Day 2 of the Spending Freeze Challenge – Prepping Your Kitchen

Congratulations on making it through your first day! How did it feel? If you’re following along with the challenge, I’d love to hear from you!

Today we’ll face the one issue that often causes us to be, um, literally running out of the house for food – kitchen prep work. Meal planning is fairly new to me – I’ve only started truly planning a dinner schedule and sticking to it within these past few years. Before that, I would come home from work and stare mindlessly into the fridge for inspiration. So, what’s my solution to weeknight (and weekend!) meals? Make a list and stick to it. The end. Like I promised at the beginning of this challenge – no complicated steps to follow, no expensive solutions.

Here’s how I get ready for the week:

  • Sit down and write out 7 meals I can make as dinners for the week. Need inspiration? Head over to Pinterest for easy recipes or pull out your cookbooks and find 7 things you know you can cook. Want to spice it up? Pick 6 things you know you can cook and 1 recipe to try that is new or challenging. Here’s what my list looks like – it hangs on the fridge all week for reference.IMG_1655
  • Take that list of meals and do a quick glance through cabinets & the fridge to see what you already have. Create grocery list as needed.

I know it sounds like I’m oversimplifying, but that’s all I do. I’ve started forgiving myself if I need to make a second trip to the store during the week – sometimes my grocery list isn’t thorough enough or sometimes we simply eat more than I planned. This challenge is about progress, not perfection – so embrace that trip to the grocery store over a trip to a drive thru!

We’ll talk tomorrow about dinners for those busy nights – when we think we don’t have time to cook. Have a recipe you’d like to share with me for tomorrow’s post? Send it my way!

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