Here is the basic layout: Each page has five recipes on it so that you have five days of planned meals for the week and to the right of each recipe is a shopping list along with measurements. I am about ready to start planning my meals two weeks at a time and I figured I would share this with anyone who cares. Last year when I did this I would go to the market and buy the main components of the ten meals in one trip and ended up spending less than $150 each time. I of course need to make small trips for fresh milk and produce, but planning things out really helped with grocery spending.
So, this is what I plan on doing, I will post the two weeks worth of meals here ahead of time so you have time to do your shopping over the weekend. If you do this with me let me know what you think about the meals and the process, things I can improve, suggestions for recipes, etc. Make the recipes in any order you want, I used to stick to a set schedule, but realized that sometimes I did not feel like making what was planned. Since then I just use the set recipes and make them in whatever order I choose.
When using any of the recipes that I place on here remember that you can substitute ingredients. If you do not eat ground beef then substitute ground turkey, chicken, or a vegetarian version; recipes are meant to be modified.
I have other portions of the cookbook that focus on making your own mixes and spice blends for the pantry, desserts, sides, breakfasts, breads, and snacks, but I will begin with the meals.