A Tour of my Recipe Binder and How I use it

I enjoy sitting down and coming up with a weekly menu for my family. Having a recipe binder makes it so easy to do. My recipe binder is basically a notebook with six sections full of recipes from magazines or printed from from the internet.

My binder is divided into the following sections.

  • Breakfast
  • Main Dish
  • Soups & Sides
  • Appetizers
  • Breads & Desserts
  • Beverages

When it’s time to make my menu I jot down whatever meal ideas had been swirling around my head throughout the week. I usually make a metal note of foods my family requested over the past few days. Those requests are the first ones that I try to work onto my menu.

Once those are added I begin thinking about what’s on my grocery list and begin looking through my binder for foods that match what I’m buying. Food on The Table will provide you with a few FREE weekly meal ideas that match your local ad if planning is not your thing.

As I add recipes to my menu, I’ll also pull out the recipe page to add to my homemaking binder for the remainder  of the week. The recipe pages stay in the front of my homemaking binder until I’m ready to make that recipe. This makes it easy to grab them when I cook meals.

I love the ease of using and organizing my recipe binder. As I look through magazines or find recipes on the web, I print them and place them in a separate recipe folder at my desk. Once or twice a month, I’ll empty the folder, punch hole in the stack of recipes and add them to this recipe binder which I also keep at my desk.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of my ‘Recipe Binder’ and are inspired to make meal planning a regular part of your week.

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