If you're aiming to become more organized in the kitchen, then you've come to the right place. We've put together a manageable meal plan for next week, grocery list included. (Here we're focusing on dinner for two, though recipes can be scaled up or down.) Click through, and cook along with us for five nights: each day's recipe will either set you up for days down the line or will make good use of previously prepared ingredients, all to make you more efficient in the kitchen.
Despite being tech-savvy, I always forget a few things when I type out grocery lists on my phone; that's why I'm back to paper for this department. There's something really satisfying about checking, highlighting, or crossing out items on a handwritten list. We created a shopping list for you that you can print out when you need it. The divided sections will help streamline your grocery shopping so you're not jumping back and forth between the spice aisle and the produce section. Simply drag the shopping list below onto your desktop, or right-click it and save the file. The shopping list will print out nice and big, so you'll have plenty of room to handwrite everything you'll need.
Eating healthy isn't always as easy as it seems — especially when navigating your way down the grocery aisle. Our tip is to shop the perimeter because it's usually where whole, unprocessed foods are kept like produce and meat. This chart from the healthy eating blog Summer Tomato will make things even easier to decipher. Darya Pino, a food scientist, put together this "supermarket GPS" chart as a way to steer consumers toward the good stuff and away from the crap.
My favorite tips on the chart are to avoid foods that contain more than five ingredients and those with ingredients that you cannot pronounce. It all sort of goes back to Michael Pollan's mantra, which I love: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
Source: Summer Tomato
Next time you're making your grocery shopping list, one way to make sure you're getting a good amount of fruits and vegetables is by writing the colors of the rainbow on your list. Last weekend I wrote down all the colors (well I used blue/purple instead of blue, violet, and indigo) to my list and made sure I got at least two fruits or vegetables that fit into the color category before I could cross it off.
It was not as easy as it sounds, but here are a few examples for your next shopping trip:
Red: Red peppers, Strawberries, Tomatoes
Orange: Oranges, Tangerines, Pumpkin
Yellow: Bananas, Squash, Lemons
Green: Leafy green vegetables, Zucchini, Apples
Purple/Blue: Pomegranate, Eggplant, Grapes, Plums, Blueberries
Obviously that is not all of them, but just a few ideas to get you started. So try it out. Having a preset list helps you shop healthy and having preset colors within the list forces you to eat a wide variety of fruits and veggies.
I love that after the sequence "tobacco, hamburger, tater gems (?), bacon, hashbrowns and perogies (sic)," and before item # 5 (weed) — this person writes "goodies." What, was all that other stuff the essentials?
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Rachael Ray is everywhere. And now, she's even on your phone. For a "low monthly fee" ($2.99), AT&T subscribers can enjoy Rachael Ray's Recipes on the Run - 40 new recipes each month, complete with personal preparation tips from Rachael. Once a recipe is selected there's a "My Shopping List" feature that allows you to add recipe ingredients directly to a shopping list.
If 40 recipes are too many to choose from, you can give the good ol' EVOO bottle a spin and get Yum-O! meal inspirations.
Folks there's no escaping, she was already everywhere, so she might as well be on your phone too. I don't think I'll subscribe, but I must admit, I love the idea of having an automatic shopping list on my phone.
Lost in the grocery store? Not anymore.
Check this out. It's still being developed, but it's great knowing that people are working on a computer interface with LCD screen that's attached to the shopping cart. Talk about high-tech food shopping.
This handy little device will keep a running tally of all of the items in your cart, which will save you time when you go to check out. Plus it will help you keep track of your list - did you get toilet paper or not.
Looking for organic ketchup? No problem - it'll help you locate items too in the maze of ailses. I know when I'm wandering down aisles looking, I pick up a few unnecessary snacks along the way and get frustrated because I can't find what I'm looking for.
It'll save you time and hopefully create an overall pleasant grocery shopping experience. You'll be able to get in, get what you need, and get out.