The other end of this goal is rooted in meal planning. I use the term meal planning rather than meal prep because I don’t do a lot of prepping, but instead just try to make sure we are shopping to our actual meal needs. And even meal planning can be an exhausting balance of trying to keep variety in the menu and aligning meals to what is on sale (particularly meat in my opinion).
So, here are just three things that are helping to achieve #1 on my 20 for 2020 List.
The one thing I do prep-wise is cutting up some fruit and vegetables, mostly for my 1 year old. These bags are great because they are easier to store in the fridge than a million containers of different sizes. I’m happy to not be throwing away thin plastic bags and they are really not hard to clean. The only drawback I’ve seen so far is that they do take up some space to properly dry. I still don’t have a great way of storing the bags either, but I’m getting there. I’m excited to get some larger ones and try them in the freezer. Note, these are not the exact bags I’m using — I’ve been able to find them at Homegoods at a good price.
There are few things more frustrating in the kitchen than wrestling with plastic wrap or finding that my dear husband has mangled the box in a way that the roll/blade is no longer usable, hmmm. Is this just our household? Anyway, beeswrap has eliminated this challenge for me. I’ve been using these wraps from Uncommon Goods, but there are lots of options on Etsy and Amazon. They are great for covering dishes as well as wrapping produce or cheese and clean very easily with a warm rinse with dish soap.
3. Fridge Whiteboard
In our old house we painted a blackboard wall to display our weekly menu. We are renting again, so it is more practical for us to use a fridge whiteboard for this very purpose. We’ve been using this one for a year and half and it does the trick at a great price. I organize the our menu Monday to Monday because I do our grocery shopping on Tuesdays. For nights I plan on having leftovers or eating separately, it is still noted on the whiteboard as “Leftovers” or “On Your Own” to set expectations accordingly.
What’s next? That’s where you come in! I’m looking to create a Google Doc of recipes with friends and family to help us get more creative in our meal planning. I’m thinking it will be catalogued a few different ways by meal type and ease to make. Let me know if you want to get involved by leaving a comment or messaging me.