Weekly Menu and Meal Planner
One of the chores I dislike the most is grocery shopping. I know some people really enjoy going to the farmer’s market, selecting beautiful vegetables, and conceptualizing meals. Me… not so much. I love good food and I like making great meals for my family. I do not like creating a weekly menu and meal plan. Don’t get me wrong.. it’s much preferable to cleaning toilets and mopping floors but it is not as great as reading a book or getting a massage.
As I was flipping through my recipes, books, and magazines trying to determine what to make for dinner — for a week — I realized a better system would help. A prettier, more organized method to writing a weekly menu and shopping list.
I decided to create a pretty and functional weekly meal planner. And I’m sharing it with you!
I divided the sheet into separate days of the week. Each day includes a space for the main dish and sides. I always forget the sides!
Shopping List Feature
I also included a space on the side for a shopping list. Use the back of the sheet to continue your shopping list.
At the bottom the meal planner includes a space for desserts. Yum!
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Write your shopping list in order of the departments in the store. For example, I always start on the bread, move to chips / snacks, drinks, meat, frozen, deli, canned goods, etc. This way I can find items on my list and in the store easily and save time!
Write it Down – Chalkboard Style
I write the weekly menu on my new Kitchen Chalkboard after I have put the groceries away. It is fun for the kids to see what we are having for the week and helps keep me organized. The kids always look at the board for what is for dinner rather than asking “what’s for dinner”. Another benefit!
I cannot say how many times I have forgotten what I had planned to make or what the ingredients in my pantry were for.
I know this list will help keep me organized and making grocery shopping go faster.