R is for… Recipes and Menu Planning


The theory is that we rotate through a set number of favourite menus. I originally designed these inserts to 1) work out which were my favourite dishes and 2) to save me from digging through my recipe books every time I want to plan my weekly shop or cook in the evening.

The set available to download includes a weekly overview (so you can write down what you are going to cook and ensure that you cover all your food groups for a balanced diet), recipe pages for the week (see below for example) and a shopping list. I have removed the shopping review from this insert as it made it difficult to print due to the odd number of pages (you need one set of inserts a week) and this will be included in tomorrow’s post.

insert - r

How do you record your recipes and do a menu plan? Do you combine your system or keep them separate?

Download: Recipes and Menu Plan


  1. Evalina April 21, 2013 at 12:56 am

    A long time ago I was planning menus, now everything is on the fly…

  2. moondustwriter April 21, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Done all sorts of meal plans even cooked all the meals ahead of time for a month. Now I buy food for a week/ freeze the meat/ cook based on weather and the general consensus

  3. Madeline Stringer April 21, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I used to do this sort of thing when my kids were young. Now they’re gone, and we just wing it – after all, we can just have toast, or potato salad straight from the shop tub, nobody is checking!

    • printedportal April 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      when it is just me there is nothing I love more than some cheese on toast and a salad pot (and maybe some olives if i am peckish)

  4. aliandra bernshaw April 24, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Due to our personal choice to live in a remote location, we shop infrequently. I menu plan weekly on scratch paper and transfer the plan to a whiteboard on the fridge, but I plan using freezer & pantry inventory pages and a list of favorite meals all kept in the filofax. Shopping list is here too and I love how easy it is to plan our bimonthly shop using these pages. Takes work to set it up but once done works a charm.

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