping list side. Then I can compare the complete shopping list with what I have on hand, and create a separate, actual list. Some things, like spices, olive oil, etc I may not actually need on this trip.
Here are some functional but pretty printables I found (and have used a few!):
My current fav menu printable from The Design Finch
Another printable I’ve used before from Craft Sew Create
From iHeart Nap Time
Printable and great menu planning tips at this post by Organized Home Life
Printable from Cut & Create
Every week when I sit to menu plan, I comb through my trusty ol’ recipe box, as well as my Pinterest board! I’ve saved quite a few fun recipes. I’m sure you have a board yourself you save recipes to try!
But you could also use Pinterest boards to organize menu ideas by season (Winter comfort foods vs. cool Summer salads). I love doing this type of board organization using the Private Board feature, so I can keep my public board clean.
You could also do private boards with weekly menu recipes! That would make menu planning super easy. Or even a private board of recipes you’ve now tried and loved, with the description box filled with any tweaks you’ve made.
But, as organized as we try to be, sometimes menu planning just doesn’t happen (like last week!) and sometimes what we’ve planned to make just doesn’t sound appealing.
I love this post by iHeart Planners on the non planner’s guide to menu planning! I’ve also written a post about trying out a family dinner plan through a local Durham spot for busy weeks or as a gift for someone. There are also amazing sources of meal plans, already done, with shopping lists out there! My favorite is the vegetarian menus from Oh My Veggies! Everything is done! Menu with links to recipes, as well as a printable shopping list.
What are your favorite sources for menu planning? Have any good tips to share?
If you need other meal ideas, or love printables as much as I do, check out my Pinterest boards for more inspiration!
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