Weekly Menu Planner and Grocery List

by Maria on January 27, 2012

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I often use the CooksAid weekly menus to plan my week’s meals. With the premade shopping list all I need to do is check what we have on hand, and add any breakfast, lunch, and snack items that we might need. So easy. But, I’m also often testing new dinner recipes and lately I have been trying to plan more creative lunches and breakfasts. And I have realized that I like to see the big picture, not just what’s for dinner. So I created a weekly menu planning form that lets me do this.

The menu planning form includes rows for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and I even included a row for desserts. For a while we have been alternating ice cream and fruit nights for dessert. Of course there would be disagreements about what was for dessert that night (“no I really think it’s an ice cream night mom”), but now, with it clearly written on the planner, everyone knows. It has also helped me snap out of that same-old dessert routine, and I now try to plan at least one evening a week with something more creative than fruit or ice cream for dessert.

You may find that you don't want to plan your weekend meals, or maybe you don't want to plan breakfast or snacks. But the good thing is you can use this form to fit your needs. You can plan as much or as little as you want. And even if things don't always go according to plan, at least you have a plan. 

I also created a grocery list with a column to list the week's meals and then two additional columns with the different grocery categories and space underneath each to fill in what you need. I tri-fold it and then bring it to the store. 

Download a PDF copy of this meal planning form here. Happy planning and let me know if you have any feedback!

CooksAid Weekly Menu Planner.pdf


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