I decided in late 2009 that I wanted try out a lighter meal planning template. It's still tightly organized, but now it accommodates only one month's worth of meals. I added a second page to the template with space to write down meal ideas as they come as well as to list old, reliable dinners.
This template is available only in the Apple Numbers format, as it's the only spreadsheet program I use day to day. Excel is great if you are working in an office, doing accounting of some sort. If you have a Mac, though, it's worth checking out the iWork suite, as Numbers is much more useful for building non-business documents.
Please remember that this template, like all my templates on this site, is free only for noncommercial use. Thanks!
Download my Monthly Meal Planning Template for Numbers.