I cook on the first Sunday of the month, so the Friday evening before I make a list of the things I’m going to make for the month. This month I am making:
2 Beef Stews
2 Beef Curries
2 meals worth of meatballs
2 meals worth of meatloaf muffins
2 meals worth of pre-cooked potatoes for mashing
2 meals worth of Chinese black bean spareribs
4 meals worth of pre-cooked ground beef (for tacos or chili)
2 meals worth of fajita meat
I’m also going to add to the freezer:
2 meals worth of tortellini
2 pie crusts for quiche
Then I pull out whatever recipes I am going to use, and make an ingredient list. I use pen and paper for this, but there are plenty of apps out there if you are into that. I’ve tried them, and keep coming back to a paper list. Hey, whatever works right?
Ingredients I need for this month:
black bean sauce
canned plum tomatoes
Red curry paste
Then I go around the house, marking off what I already have and setting those things out on the counter to begin my mise en place.
Finally, I add any other stuff I might need to get at each place.