I streamlined my menu-planning and grocery list into one easy process.
I take all the regular meals I already make and type the name of each meal on the front of a small card.
On the back, I list all the ingredients needed to cook the meal (you could even include the whole recipe if you want to go the extra mile!).
I color-code my cards by meal type (chicken dishes, beef dishes, meatless meals, etc).
When it’s time to plan the menu for the week, I choose a card for each night, and try to choose 1 or 2 of each color. Then I flip them over and make a grocery list, being sure to check the pantry to see what I already have.
My list comes together quickly and I never get halfway through cooking, only to realize that I’m missing an ingredient!