Are you sick of making meals in a hurry, are you winging most mealtimes with something you’ve excavated out of the bottom of the freezer?
I got so sick of staring blankly into the fridge every evening hoping that a healthy home cooked dinner would just jump out at me that I decided it was time for drastic action! I got together a basic pantry list which was a list of staples which I use all the time and needed in my kitchen at all times. They are the basic ingredients to all my recipes. My basic pantry staples shopping list is great to tick off and pop on your purse ready for the next grocery shop.
Over the next month, we will be taking you through the principal steps of meal planning, batch cooking and meal prepping to make cooking healthy meals an absolute breeze! In this post, I will be sharing with you all the ingredients you will need for a well-stocked pantry, and I will be gifting you with my amazing free pantry staples list printable and fridge staples list absolutely free!
My life at home is very very hectic, I juggle work, a really busy after school schedule, weekend sports activities, my spouse works most weekends, goes out early in the mornings to work and gets home at appoximately 9.15pm most evenings due to his long commute. This means that I am often cooking in a hurry but also have to cook meals that fit in with my kids and spouse’s routines. To enable me to feed everyone healthy home cooked meals I’ve really had to up my game when it comes to meal planning and organising the family meals.
What is meal planning?
Meal planning is a whole lot more than just writing a list of things you’d like to eat each week. With a few carefully honed tips, we will discuss how to get organised step by step and get healthy meals planned and cooked, with minimal effort.
Stocking up on basic pantry supplies.
Having a well stocked pantry is the foundation of all successful meal planning.
If you’ve got all the essential pantry supplies you need in the pantry at all times, you should always be able to knock up a quick, healthy meal within minutes and should always be able
I will also discuss the simple method I use to put away your groceries, so you use everything efficiently and avoid
Basic grocery list for pantry staples.
Of course, it isn’t as simple as just popping out and doing the weekly shop, bringing it home and putting it away! That would be too easy! that way also leads to overspending on
I have created a basic grocery list of kitchen staples that I always have in stock in my pantry; this enables me to cook a quick, nutritious, low-fat family meal, reasonably cheaply.
Download your master pantry inventory list then use it every time you write your shopping list! Tick off what you already have in stock before you go.
5 steps to follow before buying pantry supplies.
- Clear out your fridge the day before you shop, This tip really is a game changer! Empty the fridge, discard anything out of date or anything you know you won’t use. Then give it a thorough clean down inside and out, so it is always clean and organised ready for your fresh food to go in! organising starts before you go shopping!
- Schedule the same day each week to do your weekly shopping; we will discuss why later on in the post.
- Juice any fruit and vegetables which may be past their best. drag the juicer out from the back of the cupboard and let’s give those sad bits of fruit a new lease of life! I often use apple juice to sweeten Ragu sauce, and I use orange juice for carrot and orange soup. Make soup or stock with any vegetables which are needing to be used up. Soups can be frozen and used for lunches, and stock as a base for thickening sauces or stews and make a healthier addition to kids’ meals.
- Make a note of all the things you need to replenish your pantry supplies and add it to your printable pantry stock up list.
- Write down a quick list of the meals you’re going to be eating over the next week, don’t worry too much about getting it perfect, you can read my meal planning post by clicking the button below! Jot down all the ingredients you’ll need for your recipes for the week on your household shopping list.
6 steps to organising your kitchen pantry items.
To stay on top of your meal prep and organising it’s not as simple as just unpacking the shopping and shoving it anywhere in the fridge, the next stage of the process is crucial to avoid waste, follow these simple steps to putting food away.
- Stack your fridge and cupboards as you would if you were stacking a supermarket shelf. All the longer-dated stuff goes at the back!
- As you put each item in the fridge note down the day it expires on your planner, this is a crucial factor in meal planning, without this stage, you will struggle to stay organised no matter how much you plan! We will cover this in depth in my meal planning post so don’t forget to subscribe to get our updates and get the code to our amazing resources library!
- If you spot something in the cupboard you never use bin it, declutter as you go!
- Chop carrots, onions, cauliflower, celery, cucumber before putting in the fridge, this makes it easy to grab throughout the week for meals and snacks, and it also reduces waste. Store in an airtight container.
- Grate a large portion of cheese and store in an airtight container for quick grab sandwich fillers, salads and meal toppers. we use a lot of cheese in our house so I grate the whole block before I put it away. I also grate feta cheese for salads and to stir into pasta!
- Slice tomatoes for salads, sandwiches, and sauces for throughout the week. for more information on how to do some basic meal prep click the button below!
Pantry staples list printable
To download your well stocked panty list just click on the button below to be taken to the printable pantry list!
Fridge inventory list
Shopping to a schedule using a basic grocery list.
If you shop on the same day each week with a grocery items list, enables you to:
- Budget and spend less as you know exactly what you need to buy and are not tempted to buy bizarre jars of stuff you’ll never use!
- Avoid mid-week emergency shopping trips, huge amounts of money are spent on impulse purchases when you on each shopping trip. If you nip to the express supermarket the chances of you coming out with only the item you went in for are pretty slim. If you’re anything like me you’ll probably come out with arms laden with unnecessary items! cutting down on the number of supermarket trips will almost certainly save you heaps of money in the long run!
- Keep your fridge clean and organized as you
regularlyclean your fridge the night before you shop!
- Unpack your shopping quickly and easily as everything is organised and not overflowing with lots of stuff you don’t need!
I hope you found this pantry staples list printable helpful, in our next post, we will be talking depth about menu planning, so keep your eyes peeled for that post or subscribe to our mailing list, just leave your Email address by clicking below to get it dropped straight into your inbox!
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Frequently asked Q&A
Can I use the pantry staples list printable if I have a large family? My pantry staples list printable is perfect for people with a large family if it is used in conjunction with meal planning and batch cooking. It will help you cook large batches of meals to freeze and serve in a hurry and will also help to reduce your food wastage.
Do you have a pantry staples list printable suitable for vegetarians? Yes, our pantry staples list
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