5 Helpful Tips on How to Make Weeknight Cooking Easier
It's easier than it sounds!
It's happened to the best of us: Mondays are for Sunday's leftovers, Tuesday is spent scraping what's left of your pantry staples, and by Wednesday, you come home only to realize you only have a single carrot left in your chiller.
We're here to convince you that a simple, fuss-free weekly habit can change the way you shop at the grocery, cook at home, and spend your money. It's easier than it sounds, trust us-but one weekly trip to the grocery can make the work week easier and more bearable. Here's how to get started:
1 Pick a day to shop for groceries.
It makes the most sense to make your quick weekly grocery trip on a Sunday: you'll be motivated enough to do a little food prep for the week, and you'll be energized and recharged for the week ahead. Shop early: you'll be able to avoid supermarket lines and crowds that tend to pile up on weekends.
2 When heading to the grocery or market, always come prepared with a list.
And check it twice! Don't miss out on the essentials that could be the key to an easy weeknight meal: garlic, onions, ground meat, leafy greens, grains, and pasta.
3 Stock up on your essentials.
If you know you're a big pasta eater, or can't get enough of those roasted baby potatoes, grab a big bunch and store them correctly on your kitchen counters, stock room, or refrigerator. It's great to know you have you go-to ingredients to fall back on when you're too tired to think of something new to cook.
4 Add a new ingredient to your shopping cart every week.
This could be a mini goal for every grocery trip: choose a new ingredient you want to work with or have never cooked with before. The options are endless! It could be a spice, a vegetable, or a specific type of cheese. It's an easy way to keep yourself motivated and will give you something to look forward to once you get cooking at home.
5 Add a few greens to eat healthier.
The best thing about shopping for yourself is that you are consciously choosing how to nourish your own body. Pick up a good amount of greens and veggies to make sure you're getting what you need. Plus, you get to cook and season them exactly how you want to!