I have my good weeks and bad weeks with meal planning.  I’ve tried the printouts, I’ve tried using Alexa to make grocery lists…nothing seemed to be sticking.  But I knew I had to be an adult and get my meal planning habits together, quickly and efficiently!  This is what I came up with, and you don’t need anything except a 4″x6″ photo album, and 4″x6″ recipe card printouts!

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First things first, I knew my organization method had to be cute.  Yes, you heard me.  I have standards.  I knew that if I was going to be using it consistently that it had to be something pleasant to look at.  I also knew that I wanted to be able to go back and use old recipes.  So, I decided to get a 4X6 photo album (chevron, of course!) and print out DIY 4×6 recipe cards.

The first 3 pages in the photo album I leave blank after the the Recipes for This Week title page.  This is so I can move the recipe cards throughout the book to these pages.  I usually stick to 4 dinners for the week and one breakfast for the weekend.  Totally up to you, however you want to do it!

Example of my super creative beautiful recipe card.  I’m sure you can find some on Etsy and make them a lot more beautiful than this!  But, if you’d like to make some like mine, just open a Word document and insert a rectangle shape, then you’ll have to stretch it to 4″ X 6″.  Then insert a text box so you can write in your shape.  I do a text box for the ingredients and the instructions, just so they’re obviously separate!  Also, at the bottom of the page I write where I found the recipe and since I do Weight Watchers I’ll also put how many points it’s worth.  Get creative with it! 🙂

I like to organize the recipes in the photo album by meals, so I have a Breakfast, Appetizer, Dinner, and Desert section.

This is by far the best way I’ve found to organize my recipes!  It’s easy to bring to the store and organize a grocery list when I have everything I need already typed out.  I also love that I can move the recipes I want for the week to the front of the album and be able to look at this while I’m cooking.  If you’re like me, then you usually use your phone, computer, or tablet to look at recipes while cooking, which can get annoying when the screen blacks out and you have food all over your hands!  Plus, the recipe cards are “laminated” in the photo sheets, so if you get food on it it’s easy to wipe off!

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