Back to Basics~ An Organized Recipe Plan Book for Easy Meal Planning
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A well-organized recipe plan book helps you save time, money, and aids in your meal planning.
Hello! We are back today with another post in our Back to the Basics series. Today is all about organization and back to school ideas. The project I'm showing you today is one of the biggest most painful, but rewarding organizational projects I've tackled in a long time! I never really had a workable system for recipes. I had recipes in cookbooks, a card file, ripped out pages from magazines and on Pinterest. By organizing them and containing them into one system, I can only think my future meal planning will be more successful. Our lives are crazy enough once school starts, so to have a recipe plan book that is well-organized, easy to use, and workable is a dream come true!
Here are the systems I was dealing with prior to organizing.
I really wasn't enjoying any of these recipes because I forgot what I had and I couldn't access them when I wanted to.
How to Organize a Recipe Plan Book
Sort and get rid of recipes and cookbooks you no longer use.
Decide on a system that will work best for you! I decided I wanted something that was easy to use and I could see all my recipes quickly. The problem I had with a card file is that I couldn't see what I had. Everything was jumbled in there and I had to pull out cards to look at what I needed for each one. Also, the card box was clunky and broken. Another thought was to use an online organizing system, but frankly, I don't want my electronic devices in my cooking area. Especially when the kids are helping with their messy hands. In addition, every time I would use my iPad for a recipe, I'll turn around and it would power down and then I'd spend more time getting it pulled back up on the screen. Ultimately, I decided for me that I wanted to use a binder with notecards. I chose a mini binder with tabs to divide sections and 4×6 note cards and page protectors.
Choose what kind of recipe cards to use. I chose 4×6 cards and not 3×5 just because of the ease of reading. The only problem with this was I had to rewrite all my recipes onto new cards. This was very painful, especially for my cramped hands.
Use a label maker to label the sections.
Make it pretty! Put a cute cover on it that you will enjoy looking at each time you pull it out.
I've honestly been working on it all month, but I have to say the result was worth the pain. I am happy with how it turned out and I also discovered in the process some recipes that I completely forgot about. I believe it will help save time, money, and help me diversify my menu!
Now that everything is organized and meal planning can begin, I am actually looking forward to creating a menu and doing some cooking!
Have you found a system that works for your family?