My husband and I make weekly meal plans and shop all one one day, I love it.
1. Pinterest board is a good way to organize recipes for us. We tried a spreadsheet, but it was too much of a hastle. Then after we make them if we like them they stay with a * and a note so that I can easily find them again, or they get deleted if they aren’t for us.
2. I pick the recipes, then write (pen and paper) a shopping list from them. I divide things up into categories (areas of the store mostly). Ours are produce, dry and dairy. Then I go around our fridge and pantry to cross off anythin that we have that is on the list. g
3. We eat a lot of vegetables (we’re “flexiatarians” I hear, we try to only eat meat when we go out), which takes a lot of cutting. So I usually take an afternoon and cut everything up and put them in containers by meal. Then they look very pretty in our matching Ikea “tupperware”, which makes me happy. I work part time and am in grad school and dh works full time, so we’re pretty busy as well. I got a “videlia chop wizard” at a garage sale which is amazing for quick chopping. I don’t chop onions or garlic ahead of time, though I do peel the garlic and put it in a sealed jar. Then I used a garlic press or the chop wizard. I found that they make the fridge kinda smell if they’re pre-chopped (especially garlic!)
4. I started making no-knead bread, which is delicious. And, you can make a whole weeks worth and keep it in the fridge, taking a hunk out and letting it have it’s last rise before popping it in the oven whenever you need it.
5. I make salads and put them in mason jars (big ones for our meals together and smaller ones for dh to take to work). They last for 1-2 weeks and look so appetizing.
6. If you’re into vegetables, I also save all the cuttings (leaves, stalks, seeds) and throw them in the croc pot, cover them with water and then cook for 8hrs or so. Voilla, free, salt-less, preservative-less vegetable broth. Then I freeze them in ice cubes so we can use them whenever we need to.
7. I don’t have a ton of freezer space and I feel like our vegetables get soggy in the freezer, but I am looking into learning to home can, so I’ll double soup recipes and then can them for later if I can figure it out 🙂
Good luck, let me know if you have any questions I might be able to answer!