6 Meal Planning Basics

Plan ahead to create healthy, budget-wise meals. Meal planning can make being in the kitchen more fun and save you a lot of time and money.

Making a menu can be easy. Create a shopping list to make sure you buy all the items you need.

Try these hints:
1. Check what you have a home.

See what needs to be used in your refrigerator, freezer and cupboard and pantry.

2. Don’t focus on details.

Start by writing down ideals rather than specific recipes.

3. Make the most of ingredients.

Pick out ingredients that can be used in more than one meal.

4. Get creative.

Think about ways to use leftover ingredients in other meals. Don’t let them go to waste.

5. Check store flyers and apps.

Look for sale items you can use in your meals.

6. Love your leftovers.

Prepare enough of a dish to eat multiple times during the week or freeze. Making leftovers part of your plan can save money and time.

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