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I have been at this a few weeks, and thought I would pass along a suggestion that has really worked for me as far as meal planning goes. Someone on another board suggested it to me. Basically, what you do is have a 'theme' for each night of the week. I don't rigidly plan what will be for Monday, Tuesday etc. but I do know that Friday is generally dinner at Mom's, and I plan for one night of either leftovers from that, or going out. So, when I am planning my grocery shopping, I plan for recipes falling under five themes:<br><br><br><br>
Pasta<br><br>
Soup or sandwich<br><br>
Convenience food<br><br>
Stir-fry or stovetop<br><br>
Free choice<br><br><br><br>
I have sections in my recipe binder for each of these themes (except free choice, which is anything else I feel like having, and right now is reserved for trying new dishes). So, planning a grocery shop is easy, I just go through each section of the binder and pick one recipe from each.
 

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Thanks for the suggestion.<br><br><br><br>
So, what do normal people do? Pick out like all the recipes that you want to make for the week, then write down all the ingredients you will need, and go buy them all at the grocery store? I see recipes that sound interesting, but I never have the ingredients for them thus never try them. I need a new way of grocery shopping I think.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kpickell</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Thanks for the suggestion.<br><br><br><br>
So, what do normal people do? Pick out like all the recipes that you want to make for the week, then write down all the ingredients you will need, and go buy them all at the grocery store? I see recipes that sound interesting, but I never have the ingredients for them thus never try them. I need a new way of grocery shopping I think.</div>
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Man, so do I. We always have random things that don't go together like peanut butter and pasta and tortilla chips, but like TONS of it, and then my husband gets mad because I want to go to a restaurant when we have a kitchen full of food.<br><br><br><br>
But then when I buy tons of "real food" like fresh produce, half of it goes bad because I still don't know what to do with it. And when I just buy for a few recipes I spend WAY too much money buying tons of stuff or I get tired of eating the same three recipes.
 

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I run into that trap too elibrown - spending WAY too much to buy every little ingredient for a recipe...<br><br><br><br>
I do VERY similar to the OP:<br><br>
We have "Mexican Night",<br><br>
"Burger, Dog, Sammich OR Leftover" night,<br><br>
"Pasta/Italian Night"<br><br>
"Beans or Potato Night"<br><br>
"Kids Choice Night"<br><br>
"Asian (Chinese-Thai-Indian-etc) Night"<br><br>
and "Junk Food Night".<br><br><br><br>
This is modified in the summer to "Salads and/or Soup and/or Sandwiches" almost every night.<br><br><br><br>
I'm not saying we stick to this religiously, but it helps HUGELY in planning stuff most everyone likes.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kpickell</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Thanks for the suggestion.<br><br><br><br>
So, what do normal people do? Pick out like all the recipes that you want to make for the week, then write down all the ingredients you will need, and go buy them all at the grocery store? I see recipes that sound interesting, but I never have the ingredients for them thus never try them. I need a new way of grocery shopping I think.</div>
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I just buy whatever looks good in the store and stay stocked up on staples (grains, flours, pasta, soymilk, sauces, etc.). Then I base my meals on the food available in the house.<br><br><br><br>
Occassionally I plan to make a recipe in advance and I specifically but ingredients for it.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>misq17</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I just buy whatever looks good in the store and stay stocked up on staples (grains, flours, pasta, soymilk, sauces, etc.). Then I base my meals on the food available in the house.<br><br><br><br>
Occassionally I plan to make a recipe in advance and I specifically but ingredients for it.</div>
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Same here.
 

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This is a great idea, and one that may help me a lot! i tend to scour recipes, pick out the ones i think will be good, i shop for all the ingredients, then usually i forget what i wanted to make and the stuff goes bad. LOL<br><br>
i try to keep the staples on hand, so i can usually whip up a pasta or mexican meal easily.......some weeks i am way more organized than others.
 

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Because I don't own a car and have to carry groceries home from the shops I only buy 2-3 meals at a time. I keep staples pretty well stocked so I only need buy the fresh stuff. I also do things that share ingredients for example I have 2 recipes that use celery. So when I buy celery I do them both in the same week to share the celery so it doesn't go bad. I walk to the main supermarket every Sunday, Wed and Fri and walk to the HFS or Oxfam (you can get awesome brown basamati rice that is fairtrade here) every TH after work. On Tuesdays we have a farmer's market so I go stock up on fruit and veg. So basically I shop a little every day.
 
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