Weekly Menu Planning

Aug 28, 2011 | Around the House

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Back to school means back to a routine… and eating at home.

I dread grocery shopping each week.  Pulling out the cookbooks, planning the meals, making the list… it was such a chore.  So, I created this weekly menu board system with a magnetic board from IKEA and some vinyl.

I wrote all of our recipes on index cards.  One side has the name.  The other side lists all of the ingredients needed at the grocery store for that meal.  Each week, I pick out meals and sides from the index cards.  Then, I flip them over and add the ingredients to my list.

Then, we display our meals on the pantry door.


  1. I think this is kinda genious. I’ve never thought of doing things this way before. And if you come up with a new recipe, its not hard to make a new card. LOVE! Thanks for linking at Once Upon a Weekend!

  2. Wow – this is such a great idea. I write mine out on a white board each week, but this looks so much nicer. I wish we had an IKEA!

  3. This is genius! Love it, and will be copying it. Putting the recipe on the card will help me out SO much! Thanks for sharing this awesome idea with us and our readers! We love it when you come and party with us, see you again soon 😉

  4. That is so awesome! I need to do this when I can narrow down my recipes. I have so many to try right now. I’d kill so many trees doing those cards. LOL. I love your red board!!

  5. What a great idea. I am so going to copy this. If you get a chance I would love you to link your menu up to More the Merrier Monday. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

  6. I love it. I especially like listing all of the different meals and then putting the ingredients on the back. That’s awesome.

  7. Umm, GENIUS! I love love love this idea and am stealing it for our own kitchen! That board is awesome, by the way. Time to go looking for my own nifty menu board. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing with So Sweet Sundays!

  8. Great idea, might have to head back to ikea this week! Thanks for linking up!

  9. Amazing idea! I’ve been trying to meal plan for my family but keep hitting a wall. This is brilliant!

  10. I love this idea! Could you give me the measurements? I have a magnetic board from ikea but I can’t tell if it is the same size or not. Thanks!

    • The magnet board I used from IKEA is 7″ wide x 30.5″ tall. I cut the index card in half and they fit perfectly in the space. Good luck!

  11. Love this menu board! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!

  12. I need one of these in my kitchen! Thanks for linking with us at Show & Share!


  13. What did you use to mount the magnet board to your door? Wish I could buy this with the vinyl on it and magnets ready to go!

    • I believe it came with some sort of adhesive strips. It’s been a while so i don’t remember! I am pretty sure I didn’t drill anything into the door though. I do offer the vinyl decals. You would just need to purchase the magnet board at Ikea. Applying the decal is super easy! Contact me if you are interested in the decal and I’ll send you a link to buy it.


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