Meal planning can be a time-consuming and often overwhelming process. But with the right tools, you can meal plan like a pro—saving time, money, and energy in the kitchen.
ClickUp's Meal Planning Template simplifies the entire process by helping you:
- Plan out meals quickly with drag and drop lists
- Organize recipes into folders for easy reference
- Keep track of ingredients and shopping lists
From home cooks to professional chefs, ClickUp's Meal Planning Template is perfect for anyone looking to streamline their grocery shopping, recipe organization, and meal preparation. Start planning your meals like a pro today!
Benefits of a Meal Planning Template
Meal planning is a great way to save time and money while eating healthier meals. A meal planning template can help you:
- Organize your grocery shopping list and save time at the store
- Choose healthy, balanced meals that are appropriate for your dietary needs
- Stick to a budget by creating meals with ingredients you already have at home
- Reduce food waste by creating meals with ingredients that won't expire quickly
Main Elements of a Meal Planning Template
ClickUp's Meal Planning Template is designed to help you plan, track, and manage your meal plans. This List template includes:
- Custom Statuses: Create tasks with custom statuses such as Open and Complete to keep track of progress and make sure tasks are completed
- Custom Fields: Use 8 different custom attributes such as Net Calories, Net Carbs, Net Protein, Type of Meal, Checklist of Ingredients to easily track and visualize meal plans
- Custom Views: Open 4 different views in different ClickUp configurations, such as the Weekly Meal Plan Summary, Meal Type Board, Meal Plan Calendar, and Getting Started Guide so that all the information is easy to access and organized
- Project Management: Improve meal planning with time tracking capabilities, tagging, dependency warning, emails, and more
How to Use a Meal Planning Template
Meal planning can seem intimidating at first, but it doesn't have to be a hassle. By using the meal planning template in ClickUp and following the steps outlined below, you can make meal prep easier and get on track to eating healthier and saving money.
1. Establish your goals
Before you start meal planning, it's important to decide on what you want to accomplish with your meal plan. Do you want to save money, eat healthier, or have more time for other activities? Knowing what you’re working towards will help keep you motivated and give you something to work towards.
Create a Doc in ClickUp to brainstorm ideas for your meal planning goals.
2. Make a list of meals
Make a list of all the meals you want to make and include any special dietary requirements. This list should include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.
Use the Table view in ClickUp to make a spreadsheet of all the meals you want to make.
3. Gather ingredients
Check your pantry and fridge to see what ingredients you already have on hand and make a list of the ingredients you need to buy.
Create tasks in ClickUp to keep track of what you need to buy and assign them to team members if needed.
4. Plan meals and schedule shopping trips
Now it's time to plan out your meals for the week. Take into account any dietary restrictions and plan meals that are easy to make and that everyone will enjoy. Once the meal plan is complete, schedule a shopping trip to buy all the ingredients you need.
Use the Calendar view in ClickUp to plan out your meals for the week and schedule a shopping trip.
5. Monitor and adjust
It’s important to keep an eye on your meal plan and make adjustments as needed. If something doesn't go as planned, take a look at your list of meals and see what else you can make with the ingredients you have on hand.
Create a recurring task in ClickUp to regularly review and adjust your meal plan.
Get Started with ClickUp's Meal Planning Template
Home cooks can use this Meal Planning Template to help everyone stay on the same page when it comes to planning meals and grocery shopping.
First, hit “Add Template” to sign up for ClickUp and add the template to your Workspace. Make sure you designate which Space or location in your Workspace you’d like this template applied.
Next, invite relevant members or guests to your Workspace to start collaborating.
Now you can take advantage of the full potential of this template to plan out delicious meals:
- Use the Weekly Meal Plan Summary View to get a quick overview of your plans for the upcoming week
- The Meal Type Board View will help you organize your meals into categories to make meal planning easier
- The Meal Plan Calendar View will allow you to quickly plan out meals for the entire week
- The Getting Started Guide View will help you get started on meal planning quickly and easily
- Organize tasks into two different statuses: Open, Complete, to keep track of progress
- Update statuses as you plan meals to keep team members informed of progress
- Monitor and analyze tasks to ensure maximum productivity