Every year I promise myself that I’ll get more organised with my weekly meal plans but never do. This year I’ve actually done it and it has been so much simpler than I imagined. In the past, I’ve been so disorganised that I ended up going to the supermarket every day because I couldn’t think of what to make. Sound familiar? If you’ve ever struggled with making weekly meal plans, then this idea is for you.
I have about 10-15 everyday recipes that I cook often but I can never remember them when I need them. Or I remember the same few and get stuck in a rut. And besides they’re scattered all over the place – some on my blog, in cookbooks, on pinterest, on scraps of paper torn out of magazines or in my head. So I always end up wasting time finding the recipe.
I first thought about making a weekly meal planner but that would still mean sitting down every weekend and thinking about what to make, which kind of defeated the purpose. I then realised just having my regular recipes right in front of me would be the be the easiest way to make my weekly meal plans. I spent some time over my Xmas break making these recipe cards. It took me a while to make but it’s now saving me so much time. I’ve printed out 15 of my favourite go to recipes with ideas on what to serve with each dish – which has always been another cause for pain.
If you want to make similar recipe cards, create A6 (105mm x 148mm) sized boxes in word, powerpoint or whatever program you use. Type up your recipes in these boxes and print on marble effect card. For similar card, my UK readers can find them here and my US readers here.
I chose not to include pictures but you can do that too. I found the A6 size perfect as they are small enough to store easily but large enough to hold all the info even for some of the more involved recipes.
Now that I’ve got these recipe cards all I do is look at them every weekend, choose a few dishes and do a quick online shop or make a quick trip to the supermarket. These recipe cards have made my weekly meal plans so easy, I can’t even tell you. To ensure I don’t get stuck in a rut, I’ve decided to add at least 2 new recipes to my stack each month. Who knew that printing recipe cards could make life so much simpler. I’m just thinking why didn’t I do this years ago?