First let me say
I LOVE TO COOK!
I LOVE TO COOK!
But...It can be really tough coming up with great tasting healthy meals night after night. Add to that nightly homework, in first grade no less, witching hour meltdowns with little sister's nap strike, it's not the best dinner time recipe, for sure.
With a little pre and post shopping planning, it can be done, efficiently and with less hassle. I use these simple steps to getting a great meal on the table with less stress.
- #1 Sit down and plan the menu for the week.
I used to find myself in the store E.V.E.R.Y night. It's such a time consumer, not to mention all the extra stuff you end up buying. Plan it out once a week, one shopping trip per week, save time and money!
- #2 Make a master shopping list, try to organize it by aisle of your grocery store.
If someone can tell me how to add a printable to my post, I'd love to share. Something about a website that hosts my file???? But it would only be in order for my stores :(
- #3 Wash all of your produce before putting them away, so they are ready to eat/ use.
- #4 Plan a crock pot meal once a week.
Winter since it doesn't heat up the kitchen.
- #5Arrange meals by longest shelf life meal last, earliest first.
It takes getting used to and a while to get in the habit. I really appreciated this system because I used to just wander around the store. Picked up incomplete meals and had to keep going back to the store several times that week.
I have not even begun to incorporate coupons and weekly sales into my plan!
This is what works for me.
What tricks or tips do you use to to help with meal time?
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