Why I Meal Plan
I use to dislike the idea of meal planning. The thought of sitting down and trying to decide what my family and I wanted to eat three days or three weeks out seemed like a giant waste of time, boring and inflexible.
I could not have been more wrong!
Meal planning is the most efficient way to build healthy eating habits and having a plan in place will simplify your grocery shopping, save you and your family time, money and cut food waste in the long run. Planning it all out has actually become an activity I enjoy sitting down and working out, it’s also not as rigid as I expected it to be. It’s easy to rearrange meals because of unexpected time restraints or we are just not in the mood for what was originally planned. When you know what you have on hand it’s a lot easier to come up with an alternative.Check out the adorable meal planner over at Bloomin' Lilies Click To Tweet
Dig In There
The more involved I became in meal planning the more information I found myself collecting. I have had a recipe box for a long time now, but little notes were scattered around and building up. Than I tried to gather it up in a folder and notebook, but it still felt disorganized and I found myself spending to much time searching for that Thanksgiving recipe that everyone loves or what was it that so and so was allergic to.
I Needed a System that Worked for Family Gatherings and the Everyday
So, over the last year I created, tweaked, threw out and recreated several worksheets that make up a meal planner that fulfills my family’s needs. I also wanted something lovely to work with since I would be looking at it on a daily basis. Finally, I have a finished product I find extremely useful, time saving, money saving, and not at all boring.
I want all my readers to have the same convenience, thus I am giving away the worksheets (in a downloadable PDF file) to everyone who signs up for our newsletter.
Cut off the stress of meal planning, shopping, finding your families favorite recipes, budgeting and trying to guess what you have on hand by downloading the Orange Blossoms and Butterflies Meal Planner. Below is a list of everything you will find in the PDF file.
- Meal Binder Multiple Covers
- Divider Page Design 1
- Divider Page Design 2
- Meal Planning Notes*
- Meal Prepping**
- Price Tracker
- Meal Planning**
- Favorite Breakfasts
- Favorite Lunches
- Favorite Dinners
- Favorite Snacks
- Menu Ideas**
- Family Requests
- Recipe Locations**
- Recipe Websites
- Recipe Website Passwords
- Weekly Meal Planner*
- Multi Store Shopping List – Design 1**
- Multi Store Shopping List – Design 2**
- Meal Plan For __________
- Monthly Receipt Tracker**
- Receipt Tracker**
- Favorite Restaurants
- Pantry Inventory*
- Refrigerator Inventory*
- Freezer Inventory*
- Recipe Full Sheet*
- Recipe Note Cards – Design 1*
- Recipe Note Cards – Design 2*
- Monthly Meal Calendar**
- Weekly Breakfast Planner with Shopping List
- Weekly Lunch Planner with Shopping List
- Weekly Dinner Planner with Shopping List
- Weekly Snack Planner with Shopping List
- Weekly Meal Planner with Shopping List
Note to Beginner Meal Planners
If you are a beginner to meal planning please don’t let the above worksheets intimidate you. May I suggest starting out working with a few pages, at a time, and work your way into the others. You may find that a few is enough or that you want to elaborate as you go.
I marked the above worksheets with a ‘*’ or ‘**’.
One *’s will be the easiest to work with and two **’s if you are use to prepping your meals or want something a little more, but not ready yet to be enthusiastically passionate over planning meals.
I encourage beginners and experts alike to print what you will use and discard the rest.
Download Link ⇓
Orange Blossoms and Butterflies The Complete Meal Planning Collection: 46 Unique Worksheets for Every Meal Planning Scenario!
Other Meal Planners We Offer
To date, this is my most elaborate meal planner. However, I have several beautiful minimal planners available. I also like to create special planners for holidays and special events. Please Feel free to check out the ones below or search our site for “Meal Planner.”
- Meal Planner Kitchen Inventory Printables – Vintage Fall Oak Leaves
- Vintage Weekly Planners – Free Printables
Do You Love The ‘Orange Blossoms And Butterflies’ Design?
I loved this design so much I created several printables with it, personal planners, goals planner, reading journal, frameable print, stationary, cards, bookmarks, calendars and more. All of these can be found on our site. just type in the search bar “Orange Blossoms and Butterflies” for a list of all items offered in this print design.
Special Note For Printing
Be sure to set your printer to print only the pages you want. Especially when it comes to the Binder Covers.
Build Your Meal Planner Binder With These Suggested Extras
- 1 1/2 – 3 inch Binder – I use a 3 inch for storage and a small one for everyday use.
- Pencils and Pens
- Colored Pencils or Highlighters
- Sticky Notes of various sizes
- 3 Ringed Zipper Pouch
- Folders with Pockets
- Dividers with Index Tabs
- Recipe Box
- Note Cards – for recipes and notes, or you can just use my pretty ones that come with the planner 🙂
If you have any questions about the planner, the worksheets, or how I use them, I’m happy to help you.
Am I missing something? what would you add to make the planner better? Let us know.
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