Thursday, September 30, 2010

My new challenge.

I love grocery shopping....

planning meals,
making my list,
shopping with a baby tied to my chest and a toddler in the buggy.

Is it sad to say I consider grocery shopping a hobby?

Because, I do.

I promise I'm not being sarcastic.

I love looking at my meal list hanging on the fridge and choosing what we will eat that night. The only issue is that I rarely stick to the meals I have planned for the week and my goal is to plan meals and grocery shop for a one week period. Because I like to get creative or lazy, depending on the day, I pull ingredients from various planned meals which means I never have the needed ingredients to cook dinner for the rest of the week.

Then the cycle begins again...
making a new list, shopping, unpacking, cooking,
and of course,
needing more food.

To create accountability for my grocery shopping habit, I plan on posting my menu for the week and then revisiting that post to critique my menu and see if I actually cooked what I planned and shopped for.

Like Dave Ramsey says, my job is to be a home economist.
I love that man.

Our budget allows $100 a week for groceries.
I typically spend $75 on my main grocery trip and the remaining money on my frequent trips back to Kroger for fruit and random items I decide we desperately need.

October Week 1 Menu:
*keep in my mind I rarely cook meat and Henry and I are dairy free*

  1. Black beans and rice with brown rice and homemade veggie stock
  2. Stir fry with brown rice and veggies from the freezer
  3. Eggplant Croquettes with couscous and tomato gravy
  4. Homemade pizza with feta, artichokes, mushrooms, olive tapenade and spinach
  5. Broiled fish with lemon, mushroom rice,
  6. Spaghetti squash, roasted garlic and french bread
  7. Butternut squash french toast from The Sneaky Chef and cheeseless spinach quiche
I know you are just dying for my update next weekend....


childsplay said...

something I did one time was make a list of everything in my pantry. fridge, and freezer and challenge myself to use just those ingredients...i just searched allrecipes and found stuff to make with those ingredients...I also have some new recipes I found there that I will forward to you...vegetarian korma and sweet/sour chx stir fry...they use almost identical ingredients so not many groceries to get...

TheDearmanFamily said...

That's a good idea, Lizbeth. I don't even really know what food is in our big cabinet because it is messy with random food things all mixed together.