Welcome to this compilation of topics on our approach to meal planning! We hope by the end of these five articles, you will feel prepared and empowered to tackle all the steps involved in getting dinner on the table.
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One of the most time-consuming parts of meal planning can be calculating all the ingredients and organizing the shopping list. We take care of that for you. We have plenty of tips and tricks to help you make the most of what you have and what you need, plus options for how and where you like to shop.
Being in the habit of knowing the contents of your kitchen and building meals around those ingredients can minimize shopping and keep time and costs down. Keep an inventory or double-check your pantry and spice cabinet to avoid buying that fourth jar of cumin.
With Meal Hero, a smart shopping list is generated for your meal plan with all ingredients consolidated and ordered by both department and meal. Take this list to the store, share it with a family member, or have your groceries delivered through a grocery delivery service like Instacart, Amazon, or Kroger. It’s easy — we’ll send your list to the service of your choice where you can double-check the items and schedule delivery. With Kroger, enter your zip code to see item matching right in the app!
Plan to do one big shop per week, which saves tons of time during the week and will be your salvation when it’s “go-time”. While you’re at it, add some on-sale items that you can keep in your freezer or pantry for quick throw-together last-minute meals like cans of tuna, frozen pasta, jarred sauce, and other last-minute-dinner staples.
When your groceries have arrived home, think about which ones you’ll be using first. Maybe some of the frozen items need to be thawed in the fridge for tomorrow, or tonight’s chicken needs to be marinated. Washing all the produce (and prepping if you have time) before it gets put away will also reduce that step later in the week. Take care of these tasks while you’re already handling them and your future self will thank you.
There are many ways to grocery shop and you’ll find the one that works best for you! Whether you shop in-store with an app, order everything online, or like to keep it traditional with pen and paper. We hope some of the tips we’ve shared will be helpful.
If you shop with Meal Hero, we’d love to hear about your experience and how we can improve.