Hey guys! I know a lot of you have been enjoying my weekly meal plans (which I plan on resuming this week after taking a short break while I’ve been busy with my studies). So I decided to give you all a gift today – I designed this meal plan printable for you all to write your weekly meals onto :)
I find having a visual meal planner on the fridge is extremely helpful. I can quickly glance at it and instantly know what I’m making for dinner this week, and I’ll know if I need to do any preparation that morning (like soaking chickpeas).
Here’s how to set up your own meal planner:
- Download and print off the free meal planner here (choose from the full colour version or the black & white version).
- Laminate so you can reuse your meal planner week after week! (see below for tips if you don’t have a laminator).
- Each week, use a whiteboard marker to write out your meals. (Tip: I just use this planner for dinners, but sometimes I write breakfast or lunch ideas in the white areas).
- Refer to your meal planner each day to quickly know what you have planned to make!
Laminating the planner is my preferred method to make this planner reusable. Tips if you don’t have a laminator:
- place the planner in a plastic sleeve.
- cover the planner in clear contact paper.
- place the planner in an A4 photo frame and write on the glass.
However, I think the trickiest part to meal planning is finding meals to make every week! Your meals don’t need to be elaborate (my meal planner often sees things like steamed veg, toasted sandwiches and baked beans). Here are some tips for finding meals to fill your planner each week:
- Make a list of meals that you and your family love. My list contains things like various soups, pizza, fried rice, curries and pasta dishes. This list will be a handy reference for family favourite meals.
- Use Pinterest! While many meals on Pinterest are too time-consuming for me to make every night, Pinterest is an excellent resource for finding new and exciting meals. Check out my “vegan meals” board on Pinterest for some ideas.
- Search blog recipe indexes. Go to your favourite food blog and check out their recipe index page – unless they are a purely dessert blog, you will most likely discover some delicious meal ideas!
- And be sure to look out for my meal planning posts for some great ideas ;)
Also, don’t be too strict on yourself. Don’t feel like you need to plan a meal for every night of the week! It’s fun to leave a few nights where you can be creative, get takeout, dine out, or just be lazy and grab a can of baked beans ;)
Download your printable meal planner here:
Do you meal plan?
- How do you organise your meals each week? A list on the fridge, on your phone, or just memorized?
- How do you choose meals each week?