By guest contributor and Organising guru – Sharne Kuper
A little meal planning combined with an organised pantry can go a long way in a busy household. It can save money, time and the stress of that eternal question “What’s for dinner tonight?”
Here are some simple tips to make meal-planning work for you:
1. We all have our family favourites and once you have decided what is going to be served for the coming week/s then you can plan this out using a meal planner, many of which can be found online. This avoids impulse buying and limits food waste.
2. Keep a shopping list on the go so that as soon as something is low add it to your list. This will avoid last minute dashes to the shops.
3. When meal planning allocate easy to prepare dinners on evenings where there is limited time perhaps due to after school activities or working late. (A slowcooker is fantastic on these nights).
4. By identifying what you regularly need you can make the most of things that are on special as long as you have the space to store it.
5. Shop only for the extras you need each week. Always take stock of what you have in your pantry, fridge and freezer before heading out to do a shop.
6. When cooking a dish which can be frozen cook double or triple so you don’t find yourself preparing the same meal again the following week.
7. If you can fit it into your budget allocate one night a week to eating out, getting take-away or even just a bbq chicken. This gives a nights rest for the chief cook.
8. Waste not want not. Make the most of your left over’s and turn them into a new dish e.g. left over roast chicken can become chicken fried rice. (cook ONCE eat TWICE ideas here).
9. Take the time to store away what you buy properly this saves waste and ensures food stays as fresh as possible.
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“Sharne is a Sydney based Professional Organiser. After spending most of her career in fashion she has found her calling in helping people reclaim their space and simplify their lives. “I love doing what I do and seeing what a difference it can make in peoples lives is very rewarding”