Monthly Meal Planning System

I want to be efficient with my time! So, a major focus for this quarter has been creating good systems that allow me to make the most of my time.

One area where I needed a new system was with my meal planning. We previously did our meal planning weekly, but I always found myself STUCK because I couldn’t figure out what to make each week. I felt like we were in the same pattern, eating the same thing week after week. So, I started thinking about a different way to do our meal planning. And, I created the perfect system for us…a monthly meal planning system! Here’s how it works:

#1: Create Daily Dinner Themes

Identify a type of meal or meat that you’d like to have each day of the week. Here’s what we decided on:

  • Monday – Soup (or Grill)
  • Tuesday – Mexican
  • Wednesday – Instant Pot
  • Thursday- Chicken
  • Friday- Pizza
  • Saturday – Beef
  • Sunday – New Recipe

#2: Create a monthly calendar

Once I knew the type of meal that we’d have each day, it made it really easy to assign our typical meals to a specific day. Then, I had fun going through my favorite recipes, cookbooks, and Pinterest pins to create a menu for the month. I know that it sounds like a lot, but it was actually really fast! I did the entire plan for the month in less than an hour. The initial work is done, so I can easily recycle the monthly menu from month to month and no one in my family has even noticed!

#3: Plan ahead

Now that I know the meal plan for the month, it makes it really easy to plan ahead. For example, we purchase our meat from local farmers, so now that I know exactly what meat I need to order for the month. Plus, now that I’m not creating a menu every week, I have more time to meal prep.

I love that this new (to us) monthly meal planning system is allowing me to be more efficient with my time!

I’d love to hear from you! Do you have a meal planning system that you love? Leave a comment below and tell me all about it!


  • Maria Cobern

    March 22, 2018 at 9:52 am

    This will help our family we have felt the same where we are eating the same thing each week. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  • Danette

    March 22, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    I do my meal planning weekly and we eat the same thngs over and over. I need to create a monthly calendar and give this a whirl.

  • Lisa

    March 23, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    You know when you have an idea that sounds good and then you see someone that has brought forth the idea into an action plan!!! Thanks Kelly for sharing ❤️

  • Kathleen Smith

    March 24, 2018 at 5:06 am

    Thank you for this meal planning system. Sometimes, when you have been married for awhile meals can become routine and that is not me! So, taking your idea of themes and marrying it with my cross-cultural interests I’ve made a plan! I like your Tuesday night Mexican so I started there, and now have added English (Friday night Fish and Chips healthy version), Monday American (such variety I can ring the changes), Wednesday is Italian night, Thursday is now going to be French (research), Saturday night Chinese or Indian and Sunday a new recipe from somewhere new! Thank you, Kelly, for bringing life to dinner!

  • Lee Ann Davison

    August 28, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    I like to do SEASONAL meal plans. That way I use fresh produce that is available during a specific season. Some or my favorite recipes are just better for fall/winter
    while others I save for spring summer. Then there are the classics that we use all the time…

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