Wednesday, September 5, 2012

How to Organize Weekly Dinners: 101

How to "Organize Your Dinners" 


Step 1: Organize your favorite recipes  A-Z
Step 2: Create a accordion file that will hold recipes for the week Mon.-Sun.
Step 3: Print off "Dinners for the Week" Guide Sheet
Step 4: Read directions on how the weekly dinner system works.

Tah-Dah, You're done! 

What you will need:
  • Index Cards
  • Index Card Holder
  • Colorful Pens 
  • A-Z Guide Sheets 
  • Your favorite recipe book
  • Accordion File 7 1/4"x 4 3/4" 1 inch depth
  • Note Tabs
  • "Dinners for the Week" guide sheet
  • Optional: Electronic Labeling System ( I use a Brother P-Touch)

  You can find these items at Staples. 

The Process:

Use a 3x5 index card box to hold your
 Index Cards and A-Z filing system. 

One of my favorite recipe books.

The next step is to write down all of your recipes on the index cards and file them. You may want a nice cup of hot tea and your favorite pen, this may take a little while. 

Now you will need the Note Tabs. Write the name of the recipes on the top. (or you can use your labeler). 

*Photo of this coming soon! Waiting for labels to come in mail.

This is my accordion file where all my recipes for the week will go. You will want to place yours in a spot in the kitchen where you will have easy access to it. 

Directions on How the System Works

Step 1.) Every Sunday you will want to get your Index Box of Recipes and look through them. Pick out 7 recipes that sound good. 

Step 2.) File these recipes in your Accordion File, starting with Monday and ending on Sunday. 

Now you have a good idea what is for dinner!

Step 3.) Write down all the ingredients that you will need for the recipes on a shopping list. Go grocery shopping! 
This will save you time, energy and money! 

Step 4.) Fill out your printable "On the Menu this Week" and place it on the fridge or somewhere you will see it.

Step 5.) At the beginning of the week, you will look at your printable and read what is for dinner. When it is time for dinner you will get out your accordion file and pull out the day of the week recipe. You know you will have the ingredients because you just went shopping! Repeat Step 5 throughout the week.

{ Bon Appetit }

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