Keep things simple so you can keep track of what you need
and look ahead to what you need to replenish. -HT
1. Master Grocery List
Okay!!! I know this task seems daunting, but instead of starting from scratch look on Pintrest for Master Grocery Lists take two or three, print them and mark out the things that your family does not like, write down the items that are left and then add anything else. Doing it this way will cut down on the overwhelming task of starting from scratch. Writing a master list out is a great way to make it apart of you, you will begin to ingrain the items in your brain. Typing it out to keep on the fridge is a great way to refer to the list when you need to make sure you are not forgetting something, OR even better create it in Google Docs so it is right at your finger tips wherever you may need it!
2. Take Inventory
Always take inventory before you go to the store. Taking inventory will help you save on your budget and not overbuy. Look in your cabinets or pantry, your fridge and freezer. The master list can come in handy here because if you are like me you forget to write down things down when you throw away the last of something in the middle of cooking dinner. Google Keep App is a great way to keep track of your grocery list and you can even add check marks so when you are in the grocery store you can check off what is already in the cart...AND you can speak into Google Keep App and add to your list!
3. Kick the Habit of Over Buying
What not to do when grocery shopping? One, don't go hungry. Two, have a budget. All leading to kicking the habit of overbuying. My stomach turns when food is wasted so keeping on top of the things in my fridge, like fresh fruits and vegetables is a priority! Even when you are tempted only buy the fruits and veggies you know you can go through while they are fresh. Buy from the freezer section to supplement and hold you over until you get back to purchase more fresh veggies and fruit. Pantry items overflow and things get lost when there are to many things to try and use. Keep it simple.
4. Shop the Perimeter
Be aware of the choices of food you buy at the grocery store. Endless quick nutritious meals and snacks can be made with just a little planning. Stay away from the prepackaged meals or at least look at the ingredients and how they are made before you purchase. Educating yourself is the only way to understand why whole foods are the best. Here is a challenge, everything you buy prepackaged, look up and see if you can make it at home. Google and Youtube have so many suggestions and how to's, nuggets, mac and cheese, soups, quick snacks...just try it out!
5. Organize Your Items
The most important thing when it comes to organizing your food is being able to clearly see what you have on hand. Everyone's food storage is going to look different but the same principle applies. Being able to clearly see items is a kitchen game changer. Eliminate boxes and put individually wrapped snacks, etc. in clear bins to save space and make the items easy to locate and grab. Put all of the pasta together, all the rice, all the canned goods, all like things live together. Organizing with this method makes it super easy to find items you are looking for when cooking and taking inventory.
Chicken & Beef Ideas
Each of the ideas listed below can use either chicken or beef to change things up. Healthy and nutritious versions of any of these ideas can be made. Always look at your ingredients and listen to your body. Pay attention to what makes your best and is best for your family! Here are a few of our meal rotations ideas:
Tacos or Lettuce Wraps
Noodles, Vegetables & Protein
Any and all of these meal ideas can be paired with a salad. A wholesome salad is our go-to veggie. Quick, easy and refreshing! Make sure to follow Upstate Organized Living Stories on Instagram and Facebook where I share meals ideas all week long!
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