Keep track of recipes you find online, in cookbooks, or from your favorite bloggers with this simple setup. Having a list of recipes in your bullet journal can make meal planning simpler and less intimidating.
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I use my bullet journal for everything! I keep track of my appointments and blog posts, and I track my fitness and creative progress. And, I do most of my meal planning through my bullet journal. I keep recipes in it, keep a master healthy shopping list, and write down healthy snack ideas as I come across them.
Meal planning can be such a pain the… you know. I’ve tried to follow along with programs such as the 21 Day Fix and just been completely lost. And then, I lose motivation and give up. And then we end up eating macaroni and cheese and takeout pizza three times a week.
Obviously, this had to stop. So, I opened my trusty bullet journal and started making lists. Pretty sure list making is my answer to everything these days.
I made lists of healthy groceries I want to have on hand, recipes I’ve found and loved from Pinterest, and recipes I’ve come up with on my own. This alone has made a huge difference in the consistency of my diet. I feel like I now have control and a solid plan to carry me through each day.
The following are some of the spreads I use to track recipes in my bullet journal and stay on track with my eating plan.
Keeping Track of Recipes in Your Bullet Journal
This first spread is where I write down all of my favorite recipes. These are usually dinner ideas that are healthy but also family-friendly. In the left column, I write the name of the recipe and in the right column I write where I found the recipe, so I can easily search for it again. I can either go directly to the website and search the recipe name or type the name of the recipe plus the blog title into Google and get what I’m looking for in seconds.
This decreases the amount of time I have to spend each week planning dinners for the family because I already have a list of ideas and know what ingredients are needed in each.
This spread was from one of my earlier bullet journals. I used this space to write down ideas for each meal of the day. Most of these are very simple and only require one or two ingredients with minimal prep. Instead of having a structured list like the one above, this was a quick and easy way to jot down ideas for meals.
I don’t use this layout very often because it takes up a lot more space and a greater amount of time. However, for simple recipes that I use all the time, this is a great spread. For instance, the green protein shake above is my go-to shake in the morning. Now, I have the recipe memorized, but it was nice to have on hand when I first started making it.
I don’t recommend this for all the recipes you like making. But if you have a quick and easy recipe that you make a couple of days per week or even weekly, this is a great option. Plus, it’s fun to put some of your creative efforts in and really make it your own.
I created this page to write down my favorite quick and healthy snacks. Snacking is my weakness, and I usually want to grab something quick and easy. This often results in chips or pre-bagged snack pouches that are loaded with preservatives, sodium, and sugar. So, I drew this diagram style spread to add my favorite healthy snacks to.
When I start getting hungry or getting the urge to snack on something, I reference this page to keep myself on track and avoid grabbing foods that aren’t conducive to a healthy diet.
PS: I get asked often what notebook I’m using. My current journal, that you see in the images above (except Meal Ideas) is the Large Nuuna by Brandbook. I love this notebook. It has incredibly nice bright white paper and the cover designs are amazing.
I hope you found this spreads inspiring and useful. Hopefully, you can take these and make your own healthy lists with foods you enjoy. If you do, share them with me on Instagram by tagging me, @the.petite.planner.