My free meal plan template + a few more goodies to help you take charge of your kitchen!
Omgeeeee I am SO excited about today’s post! I don’t know if any of you have noticed this, but I tend to overthink things ? It’s not one of my best qualities, which is why I’m pretty proud that I got the idea for Weekly Meal Plans and ran with it… and then last week, I had the idea to create a Meal Plan Template and a few other goodies for you guys, and HERE THEY ARE! WOO!
Basically, here’s the deal. I’ve been getting some feedback about how you want the Weekly Meal Plans to keep coming because it gives you ideas… but it’s also hard to stick to the exact recipes all week. I mean, duh! We all have different cravings and preferences and pantries. It makes so much sense! So after doing a little brainstorming, I realized you could probably use a Meal Plan Template that allows you to mix and match the recipes that work for your household!
Why fill out a Meal Plan Template?
I know it might seem overly simple, but as I mentioned on my stories earlier this week, planning ahead can help you create a more effective Grocery List and find more focus in your kitchen. You can print out this template or just fill it out right on your computer – and it can be as detailed or simplified as you’d like! I usually fill in a few dinner recipes that create leftovers, along with a few basic ideas like “salmon and a salad”. The main point is to ensure that you don’t get back from the grocery store or unpack your delivery and think “Wait, what am I making with this stuff?!” Click here to download my FREE Meal Plan Template!
But wait, there’s more!
Okay, you’ve filled out your Meal Plan Template… now what? Well, you can also purchase a Grocery List Template and Meal Builder (plus examples!) for just $2.99 right now!
grocery list template
Once I have a general meal plan in place, I like to fill out a categorized Grocery List to help me easily shop for everything I need. Grocery shopping by category makes any trip to the store WAY less overwhelming, plus you’ll be able to easily double check your own kitchen to make sure you aren’t buying things you already have.
If you have no idea what people mean when they say “I whipped this up based on what I had on hand!“, this meal builder is for you! The goal is to help you take a look at what’s in your kitchen, and mix and match ingredients together to make a meal that will be satisfying! Don’t worry, it’s VERY simple – and I’ve also included a page of examples to get the ideas flowing!
Also, in case you missed it in my Weekly Meal Plan posts, I also created a Grocery Inventory Spreadsheet for you! I got this idea from a reader and I think it’s SO smart for all of us, especially during quarantine when we’re trying to limit our trips to the grocery store. When you click this link, you won’t be able to edit the spreadsheet right away. Instead, go to “File” and then “Make a Copy”. Once you do that, the file will be yours to edit for your own kitchen!
I hope these resources are helpful for you! Don’t forget to tag me if you share any of them on social media, too!!!