A little while ago I shared my Dinner Meal Planning Printable. You can see that post here and download the free printable.
To help plan my meals I use my recipe cards. A while ago I went through all my recipe books and typed up my favorite ones. On each card I included the recipe book and page number. I also included recipes from my pinterest boards (I have board for various categories like main dish, side dish, snack, etc).
When I first typed them up I used a certain color for all cards in a specific category. For ex: all chicken recipes were on green, all beef recipes were on blue, all pasta recipes were on orange, etc. I also had them hanging from hooks on the wall above my desk.
When I built my ledge shelves for my printable menu planners I removed the hooks on the wall and used cup hooks screwed into the bottom of the shelf.
Much cleaner look. Then I painted my kitchen turquoise and I decided that all the colors were too busy. I decided to reprint them (after typing up a ton of new recipes) on white cardstock.
Then I laminated them and separated them into categories. I decided to laminate them because some of the old ones had gotten wet and smeared. I also made a cover card for each one with that category so it’s easier to find the group I want. They were all hole punched and hung them up on the cup hooks.. It’s so easy to grab a stack and sort through to find recipes for dinner.
My menu planning system has gone through many changes (you can see other by searching on my blog) but I think this one is a keeper. It seems to be working really well for us.
What do you think? Any suggestions on how I can add to it or improve it? I’m always open to suggestions!