I generally like to keep a menu planner for our household. It has been invaluable in helping to channel my enthusiasm for trying out recipes in my new thermomix. I was using my DIY Fridge File to write down our meals for the week and all was going well….until……organisational envy hit.
OH. MY. GOODNESS!
Setting something like that up takes some serious time and organisation. I don’t really have the time to invest in creating one of these, especially if I don’t end up using and loving it.
After a bit of internet surfing and a trip to Ikea I decided on a partial implementation of this system. I wanted to stick my toe into the water, so to speak, to see if this would be for me.
Ikea now have these magnetic whiteboards. They costs just a few dollars and it is divided into 7 sections.
I printed the days of the week onto a blank magnetic sheet I found at a dollar store. I also printed some little magnets with codes for our side dishes such as potato, rice, pasta etc.
I cut up a few sheets of cardboard into strips to allow me to write down meals and its corresponding recipe book/pinterest reference. You can read about my recipe organisation here.
As time goes on I am building up my stock of recipe cards and getting a feel for whether this type of menu planning suits me. If it does suit me, I can spend the time to make this a grander operation. For the moment though, it has only cost a few dollar and a few minutes to implement the ‘no frills’ version of the system.