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Cooking Tips From Sandi Richard

Contributed by: News Canada

(NC) Barbeque season isn't over yet. Fall has some of the nicest weather of the year. Expert meal planner Sandi Richard suggests you stock-up on a variety of VH sauces and follow her meal planning tips to get you through the fall rush.

Cooking tips from Sandi Richard
Have a blank grocery list

Commit to having a blank grocery list on the fridge or nearby pegboard that is clearly visible to all.

Get everyone involved

Have the family pitch in on dinner ideas.

Keep it simple

Pair the longer preparation meals with the evenings you have more time, and the shorter preparation times with the days you have a small amount of time.


It really, really only takes 15 minutes to complete a custom-made reusable meal plan.

Fill in the blanks

Once the recipes are chosen simply transfer all the ingredients from each recipe into the appropriate food section of your blank grocery list.

List what you need to buy on a separate sheet of scrap paper

The master list quickly assists you with this as you scan your freezer, fridge and pantry.

Get the groceries in the house

When the groceries are in the house, it frees up your mind about what you're having for dinner. Knowing what you are having for dinner leads to good eating health.

Lay out your ingredients

This could be before you go to work, it could be once you arrive home or it could be the night before. All that really matters is that you do it first. Once all the groceries are laid out, a commitment to cook has been made.

Celebrate eating by working together

If one person cooks, others clean up.

For more tips, you can tune in to Sandi's show Fixing Dinner on Food Network or visit


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