Most of us could use a little help when it comes to tackling the endless task of putting together daily meals, but since the vast majority of us can’t afford a personal chef, and going out for dinner every night is pretty rough on the wallet, meal planning and prep might be your best bet.
“A DIY recipe binder is a convenient way to sort the recipes many of us print from online,” the site says. Using a binder means you can also pop in any cookbook photocopies or handwritten recipes that have been passed down to you on little worn-out, food-stained cards (surely I’m not the only one who has those lying around).
The website also says, “A recipe binder is perfect because you easily add/remove recipes whenever you want.
You can also change or move categories around too.” Since my current monthly menu has gotten a bit repetitive, and my family is eating tacos, spaghetti, and chicken tenders far more often than we probably should be (although honestly, who doesn’t love tacos, spaghetti, and chicken tenders?), I liked the idea of being able to add and remove recipes as I came across new ones that I wanted to try and — if they were a success — permanently include in the binder.
To make the process incredibly easy, Living Well Mom provides free recipe binder sheets that you can simply print off (seven sheets in total: the cover page, three category pages, one tabs page, and two design-only pages to add a little pizzazz to the side of your binder). These are an easy way to record your favorite recipes and keep them in the same format.
Take a look below to find out how my own DIY recipe binder turned out and how it helped (if it helped at all) my meal planning.