One of the best ways to get yourself into the habit of planning out your menus each week, is to hang a menu board in your kitchen. If you’ve listed your planned dinners on it- you can glance at it each morning and know what you need to prep or take out of the freezer in order to get dinner on the table. When you are planning your weekly trip to the grocery store- you’ll know just what you need to have on hand. When your kids are wondering what’s for dinner- they’ll know just where to look. And you’ll find that if you forget to list your menu plan… your family will see the empty board and will remind you to get it done! So today, rather than sharing a recipe, as I do on most Mondays, I thought I would share with you 5 great menu board ideas! I hope that you find one that will work for you!
#1. Magnetic Chalkboard with Meal Magnets
Of course, I am partial to this one, since it it my own menu board! What I love about it, is that there are separate magnets for each dinner that my family loves, so planning the week is as simple as moving the magnets around. Down below, meals are organized into categories: beef, chicken, pasta/pizza, easy dinners, etc- so I can easily see every possible option. This helps me to make sure that I am not repeating the same item over and over again.
The negative- this menu board looks too dull compared to the others below! I think I need to spice-it-up a bit and make it more colorful!
I receive comments all of the time with readers asking me where I purchased my board…. but I purchased it a long time ago at Pottery Barn, and this exact board is no longer available. However, Pottery Barn still makes framed magnetic chalkboards which you can check it out here, or for a more unique piece, I highly suggest looking on Etsy, where there are some beautiful boards on sale! If you’d like to see how I created the menu magnets, check out my tutorial over on OrgJunkie!
#2. Wipe Off Menu Board
Little Birdie Secrets shared a tutorial over on Make and Takes on how to create a beautiful yet simple menu planning board using a picture frame, a lovely piece of background paper and a dry erase marker. I love the board because absolutely anyone can create it. And it is super simple to use. And pretty! The one drawback is that this system requires you to actually remember or look up all of the possible menu options to feed your family!
#3. Index Card Menu Board
Here’s a super simple menu board that you can buy from JolieMaeCollections on Etsy for $19.95, or perhaps even create your own version using some wood, paint, and metal binder clips. I love the beautiful simplicity of the board itself, and the fact that you can choose your menu items from a stack of index cards that you’ve already written out. My only suggestion is that you might want to laminate the index cards so they last longer.
#4. Chalkboard Inside of Cabinet Door
I love, love, love this idea- of painting the backs of your cabinet doors with chalkboard paint and using them for menu plans, grocery lists, and even inspirational quotes. Beautifully done by Life With Both Hands Full. The drawbacks- no pre-written listing of menu options to choose from…. and I guess you need to take a picture of your cabinet door before heading to the store so you remember what you wrote there!
#5- Colorful Cookie Sheet Menu Board
I love this inexpensive ($3!) idea for creating a menu planning board out of scrap paper and a cookie sheet (to get the magnetic background). Anyone can do this- and it incorporates everything I think works best- the list of menu options is right there on the board, and it can hang right on your kitchen wall. Love it! From one of my favorite bloggers Beauty and Bedlam!
Menu planning is just one tool that I use to keep my family organized! And if you aren’t menu planning each week…. maybe you should be!
This recipe is part of our Menu Plan Monday series, where I will be linking up Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday post.
Here’s what my family will be dining on this week:
Monday: BBQ Chicken Taquitos
Tuesday: Asian Style Flank Steak
Wednesday: Easy Pasta Night
Thursday: Easy Taco Bar
Friday: Kung Pao Chicken
Saturday: Family Fun Night: the kids have to plan it!
Sunday: Best EVER Homemade Chili
What’s on your meal plan for the week? Please leave a comment below- and share links to your favorite recipes!