If you’re planning on stocking up… to avoid the crowds, people, germs, or simply like to be prepared, this monthly shopping list should help, and below I’ve added a lot of recipes to use the items in.
I got back from my shopping trip and am happy to say I don’t think I’ll need to leave the house for a month.
I’m sharing my list of items if you need any help.
Hopefully, this will help you have a plan,
so you don’t need to go to the store as often.
Planning sometimes helps reduce stress:
I hope this helps you feel a little less stressed, being prepared helps some feel more in control especially when we know we really don’t have any.
I WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU WOULD EAT OVER AND OVER and not get tired of., click here to tell me.
I’m sure I forgot a few items and will update the list when I recall more, so far I thought to add marinara sauce, canned diced tomatoes, chocolate syrup… if you’re totally out f chocolate syrup you could make my recipe for chocolate syrup.
Suggested items to buy to eat for meals for the month… for a family of 4 (adjust accordingly)
A question that is often asked when you stock up. Will this cost me more money?
In reality… no, it won’t cost you more than a month’s worth of regular shopping/eating out, if you plan it out and eat what you buy. It may even be way less, since you’ll have a plan, not just buy things to buy them, and you’ll save yourself some stress, a ton of time as you’ll have what you need and can spend all your extra meal planning, shopping time on something you really like doing.
Even if you don’t eat it in a month, there are items you normally consumed.
Helpful tips on keep the food fresh
Remember to keep items in fridge fresh don’t open it often or for long periods at the temperature rises in the fridge
Condensation is formed and food goes bad as it warms up repeatedly.
Slice and freeze in smaller portions to save space.
Portion out foods for long term use.
This will also help with prep time for faster meals.
There are so easy recipes to make with the items on the PRINTABLE LIST
Egg drop Soup, and LOTS of other ideas for cooking eggs.
Items like carrot and onions last a while (Quinoa Carrot Salad)
Keep onions stored in cool dark place or chop and freeze them
Keep potatoes stored in brown bags with holes in a cool dark place for longer storage
I just make this Pasta Fagioli last night… so yummy!
Most people have seasonings in the pantry… that will help with mixing things up, be creative try something new.
Homemade Pasta, just need some flour and eggs
CHICKEN (some of my all-time favorites)
The shopping list I made includes some quantities, but as we all know everyone eats differently. The portions I added are for a typical family of four:
Now that can really differ depending on who exactly the 4 people are and their appetites. 4 adults eaters vs two adults and 2 small children.
So not all meals will be using 2 lbs of protein, such as soups or the “pantry meals” like bean and cheese burritos, or a simple PB&J.
Meals like soups can use very few items
1 lb of chicken is sufficient for 6-8 servings and fill every one. Remember the old “stone soup” you may be able to swap some items with neighbors to mix it up instead of going shopping for an item you wish you had but don’t.
So portion out the chicken if you purchase it fresh, slice and bag it, label it and freeze it.
Most items I buy are not overly processed if you or your family eat cereal, more canned items, packaged foods, be sure to add those onto your list.
If you have an instant post… this is a fun recipe to make.
Best advice… is to always have 2 weeks of food/water on hand in case of an emergency at all times.
Most people have heard that for years. Depending on where you live, natural disasters and emergencies happen, so keep a stocked pantry of 2 weeks’ worth is good.
Now add to that this list and you could potentially be set for way longer than a month.
Stock up now so you’ll have what you need to stay put. If more people stayed home when it wasn’t necessary to go out, it may be better for everyone in the long run.
MY ALL TIME FAVORITE PANTRY MEAL IS… THIS
Shop at non-crowded times. Within the 2 hours of when the store opens or closes
If you end up MISSING take-out… try making your favorite TAKE OUT RECIPES, I have so many recipes listed in that post.
SO MY BIG QUESTION IS…
What could you eat over and over and not get tired of?
Everyone had at least one thing, right!
Click here to fill out a form so I’ll have all the answers in one spot, it’ll be fun to see what you all love to eat!