Weekly Meal Planning with Trello

Weekly Meal Planning with Trello

Trello is commonly used in the business world to track project work, and I frequently use it in that capacity.  However, for the past few months our family has also been using Trello to do all of our meal planning.  With the “Send to Trello” function I can easily  schedule my recipes from Pinterest and create a shopping list that every member of our family can access from the mobile app.

I start by creating a board in Trello with 8 lists – 1 for each day plus one to hold my shopping list:

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To do the next step, you’ll want to have the “send to Trello” integration bookmarked.  You can find the link here: add-card.

Once you find a recipe you want to add to your weekly plan, you’re going to highlight the ingredients and then click the “Send to Trello” link from your favorites bar.

After that you should get a screen asking what board to add the card to:

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Once you select the board, you’ll be prompted to select a list to add it to:

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After you’ve selected a day to add it to, a card appears on that day with an image of the recipe.  Inside the card are the link to the original recipe and the list of ingredients.

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To create the shopping list, we are going to add a checklist to the card. First, highlight the list of ingredients and hit Ctrl+C to copy them. You can do this from the website itself or from the card you’ve created.

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Next, select ‘Checklist’ on the recipe card and label it with the recipe title and the words ‘Shopping List”.  Take the list of ingredients you’ve copied and paste it in the empty text field above the ‘Add’ button.

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Trello will automatically turn each line into a check box for your list:

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Once you’ve added a card for each day, it’s time to create your full shopping list.  Add a card to the ‘Shopping List’ list and click ‘Checklist’.  Instead of starting new, select the dropdown menu under ‘Copy items from’ and select one of the recipes from your weekly board.  The title and ingredient list will automatically populate from your recipe card list.  Repeat this process for each meal to complete your grocery list for the week:

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After you do this a few times you will see that the process moves very quickly.  Plus, once you’ve created a card you have it all set up to re-use in the future.  You can always add a list of archived recipes to the board to keep track of past recipes as the weeks go by.

The final step is to clean up the week’s full list by checking off any ingredients you already have or items that are duplicated between recipes. You might also choose to rearrange the list by store area vs. recipe.

You can check out this week’s completed menu here: Weekly Meal Plan: July 8

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