The last thing you want to do when you’re feeling hangry is stare at an empty plate, waiting for inspiration to strike. It simply won’t happen.
Instead, set 15 minutes aside every week to plan your meals and make dinnertime a breeze.
I buy my produce at a local farm in the summer and from an organic greenhouse in the winter. I use their offerings as my inspiration as my weekly menu is based on the vegetables that are in season.
For me, it's all about my slow cooker. I turn it on around 11 p.m. and when I wake up, my dinner is ready. Pure happiness.
National Sales Director
The only way to maintain weeknight sanity is when dinnertime prep work is done over the weekend. Otherwise, evenings can be disastrous.
I take advantage of the harvest season to stock my freezer. Frozen tomato sauce, applesauce and fruit are handy to have on hand when you’re running low on time.
I grocery shop online and have everything delivered. I use all the time I saved to plan for the week ahead.
Marketing & Strategic Creative Director
Use leftovers from one meal to create an entirely new one.
Helpful tips to get the kids involved in the family shopping list.
If you’re not already a list person, it’s time to get on the bandwagon. Use them, love them and wonder how you ever managed without them.
Specially designed by our team, this handy cheat sheet shows you your weekly menu and grocery list at a glance. Simply click to print (You're welcome!).
Use a whiteboard or chalkboard in the kitchen and make sure you keep it up-to-date. When you’re ready to shop, simply snap a photo of it with your smartphone and you’re ready to go.
Ricardocuisine.com members have access to “My Grocery List,” a nifty feature that allows you to add recipe ingredients to a virtual list which can then be accessed via smart phone, printed or emailed. Sign up today, it's free!
Many large grocery stores offer a list-making widget on their websites. Bonus: Their flyers are there too, making it a great way to get organized and save money.
Deal hunters will appreciate this one: Write your list on a white envelope and slide your coupons inside.
Having these items on-hand means you'll always have a meal (almost) ready to go
Delicious diiners that are quick, easy and yummy.