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How to meal plan with printables

Meal planning is a great way to save time, money and eat healthier. But it can also be overwhelming and stressful if you don't have a system that works for you. It also helps you avoid food waste and stress about what to cook every day. That's why I love using printables to organize my meal planning process. Printables are easy to use, customizable and fun to look at. In this blog post, I will show you how to meal-plan with printables in four simple steps.

Step 1: Choose your printables

There are many types of printables that you can use for meal planning, such as:

  • weekly menus,

  • grocery lists,

  • recipe cards,

  • inventory sheets

  • and more.

You can find free or paid printables online, or you can make your own using a word processor or a graphic design tool. The important thing is to choose printables that suit your needs and preferences.

For example, if you like to plan your meals by categories (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks), you might want to use a weekly menu printable that has separate sections for each category.

If you like to plan your meals by themes (Mexican, Italian, Asian, etc.), you might want to use a weekly menu printable that has blank spaces for each day.

Remember to print enough copies for the week or month depending on how often you want to plan your meals.

Step 2: Fill out your printables

Once you have chosen your printables, it's time to fill them out with your meal ideas. You can use different sources of inspiration, such as:

  • cookbooks,

  • magazines,

  • blogs,

  • Pinterest

  • or your own recipes.

You can also use different methods of planning, such as batch cooking, freezer meals, leftovers or eating out. The key is to plan meals that you and your family will enjoy and that fit your budget and schedule. You can also use printables to keep track of what you have in your pantry, fridge and freezer, so you can use up what you have and avoid food waste.

Step 3: Display your printables

After filling out your printables, you need to display them somewhere where you can see them easily and access them quickly. You can use different ways of displaying your printables, such as:

  • a binder,

  • a clipboard,

  • a magnetic board or

  • a wall calendar.

You can even laminate them if that works for you. You can also decorate your printables with stickers, washi tape or markers to make them more attractive and motivating. The idea is to make your printables visible and accessible so you can follow your meal plan and stick to it.

Step 4: Use your printables

The last step is to use your printables to guide your grocery shopping and cooking. You can use your grocery list printable to make sure you buy everything you need for your meals and avoid impulse purchases.

You can use your printable recipe cards to have all the ingredients and instructions at hand when you cook. You can use your inventory sheets printable to check what you have left and what you need to replenish. You can also use your printables to adjust your meal plan as needed if something comes up or if you change your mind.

Meal planning with printables is a simple and effective way to organize your meals and make your life easier. Printables help you save time, money and eat healthier by giving you a clear and visual overview of your meals. Printables also help you be more creative and flexible with your meals by allowing you to customize them according to your needs and preferences. I hope this blog post has inspired you to try meal planning with printables and enjoy the benefits of this system.


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