Ok, first of all, put down that roll of paper towels.
Yes, I’m talking to YOU.
I see you loading up your 3 carts with toilet paper, paper towels and water.
Now, before you say “but, wait, Lisa, I neeeeed these in case I can’t leave my house for weeks“, hear me out for just a quick sec.
Of COURSE, you need toilet paper, and depending on where you live, you also need water. Although, I haven’t heard the coronavirus affecting the water supply yet, but, I get that you want to be prepped and ready just in case.
Paper towels are one of those things you actually don’t need — dish towels and cloths work just as well. And are sooooo much better for the environment.
BUT, don’t forget you need actual food, too.
Because if you get sick, don’t want to leave the house, are told to work from home or quarantined, you need real, wholesome food.
Sooooo…..don’t forget the pantry essentials (you can download the entire checklist for your pantry, fridge and freezer right HERE).
There are always certain items you should have on hand in order to make easy dinners. And now is the absolute perfect time to take inventory and stock up.
Here are 4 easy pantry dinners you can whip up for a crowd. (because odds are with schools cancelled, and people working from home, you’re probably cooking for a full house these days).
So, yes, you can buy toilet paper OF COURSE.
But don’t forget to add some actual real food to your cart, too.
Carrot and Coconut Soup
Carrots are a super hearty veggie that will last awhile in your fridge, and, when you get tired of roasting them, I highly recommend you try them in this soup.
Tomato Cheddar Soup
Canned tomatoes are something that should always be in your pantry.
Shrimp and Grits
Frozen shrimp can be turned into so many dinners, and this is a definite winner. You can also use mashed potatoes, rice, couscous or pasta instead of grits.
Roasted Red Bell Pepper Pasta
You can easily substitute jarred roasted red bell peppers.