The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System answers the question “What’s For Dinner Tonight?” with the answer- What’s For Dinner This Week.”
If you’re a subscriber to The Organized Cook, Simple Gourmet is on the menu this week. And with the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the holidays, we made this week’s dinner menu using simple recipes that create gourmet results.
Day 1: Slow Cooker Beef Au Poivre with Escalloped Carrots
Day 2: Italian Baked Chicken with Penne Pomodoro
Day 3: Hearty Beef Stew
Day 4: Chicken Spinach Lasagna with Red and Green Salad
a: a commodity for which the demand is constant b: something having widespread and constant use or appeal c: the sustaining or principal element
Kitchen staples are items you are likely to have in kitchen and use consistently like salt, pepper, milk, oils, vinegar, flour, etc. In The Organized Cook, a staples reminder list is located on each Grocery Shopping List so subscribers can do a quick check of their pantry and refrigerator before heading off to the grocery store.
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Staples In Bulk
So which staples are best bought in bulk? Buying in bulk can no doubt save money but there are a few things to first consider. You want to make sure that items have a long enough shelf life and that you use them often enough.
Items like olive oil purchased in bulk can be a lot less money than purchasing the individual size. But if you’ve ever tried cooking with a 3-liter bottle, it’s not always easy. Lifting and pouring from a heavy container into a saute pan is no fun.
So here’s how to make cooking with staples simple while keeping your kitchen organized and saving money by purchasing in bulk. Purchase smaller containers to fill and refill with bulk items.
Organization Can Look So Good
Keep organization looking good by labeling your individual containers. I came across these functional- and aesthetically pleasing- labels from a new line by Avery found only at, get this, Staples. With these preformatted labels, you can have your kitchen staples looking good in no time. Instead of lugging out my big jar of flour in order to sprinkle one tablespoon in my saute pan, I have my small container close by.
Fancy or Functional
It doesn’t matter where you purchase your containers, it only matters that the container feels right for you. For oils, you can go with decorative glass bottles with free-flow pourers like these I found at my local Fresh & Easy. Or, you can make it simple and functional with some plastic squirt bottles.
Before Avery Labels
I found these small multi-purpose jars at Bed Bath & Beyond store that are a perfect fit for my Avery labels and the perfect size for staples like minced garlic, sea salt and crushed red pepper- all items I like to purchase in bulk.
Multi-purpose storage jars from Bed Bath & Beyond
Avery Labels From Staples.com
Avery Label 22806
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The The Organized Cook, Avery and Staples helping your kitchen staples look good! For a short video:
Before Avery Labels
Saving Time.Saving Money.Making Dinner.
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For family dinners the key to saving time is planning. The key to saving money is also planning. And the key to saving even more time and more money is organization.
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Here are the key steps for family dinner meal planning.
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Step 1- Plan
Plan your family dinner menu for the entire week
Step 2- Plan
Plan your grocery shopping day with list ready to go
Step 3- Organize
Organize your family dinner menu and your grocery shopping list in a way that will help you reduce waste and save even more time and money.
Sound like a lot of work? It can be.
The Organized Cook
What I’ve done with The Organized Cook is taken the task of planning and organizing your family dinners a few steps further to help you save even more time and money using organization as the key ingredients.
The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Planning System
Through cooking methods like “reusing your time” and “reincarnating the leftover”, family dinners will cost you less than $100 a week in groceries and often as low as $67 a week.
But that’s nothing compared to the amount of time you will save.
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