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Grocery Haul + Customizable Meal Planner [Printable]

Hey guys!

This week, I wanted to do something fun, so it’s time for a grocery haul! This is where I share some new finds from my last grocery run. But of course, I’m all about adding value to your adulting life, so I’ve designed a FREE customizable meal planner just for you. I’ll talk more about that later.

Let’s dive right in!

Grocery Haul

I really enjoy grocery shopping and looking at the different ingredients available for inspiration. I went on a grocery run a few days ago and here are some of my finds:

Mixed mushrooms

Mixed mushrooms

I love mushrooms! There are so many types and textures to choose from, there’s truly something for everyone. And for a mushroom lover, what’s better than a box of mushrooms? A box of assorted mushrooms! I used this recently to make tom yam, a spicy and sour Thai soup. Instead of buying half a dozen packets of different mushrooms, a mixed box like this gives you variety and a small quantity perfect for one or two people.

Miso paste

Miso paste

I’m a huge fan of Japanese food! Japanese restaurants are my happy place – sushi, sashimi, and bento boxes always put a smile on my face. Miso soup is a must when I go for Japanese food. I finally decided to recreate this earthy and salty soup at home.

I did some research online and a quick way to make miso soup at home is to get miso paste that already has dashi (Japanese soup stock) in it. Dissolve the paste in water, add wakame (dried seaweed) and tofu, and you’ve got yourself some miso soup! Click here to learn more.

If you want to try this at home, be sure to get miso paste with dashi or bonito.

Chopped tomatoes

Canned tomatoes

This was a relatively cheap find! For under RM 4 (US$ 0.99), these canned tomatoes will be great in a pot of comforting, hot chili. This is an awesome pantry staple. When you’re running low on fresh produce, it’s nice to have stuff in your pantry that you can use to whip up a quick meal! Pasta, canned sardines, and tuna are great to have on hand too.

Beetroot ramen

Beetroot ramen

I’ve tried the spinach ramen before and it was pretty good. So, I decided to give this beauty a try. In addition to its gorgeous colour, these noodles are a great way to sneak in some extra veg into my diet! Stir-fry the noodles with some garlic, chilli flakes, chicken, and greens for a quick and vibrant-looking plate of food.

Bak Kut Teh

Bak kut teh herbs and spices mix

Bak kut teh is a Chinese herbal soup that’s traditionally made with pork. With this mix, you just bung everything into a pot and let it simmer away for an hour. It’s an easy way to enjoy a delicious, earthy, and warm bowl of soup.

Customizable Meal Planner

Now, more about this meal planner!

If you need some inspiration to jazz up your weekday dinners, I’ve designed a customizable meal planner just for you.

Customizable meal planner (page 1)
Customizable meal planner (page 2)

How to use the meal planner

I think every yummy meal has a combination of protein, veg, carbs, aromatics, flavouring, acid, and seasoning. Mix and match these items with my meal planner to come up with a unique and different meal every time. Better yet, make a game out of it and get your family involved. Each category has 6 options, so roll a dice and leave it up to fate.

Dealing with weird combinations

If the combinations are weird, feel free to swap something out. But don’t knock it so soon! When I added mango to the mix, my husband’s response was: “Wait, mango? Ok, mango and chicken I can work with, but mango and fish?” He looked at me sceptically.

I turned to Google and keyed in mango and fish. Loads of recipes came up! If you’re getting bored cooking the same dishes for dinner, this is a great way to come up with something different and interesting. Plus, it’s a good way to get your kids involved. They’ll be more invested in a menu that they helped come up with.

Click here to download your FREE copy and have fun! P.S. I made this planner based on the ingredients I often have at home. If you’re excited to explore more Asian cooking, give it a try as is. Otherwise, customize the columns with the ingredients you have at home. There’s a blank menu planner available for you to play around with. The main point here is to add an element of fun to your family cooking with whatever ingredients you have at hand!

Customizable meal planner (blank page)

P.P.S. If you like these planners, do pin them. Thanks a bunch!

Let me know what dishes you come up with in the comments below! Let’s inspire one another and have fun with this whole adulting thing 😉


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Hi, I’m Vidhya. I’m a freelance writer and millennial who often struggles with adulthood.

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