A while back, I contemplated simplifying my meal plan by rotating between my top 20 favorite recipes from each protein source. My current meal-planning system was working fine so I shelved the idea until I came across these pictures on Pinterest:
I’m a visual person, so the menu board concept was very appealing. I decided to try and make my own, but incorporate it with my numbered recipe idea.
At the beginning of the month I look over our calendar to see if we have any parties or date-nights coming up. I mark these dates on the menu planner with “Out” magnets.
, I’ve started to double my recipes and freeze half for an easy meal later. The “snowflake” magnet helps remind me to buy extra ingredients. We tend to have freezer meals once a week, so I tag those days with both the “Leftovers” and "#" magnets. You could also hand-write in the meal name.
1. Purchase printable magnetic sheets and full-sheet labels at Staples along with a magnetic dry-erase calendar.
2. Print both pages of the meal planning magnets onto magnet sheets and cut out.
3. Print the 1st page again, only this time on the full-sheet labels.
Cut out the # labels and place them on the corners of each sheet protector that holds your top 20 recipe cards in each of the 7 binders.
4. Plan out your monthly menu and pop it on your fridge using 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips.
Step back and admire your lovely new planner from every angle.
5. Place extra magnets in baseball card sleeves and put them in front of one of your recipe binders for easy access when meal planning.
This menu planner combined with the coordinating recipe binders would make a fun gift-- first-time college students would love it, especially if you added a few of their favorite recipes!