I believe that efficiency breeds productivity and productivity thrives on process, so whenever possible I seek solutions that will automate my life. My favorite solution for meal planning automation is the Mealime App.
It allows you to choose from over 200 customization options based on your diet preferences, you choose meals for the week at a glance by swiping through various mouthwatering photos and it automatically generates your grocery list based on the meals you choose. This even allows my husband to help with the grocery shopping. He has the app on his phone as well so when he goes to the store I don’t even need to make him a list, he just opens the app and the auto generated grocery list based on my weekly meal plan is just a click away. I heart technology.
The best thing about Mealime, aside from being free, is that each meal shows the ingredients and step by step recipe instructions with a simple tap. No keeping track of printables, or binders of meal plans, it’s all right there for you in the app.
You can download the free app here.