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How to meal plan to save time/money/food

Food wastage is one of my biggest pet peeves. I am one of those people who will finish what she ordered at a restaurant even if she did not like it. On demand, I am going to share with you how I meal-prep. This is a simple and a realistic meal plan that works for me and that may cater to your specific needs, taste buds, and budget. This will help you save your time, money, and most importantly, food.

Step 1: Do your grocery shopping once your fridge is close to being empty. Clean it and make sure that all items can be visibly stowed.

Step 2: Make a grocery list and stick to it! You can walk right in and out in less time if you have no distractions unless you are in the mood to explore. (I’ve been told its therapeutic sometimes. I personally can’t do it). This will also help save unnecessary purchases.

Step 3: Once you’ve stocked up your fridge, make a clear and condensed list of all items in specific categories such as bread, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and frozen items. The idea is to have a clear picture and identify perishables and non-perishables to avoid wastage.

Step 4: Checking all the items you have, make a master list of dishes you can prepare with all the items you have and organize them in categories like breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner.

Step 5: It’s a good idea to always have an emergency back-up like frozen food. For example, I have a couple of ready-to-eat stuff for the days when something happens and I can’t cook.

Step 6: Prepare a weekly list and put it up on the fridge so you can keep track and it will also help your partner or whoever know what options you have so they can help themselves if needed.  It encourages independence and saves time and avoids wastage.

Step 7: Don’t shop until its needed or your fridge is nearly empty, whichever is first.

Step 8: Include variety and repeat the above steps. It is boring to eat the same thing over and over so a variety of veggies and fruits in order to prepare something different is a good idea to keep your palette and yourself happy.

Here are some examples:

Well, you can do whatever works best for you – from creative to simple. Let me know if you’ve tried this method and if it helped you (or not).

Until next time,

Love,

Mumsy Pooja.

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