Graphic Monday: Shopping List/ Meal Planning Guide


Back when I wrote my post on our Weekly Cleaning Schedule, my friend Lauren suggested I do one for a shopping list. I thought this was a super awesome idea, and I’ve been thinking about the best way to approach it. For my usual grocery runs I just make a list of whatever we’re out of and head to the store… no special organization needed. When I’m prepping for a freezer meal prep day however, I need to be on top of my game when I go to the store so I don’t forget things or take forever when I have a full day of cooking ahead of me.

The first time I did this I organized everything by food category with the thought that I could get through the store faster instead of jumping around all over the place. However when I found the store didn’t have a particular item, I had no idea which recipe it belonged to or what to sub it with. So the next time I just wrote the Recipe name and all the ingredients. This definitely helped me get exactly what I needed, but I probably looked like a kid with ADHD running back and forth to the same isles 15 times.

And so we have what I think is a pretty nice compromise:

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Here’s an example… the top spaces allow for the recipe name, so you know what you need to find a substitution for if it’s not at the store. The side columns break it down by category, so when you’re in the a certain section of the store you can get everything at once. There’s also the ability to +add what sides you would like to purchase to accompany a given dish as well.


After creating this template it occurred to me that it could also work well as a weekly meal planner. {Notice how I incorporated the above freezer meals into this :)?} You could also do a combo of the two and write down the recipe to go along with each weekday if your the type of person who cooks every day! The possibilities are endless {ok, perhaps not endless, but it sure sounded good…}



Unfortunately for me this comes 2 days after doing my big Freezer meal day… but you can be sure I’ll be pulling this out next month!



Kate is a proud mama to some pretty amazing kiddos and wife to the best husband a girl could ask for! She considers herself blessed to be able to stay home with the kids, and is just starting to get into the world of homeschooling. In her "spare-time" she enjoys sharing many of the projects, stories, gluten-free recipes that are a part of their every day lives!