Kitchen Related Planner

We all have to eat.

Shopping Lists the cook

Sometimes I make menus and sometimes I don't. Many times what I cook depends on grocery store sales, but that does not mean that I cannot plan a menu after buying groceries. When I shop for groceries, I have a list of things to get. This list is generally composed of items that my family and I have placed on the list. If I have meal plans, those meal related items would be on the list too. When I am on top of the game, I check the sales and add potential buys to the list, but more often I peruse the store or its flyer after arriving there.

black-board menuTypes of Menus (or menu planning)

One type of menu plans that I make are "canned" menus that I force myself to write. A canned menu is a month's worth of meal possibilities. When I write canned menus, I also make a grocery list for the entire menu. Ideas for meal possibilities can come from cookbooks and the meals that you typically cook. See this page for an example and menu planner forms: 13 Meals

Another type of meal plans that I find useful is a running log of successful meals. The running meal log could be organized into categories in a meal planner that makes room for those sort of menu records. See this page on the running records thing: Meal Planning and forms that can be used for that type of menu planning can be found at: Menu Planner.

What about meal types? Formulas - see Menu Frameworks

A common type of meal plan is the 7-day menu plan. Meals are usually slotted by day and can include all 3 meals or less for each day.

Lastly, if it helps being fancy, and sometimes it does, try a menu that resembles a restaurant menu with the entrees grouped by type and the side dishes listed in a separate group.

A trend among homemakers it to write the menu in colored chalk on a blackboard.

printablesBlock-type Menu Planners

The block-type menu planner in which you write your plans in each block.

menu planner
pdfMenus for the Week

Menu planner for one week.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack
lookPrinter Help

lunch menu
pdfMonthly Lunch Menu – Ladle

Saturday and Sunday share a space.
6 columns x 5 rows
docMonthly Lunch Menu – Ladle

Matching Recipe Printable at bottom of

supper menu
pdfMonthly Supper Menu – Ladle

Saturday and Sunday share a space.
6 columns x 5 rows
docMonthly Supper Menu – Ladle

pdfMonthly Lunch Menu – Pasta

Monday – Friday
5 columns x 5 rows

settingsPrinter Help for Menus for the Week

These settings apply to PDF files that are supposed to print in landscape, but are not AND on PDF files that have little to no margins.

printer settings

printablesPlans & List

The 2-page planner pictured next are meant to be printed back to back. I designed the file so that the lists will print back to back so you can cut them off if you need to. The plans and list can be used for meal plans and shopping lists or something else such as a craft or home project and its associated list of supplies.
Font: Garamond; Clip art: Microsoft online, search term: "Flourish"

supper menu
pdfPlans & List with Numbered Rows

This file is just like the one
pictured on the left, except for
the numbered rows.

Print the 2 page "Plans & List" Back to Back. Print page 2 on the other side of page 1.

The Lists will then be back to back and may be cut off.

can't help with thatPlease don't ask me how to reload your printer paper. Thanks!

printablesShopping Lists

The shopping list, the type with narrow columns, is like the one that I use. If I have any, I print mine of the back of scrap paper. I hole punch the top part of the strips and I place them on a key-ring. I hang the lists along with an ink pen in my kitchen. Meanwhile, I asked family members to add items to the list. Eventually they added to the list the things they needed without my prompting.

Food-Stock/Staples Upkeep: I have this simple system of keeping the staples in stock. When I open something, such as a bag of frozen vegetables, I write the item on my shopping list. The next time I go shopping, I purchase the items. With this system, I do not run out of my most used items.

I've been doing this for years and it works well for me. The family members writes what they need/use/open on the list. bad hair dayActually I am understating the value of the method, this method is a genuine time-saver for me.

A Favorite

pdfGrocery List | docMS Word

List and Weekday Memorandum

pdfList & Daily Memorandum

3 Regular Lists

pdfShopping List
| Using this List


pdfRecipe – Ladle

Coordinates with the "Ladle"
menu planners.

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Donna Young, updated November 27, 2012

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