Cupboard essentials and meal planning
Cooking tasty, easy meals for your family doesn't need lots of time or money. Better still, you’re more than likely to have plenty left for the next day or two. Or you can always pop leftovers in the freezer for those days when there’s just no time to cook a meal from scratch.
Take a gander at our top tips for meal planning.
Top tips to try at home
Tip #1: Check the cupboards
Check what’s already in your cupboard before you go shopping. Can you make a meal from the ingredients you’ve got? Have a look at our recipes to see if you can cobble together something delicious.
Tip #2: Dry food
Tip #3: Download a meal planner
Try a weekly meal plan to make planning the week ahead easier.
Tip #4: Plan on the same day every week
Set aside some time one day to plan your family meals, write out a list of ingredients and get the kids to help so they know what they can expect for their dinner that week. Try not to get side-tracked by all those sneaky, junk food promotions at the supermarket - it’s easy to slip these things into your basket but they’re not doing you or your family any favours.
Tip #5: Balance the plan
Use our meal planner to have a good mix of meals for the week. These could include meat, fish and vegetable dishes to give you variety as well as tasty meals.
Tip #6: Frozen helps you plan
Tip #7: Store Cupboard Essentials
Tip #8: The freezer is your friend
Tip #9: Keep your veggie peelings for stock
Tip #10: Using herbs and spices
Tip #11: Plan around your family
Tip #12: Batch cooking
Tip #13: Shop online
Tip #14: Store cupboard foods
If you don't have much time to cook dinner, having a few easy to grab essentials like tinned vegetables, beans and fish can really help. You only need a few simple ingredients to make a quick and great tasting meal. For more inspiration, check out our recipes page.
Tip #15: Plan to prepare
Tip #16: Get the kids involved in planning
Get the kids more involved by asking them what meals they like best. You can do this more easily by sticking to food groups. Get them to pick out 4 pasta dishes from our healthy recipes or 2 pizza toppings etc. Click here to use our free food lab.