Pinterest to Plan Your Weekly Menu

by Nicole Hempeck on April 30, 2021

Pinterest is a great resource for party planning, home decor and fashion, but it’s also a great source to find a large variety of popular recipes quickly, or it can be a place where you keep track of recipes that you love so you can easily organize your weekly menu.

How to Use Pinterest to Plan Your Weekly Menu

1. Use Pinterest as a Search Engine

Pinterest can easily be a one-stop shop to find and curate your weekly menu. The first image above is an example of a weekly menu board on pinterest. It contains the following 6 dishes:

  • Chipotle Lime Fish Tacos
  • Chunky Avocado Salsa
  • Steak & Spinach Salad
  • Spinach and Cranberry Salad
  • Pizza Muffins
  • Chicken Piccata

This is a menu I created with a week of dinners in mind. We usually do breakfast and lunch on the fly. We eat cereal and sandwiches during the week and on the weekends, our breakfasts consist of pancakes, eggs and bacon as a general rule so, when I plan on a weekly menu, it usually has a primary focus on dinner.

As you can see, by doing a simply search of things like, “Fish Tacos,” “Steak Salad,” “Pizza Recipes”  - I was able to put together a tasty board of items for my week and from that. I have the ability to click over to the recipes on the respective sites and build my shopping list. Done.

2. Pin Your Favorite Recipes From Around the Web

Another option is to use Pinterest as a place to curate and keep track of your favorite recipes as you come across them online. Love that pulled pork recipe from the Pioneer Woman? Pin it on your Pinterest “Dinner” board. Can’t wait to try that new dish you came across from your favorite food blogger? Pin it and go back to it later when you’re ready to put it into action.

Pinterest is a great way to save those favorites for a time when you can get in the kitchen and see it though.

3. Create Dish Specific Boards

We all know how to bake chicken and grill chicken and we all know how to throw a piece of fish into the oven or throw a roast into a crock pot, but can we expand on that? Pinterest is a great way to start putting together recipes that extend beyond basic cooking practices and ingredients if you are interested in expanding your abilities by creating boards for specific dishes.

Make a board just for chicken and one for fish and one for steak. Or, you can create boards for Italian, Mexican and Seafood dishes if you prefer to organize your boards in that manner.

4. Create Meal Specific Boards

Create Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner boards to keep your meals organized. If you’re like me, when you have company coming for the holidays, you plan out each and every meal.

Having meal specific boards would come in hand for when these visits come up during the year. Flavorful dish options could easily be chosen on the fly because they had previously been organized on meal specific boards.

5. Create Dietary Specific Boards

If you have family members sensitive to gluten or those who are diabetic or lactose intolerant, having recipes specific to their dietary needs comes in handy. Pinterest is a fantastic way to organize those specific recipes as you find them.

One final note: make sure to download the Pinterest app to your smart phone so you can access your boards at the grocery store if you forget your shopping list. This will ensure that recipe can be clicked on, even while on the go.

Bon Appetit!

Do you think you’ll use Pinterest in this way? Are you a Pinterest addict already? What tips am I missing here?

Image: Pinterest

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Kristen @ Busy Kids = Happy Mom April 30, 2021 at 4:58 am

Great idea! The only thing I’d add is to go back and add comments to it for future reference. I made cookies this weekend off of Pinterest and they were terrible! So I deleted it from my board.

Ruby T. April 30, 2021 at 8:50 am

To be honest, I’ve never thought of using Pinterest this way. Actually makes sense to have it organized that way, even if it’s for a week of dinners on file for those times you can’t come up with anything new.

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