list of categories to inventory your meals

Menu planning can be so overwhelming, but if you’ll take just a few minutes to record your family’s meal choices, you eliminate the frustration of what to cook. If you list your foods by category, you’ll be able to design your menu by main ingredient/food type.

list of categories to inventory your meals |

  1. Soups (my favorite in the fall/winter)
  2. Salads (great for spring/summer)
  3. Sandwiches/Wraps (a great choice for soccer nights or when working late)
  4. By Meat (chicken recipes, beef recipes, etc)
  5. Pasta, Rice, Grains
  6. Italian
  7. Mexican
  8. Casseroles
  9. Slow Cooker
  10. Family Favorites

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7 responses to “list of categories to inventory your meals”

  1. list mama says:

    Using to randomly choose a winner for the Meals ePlanner from, the winner is. . .

    Sara Rose Tutus!

  2. misty says:

    Mine would be Sandwiches, Meats, Sweets, Mexican, Italian, and Chinese. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

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  3. megan says:

    Menu planning is something that I am sorely lacking at. I really do much better when I have everything that I need on hand instead of fretting about it all day. Good ideas!
    Thanks for commenting on my blog.

  4. Sara Rose Tutus says:

    I love this site. I make lists all the time!

  5. C D says:

    Hi Jen ~
    Thanks for leaving a comment and visiting my blog :D

    I LOVE lists — and I always have big organization plans… but tend to fall way short on my follow through.

    I currently have a number of cookbooks, notes, recipes etc… on my dining table with the intent to put meal ideas & needed recipes in an old 4×7 photo album. I love your category idea!

    Nice to meet you and love your blog!

  6. gina says:

    ooh tough one- since i don’t do most of the cooking but I do all of the collecting of recipes…
    I usually group them as

    everyday breakfast
    everyday lunch
    everyday dinner
    everyday snacks

    entertaining/special brunch
    entertaining/special dinners
    Entertaining snacks

    on the grill


  7. Mara B. says:

    I would say one of our favorite food categories would be Mexican, followed closely by Italian. In fact, if we have a preference of where to go out for dinner, quite often we’ll head to our favorite Mexican Restaurant, San Pedro’s. Yum!


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