Hey so it's only taken a couple (maybe three) of weeks to put one of my resolution plans into action! That's probably a record for me. While I love being organised and function best when I know what to expect from myself and those around me, I'm a pretty lazy person when it comes to getting there. What I mean is that now that we've finally gotten around to organising one meal plan, doing them weekly will be easy, getting motivated to make the time to sit down and do the first one, not so easy. Oh well, it's done now and holy mackrel, cooking has never been so great! No more looking in the cupboard to see what I can make with what we have. No more going to the store to buy one meals worth of groceries, no more wandering the aisles of the supermarket impulse snack buying instead of constructively shopping. In fact, the only things we bought that weren't on the list at the store were bread, milk and ice cream. And at the market, fruit and some vegetables to make meals for Violet with. Amazing!
I found our meal plan document on this blog: THE PROJECT GIRL and chose the planner that didn't deal with breakfast or lunch, seeing as we aren't doing this for dieting reasons or anything so writing "cereal" in our breakfast section seemed silly. Not to mention that we both love leftovers for lunch, or sandwiches. I love that you can download it so printing is a cinch and I love that it's cute. Meal planning should be done on cute stationary, I think. Here's week one (I'm not planning to show these weekly or anything):
We are eating A LOT of pasta this week. Probably because pasta is awesome cold (these recipes are anyway) and Rob only has a microwave to reheat things at work. Things reheated in microwaves suck. We bought our produce at the farmer's market (and I crossed out the 'meat' section of the planner to make more room for produce!) and got some of them from our next door neighbour's garden. They're wonderful like that. So far, I really can't recommend doing this exercise more, we spent way less than $100 at the grocery store for a weeks worth of meals (we did already have some of the stuff needed though) and $20 at the market for all the produce we needed (which included fruit for snacks and vegetables for Violet's meals). We have often spent double (or even close to triple) that impulse shopping and made way less tasty things to eat.
Am I happy? Yes, I am!