Simplified Menu Planning: Day 14 – Organize Your Remaining Recipes

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31 Days to Simplify Your Menu Planning

How to Have Less Stress in the Kitchen

It’s easy to collect excess stuff and food in the kitchen and pantry, and it’s easy to lose focus and forget how to set up an efficient kitchen or a useful, healthy menu plan. So, during 31 Days to Simplified Menu Planning, we’ll take the necessary steps to simplify and streamline our food-related efforts.

At this point, our master pantry list is finalized and our recipes are purged, so all we have left is to organize the remaining recipes before moving on to the grocery shopping aspect of menu planning.

Organize Your Remaining Recipes

You don’t want to spend as much time finding a recipe, a process, or inspiration as you do cooking dinner. We want to get dinner on the table with as little thought, time, and energy as possible.

That means the recipes or notes for your go-to plan have to be accessible.

There are many ways to do this, of course, but the way not to do it is to have your frequently-used recipes and meal ideas scattered in cookbooks, recipe cards, pinterest boards, and bookmarks. You want a one-stop location that holds all the lists, information, or recipes you refer to often. Whether that location is digital or paper depends entirely on your preference.

Paper Organization Options

  • binder
  • home-printed spiral-bound cookbook
  • recipe-card box
  • recipe-card binder

Paperless Digital Organization Options

  • Evernote (you can scan or photograph handwritten notes, even, and they are searchable)
  • Blog
  • Word document or pdf
  • File folder with various files (saved webpages, scanned recipes, photos, documents, etc.)

Choose a way that works best for your personality and resources, set it up, and you will be ready to roll!

Tomorrow we will begin discussing grocery shopping.


Mystie Winckler began menu planning at 11 years old when her mom delegated one dinner a week to her. Marrying at 19, she’s had a lot of practice over the years. But between growing and homeschooling her family, meal planning often requires brain power that just isn’t there any more. Simplified Dinners is her solution to take the effort and thought out of healthy, frugal cooking. And now it is available for you, too! During the month of October only, while this series is running, use discount code 31days and receive $4 off!

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