Anyone else have spring cleaning on their mind when March rolls in? As you dive into spring cleaning, don’t forget to include your meal planning, shopping and food prepping routine. Here are a few simple steps for spring cleaning your cooking routine as we head into the spring season.

Step 1: Take inventory of your pantry

It might sound scary, but now’s the time to venture into the depths of the pantry to see exactly what you have, then strategize how to use it (or if needed, toss it!). Work through shelf-stable items before purchasing duplicates to save money. And remember to re-stock those healthy staples!

Step 2: Embrace seasonal produce

One simple way to get out of a cooking rut is to switch up your go-to fruits and vegetables based on the season. Bonus: this also means fresher and less expensive finds! Try one of our favorite sheet pan meals for a simple spring dinner that will get rave reviews. We also love salads! Try this fresh and delicious spring salad.

Step 3: Find a meal planning method that actually works.

Remember that meal planning is key to staying on track with your health goals. If your current setup isn’t working, it might be time to switch gears. Make it a goal to find an approach that feels doable — and more importantly, sustainable — in the long term. If this is something you struggle with, you might consider outsourcing. Try out our meal planning program to save time so you can focus on improving your culinary skills and enjoying home-cooked meals.

Dedicating time to spring cleaning your cooking routine can produce results that last. A simple, well-planned menu and well-stocked pantry will reduce your stress in the kitchen and limit the need for takeout. Set yourself up for success – which step will you tackle first?