The key to healthy eating, of course, is to actually go grocery shopping and buy healthy foods. I used to be the type of person that walked into the grocery store, spent 45 minutes wandering around aimlessly, and then left $100 poorer. And then I still couldnâ€™t figure out what to make for dinner.
Iâ€™ve tried to use grocery lists many times in the past. But every method backfired. Either it was too time-intensive or I ended up spending more money. And regardless of how â€˜wellâ€™ I thought I had done at the store, I still struggled to create meals throughout the week because Iâ€™d always be missing a few key ingredients.
I realized that I needed to combine the practicality of grocery lists with the philosophy of meal planning.
Instead of just randomly jotting down things I think Iâ€™ll need, I first identify four or five meals that I want to cook throughout the week.
Then, I list out the four general sections of Trader Joeâ€™s:
Cheese (if you love goat cheese as much as I do, cheese is a section)
And list out the ingredients for each meal idea. I also add in other miscellaneous things that weâ€™ll need, like cereal, produce, and milk.
The list comes with me to the store and I go through each section, selecting everything on my list, plus a few more items depending whatâ€™s on sale.
Iâ€™m currently doing cooking prep work for the week. Itâ€™s going to be really busy, so Iâ€™m making a casserole and cooking some grains.
I also made this wonderful dinner:
If youâ€™re looking for a meal to double (or even triple) and eat off of all work week long, definitely try Meganâ€™s pineapple quinoa.
Every time I make this, I feel like Iâ€™m eating takeout from some fancy Asian fusion restaurant.
Do you use grocery lists or meal plan? How do you make it work for you?