10 Products That Make Meal Planning Easy (Plus a Free Printable!)
The thought of meal planning for the week ahead can be stressful, but these handy tools will make it so much easier.
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It’s no secret that meal planning is key to keeping on budget and staying healthy. Here’s what you need to organize your menu, make and store ingredients and set yourself up for success all week long! Become a pro with our guide to meal planning.
This handy weekly meal planner dry erase board ($20) is the ideal tool for helping you stay on track! Answer the age-old question—”What’s for dinner?”—once and for all by filling this out in the beginning of the week and placing it front and center on the refrigerator.
An organized fridge is essential for accurate meal planning. These stackable refrigerator organizers ($29 for a 6-piece set) help maximize fridge space and make it easy to see exactly what you have on hand. They’re easy to clean, BPA-free and will assure you know exactly where everything is.
To keep an accurate inventory of your pantry staples, consider using this set of clear canisters ($37). Clear canisters make it easy to exactly how much you have on hand, so you can make grocery shopping easy. We love this set because it comes with chalkboard labels to help keep every grain in its place!
Create a grab-and-go grocery list with our handy (and free!) meal planning printables. Print out 52 of them, pop them in a binder, and you’ll have a year’s worth of organized meals at your fingertips. Then cut out the grocery list when you’re headed to the supermarket. Here’s how to save on your grocery bill.
These dissolvable food labels ($13) will ensure you know exactly what’s in the fridge and when it got there. The labels will come off in your warm dishwater after 30 seconds, so they are perfect for reusable containers. If you’re concerned about food safety or want to keep your fridge a little more organized, these are a must!
When you’re planning meals, it only makes sense to plan your snacks, too. These color-coded containers ($11) come with a simple portion control guide so you can be sure you’re not overdoing it on your favorite snacks throughout the day. Keep containers packed with snack mix, fresh fruit and vegetables and other bites handy.