Blog of New York-based graphic and web designer, Jeralyn Mason.

A Time-Saving Kitchen Experiment

I recently discovered Instacart (thanks to my amazing hair stylist Heather Rae) and used it to easily order everything I needed for a recent Halloween Party. The following week I wanted to use it for my normal groceries, but then I had to think about what I would want to make and what I needed... which is sometimes a struggle. I often buy the same staples every week and then come up with grand ideas in the middle of the day, meaning I need to stop at a store on the way home and buy a bunch of new things, which don't always get fully used. In an attempt to break this cycle, I started searching for weekly meal plans and discovered Oh My Veggies (aka my new favorite blog).

There are ton of weekly meal plans, all organized by day with a shopping list broken down by category. I picked one, got my groceries (cost about $100 including the delivery fee and I added in some things I needed like yogurt, etc) and made everything — and all of it was amazing! I did need a few more tomatoes but that's only because I made Thursday's meal on Saturday as well (I realized I had nothing for that night and the Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake was so delicious, I had to make it again!). All in all it was an entirely successful experiment in saving time and money in my kitchen and I will be repeating it again this coming week!

I also made the Two Layer Peanut Butter Brownie Bars  and the Coconut No Bake Cookies from The Minimalist Baker so we could have some non-Halloween-Candy-sweets, but they absolutely did not last the entire week!