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Sometimes it can be overwhelming to throw together a meal on a busy weeknight. Whether it’s navigating your messy pantry or trying to use fresh produce before it expires, I never seem to have it together. However, we are organizing our pantry and using our meal ingredients before they spoil. One dish that we love to make that combines all of our favorite flavors is stir fry. We can throw together vegetables and whatever protein is on hand, and we end up with a spicy shrimp stir fry that everyone loves. Here are a few tips to organize your kitchen pantry along with a simple recipe for your busy life.
How to Organize Your Pantry For Easy Meal Planning
If you want a well-stocked and useful pantry, you’re going to need to have the right products to help you get organized. You also need to be mindful of expiration dates so that you don’t waste food (which costs you money!). The first thing to do is clean out your pantry and refrigerator. Pull everything out, dust and wipe down the shelves, and check for expiration dates. Rotate what you have so that things that expire first are seen first.
You will then need to invest in storage items. Plastic containers have come a LONG way! I fell in love with the Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE products for meal prep and food storage, and I will never go back to cheap containers.
They are 100% leak-proof guaranteed with an airtight leak-proof seal and innovative latches. They’re the kind of containers where you won’t lose your lids! They’re very functional, and I knew they would be perfect for stews, stir fry, and sauces. The material is stain-resistant and resists odors, and I’m kind of obsessed with how crystal clear they are. I hate when containers get “dingy” or the plastic turns into different colors.
They stack easily and offer splatter-resistant microwaving. It’s pretty neat.
Other Pantry Organization Tips
Put your favorites close. Make sure the items that you use often are up close so you don’t have to dig to find them.
Use single serving containers to help with lunches or meal prep. These Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE containers have various sizes, including these smaller sizes, so it’s easy to grab and go!
Label what you can. Make sure that everything has a label including leftovers. You don’t want to eat something past its prime.
Organize your shelves. Give each shelf a category. For example, meats or dairy. That way you know that everything has its place and you can find it easily. Put glass up top so children can’t reach it too.
Easy Shrimp Stir Fry
Need a simple dinner that is ready quick? Shrimp is my favorite to cook from frozen since it is ready in a flash. If you use frozen vegetables, you can add variety to your stir fry since everything can be prepared easily. Look for a stir fry veggie package in the freezer section. We like the package that includes carrots, peppers, and baby corn.
Saute shrimp with oil, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Add your veggies and boil rice noodles in a separate pot. We like hoisin sauce to add a garlic flavor to our dish.
- 1 package of frozen shrimp, peeled and deveined
- Rice noodles
- 1 package of frozen stir fry vegetables
- Rice vinegar
- Soy Sauce
- hoisin sauce
- Saute shrimp in a medium skillet with oil, rice vinegar, and soy sauce.
- Add frozen vegetables to the skillet and cook until done.
- Boil rice noodles. Drain.
- Add hoisin sauce. Toss to coat.
And, of course, stir fry is an easy dish to store and serve later too!
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What is your favorite meal prep or storage tip?