FREE Pantry Staples Checklist To Help You With Your Meal Planning!
Over the next month, we will be taking you through the principal steps of meal planning.
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.
So, with a few carefully honed tips, we will discuss how to get organised step by step, to get your healthy meals planned, with minimal effort.
I’ve also created some fantastic FREE printable checklists to go with each post, to help keep you on track, when you subscribe to our updates.
Send me my FREE pantry staples checklist!
In the first week, we will be discussing food shopping for your pantry staples; we will focus on the items you need to keep in your pantry, to whip up a healthy meal in minutes.
It is also the foundation of all excellent meal planning.
If you’ve got 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 feed unexpected guests at any time.
We will also discuss a simple method to put away your groceries, to use everything efficiently and to avoid any waste.
Of course, it isn’t as simple as just popping out and doing the weekly shop, bringing it home and putting it away!
I have created a pantry staples list of items I always have in stock in my pantry; this enables me to cook a quick, nutritious, low-fat family meal, reasonably cheaply.
Get it here! Then use it every time you write your shopping list! Tick off what you already have in stock before you go.
Leave one inside your pantry door, so you know what you need to buy!
Look out for my FREE perishables stock list in my next post too!
The steps to follow before food shopping!
- The day before you go food shopping, clear out and wipe down your fridge, check expiry dates on everything and discard if necessary.
Organising starts before you go to the shops! Follow these simple steps before you head off to the supermarket!
- Schedule the same day each week to do your weekly shopping; we will discuss why later on in the post.
- Juice any fruit which may be nearly going off, 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 staples, to get my FREE printable list click here
- 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 I’ll be showing you how to do that in depth in my next meal planning post. Jot down all the ingredients you’ll need for your meals for the week on your shopping list.
- Go food shopping!
Putting stuff away
It’s not as simple as shoving it anywhere you think it’ll fit, This 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 next post so don’t forget to subscribe to get our updates and get our free pantry staples checklist as a bonus!
- 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.
- Slice tomatoes for salads, sandwiches, and sauces for throughout the week.
Shopping to a schedule
If you shop on the same day each week with a list, it enables you to
- Budget and spend less
- Avoid mid-week emergency shopping trips which cost you more
- Clear out your fridge the day before, so it is always clean and organised ready for your fresh food to go in.
- Unpack your shopping into the fridge quicker and easier.
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