When I’m feeling incredibly organized I like to plan my dinner menu for the week before doing the groceries on the weekend. This may be old news to you but when the lightbulb went off, I couldn’t believe I had spent so many years doing it backwards. I used to go in the store with a small list and maybe one or two recipes in mind. The majority of the groceries were staples I’m used to having at home or impulse buys.

Here’s me doing groceries: Ooh! The green beans look really bright and fresh today, got to get some of those. And, Wow! 2 lbs of strawberries for how much? I’m taking home a couple of these!

The following week I’d end up with wilted vegetables that were never used and sadly they would end up in the trash, along with my money. With my “new” strategy, it feels good to know exactly what I’m cooking on any given night and that I have everything I need to prepare it.

Here is my time and money saving grocery strategy:

1. Check your fridge and pantry for anything that needs to be consumed

2. Figure out what dishes you can make with what you have already, and look up any new recipes you want to try out

3. Make a list of 4-5 meals for the week
(I plan 4 since Friday is usually take-out or left over night and weekends we figure out as we go)

4. Create your grocery list based on the meals planned for the week and add in anything else you need

Since I like you so much, here are 4 menu ideas to get you started.

Kale Slaw
Pad Thai
Black Bean Burger
Vegetable Egg Roll

Vegetable Egg Rollls

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