Anyone else have spring cleaning on their mind when the daffodils start popping up? Just like it’s important to periodically deep clean and purge unnecessary clutter around the house, it’s helpful to reevaluate your meal planning, shopping, and food prepping routine too. Here are a few simple steps for spring cleaning your cooking routine as we head into this new season.
Step 1: Take inventory of your pantry
It might sound scary, but now’s the time to venture into the depths of the pantry to see exactly what you have, then strategize how to use it (or if needed, toss it!). Save money as you work through shelf-stable items before purchasing duplicates and remember to re-stock those healthy staples that make fast weeknight meals, like these one-pan dinner recipes a breeze. Some of my favorites are canned tomatoes, coconut milk, vegetable broth, and nutrient-rich whole grains like quinoa.
Step 2: Embrace seasonal produce
One simple way to get out of a cooking rut is to switch up your go-to fruits and vegetables based on the season. Bonus: this also means fresher and less expensive finds! Try our simple grilled asparagus like this one for a simple spring side dish that will get rave reviews. We also love salads with seasonal fruits and vegetables like this one featuring strawberries which come back in season in March.
Step 3: Find a meal planning method that actually works.
Remember that meal planning is key to staying on track with healthy living goals so if your current setup isn’t working, it might be time to switch gears. Make it a goal to find an approach that feels doable -- and more importantly, sustainable -- in the long term. If this is something you struggle with, you might consider outsourcing.
Try out my Free 3 Week Spring Meal Prep Program to save time so you can focus on running the kids around or finishing up that work project while still enjoying home-cooked meals that are easy, quick, and delicious.
Dedicating time to freshen up your meal planning and cooking routine can produce results that last. A simple, well-planned menu and well-stocked pantry will reduce your stress in the kitchen and limit the need for takeout. Set yourself up for success - which step will you tackle first?
If you are looking for a more personalized approach to reaching your health and nutrition goals, book a FREE discovery call with me. I would be honored to see if my services can help.