I decided to try out shopping for and creating a meal plan for a month’s worth of meals and asked on A Little Bit of All of It’s Facebook page if there was any interest in my posting in on the blog. As there was, here it is. 🙂
I have created 4 different worksheets in Excel in Google Docs so I could share them with you. The first one is the actual calendar with all of the meals on them. I don’t have sides, just the actual main dish so you would have to add those in. Also, whenever I create a meal plan, whether it be for a week or a month, just because I have an item listed on a certain day, doesn’t actually mean we have to eat it that day. I will be looking at each week as a whole (Monday – Sunday) and choosing a meal from those seven for each day. It is just easier for us that way.
The next sheet labeled “Ingredients” (look at the bottom of the spreadsheet and you will see the tabs for each individual worksheet to click on) is a list of ingredients for each individual recipe. I have highlighted my pantry items so those are not included in the grocery list. Make sure to look through and check those items and add them if you don’t already have them.
The sheet labeled “List with Pricing” has the prices for everything when I bought it. Of course, your total cost may vary but this should give you some idea anyway.
The last sheet labeled “Grocery List” is umm, the grocery list. 🙂 I have it broken down by where I purchased the items and then by week for those perishable produce items I will need to by the week I am actually using them. Produce that could be frozen once chopped up I have on the month long list.
You can find the recipes for any item on the calendar that are not highlighted on my Recipes page here on the blog. The others are from the following cookbooks (as indicated on the spreadsheet with page #’s):
From Our Homes to Yours – This is a personal family cookbook I made for my brother and sister-in-law as a wedding gift. There is only one recipe from this cookbook, but I will gladly email anyone the recipe that would like it. Just ask in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lastly, I have also compiled all of the grocery lists into Zip List and saved it as a checklist. It is easy to go to the checklist and click the option to add the week you need to your list and then just take off the items you do not need.
Click on the image below to read all of the recipes. The items in bold can be frozen. There are 3 days with no meals planned: the 11th, 17th and 25th.
Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments or email me!