Avoid Menu Planning
Not the type to plot every meal in advance? Stock your fridge strategically and you can still cook just what you are in the mood for without resorting to last-minute shopping trips. On the weekend, buy five proteins (think chicken breasts, pork tenderloin, tofu, shrimp, ground beef) and five vegetables (sweet potatoes, broccoli, collards, zucchini, peppers). Freeze the proteins you won't be eating in the next two days, then mix and match as you are in the mood. Monday can be chicken stir-fry, Tuesday stuffed peppers, Wednesday grilled pork kebabs with sweet potato fries — you get the picture.