I buy my groceries online- once every 3 weeks. (with the exception of fresh soy milk and  we get at our local grocery shop ).here is a reminder of the previous episode of “conquering the art of online grocery shopping “: My online grocery shopping: saving money+big time!(and my quick bean stew recipe for no fresh produce situations)

Doing major grocery shopping efficiently is not an easy task, and needs a lot of preparation- bothwhile getting the delivery- and afterward. 

But-

Once you’ve mastered this – you get to enjoy the massive time+money saving skills you acquired, plus you raise your cooking skills+your healthy eating habits- to a higher level- simply because suddenly everything you need is visible and reachable.

*I know this preparing ahead is a pain in the ***. I am a full-time working mother of 3 (ok 2 are now grown up but I remember the days I had to manage to feed and take care of a 5 person household).  

But- at the end of the day- let alone at the end of the month- these tips are huge time savers, and the time and money you save because you are eating healthier- well it’s a triple win situation.

let’s get to part 2:( part one is getting the groceries online, as described so vividly in the previous post I linked above)

Preparing a few days before online groceries arrive:

#1: going through your fridge: emptying fruit and vegetable cabinets!

Got some leftover tomatoes? peppers?

Read here how to avoid this situation.

My zero food waste tips: part 1: vegetables.

My zero food waste tips-part 2: fruit

But- if you still have some veggies hidden in the corner of your vegetable drawer, this is the time to be creative!

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option #1: stuffed peppers: the stuffing: kinoa+bulgur. the sauce: tomato sauce with slow cooker all-night beans I just made

#2: going through your freezer- taking out long timers to see some sunshine!

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“breadsticks” -had some pieces of 2 months old whole wheat bread that was no longer appealing. cut them to stripes, mixed in a bowl with olive oil, dried oregano, salt and pepper- and while baking focaccia in the oven- these went in as well.

*Yes saving electricity as well. (READ HERE MORE TIPS ON THAT- ALWAYS USEFUL TO BE MINDFUL).

How I reduced 25% of my electricity and gas bills ( 5 tips and another V for enVironmentalism)

#3: going through my pantry- (wow I forgot I had that pasta!)

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an innovative way to use the above-forgotten pasta

Even the dry products in the pantry need some TLC.

Clearing and cleaning the fridge and freezer a few days ahead is important because:

  1. it makes room for the products you ordered-makes much more sense than standing in front of a full fridge and trying to manipulate the new products in.
  2. so much more environmental to use what you already have first…believe me 3 weeks is enough time for me to forget the treasures I have stacked in my fridge, let alone the freezer…(by the way the stuffed peppers you saw above- were filled with frozen quinoa and surrounded by tomato and bean sauce- matched together simply because I didn’t have enough space in the freezer for all the beans I cooked…turned out marvelous!)
  3. knowing what you already have at home- saves you a lot of precious money! one of the clear benefits of online grocery shopping is the ability to add and remove products from your list until the last minute. believe me, I change my list every 2-3 days- when I think of a new recipe , when I check the fridge and find my nooch is gone, when I find out walnuts are on 35% sale, or when I find a hidden treasure of oats in my pantry.
  4. Clearly, it is so much healthier to revisit your food items and check for unwanted visitors like ants and such. (dried dates attract ants in the summer like crazy! do yourself a big favor and keep them in the fridge during the hot months!)
  5. obviously, a clean and tidy fridge-freezer-pantry are nicer to use and to look at as a general rule of living. thus more appealing to look for new healthy meals to prepare!

#4: check your cabinets for empty jars :

No use standing in front of 200 grams of paprika and having nowhere to store it. (Just a random example I came up with).

Hope you enjoyed- the cooliflower.

 

 

 

Published by wiseassvegan

an organized full time working vegan -with plenty of ideas on getting everything done in the most simple and efficient way possible.

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