Know Your Inventory

How to Improve Meal Planning

 

Is shopping, menu planning, and making home cooked meals something you dread? Does it create unnecessary stress in your already busy life? If so, you aren't alone! We are all living a full life, and want what's best for us and our families. Cooking healthy and fresh foods from inside our own kitchens not only keeps us feeling good, it also brings us together.  Here are a few helpful suggestions to bring some light into your kitchen, and some yumminess into your mouth!
Knowing your inventory makes cooking on the fly a much easier and relaxing experience in conjunction with keeping a full kitchen inventory, so you aren't constantly scrambling to get to the market. This is the solution to stress free home cooking. Next is a list of helpful hints to add to the foundation.


1) keeping all the basics on hand
2) memorizing combinations that work for you and your loved ones
3) replenish goods before you're wiped out
4) add new items into the mix to keep from boredom
 

Examples of dry basics include:
legumes (lentils, black beans, dahl)
grains (quinoa, brown rice, whole wheat pasta)
seed bread
spices
olive oil
apple cider vinegar
honey
dijon mustard
soy sauce/miso

Examples of fresh ingredients include:
garlic
leafy greens (kale. bok choy, salad mixes, swiss chard)
avocados
Sweet Potatoes
LEMONS/citrus
fresh herbs (dill, cilantro, mint)
cucumbers
onion
cabbage
carrots
celery

If you manage to keep your fridge stocked with these items, and some additional favorites, you will be amazed at what you can create with a basic inventory. Animal proteins are welcomed to the mix, but I would suggest trying to prepare at least 50% of your meals vegan. The more you learn to cook with fresh vegetables and spices, the more exotic and advanced your cooking ability becomes! Spices are of the upmost importance, so always try something new, and don't be afraid to make your own combinations. Some of my favorites are: fennel seed, cardamon, cinnamon, and clove.

Check out the recipes for some quick and easy fixes based off this list!

 

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