Meal Planning with Save-on-Foods Online Shopping to Save Money and Time

This post is sponsored by Crisp Media on behalf of Save-On-Foods. The opinions are my own.

There's always something you buy when you're grocery shopping because you think you might be out of it, but you're not sure, but you don't want to get home and realize you are out, so you throw it in your cart. For me, that item is cumin. I cannot walk past a spice rack without buying a bag of cumin. When we moved into our last home (over five years ago) I counted my bags of cumin and grounded myself from buying more. It was more difficult than I expected it to be. I'd walk down the spice aisle and start to panic. What if we somehow ran out without me noticing? Think of the tacos! But I held firm and didn't buy more. I used what I had in the cupboard and it took me over five years to go through my cumin stash.

My cumin problem is a thing of the past thanks to Save-on-Foods online shopping. I shop the specials to create a weekly meal plan and then I check my cupboard to make sure we've got the ingredients I need. You'll no longer find me aimlessly wandering the grocery store aisles, trying to pull a cohesive meal plan out of thin air while remembering the contents of my pantry and buying all the cumin.

Shopping the specials is so easy. Every week, hundreds of products are offered at a reduced price. I sign into my online shopping account and choose "specials" from the "shop departments" navigation. From there I can drill down to my specific needs (meat & seafood is always my first stop because protein is a big chunk of our grocery budget) and build a meal plan based on what's on sale. 

I save money and time by using the specials section to plan our weekly meals because part of the decision is already made for me. Ground beef is on sale? We'll have tacos. Salmon is on special? Add it to my cart and then head to the produce specials to decide what to serve with it. And because I'm doing this all from the comfort of my own home, I can easily go check my cupboard to make sure I have cumin when I see that chicken thighs are on sale (the oven-roasted chicken shawarma is responsible for me finally using the last of my cumin).

Sometimes my entire cart is filled with on-sale items like I'm some sort of online shopping ninja.

Sometimes my entire cart is filled with on-sale items like I'm some sort of online shopping ninja.

Save-on-Foods online shopping is saving me time, money, effort, and angst because now I never stand in front of my fridge wondering what's for dinner. I have a plan and I have the ingredients; the only thing that's left is the execution. At the end of a busy day (which, let's be honest, is every single day) when I have nothing left in the tank, I will happily, mindlessly chop and sauté, no creativity required. Meal planning with Save-on-Foods online shopping is making mealtime so much easier, which means I have more free time to curate my cumin collection.

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Save-On carries products you can't find anywhere else and I want to share how I use a few. This Green Thai Curry Paste is bursting with flavour and is the perfect addition to soups, curries, or marinades.

Coconut Black Bean Soup || Hillarywith2Ls

Coconut Black Bean Soup

1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 onion, diced
carrots, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons Western Family Green Thai Curry Paste
1 (400mL) can coconut milk
1 (127mL) can chopped green chilies
2 cups vegetable broth
1 (540mL) can black beans, drained and rinsed well
1 (341mL) can corn, drained and rinsed
salt and pepper to taste

1.  Heat coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots, bell pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent, 5-7 minutes.

2.  Add Green Thai curry paste and cook until fragrant, 1 - 2 minutes.

3.  Add coconut milk, green chilies, broth, black beans, and corn.

4.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are tender. Season with salt and pepper.

Serves four.