Got 10 Minutes? Here’s The Fastest Way to Start Weekly Menu Planning!

Are you still not menu planning because you think it’s just too hard to get started? Well if you’ve got 10 minutes, you absolutely can get started weekly menu planning today! I’ve broken it down into a few quick and easy steps for you, and I promise it won’t take long for you to get organized!

Are you still not menu planning because you think it's just too hard to get started? Well if you've got 10 minutes, you absolutely can get started weekly menu planning today!

Step 1: Brainstorm a list of everything your family likes to eat for dinner

brainstorming a list of meals for a menu plan

Gather the kids, sit around the kitchen table, and have them start spouting off all of the things that they like to eat for dinner (feel free to bribe them with cups of hot cocoa to gain their participation!). Type the list of menu items as they speak on your laptop or tablet. Don’t worry about typos and organizing things into categories, just get it all down. (Time: 5 minutes)

Step 2: Format and Print Your List

Take the brainstormed list, spell check it, and perhaps cut and paste items to get meals organized by chicken/beef/pasta/fast-and-easy, etc. You’ll want to be able to get it to fit onto one printed page, so you can change your font size if needed, and you can also break up your list into multiple columns.

typing up a menu plan

How? If you use Microsoft Word or Google Docs all you need to do is go to the top, select Format then Columns and in the dialog box, decide on the size of your columns (I usually reduce the spacing of the columns so they are closer together). It’ll immediately break up that list for you. Then print your one-page menu list. (Time: 3 minutes)

the easiest way to menu plan

Step 3: Cover The Page- Start Weekly Menu Planning!

Place your printed menu list into a sheet protector This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. and using a dry erase marker This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. , circle the items that you plan to make for dinner that week. Put a little label next to each circled item to indicate the day of the week you plan to serve that item.

The beauty of this system is that next week you just wipe off your marks and circle new items for that week’s menu! (Time: 1 minute)

the fastest way to start menu planning

Step 4: Display It

Use a Command Clip This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you.  to hang your weekly menu plan on the wall somewhere in the kitchen. You want the kids to be able to see it so when they ask you, “Mom, What’s for dinner?” you can remind them to look at your menu board! (Time: 1 minute)

wipe off board for menu planning

If you are going for maximum “pretty”- place your printed menu into an 8 x 10 picture frame This is an affiliate link: MomOf6 earns a commission if you purchase, at no additional cost to you. . It looks lovely on the kitchen counter you can still use the same method of making notes with a dry erase marker of what you plan to serve each night of the week.

See? 10 minutes is all it takes for you to get started weekly menu planning! And as long as you save your original brainstormed list, it’s super easy for you to add new items when you try out new recipes that your family enjoys, or remove things that you’re sick and tired of making!

The most important thing is to spend two minutes once a week (ideally before you head to the grocery store) to plan what you’re going to make for dinner that week. It definitely makes the “witching hour” between 5 and 6 PM SOOOO much easier!

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