Menu Planning Resources
- A key food skill is planning weekly menus. Help your participants consider:
- what’s on sale at the grocery store
- what’s in season in their garden or at a farm market
- planning for leftovers
- creating nutritious, balanced meals that encourage eating from all the Canada Food Guide food groups
- staying within a food budget
- staple pantry items they should have on hand
- meal planning template
- Menu Planning Apps
Here are some resource links to facilitate the menu planning process:
Eatright Ontario Online Menu Planner – A resource to help you develop your own menus that includes grocery lists and special diet suggestions.
Eatright Ontario Menu Planning resources/handouts – multiple handouts discussing budget, family friendly meals and general tips.
Dietitians of Canada – Plan Well Shop Smart Resources – information on shopping, pantry tips, using leftovers and shopping for one or two people.
Eating Well website has information on healthy cooking on a budget, tips to save money, affordable dinners, how to reduce food waste and suggestions to use in the grocery store.
OMFRA – Foodland Ontario – www.ontario.ca/foodland – information about seasonal sources of local foods and recipes.
Grocery Store flyers:
No Frills – www.nofrills.ca
Food Basics – www.foodbasics.ca
Sobeys – www.sobeys.com
Real Canadian Superstore – www.realcanadiansuperstore.ca
Walmart – www.walmart.ca
Foodland – www.ontario.foodland.ca
Additional website resources/blogs:
The Kitchn – A week of budget meals
The Kitchn – 10 Low Budget Pantry Items that Everyone Should Have
Iowa State University – Planned use of Leftovers
Budget Bytes – Stock your Kitchen Pantry Staples