Great suggestion, Christine! May I add a pantry check as well? Especially your spice rack - I have three bottles of parsley in mine, because it came up in a recipe and I thought I was out! LOL!
Here's what I do - every Saturday morning I come here on Spark and plan the next week's dinners right into my nutrition tracker. I cook SOMETHING six nights out of almost every week. I'm including reheating or recombining leftovers as a night of cooking. Then I go through the plan day by day and check each recipe that I've chosen and check both the fridge and the pantry for the needed components. The items I don't have I add to my grocery list immediately.
Hey, and I'm getting better at planning the leftover components in toward the end of the week! That has been a challenge for me, as in what do you do with half a can of cream of mushroom soup? It used to sit in the fridge until it was gross, then get thrown out. Now when I use half on Monday, I look for a recipe for Thursday or Friday that will use the other half. Problem solved!
Keep thinking and sharing!
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Calvin Coolidge
Co-Leader, Friends on Our Journey Together
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