Menu Planning Resources

Menu Planning Resources
To assist you with your menu planning and to make it as easy as possible for you, I’ve compiled a list below of recipe sites and other online menu planning resources that I think you will find helpful.

Recipe Indexes:

My Family Favorites Recipe Index ~ with printable grocery lists!

Recipe Index Round-Up ~ recipe indexes galore! (feel free to add yours too)

Freezer Cooking Tutorials and Recipes Round-Up

Recipe Sites:

Kraft Canada
Taste of Home
All Recipes
Eating Well
Meals Matter
The Tasty Kitchen
The Food Network
Rachel Ray
Cooking Light
The Recipe Link
Key Ingredient
Recipe Key
Better Recipes
Just a Pinch Recipe Club
Meal Makeover Moms
Life Made Delicious (canada)

Menu Planning Helpers:

Plan To Eat (my personal favorite)
Menu Planning Central
Meal Mixer
Dine Without Whine
Kid Approved Meals
Meal Easy
Simplify Supper
My Family Meal Planner
SOS Cuisine
Easy Dinner Recipes
Eat Well Meal Plans
Menu in a Box Online Meal Planning
Food on the Table
The Six O’Clock Scramble
Say Mmm ~ read my review here
Grocery Server
The Fresh 20
Emeals For You
Easy Food Plan
Mealime (menu planning for one)
Home Run Meals
My Meal Plan
Build a Menu

Couponing Help:

A Full Cup
Coupon Cravings
Couponing 101
Deal Seeking Mom
Grocery Cart Challenge
Mojo Savings
Money Saving Mom
Sisterly Savings
Surviving the Stores
Kind Coupons
Buzz Raid

Canadian Coupon Sites:

Go Coupons
Fabulous Savings
Canadian Daily Deals
Mrs. January
Simply Frugal
Save a Loonie
Canadian Free Stuff

Allergy/Gluten-Free sites:

Kids With Food Allergies
Gluten Free Menu Swap
Book of Yum
Strawberries are Gluten Free
Gluten Free is Life
Karina’s Kitchen
Celiac Family
Simply Sugar & Gluten Free
Celiacs in the House
Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures


Food Tidings – excellent resources for managing meals for others
Lotsa Helping Hands – also very helpful to organize others during times of need
Take Them A Meal – a free online tool designed to coordinate the delivery of meals to someone who is in need.
MealBaby – free and easy way to organize all the details of a meal registry for new moms
meal Train – Simplifying the process of giving and receiving meals
Sign Up Genius – free online tool for creating and managing group sign up lists

If you find a dead link would you be so kind as to let me know.ย  I’ll continue to add to these lists as I find more. Thanks for your input!


42 Responses to Menu Planning Resources

    • 2.1
      Laura says

      Thank you for letting me know!

  1. 3
    Adina Bailey says


    I love organizing too. I gave a talk recently on simplicity and while it can look different to all of us, we should always be actively looking at what we bring into our home and deciding what stays and what goes.

    You can read our story on the site, but I created after my friend was suddenly hospitalized. I knew there was a way to bring order to the disorder of everyone offering to bring food to her family. We kept the site online because others asked if they could use it. It’s free and simple to use – two things that I love.

    Have a great day.


    • 3.1
      Laura says

      Wonderful, I’ve added your link to my list. Thanks!

  2. 4
    Leslie says

    I’ve got a free tutorial on how to make a super easy Make-A-Menu binder. It’ll put your menu planning on autopilot with foods that your family loves.

    I’ve tried a couple of menu planning websites and found that many of the foods were not items that my kids or hubby enjoy. I developed the Make-A-Menu binder system so that I could EASILY plan, shop, and cook stuff everyone likes.

    Please email any questions you have about the system. GOOD LUCK and HAPPY PLANNING!

    Leslie, aka the ORIGINAL Menu Maker Mom

    • 4.1
      Irene says

      I would love to know more about your menu making. I always do a weekly menu to shop and would love some tips of how to make it even easier and cost effective. Thanks

  3. 5
    Carmen says

    I love orgnizing too and sometimes I need help. I’m a 21 year old mother. This is the biggest thing I need help with is cooking. I don’t know how to cook. Can you please help.

  4. 6
    Angelyn says

    I’m new to the site, but I’m a die-hard meal planner: I’m a dietitian, so it’s kind of my job. : ) has totally changed how I plan my meals. It’s an iPhone/iPod touch app that allows you to store your recipes (I enter ingredients only, no instructions) and create meal plans. Then you can create check-off grocery lists from your meal plan. I also use the grocery list as a guide for prep work throughout the week. For instance, it might tell me that I need a total of 3 cups of chopped onion for multiple recipes.
    It takes time to enter the recipes at first, but now I can make a meal plan and grocery list on my lunch break and go straight to the store after work. I’ve found it’s really helpful to have all the recipes we like available at a glance – I’m really bad about making something we like and forgetting to ever make it again!

  5. 7
    Anna says

    Hi Laura! Great website! Here is another great menu website:

    They base all of their recipes using bento boxes, which is another way to “organize” your meal!

    Hope you and your readers enjoy it as much as I have ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 8
    Lisa says

    Thanks for the list of meal planning sites! FYI, the following links don’t work anymore: Meal Planning for Busy Moms, Stolen Moments and Culinary Cure.

  7. 9
    Sian Breslin says

    Hi Laura,

    This is a great post! I completely agree with you, meal planning definitely has many benefits!

    Happy Cooking! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Sian (Founder of Sianโ€™s Plan)

  8. 10
    Adele says

    Hi Laura

    I run a website called Calorie Counted Curries, which provides recipes for Asian food for a healthy lifestyle. Please take a quick look at and if you like what you see I would be very happy to be included in your list of Recipe Sites.

    You have a great site here !

  9. 11
    Simple Dinner Menu says

    Hi Laura, great resource page for busy people who want to simplify meal preparation.

    I have a meal planner website that is a perfect fit for your “Meal Planning Helpers” category above:

    – The Weekly Menu comes with 5 weeknight recipes that are original, super simple and done within 30mn.
    – The Weekly Shopping List acts as your groceries assistant.
    – The Website and photos are gorgeous, especially in full screen, which mimics an app.

    Click on this link for a Free Trial:

  10. 12
    Becky says

    I subscribed to for two years with varied success. Whenever I try to think of recipes to add, I get overwhelmed with the choices. And stressed when trying to customize it for my family (my husband claims he’s not picky but I beg to differ). Especially trying to figure out what’s healthy and also keeping it inexpensive (coupons usually only apply to newspaper subscribers in the midwest!).

    Do you have any recommendations for a service that plans my meals for me with ingredients we’ll actually eat? I’ve looked into stuff like eMeals but it’s generic, so I’d still have to do extra work.

    It needs to be healthy (weight loss), filling enough for a man, inexpensive, and easy to cook, as I work full time. Our current plan is a pizza in the oven for dinner and hungry man for lunch. Please help!!

  11. 13
    Eric Murphy says

    Hi Laura,

    Great resource page. I’m in the restaurant business and love the menu planning section you have. Mymealplan is great, does a lot of the hard work for you. A few others I’ve enjoyed are – super easy and organizing app; worth the 3 dollars! And – this has some great recipes from The Silver Palate Cookbook.

    Thanks for sharing!

  12. 14
    Laura says

    Hi Laura! We’d love to be included on this list – Give InKind is another meal coordinating site making it easier to participate in a meal calendar from anywhere! We also have a wishlist and fundraising all in a single page, making it possible to coordinate ALL the help that’s needed. Thanks!


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