Saturday Planning – 1/16 to 1/22
Especially in the winter, I feel as though I get home from work each night only to want to stare at the fridge, say nothing is in there, and promptly go out to eat.
The only way I am able to combat this is to devote some of my time each Saturday morning to decide the following:
- what is still in the fridge/cupboards
- what new recipes I can try and what meals we’ll eat for next week
- what groceries we need to pick up that day
I try to buy all of my groceries once a week. I really do not like to have to drop by the grocery store after work to pick up little extras and I can’t even imagine how some people buy groceries every day just for that evening’s meal. Not planning just sounds inefficient and expensive, in my opinion.
With that, here is my meal plan for 1/16/2011 to 1/22/2011.
- Vegan Split Pea Soup with Tomato Rosemary Scones
- Stir Fry with tofu, carrots, broccoli
- BBQ Tofu, Israeli Couscous, Zucchini
- Lasagna Marinara with Spinach
- Assorted leftovers: chili and Japanese-style curry
Also on the shopping list, aside from ingredients I need for those meals, is of course foods for breakfast and lunch. Tim eats the same sandwich and chips every day and I have the same blueberry yogurt and granola for breakfast every weekday. Pretty simple.
Another Aspect to Menu Planning
Do you bring your reusable bags? Yea, well, that’s good. Do you put your oranges and bananas in plastic bags, and then put them into your reusable bag? Do you see where I am going here? More people really need to realize that plastic produce bags are part of the problem as well. Beth Terry at My Plastic-Free Life would tell you that you don’t need them.
Truth be told, I’m not scared of my broccoli, lettuce, anything touching the grocery cart. Not at all. If things are really small, like mushrooms or snow peas, I simply use a handy fabric produce bag. The ones I have are like below, and are from Reuse-It.
I’ve used them all over, not just at my food co-op. Even Kroger and Busch’s have been able to figure them out!
Moral of the story is to take inventory of your kitchen, plan your menu, and also to plan your reusable containers! Trying bring some containers with you for cheese or deli counter foods – just weigh the dish first to get the tare weight. It’s surprisingly easy!
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