Living Simply

 
Meal prep is faster and easier if you have things on hand that you use often to create a variety of meals.  Also, the more you make from scratch, the less you have to keep on hand. Here is what I make sure to keep well stocked at my house.  I can make many meals from scratch that are healthy for my family, easy and quick to prepare and inexpensive.  We spend about $70/week on food and household items (TP, diapers, napkins, etc. ) for a family of four (! know, one is a breastfeeding baby, but I'm counting my husband as two -- he eats as much as two men!).

Baking Supplies                                                           
Whole wheat flour
Sucanat (Natural unprocessed sugar)
Various Spices 
Coconut oil, virgin                                        
Olive Oi, extra virgin                                                                                                            
Corn Meal                                                                              Baking soda                                                                                                                                 
Baking powder, alluminum free 
Vanilla
Sea Salt
Cocoa Powder
Chocolate Chips

Pantry Supplies
Natural Peanut Butter
Mayonaisse
Brown Rice
Oatmeal
Honey, raw
Dried Beans -- black, red/kidney, garbonzo, etc.
Lentils
Whole Wheat Pasta
Raisins
Canned Fruits
Apple Cider Vinegar

Fridge Supplies
Yeast                                                                                                                                                              
Applesauce, unsweetened                                                                        
Yogurt, homemade 
Parmesean Cheese 
Chunck Cheese 
Butter
Eggs 
Milk  
Fresh Fruits (in season or what is cheap)
Fresh Veggies (in season or what is cheap)
Onions
Garlic
Milled Flax Seed
Mustard  
Homemade Ranch Dressing

Freezer Supplies
Corn
Peas
Ground Beef/Venison
Chicken
Berries -- strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
Homemade pizza dough
Homemade chicken broth
Butter -- I stock up when it is on sale and store it in freezer until I need it.
Pureed veggies/fruit -- I use my food processor to puree fruits and veggies if we will not use it all before it goes bad; then I freeze it and add then to various recipes.

Supplies I used to keep on hand, before going "no nightshade"
Canned tomato sauce, no additives -- to make into pasta sauce, pizza sauce, soup, etc.
Potatoes
Salsa
Ketchup
Shredded Cheese, pre-packaged -- they use potato starch to prevent clumping!
 


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