Until recently, this was true for us. Until we came up with a plan. Many people have said they're impressed with the plan, which I find surprising. It's mainly common sense and most people, I'm sure, would say, "Duh!" -- but here it is anyway:
- Find seven recipes for the next seven evening meals. Write the meals down and stick them on the fridge (or somewhere else convenient).
- Add the ingredients you'll need for those recipes to your weekly shopping list.
- Buy the ingredients from the supermarket, or wherever.
- When you've unpacked the shopping, check the meat and set a rough order for the meals using the expiry date as a guide.
- If you make more than you need for the odd meal or two, you could save yourself a night or two of cooking.
- It's a simple decision when it's time to eat. Just take a look at the fridge and pick a meal. Hey, it's like a menu at a restaurant!
- You can try out exotic and interesting recipes instead of eating the same meals week after week. I really enjoy using our cookbooks every day instead of just for dinner parties.
- Shopping trips become quicker and more purposeful. No more wandering the aisles aimlessly looking for inspiration.
- You'll find that your culinary skills will improve. Practise makes perfect!
- It's not much fun coming up with seven meals in a single sitting. You could try splitting it out across the week so when shopping day comes you don't have to do it all at once.