Begin with proteins, then add vegetables, starch, sauce and any other fun plate additions you can think of. Create an ingredient list, which will become your final shopping list. Check around the house to make sure you don’t purchase something you may already have, then head off to the supermarket. This is where the real fun begins!
ahead, usually the staples; bread, milk, eggs etc., but, when it comes to menu planning for the week, they let inspiration guide. This would describe me. I start in the produce aisle, then to the fish and meat departments immediately after that, finding myself visualizing the plates as I then go from aisle to aisle. I can spend hours learning about new products, quality checking, or just creating new ideas right there while I'm shopping. I like to allow the things I find on sale, or the specials, inspire me as to what may be my menu for the week. Remember, you don't always have to stick to what’s on your list. Enter into the shopping experience with a very open mind and be prepared to find substitutions for the food you may have predetermined for dinner. This is how the experience can become fun. Get the family involved with you as well, bring the kids along and make it a challenge to prepare the best meal yet! It will ultimately take the stress off of you (well maybe not the 'taking the kids with you' part of it) and make the ever so irritating question of "What’s for dinner?" disappear.
As always, Bon Appetit!
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