I mentioned... oh, 2 1/2 months ago that I had developed a cute but functional meal planning setup, and then I completely failed to post any pictures of it.
So I'm remedying that right now! Here's what our meal planning system looks like.
I don't know how well you can see it, but there are seven clothespins with labels for each day of the week. I made up index cards for "Leftovers" and several basic meals that don't need recipes (Spaghetti, Tacos, Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup). Along with these, I clip up recipes from my recipe binder or new recipes from the Internet.
The clothespins are clipped to a clothesline strung between two hooks drilled into the wall. Mike hung it up above the stove, which is not ideal because I keep being afraid something's going to fall behind the stove, but it was the best spot either of us could find in our little apartment. It actually works pretty well because Mike can consult it while he's cooking. And so far we haven't lost anything :)
This picture was taken a month or two ago, so there's a lot more printed recipes than an average week has now. Every Sunday I evaluate any new recipes to see if they should become part of our rotation, and if so, I copy them onto a recipe card. This week's meals were all on cards already. The recipe binder makes it a lot easier on me because I just need to flip through my recipe binder to plan the week's meals.
So there you go! Maybe not exactly Pinterest-worthy, but if you're looking for a system that works well and looks relatively nice, it's worked for us.
Do you meal plan? How do you organize your recipes and display the week's meal selections?
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