I talked about this a little in my blog post with the Simple Thai Coconut Soup demo, but wanted to explain my purpose a little more. I'm going to try shopping a little differently than I normally do, and work off of a list of ingredients for my meals for the week, versus planning specific meals where I end up with random leftover things. I figure if I have a "pantry" of 6 or so things to use, plus a few handfuls of things to make with those ingredients, I can get through the week without a ton of thought put into my food, but I'm still getting good meals and a nice variety. This is kind of my approach to meal planning, but it gives me a lot more flexibility which I like. My picky stomach makes it tough to stick to things sometimes.
Now, there are certain things that I kind of always have on hand because you can always use them, and they make a big difference when it comes to adding flavor to things....or even being able to make things at all.
- garlic, onion, ginger, lemon and/or lime, tomatoes, bananas, coconut milk, black beans, chick peas, eggs, some type of potato -
It's pretty easy to keep these in stocked in my pantry, they're all pretty inexpensive (except lemons and limes right now, omg) and you can use them for soooooo many things. Other than those ingredients, I'm gonna try to stick to roughly 6 for about 5-7 days.
For my first week trial run, I picked out the following:
- spinach, carrot, sweet potato, mushroom, papaya, avocado, plus tofu and coconut milk -
I was pretty darn happy with how things turned out for the week. Grocery shopping was relatively easy between my basics and the handful of ingredients. Of course I got some snacks and other things too, I'm not trying to make this a painful challenge. It actually made meal planning and cooking, or even last minute
food, much easier. I did a few things for my skin too with the same ingredients which was extremely easy since I just used what I was already cooking with.
So here's what I made for the week, including stuff for my skin/hair:
• thai coconut soup
• green smoothies
• sweet potato fries / guac
• papaya pancakes (with leftover potato / recipe coming Sunday!)
• Savory breakfast scramble with veggies
• Buddha bowls with roasted veggies, salsa, guac
• coconut sticky rice with papaya
PLUS I also did the following for my face:
° coconut cream + lavender essential oil mask
° banana + honey mask
° papaya seed scrub
I've got some recipes up on Instagram, @simplecaresteph, so be sure to check them out if you're in need of some inspiration for the week!
Let me know what you think of this idea or if this is something that you have tried , or want to try!
I was quite happy with it, so I'm doing it again next week. :)
Listen to the PODCAST, Episode 2!