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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 — 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; 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.

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