Use Springpad for Weekly Meal Planning
Many of our users find Springpad useful for saving recipes they want to remember, and then they use those recipes to plan out their weekly meals. Let me show you how it’s done!
Create a Notebook called “Meal Plans”
First, create a notebook to keep all of your meal plans organized. This will give you one place to look in Springpad to plan & reference your coming meals. (learn more about notebooks)
Pro Tip: Notebooks and their contents can be accessed on the web & on the Springpad mobile apps
Save Recipes to Springpad
There are lots of ways to save recipes to Springpad:
- Use the Springpad Chrome Extension to save recipes from popular sites
- Use the Springpad Clipper to clip recipes from any blog
- Let Springpad search the web for popular recipes (Click +, then Look it Up, then search for a recipe)
- Type in a family favorite (Click +, then Save by Type)
- Spring a recipe from your friends in Friends Stuff
Pro Tip: When you save recipes from the web, a list of ingredients will be added to Springpad, with a link back to the original source for the instructions.
Add All of Your Recipes to the Meal Plan Notebook
As you save recipes to Springpad, add them to your new Meal Plans notebook. If you already have multiple recipes in your Springpad, find them in All My Stuff & use Bulk Edit (available on the web only) to add them to the notebook. Or, as you save new recipes with the browser extension or clipper, save them directly to the desired notebook.
Pro Tip: Any item in Springpad can be added to multiple notebooks, allowing you to reference the same item for many different uses.
Add Recipes You Are Planning to Cook to the Board
Each notebook has a section called the board, where you can visually organize your stuff. To make a meal plan, add labels for the days of the week you’d like to plan, then drop in recipes you’re planning to make. If your week calls for a “Leftover Night” or “Pizza Night”, those can be added as labels – which will be visible on the board, but not referenced in All My Stuff.
Pro Tip: The board is accessible on Springpadit.com via HTML5-enabled browsers. We suggest using Chrome to access Springpad on the web.
Create a Shopping List for Your Recipes
When you open a recipe in Springpad on the web and look under Quicklinks, you will see “Add to shopping list” which allows you to create a new list or add to an existing list. Create one new shopping list per week, then access each recipe you plan to cook that week & add the items you need to that list. If you open a recipe from your Meal Plans notebook and create a new shopping list, that list will be added to the notebook and can then be dropped onto the board.
Pro Tip: Title your shopping list by date & store name, making it easier to sort through your lists
Access Your Shopping List at the Store
Everything you add to Springpad automatically syncs between the web app and the mobile apps. So, when you’re at the store, you can access your weekly shopping list with no trouble!
Pro Tip: Before you head to the grocery store, sort your list by aisle or department. Drag & drop to re-order on the web, or re-order on the iPhone/iPad app by selecting Edit. The order of your list will sync across all of your devices.
Cook! Then Repeat…
When it comes time to cook your meals for the week, you now have one place to find them.
Pro Tip: Add cook notes to your recipes each time you try them, making note of any modifications you made & how the meal turned out!