Take out may be convenient but it gets pricy. Cooking your own meals and learning to cook traditional meals from home can be less expensive and fun!

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Meal Plan

Who Really knows what they want to eat every day for the rest of the week? I know I don't! If you do, amazing, start planning on what you need to get at the grocery store. Make that list!
If you are like me and have no real plan, try this: Write out all the meals you would like to eat over the next week or two. With these recipes in mind, write out the list of ingredients you will need. Keep your meal ideas pinned to your fridge, and everyday look at your master meal list

Tools and Resources



Found the perfect recipe but you can't figure out the measurements? Google and Siri can help you out in a pinch! (Pun intended) Or check out some of these useful websites:

Volume Conversions for Recipe Ingredients

Cooking Recipe Converter

Measurement Converter


Kitchen Essentials: Tools

  • A sharp knife or two (for cutting meat and vegetables)
  • Tongs
  • Peeler
  • Ladle (for soup)
  • A spatula
  • A large 8-quart deep pot (for cooking pasta)
  • A 10-inch frying pan
  • A small frying pan (for eggs)
  • Metal mixing bowl(s)
  • A baking sheet
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • A colander (for draining pasta and rinsing vegetables)
  • 2 cutting boards (one for vegetables; one for meat)
  • A can opener
  • Containers for leftovers
  • dish towels
  • pot holders
  • aluminum foil
  • plastic wrap/beeswax wraps
  • sandwich-size re-closable plastic bags
  • paper towels
  • sponges
  • dish soap
  • dishwasher liquid
  • dinner plates
  • soup bowls/cereal bowls
  • flatware set
  • beverage glasses
  • coffee mugs

Ingredient Alternatives

Don't have all the ingredients a recipe calls for? The meal is not ruined. Check out this link for ingredient alternatives.

or this website:
The Ultimate Baking Substitution Guide


Kitchen Essentials: Cooking Staples

Please note, these are only suggestions.

  • Olive oil or Canola Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Spice/herb blends, e.g., Italian seasoning, Cajun seasoning, steak seasoning, chili mix, taco mix
  • Canned beans/dried beans
  • Canned soup
  • Tuna
  • Pasta sauce
  • Pasta
  • Rice


  • Flour: all purpose, whole wheat or pastry
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • Chocolate: chips or bar
  • Vanilla extract


  • Granulated sugar
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Maple Syrup

Quick Eats

  • Granola Bars
  • Trail Mix (if allowed, allergies in residence)
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Crackers
  • Applesauce


  • Coffee (instant or other depending on tastes)
  • Black tea
  • Green tea