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Menu Planner

Menu Planning Forms for a Cookbook Binder

There are two planners on this page - The Blue Planner and the Black and White Planner

This type of menu planner could take a lifetime to complete. It is an index of your favorite recipes and meals. The planner has three main parts - categories, menus, and recipes.

The Three Parts

Categories - also called Indexes- The category pages are an index of where recipes are located. Read about Menu Planning with Categories
Menus - This is where menus are kept. Optionally, any of the menus can be numbered in order to reference a particular shopping list for the menu's ingredients.
Recipes - A place to write your recipes

Blue Menu Planner

Blue Menu Planner File Formats
doc fileDocx (Word 2007 and newer), doc fileDoc (Word 97 - 2003), pdf filePDF

Doc, Docx Files

doc fileDocx - menu-planner.docx or doc fileDoc - menu-planner.doc - Includes all of the Blue Menu Planner files except for the 5-week plan (below).
docx

5-Week Plan Menu - doc fileDocx or doc fileDoc- The docx includes a shopping list that should be edited to go with the menu.

PDF Files

Black and White Menu Planner

Blue Menu Planner File Formats
doc fileDoc (Word 97 - 2003), pdf filePDF

keypdf fileCookbook Key: Cookbook Key - pdf

Fill in with your cookbook titles. The "Categories" forms below have reference to the cookbook key. The key ties the connection between your lists of favorites to where your favorites can be found.

keyA Blank Weekly Menu Form that has a reference to a particular shopping list. pdf filePDF | DOC

Categories

index

Indexes
Cookbook and page numbers of recipes

The forms below can be used to make a directory of your favorite recipes from your assorted cookbooks. List the recipe name, the cookbook key and the page number.

Appetizer - PDF | DOC
Beef - PDF | DOC
Beverage - PDF | DOC
Casserole - PDF | DOC
Chicken - PDF | DOC
Dessert - PDF | DOC
Egg - PDF | DOC
Italian Entree - PDF | DOC
Legumes - PDF | DOC
Vegetable Entree - PDF | DOC
Mexican Entree - PDF | DOC

Pasta - PDF | DOC
Pork - PDF | DOC
Quick Bread - PDF | DOC
Salad - PDF | DOC
Sandwiches - PDF | DOC
Seafood - PDF | DOC
Side Dishes - PDF | DOC
Side Vegetables - PDF | DOC
Soup - PDF | DOC
Yeast Bread - PDF | DOC

Favorite Menus

If a menu turns out to be good, add it to your list of menus with these forms. In time and with consistent use, you should have menus to fall back on when you are too busy to think about it.

menus

Breakfast - PDF | DOC
Brunch - PDF | DOC
Lunch - PDF | DOC
Dinner - PDF | DOC
Supper - PDF | DOC
Tex-Mex - PDF | DOC
Family Night - PDF | DOC

More Menus

Recipe Forms

With these forms, you can add recipes to your cookbook binder.
The difference in these forms are the headings.

recipes

With Headings ---
Family Recipes PDF | DOC
Recipes PDF | DOC
Favorite Recipes PDF | DOC
Collected Favorite Recipes PDF | DOC
Recipes from the Kitchen of:____ PDF | DOC

Shopping Lists and Grocery Lists

Shopping List - PDF | DOC
Cut into 3 strips, hole punch the tops and hang on a key ring. When ever I open a package, can, or anything consumable, I write the item on the list. The rest of the family adds to this list when they need something.

Groceries
PDF | DOC
A list that is mostly filled

From the Blue Set (relinking this file)
docx

5-Week Plan Menu - doc fileDocx or doc fileDoc- The docx includes a shopping list that should be edited to go with the menu.

Blank Grocery Lists

PDF | DOC
Fill in the blank, has the categories: dairy, meat/fish/poultry, fruit, vegetables, bread, dry goods, canned goods, frozen foods, baking goods, condiments, beverages, paper products, laundry, kitchen, bathroom, miscellaneous

PDF | DOC
Fill in the blank, has the categories: dairy, grains/ legumes, fruit, vegetables, bread, dry goods, canned goods, frozen foods, baking goods, condiments, beverages, paper products, laundry, kitchen, bathroom, miscellaneous

PDF | DOC
Fill in the blank, has very basic categories, refrigerated goods, dry goods, canned goods, frozen foods, baking goods, beverages, paper products, laundry, kitchen, bathroom, miscellaneous

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