Skip to Main navigation Skip to Left navigation Skip to Main content Skip to Footer

University of Minnesota Extension
www.extension.umn.edu
612-624-1222

Extension > Family > Live Healthy, Live Well > Healthy Bodies > Eat Smart > The Recipe Box > Menu Planning

Print Icon Email Icon Share Icon
grocery list

The Recipe Box

Menu Planning

Menu planning may seem hard at first, but taking the time to plan ahead can save you money. After a bit of practice, you’ll be a pro! Get started with the resources below.

Meal Planning Guide — Save money, reduce stress, and spend time with your family by planning your meals for the week. English (424 K PDF) | español (688 K PDF)

Thinking Ahead — Planning Guide — Easy-to-use template for planning your meals for the week. English (415 K PDF) | español (421 K PDF)

Planning Meals on the Go (336 K PDF) — Planning is an important step when eating away from home.

Related Resources

Spend Smart, Eat SmartIowa State University Extension Service — How to navigate the three easy steps to healthy meals: plan, shop, and eat. Includes recipes in Spanish.

Stretching Your Food DollarsOregon State University Extension Online resource to help provide healthy meals for your family on a limited budget.

Meal Planning: Stretching Your DollarUniversity of Missouri Extension — Suggestions to help stretch money used for food, as well as simple ways to save at the supermarket. In English and Spanish.

Better Meals with Better Planning: Plan MenuseXtension.org — A step-by-step guide for planning a weekly menu.

Menu PlanningHealthy Meals Resource System; United States Department of Agriculture — Resources for planning menus, ensuring nutrition in meals, using seasonal produce to stretch food dollars, and more.

Food Shopping and Meal PlanningNutrition.gov; United States Department of Agriculture — Resources to utilize the MyPlate guidelines, find local farmers' markets, plan healthy meals, and more.

Fruits and Veggies More Matters — Information on the benefits of fruits and vegetables. Includes planning and shopping tips, recipes, and more.

  • © Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
  • The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Privacy