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When you have a house full, finding time to do the shopping can be challenging. Kids activities always fall on the nights you had shopping scheduled, and you probably often find yourself feeding the family with incredibly limited resources.
To make sure that doesn’t lead to unhealthy take outs, you must have a plan to hand for nights when your cupboards are looking a little bare. By making sure you always have something in reserve, you can guarantee meals won’t be a problem, even if you go shopping two days later than planned.
All you need to do is keep the following tips and tricks in mind.
Keep some essential recipes handy
To make this work, you first need recipes that use the last bits you’ve got in the cupboard or fridge. Otherwise known as ‘store-cupboard meals’, these essentials guarantee you’re able to create something, even when you think you have nothing.
Chili is always a good staple here, as it uses essential ingredients that most of us always have. Even if you don’t have ground beef, beans and some peppers can make for a tasty, nutritious meal for the family.
Along the same vein, you could check out this recipe for sloppy joe sauce. This simple yet delicious recipe uses basic ingredients that you probably always have to hand, even after a delayed shopping trip.
Stir fry is another fantastic way to put together a healthy yet tasty meal from the bits at the bottom of your veg drawer. Simply keep recipes like these in mind so that you have options when the worst happens.
Always stock your pantry
Stocking your pantry is another must for coping with those no-shop nights. We’re talking tinned tomatoes, pasta, beans, and a load of spices. These are the core ingredients in many of the recipes mentioned above. You can also make sure to have plenty of rice and noodles as these can be a meal in themselves. Check out this SimpleStepsForLivingLife article to always have certain essentials on hand for 7 cheap and simple meals. It doesn’t matter how empty your fridge is; you can guarantee that these basics will make for a tasty dish. That can make your life a little bit easier, and buy you at least two or three days worth of meals if necessary. You can bet that will be a huge relief during busy periods, so get into this habit now to save you time and your sanity.
In large part, making up meals between shopping trips is about getting creative. It may be that you don’t have enough ingredients for any set recipe, and thus need to make something up on the spot. In this case, you should use your knowledge of flavors to create something tasty out of what you do have. With pasta and tinned tomatoes on hand, you can bet there’ll be something.
Or, you might need to replace key ingredients in your recipes with stuff that you have available. Again, turning to your cooking-based creativity should see you managing issues like these and still creating something everyone enjoys at the end of it. Then, you’ll just need to find a way to fit that shopping trip in before your creation runs out!