Meal Planning Tools

Meal Planning Made Simple

Meal planning can be overwhelming, but it does not have to be. Supper Sanity is a meal planning system to help busy families plan, shop, and stay on budget.

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1. Meal Index

Make a meal index or cheat sheet of your favorite meals to make planning a breeze.
The example has 20+ delicious meals with a variety of proteins, cooking methods, and cuisines. Use this sheet or create your own. A cheat sheet provides the heavy lifting and keeps decision-making easy. Now that you have developed a meal index or cheat sheet, you can move on to step 2.
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Supper Sanity Meal Index
Why Create A Meal Plan?
If you currently conduct dinner plans in your head or during your grocery shopping trip, a little preparation with Supper Sanity’s recipe for easy meal planning and worksheets will help save your time, money, and calories.  These worksheets provide all the tools you need for easy meal planning – plan, shop, and cook healthy, tasty meals and stay on budget.
Benefits Of Meal Planning
  • Less shopping trips
  • Save money
  • Buy only what is needed
  • Save time
  • Healthy meals
  • Dinner menu variety
Meal Planning Improves Sanity
Supper Sanity’s recipe for easy meal planning offers three worksheets to help you prepare healthy, home cooked meals.
1. Create a meal index of your favorite meals
2. Plan meals for the week
3. Fill out the grocery list to efficiently buy ingredients Let’s review each step of the process to improve your meal planning sanity.
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2. Weekly Meal Planner

Fill out each section on the weekly meal planner:
  1. First, take inventory of what you have in the freezer, fridge, and pantry. The weekly meal planner sheet lists items that are great to keep on hand. Check off any missing items that you would like to get at the store this week. If you take this sheet with you to the store, you won’t mistakenly buy items you already have.
  2. Second, jot down items you want for breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. I generally keep this very simple by having a couple of choices or sometimes the same thing every day. Similarly, I like to use dinner leftovers for lunch the next day. By making extras for dinner, I know I can have a tasty and healthy lunch. One less meal to worry about.
  3. Thirdly, plan your dinners for the week!
Avoid These Common Mistakes
  • Excessive trips to the store
  • Expensive takeout
  • Unused perishables wasted at the end of the week
  • High calorie processed foods
  • Nutrient-poor convenience foods
  • Boring, repetitive meals
Reminders
  • Examine the family calendar for days when no dinner is needed
  • Check your grocery store for sale items
  • Review home inventory for ingredients that need to be used
  • Consider your cheat sheet (Meal Index), Pinterest, cookbooks, and favorite food blogger for inspiration
  • If you decide to make a new recipe, write down the source on the Weekly Meal Planner
  • Keep the Weekly Meal Planner on the fridge for reference throughout the week
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3. Grocery List

The Supper Sanity Shopping List is pre-printed with grocery items by store section to make shopping easier.
  1. Add the items you checked off from the Weekly Meal Planner to the Grocery List.
  2. Consider each recipe and mark down the items you need to purchase on the Grocery List.
  3. Check home inventory for household goods – toilet paper, disinfectant, etc. and walk through the house to check for other items needed.
  4. Go to the grocery store or complete your online order for pick up or delivery.