This article explains how to use SHOP on the Cooking Light Diet when using a laptop, desktop, or tablet.
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The second of our three site pillars (the other two being PLAN and COOK), SHOP is where you can customize your shopping list for up to two weeks at a time. Whether you’re wanting to ensure you have all the ingredients needed for your weekly menus, omit already-stocked ingredients from the list, add nonperishables, or email/print your shopping list before heading to the store—this is where you do it!
IMPORTANT: Bear in mind that before updating your SHOP list, you’ll want to use PLAN to plan your week/weeks out first. That’s exactly what I’ve done in the example below. I tailored my meal plan so that I’m cooking once for breakfast and then eating the same thing every morning (easier for me to stay consistent that way), enjoying some leftovers at lunch so I’m not wasting too much time during the workday preparing meals, avoiding cooking dinner nightly, having the same snack daily, and including a dining out night, because that’s what works best for me. You can tailor your meal plan however you’d like!
How-To Use SHOP
Customizing your shopping list
When you click the SHOP button, you’ll be brought to the following page.
Here you’ll select which recipes you want to build a shopping list with. See the blue checkboxes next to each recipe name?
A blue check indicates that a recipe’s ingredients will appear on your shopping list. Don’t see a blue check next to a recipe? This means that recipe’s ingredients won’t appear on your shopping list. You can choose to manually check the box of each individual recipe you want on your list, or you can select/deselect entire days or meal types by clicking the corresponding blue word. Going out of town on Sunday and know you won’t be cooking? Click the blue Sunday button to deselect all the recipes for that day. Don’t need to purchase any ingredients for your week’s breakfast recipes? Click the blue breakfast button to deselect all the breakfast recipes for that week. To recap, a blue check next to a recipe means it will populate your shopping list. If there’s no blue check, it won’t appear on your shopping list.
Create a shopping list for two weeks
Scroll to the bottom of the SHOP page. In the lower left corner, you’ll see a button labeled “Show next week.”
Click that button to expand your shopping list options so that you can select/deselect what’s on your shopping list for two weeks at a time.
Edit what ingredients appear on your shopping list
Once you’ve determined what recipes will appear on your shopping list, the next step is to create it! There are two buttons labeled Create List located on the right side of the page. Click one of those buttons.
This brings you to a page where you’ll finalize your shopping list.
Here, you can select/deselect entire recipes, similarly to entire days or meal types on the previous page. For example, let’s say you already have all the ingredients for both your Spinach Salad with Steak and Blue Cheese and the Blueberry-Sour Cream Muffin recipes. Click the blue checkbox to deselect and remove those recipes from your finalized shopping list. You’ll know you’ve succeeded because the recipe ingredients will become crossed through and gray.
What if you don’t need to omit an entire recipe? What if you have most ingredients on hand, but just need a few from the store? As an example, let’s look at the Simple Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese. Let’s say you already have olive oil and spinach in your kitchen. To omit those ingredients, just click on the respective recipe line. It will cause those ingredients to be grayed out and struck through (as with entire recipes above), meaning they will not appear on your finalized SHOP list.
You can whittle down your SHOP list in this manner until only the ingredients you need remain!
Adding non food-related items to your shopping list
When you go to the grocery store, it’s likely you’ll also need to purchase something non food-related, like paper towels, or dog food. You can add these items to your SHOP list, too! In the lower lefthand corner of the list there’s a category titled “Extra Items.”
So let’s say you need paper towels. In the box where the words Add a new item appear, type “paper towels”:
…then either click enter or click the + button. Voila! Paper towels have now been added to your list.
Email or print your finalized SHOP list
Once you’ve customized your finalized shopping list—removed the ingredients you don’t need and added ones you do—you can either email or print it. To email it to yourself or whomever will be doing the shopping, type an email address into the box indicated below:
and then click the Email list button.
That shopping list will then be sent to the corresponding inbox.
To print your shopping list, click the blue Print List button near the top of your page.
Your ingredients will then format on your finalized SHOP list, complete with checkboxes so you can mark off ingredients as you shop. For optimal printing, we suggest using Google Chrome.