Menu planning is a pain.
I am all about the tips and tricks to minimize the time and brain-power we pour into menu planning. It’s something we need to do, something we need to become consistent with, but it doesn’t have to drain us or take an entire Saturday morning.
We can streamline things and make it simpler. One tool I use to streamline a lot in my life is Evernote.
I heart Evernote.
Here’s how it helps my menu planning routine.
Evernote holds my recipes.
So, in my own Evernote account, I have a Simplified Dinner stack. It contains a (searchable) copy of Simplified Dinners, but also a section for saved recipes – mostly recipes I have clipped from the internet and sent straight to the program, where it’s available on all my computers and devices.
I also have holiday notebooks with seasonal recipes. Again, most of these recipes are off the internet, and with a click of a button, an ad-free, side-bar free version is safely stowed in my account for next year.
Evernote holds my master grocery list.
My grocery list has changed very little in the last 8 years. That means shopping is nearly automatic now. But I still sometimes run low, stare at my bare cupboard, and think, “What do I buy again?”
I already answered that question and all I have to do is open up my master pantry list on my phone and head to the store.
When I don’t need a full restock, my workflow goes like this:
- Add a task in my task management app “Go to x store.”
- Cut and paste my master list into the note on that task, then tap & delete each item I already have on hand. OR I only cut and paste over the items we’re missing.
- Pull up the task on my phone and away we go.
Working from a master list rather than a menu plan with random recipes that has to tied to the list makes it faster and simpler to keep the cupboards stocked.
Evernote could hold your menu plan.
Now, I do not keep my menu plan week by week in Evernote, but you definitely could. In fact, if you did, you could easily have rotating menus and reuse previous plans.
You’d simply start a new note for the week and list out your planned meals. On the morning of each day, pick the meal off the list that you’ll make.
The list won’t get lost, won’t get coffee spilled on it, and won’t be scribbled on by the toddler (at least, we hope not).
I put my menu plan in Google Calendar, but Evernote is another great option.
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I’ve been using this information powerhouse for over 6 years and I’ve learned all the tips and tricks to make it a powerful tool in my home management arsenal. I use it for menu planning, holiday planning, homeschool lesson planning, homeschool record-keeping, receipt recording, and as a general information receptacle.
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