Planning my meals for the week ahead is sooo important for my sanity. We typically get groceries on Saturdays so every Friday I sit down and I plan out what meals I want to eat for the next week. This involves looking through Pinterest recipes for a couple of hours.
After getting all of the ingredients onto a list to purchase (and hopefully not forgetting any), it’s time to start actually prepping the meals! I used to scribble down the recipes onto scraps of paper that I could have in front of me while I was cooking.
Small scraps of paper — be gone! Now I have created this printable to organize your meals and a master grocery list all on one page!
My meal planning method is to make 3-4 larger meals that will last me for lunches and dinners all week. I have found it too much work and too many ingredients to purchase to plan a different meal for every day of the week. This printable is geared toward my method of meal planning! I can write four recipes I plan to make and then compile the list of the ingredients to the right.
Update: I have created some new meal planner printables (seen in the photo above) that have the exact same layout, but were just given a little facelift. Just in case you still prefer the previous version, all versions are available for download from the free download library!
My Meal Planning Tip:
I’m planning on saving these filled out printables that are well thought out meal plans so I can refer to them for future use. Hooray organization! Coordinating meals for the week that are different enough to not feel repetitive, but don’t require a million different ingredients is a real achievement for me.
Are you a perpetual planner like I am? Check out this printable to-do list to help you actually get stuff done!
*note: sometimes the letter “M”s aren’t shown on the dropbox preview, but they are there when you download them!*
How I use These Meal Planner Printables:
If you make more than 4 meals, these printables will still work for you!
Another way I have enjoyed using the blank printable pages is by meal category instead of individual recipes. Here is my page for last week (using the 1st version of the printables):
This method makes sure that I have bought ingredients for food for each categories – this is important for me because I often neglect to buy breakfast food. Having it all laid out visually lets you see how many different meals you have for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to make sure you’ll never be without a plan!
If you enjoyed these, spread the love and pin this page on Pinterest by hovering over the image down below so others can use them too! 🙂