I promised you guys a couple weeks ago that I would share how I set up my Recipe/Meal Planning Binder. I’ve seen a lot of other bloggers share their recipe binders on their blogs, so I thought it was time that I share mine as well. Creating a recipe binder is very simple. It doesn’t take many tools, some of which you might already have in your home. It does take some time, I won’t lie. But once it is all set up it’s like a sigh of relief, at least for me it was. I feel very organized with my little handy dandy recipe/meal planning binder.
- I created my recipe/meal planning binder with a few simple items:
- 2″ ring binder (any color doesn’t matter, although I really wanted a pink one but couldn’t find one anywhere)
- clear protector sleeves to protect your recipes
- File folders (decorative if you would like)
- 3-hole puncher
- label maker or pen
- scrapbook paper if you want to get fancy decorating the outside
- free time & a printer to print off your favorite recipes off of online
After assembling my recipe binder, I immediately started printing out the tons of recipes I have saved in a folder on my computer. Since reading food blogs is one of my favorite things to do, you might have guessed I’ve had a lot of recipes saved up in my “oh my goodness I gotta try that” folder.
Once a handful of my favorite recipes were printed out I started to categorize my binder. Categorizing a recipe binder is all up to the preference of the user. I like to have a section for monthly menus, weekly meals, and individual categories based on themes. Each night we have a different theme like beef, chicken, or even a no meat night. I can file away recipes into these specific categories so when it comes time to choose recipes for our monthly menu or just to pick something quick for a specific night, its easily accessible. To separate each section I took some folders I found at Walmart that just so happened to have a damask pattern on them, punched holes in them with a 3-hole punch, and labeled them.
Another thing that keeps me organized and on track is my meal prep area. The backsplash behind my stove is made of metal. So I took an old clipboard I wasn’t really using and added magnets to the back. I can now hang the clipboard on the backsplash. Each day I pull that days recipes and hang them by the clipboard. This makes it easy for me to read the recipes while I’m cooking plus the sheet protector keeps them looking nice (because I am a messy cook).
I did the same thing with an old writing pad I had to make a running grocery list of items we might run out of during the week. This makes it easier for me to make my grocery week and also helps me not forget what I need to buy from the store to stock back up again.
One last thing that helps keep me organized in my meal prep area are magnetic strips with each days theme (ex. monday-beef). This helps me keep on track what meats, etc. I might need to pull from the freezer to the fridge to thaw for dinner the next day.