What basic items are these?
Here’s what’s in the WADF Kitchen refrigerator:
Butter or Margarine
Salsa or Picante Sauce
A-1 Steak Sauce
Flour and Corn Tortillas
Is that all that’s in our fridge? By no means. We couldn’t exist without pickles, Coffee Mate, and Redi Whip, but I don’t believe those are a must-have for every family.
What basic items are in our baking cupboard?
Light Brown Sugar
Yeast and Bread Machine Yeast
Pudding Mixes (assorted flavors)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Depending on the recipes you routinely make, you may need to consider keeping various types of flour on hand.
Our Spice Rack Includes:
Dry Onion Soup Mix
Dry Ranch or Italian Dressing Mix
Your tastes may dictate keeping different types of spices on hand, including tasty additions like rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, paprika, ginger or nutmeg. Many varieties of seasoned salt (and pepper!) are available – choose ones that suit your recipes and cooking style.
On Our Pantry Shelves:
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Cream of Chicken Soup
Pasta (your choice)
Chicken, Beef and/or Vegetable Stock
Fresh Foods Always In Supply:
In the Freezer:
Ground turkey, ground beef, chicken, and pork tenderloin
Loaf of wheat bread
Frozen vegetables – broccoli, corn, peas, and a harvest combo
One of the fastest ways to conquer meal planning is to consider recipes that you can double and freeze half for use later. Simply add the containers to your grocery list and buy the storage size you need to fit your freezer. If you plan your meals to provide 2-3 double recipes and freeze half, you have 2-3 meals for later in the month which are as simple as thawing from the freezer and warming up.
Crockpot Recipe Beef Stew comes to mind. This simple recipe cooks in the crockpot, can easily be doubled, and freezes/reheats well. With round steak in the freezer to start, then adding fresh potatoes, carrots, and onions with a can of tomatoes and spices, you have a simple meal cooking in the crockpot that allows dinner to be on the table within minutes of walking in the door.