So, anyway, I decided to do it, but in my own half-assed way. No fancy apps or calendars, I just make a short list on Evernote on my phone. I only plan meals Monday to Friday, leaving weekends to chance, restaurants, &/or my husband. I only plan dinner, leaving breakfast & lunch to habit (lots of toast, oatmeal, leftovers, fruit, yogurt & cheese). By plan, I come up with a meal (I'm a big fan of one pot meals, casseroles, & pastas with lots of meat & veg all in one dish) for each day, then figure out what groceries I'll need to order or go to the store for. I usually peruse the sales at our local grocery store & online at SPUD.ca, then plan a meal or two around something that's on sale.
Another trick I like to use is to plan at least two or three meals a week with overlapping ingredients. By that I mean, I'll cook up a big batch of rice or quinoa, then use it for two different meals. Or if we have, say, a whole roast chicken, I can turn that into wraps the next day, then chicken caesar salad the next day, or whatever.
Now that it's been about three months, I can say that I really do see a difference. We waste less food, I guess the leftovers are getting eaten for lunch more often, but more importantly we're not ordering a bunch of veggies & then forgetting about them in the crisper drawer. Dinner time is generally less stressful (though with a four-year-old & a 15-month-old at the table, nothing is ever all that calm) & we're eating a little earlier.
I've found a few new favourite recipes too. Skillet Cheeseburger Macaroni is the perfect comfort food. Quinoa Tuna Casserole (I substituted peas for mushrooms & tossed in a bunch of parmesan) is pretty healthy & a great budget meal.
What about you? Have you ever tried meal planning? Or online shopping for your groceries? If you're interested in trying organic grocery delivery, check out SPUD.ca. Use the code CRVAN-CORLIS when you sign up & you'll get $20 off an order of $50 (& so will I--thanks!).
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