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Grocery Lists and Cooking with Food on Hand

I always seem to cook the same meals at home. When I am at the grocery store, I forget what I have at home, and I bring home more of the same foods! Can you help?
Grocery Lists and Cooking with Food on Hand

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Be sure to look over the food you have in your cupboard and create a shopping list. Ask yourself some questions. What meals can I make with the foods I have? Can I mix the food I have to make a tasty and nutritious meal? Your local Extension agent/assistant can help you plan delicious, nutritious meals on a budget.

Check out the ready-to-use meal plans and recipes at

For example, the "Pinchin' Pennies in the Kitchen" publications show you how to make a casserole, soup or stew, and other items with food you have on hand.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise December 2013 Newsletter (PDF)

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