How to Create a Meal Planning Pantry: Life gets pretty busy as a family, and having a pantry stocked with some essential inventory items takes the pressure out of cooking. If you have the ingredients on-hand in your pantry, it goes without saying that meals are easier and quicker to prepare. I like having options on hand should an ingredient unexpectedly be unavailable, and prefer not to run out of ingredients that are on scheduled meal plan. Let your pantry be your guide for family meals! Includes a Pantry Essentials Checklist and 5 Pantry Meal-Kit Recipes for when you need something to eat in a pinch!