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Sunday, March 1, 2020

Cooking with Craig: A Labor of Love

Cooking with Craig.  If you've watched it, you know it's just me having a little fun sharing my passion for cooking. 

How did it all begin?  I really don't know.  I was posting various videos of meals I was cooking on my Instagram stories and eventually came up with the Cooking with Craig title.  

It's evolved into something that I wish I would have started doing years ago.  Especially when my children were younger.  

Cooking with Craig has led me to a level of cooking and meal prepping that I never imagined, and honestly, it's made my evenings cooking supper a lot less stressful. 

We've all been there.  You come home after a busy day at work and the last thing you want to do is figure out what to cook for supper.  You end up making something that you've always made.  You get stuck in a rut. 

I was tired of this routine, so here is what I did.  I started sitting down each Friday or Saturday and writing down exactly what I would make for supper each night for the upcoming week. 
Plan it out!  I write down all of my meals on a magnetic pad that hangs on the fridge.  On another sheet of paper, I write down all of the ingredients that I will need.  I then take my ingredient list and go through it crossing off everything that I have in my pantry. Then, take this list to the grocery store and you'll be in and out in a jiff.  If you want to get extra organized, break down your ingredient list into the following categories. Meats, Produce, Grains/Legumes, Dairy, Spices, etc. See below for my example.  

Try it for one week.  See what you think.  I know it's made coming home and cooking supper so much more enjoyable knowing exactly what I am going to make and knowing that I have all of my ingredients!

I'm going to start sharing my weekly list and meals (with links) here, so be sure to check back each Sunday as I post my menu plan for the week. 

 Oh yeah, and be sure to follow me on Instagram (@mrbadura) so you can tune into Cooking with Craig!

March 1-6

Sunday-Cauliflower Nachos via Eating Well magazine.  I highly suggest subscribing to their magazine!

Tuesday-Roasted Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Bowls with Italian Turkey Sausage meatballs via Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Wednesday-Tortellini with Pesto and Roasted Veggies via Cooking Classy

Friday-Scrounge (we usually have some leftovers, so this is a good opportunity to gobble 'em up)

Written weekly plan and ingredient list.  Creating your ingredient list like this leads to a quick trip through the grocery store.  Special thanks to my daughter for creating some awesome weekly meals and for the genius idea of organizing my grocery list into categories. 

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