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Friday, January 09, 2015

Do you know why I love the concept of an eReader? I used to travel a lot for work. I'd pack my clothes and my conditioner and my makeup and a couple of books that I wanted to read. The problem was always on the other end. I'd get to the hotel, unpack everything, put the books by the bed and never NEVER touch them until I put them back in my suitcase. Why, you might wonder. What I wanted to read the moment I was packing and what I wanted to read after working all day ended up being two completely different things. And if I tried to pack what I had wanted to read during the week, well, let's just say that didn't work either. So, eReaders - a gift to be able to carry an entire library when I travel. The bad news, right after I got my first eReader, I stopped traveling for work.
For me, menu planning and the subsequent shopping is exactly the same. What I want and plan on the weekend is not what I want during the week. Usually with one exception. I'll have managed to plan at least one thing I want. The problem with that is I've cut almost all processed foods out of my diet. Today, I found a recipe for wild rice and mushroom soup. I really want to make it. I'm going to get all the ingredients tomorrow. However, tomorrow night I have to go to my dinner with my cousin for her birthday. My plan is to make it sometime this weekend for Monday. I'm having dinner at my parent's house on Sunday. Maybe Sunday lunch.
Back to the issue of fresh food. During the warmer months (and, yes, I live in Florida and I'm a wimp), I don't mind going to the grocery store as much as I need to. Right now, though, I can think of 1000 reasons to stay home snuggled up with the cat. So I have to be careful what I buy or I'll end up throwing stuff away.
I'm also willing to eat leftovers, but I get tired of them. I'll freeze stuff when I get to that point. Sometimes it works. Sometimes not. Tonight for example, I had thawed some chicken soup I made. It's a favorite and I've been looking forward to it all day. Let's just say it didn't freeze well. At least not the chicken part. Next time I'll have to make sure I pull out all the chicken before freezing. I can always bake chicken to go with the thawed soup. A much better plan, I believe.
I've tried doing the "prep for the week on Sunday" and that works to some extent, but I never end up making all the planned meals. Sometime I overestimate the number of meals I'll actually need. I live alone and some recipes go farther than I anticipate - or I get bored with them less quickly.
I really think the secret, at least for me, is to plan a week of meals but only buy for two days. That way, I'm not locked into something that is going to end up with wasted food.
That will be my plan for this coming week. I'll buy the ingredients for the soup, salad and what I need for breakfast. I'll also buy for at least one other meal but I'll plan for the whole week.
I'll report back in another week.
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  • CYSCOKITTY
    My plan for this week for main courses:
    Wild Rice Soup
    Slow Cooker Lasagna
    Grilled Tandoori Chicken with Tzaziki Sauce
    That last one will be for later in the week so I won't shop for the ingredients until Tuesday.

    2033 days ago
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