The other morning I posted my menu board on Instagram and after posting it I thought it would be a great printable to make. I went ahead and made two options so you can pick the one that goes best with your kitchen. Print it out on 8.5×11 paper or photo paper and then slip into an 8×10 frame. That’s it! (If you have a large format printer you can also print in onto larger paper for a larger frame.) Grab a dry erase pen and you’re good to go. I have mine set up next to my refrigerator but you could also hang it up in your kitchen or dining area.
I use my menu board as a easy way for my husband and myself to see our meals at a glance. When it comes to meal planning, I like to sit down on Saturday or Sunday and pick out the menu. I start by looking through my refrigerator, freezer, and pantry to get a feel for what I have on hand as well as if any produce is on its last legs. (Tip: This is a good time to toss anything that has gone bad.) I then sit down at my computer and check my Pinterest boards for some old favorites or a new recipe to try. I also like to flip through my recipe book. I then make a shopping list and grab everything I need for the week. After that I’m ready to go. In the mornings before work I glance at the list and pull out any meat that needs to defrost and check for any prep work I can get done early. (Peel potatoes, ect.) Then when I get home I know exactly what I need to do and don’t have to make that frantic last minute run to the store.
As with everything, this menu is flexible. If we want to change the days around that is fine. When you make your menu for the week keep your evening activities in mind. If you know that you have church or soccer practice on Tuesdays then make Tuesday an easy dinner. Also, its ok to put a dinner out on the menu. There is no sense in purchasing the items for a meal and then never getting around to making it. Lastly, don’t be too hard on yourself. We all have nights when it just doesn’t happen. Hot dogs are ok once in awhile.
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Are you using this printable? Comment below or tag me in a photo of it on instagram! @_amberdowns. I’d love to see it!