Is menu planning something you struggle with?
Have you ever taken the time, written a plan, done the shopping and then had to force yourself to eat things that you didn’t really feel like at the time?
When it comes to menu planning, I’ve gone from one extreme to the other over the course of my life. When I was first getting into cooking I would pour through my favourite cookbooks and magazines and write my detailed shopping list every week. Mostly we’d end up changing the plan and eating different things, or going out at the last minute. As you can imagine, my veggies, like my menu plan would quietly waste away in the fridge.
At the other extreme, when I was living in the beautiful Barossa Valley, I used to just wake up and head to the farmers markets each Saturday morning and buy whatever looked enticing. This approach was much more fun, encouraging me to try new things when I got home. Took less time and generally had less waste. Win win.
But it takes a certain level of confidence in the kitchen (and a well stocked pantry) to work the ‘wing-it’ menu plan. So I wanted to come up with an alternative. And here it is…
the simplest menu plan
Take 10 ingredients, a few pantry staples and five different 5 ingredients recipes. Menu. Planning. Done.
Feel free to play around with this to add variety. Any canned beans could be used in place of the white beans. Salmon or sardines would be lovely in place of the tuna. Even smoked mussels or oysters would work. And the beef could be replaces with lamb, pork or chicken. Endless possibilities.
the 10 ingredients shopping list
- canned tuna
- canned white beans
- canned lentils
- canned tomatoes
- fresh baby spinach or frozen spinach
- ground beef
- smoked paprika
the pantry checklist
- soy sauce or tamari
- olive oil
5 days of 5 ingredients dinner recipes
- smoky tomato & lentil soup
- ground beef with buttery zucchini
- tuna & white bean salad
- vegetable & white bean stew
- simple burgers with quick tomato sauce
Like to try an even easier Meal Planning method?
I’m super excited to announce that the 2-Minute Meal Plan System is now ready.
To pick up a copy today, go to:
See also: 16 Tasty Ideas for Zucchini.