Recipe & Meal Planning With C&P
Set up your recipes and meal plan for the week with our Recipe & Meal Planning inserts. Read more for tips and tricks on using your inserts and implementing meal planning in your planning routine!
Record your favorite recipes, collect secret family recipes, and experiment with new ones with our Recipe Planner Inserts. List key notes such as servings, cooking temperature, and nutrition facts. Each page includes an unlined ingredients space, along with ample space for preparation details. Want to truly make your recipe planning yours? For unique, personal or family recipes, include details behind the recipe, such as where it originated from, what it means to you or what you enjoy about the dish. I find it helpful to include photos or detailed descriptions of what the dish looks like, along with its texture and flavor profile. This helps not only myself while cooking but other readers to pinpoint exactly how the dish should come out and how to properly garnish it.
The Meal Planning inserts are an absolute staple in any home planning routine! The lined Grocery List is incredibly helpful, and serves as a list of all key items in my capsule pantry. I find it useful to first date the week and determine what type of cuisine or diet I’d like to partake in that week, whether it be pantry staples, batch-cooking, plant-based, etc, and include this on the “week” line. This helps set a nutritional or budgeted intention for the week. Using the Recipe Planner Inserts, select recipes that will fit this intention. Don’t forget to take into consideration your budget, scheduling, and preferences! For example, if you’re cooking for multiple people but expect to be busy for most evenings that week, then you should likely plan to batch-cook dinner towards the beginning of that week.
While planning meals for the week, consider alternatives for each meal, utilizing leftovers, and account for ordering take-out! When nearing the end of the week, compare your actual budget to your projected budget, along with any details from that week. Did you find that you stuck to your meal plan best towards the beginning of the week? Next time you meal plan, keep a looser schedule for the end of the week, or map attainable goals, such as ordering take-out once for the weekend.
House your recipe and meal planning inserts in our Textured Plastic Binder to create your own cooking binder! The textured cover protects your inserts while you cook, and you can easily make recipe changes on-the-go. Match with an Erasable Gel Pen, perfect for tweaking recipes and tentative meal planning.
Budgeting is a key part of meal planning, as ingredients need to be purchased for each meal. Use the Purchase Tracker Inserts | 2nd Edition in tandem with our Meal Planning Inserts to keep your meal planning expenses in order. As you plan, refer back to the previous week/month’s expected and actual budget, and use that information to better plan upcoming meal expenses.
Whether you track water intake, calorie intake, or other nutritional habits, the Activity Tracker Half Page Inserts are an essential go-to. The half pages allow you to use them seamlessly with our Meal Planning Inserts. With your wellness goals readily available, take them into account while creating your meal plans each week.
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Create your ideal meal planning routine with our recipe and meal planning tips. Interested in additional tips on adding meal planning to your planning routine? Schedule a Planner Consultation with one of our experts today!