At our house we make a meal plan, grocery shop, and prepare and cook “most” of our own food. I thought I would show you what that looked like for a week. I’m doing it in retrospect (like Economies of Kale) so I can report what I actually did, versus what I said I’d do!
We are usually a bit lazy about getting started on a meal plan at the beginning of each month, but February 1 was no worse than usual.
Saturday February 1 – Meal Plan:
- Lunch – no idea
- Dinner – use up some veg in a stir fry
Saturday February 1 – Actual:
- Lunch – Out to an English-style café which had all-day breakfast!
- Dinner – Stir fry. No cashews or peanuts, so used sunflower seeds which oddly blended right in with the brown rice! Tried to make own teriyaki sauce from an Internet recipe with little success. It was edible.
Sunday February 2 – Meal Plan:
- Lunch – we usually have eggs
- Dinner – we go to my parent’s house
Sunday February 2 – Actual:
- Lunch – busy until 3 pm so just had toast, also – had eggs the day before
- Dinner – as planned; Mom shared an ice cream cake she won from Coldstone Creamery 🙂
- Grocery shopping Sunday afternoon and evening for the week ahead; stopped at 4 stores (3 more than usual) and spent $108.55
Monday February 3 – Friday February 7
On weekdays, Rom takes a packed lunch to work. I bring lots of snacks, and come home for lunch. This week, I made a curry and Rom made a lentil stew. Both recipes were supposed to make 4 servings but they each made six, so we didn’t have to cook again all week. I worked one evening shift to 9 pm, so Rom fended for himself for dinner. He attended a work function another night so I did the same.
I was trying an experiment this week. In December, I was eating candy daily and extending the festive season. In January, I decided I would snack as much as I liked, but no candy. So I had unlimited amounts of nuts, raisins, popcorn, and some crackers and cereal. This week I tried out having no snacks after dinner. Since our main meal is at 7 pm, this isn’t so bad, and I will stick with it for a while. Well, maybe the occasion dessert and some weekend popcorn!
Do you make meal plans? What is your tolerance for eating leftovers?
PS – My nutrition program tells me I averaged 2100 calories a day this week.