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What do you have in your well-stocked pantry or cupboards? Here are some suggestions on what you should keep on hand to make menu planning easier.

What do you have in your well-stocked pantry or cupboards? Here are some suggestions on what you should keep on hand to make menu planning easier.

This is the best printable ever.  Places to plan dinners for the week, plus, a spot for your shopping list, organized by category.  Shttp://480degrees.com/

This is the best printable ever. Places to plan dinners for the week, plus, a spot for your shopping list, organized by category. Shttp://480degrees.com/

I love this idea for a no-food-wasted menu planner!  There are sections to write in what you want to use that week from your pantry, freezer, & fridge!  It doesn't matter if you're a couponer or not, this menu planner will definitely save you money!  Via @Cassie Michael

I love this idea for a no-food-wasted menu planner! There are sections to write in what you want to use that week from your pantry, freezer, & fridge! It doesn't matter if you're a couponer or not, this menu planner will definitely save you money! Via @Cassie Michael

Menu Organizer: Adhere any clear folder or plastic sleeve for paper documents to the inside of a cabinet or pantry door. Or, place one on the wall by the phone. http://www.hgtv.com/decorating-basics/clever-uses-for-everyday-items-in-the-kitchen/pictures/page-2.html?soc=pinterest

Menu Organizer: Adhere any clear folder or plastic sleeve for paper documents to the inside of a cabinet or pantry door. Or, place one on the wall by the phone. http://www.hgtv.com/decorating-basics/clever-uses-for-everyday-items-in-the-kitchen/pictures/page-2.html?soc=pinterest

Prep meals on the weekends.  I did this finally this weekend (October 15, 2011).  I organized food prep ingredients for each day of the week.  So far I really like this system, but it's only been 2 days.  Let's see how it goes!

Prep meals on the weekends. I did this finally this weekend (October 15, 2011). I organized food prep ingredients for each day of the week. So far I really like this system, but it's only been 2 days. Let's see how it goes!

Inventory of food in the fridge, pantry & freezer- print and laminate to re-use over and over. This will make it easy to plan meals using what I have! Smart idea

Inventory of food in the fridge, pantry & freezer- print and laminate to re-use over and over. This will make it easy to plan meals using what I have! Smart idea

This week's Eat from the Pantry Menu Plan contains recipes using pantry staples.

This week's Eat from the Pantry Menu Plan contains recipes using pantry staples.

These roasted green beans with parmesan and basil are crispy, flavorful and probably don't even require a trip to the store -- just open your pantry and fridge! Get the recipe on http://RachelCooks.com!

These roasted green beans with parmesan and basil are crispy, flavorful and probably don't even require a trip to the store -- just open your pantry and fridge! Get the recipe on http://RachelCooks.com!