For the second half of the year, I said there would be some changes. And there will be. I want to cook more- even I get sick of junk food eventually, I'm tired all the time, and I really just want to not feel blah. Better food is a big part of fixing that.
How I plan to do that is easy (in theory)- I'll make a meal plan. Meal planning isn't fun, though, or sexy. It's useful, but that's about it. Some people can meal plan on the fly (Heidi), while others (that'd be me) run over horribly when we wing it. Which is why planning is my plan.
So, How does this plan work?
Well, it's my plan, so probably not at all.
Was that too negative? Ok, it works like this- I know what I want *right now*. I want chana masala, black bean humus, falafel, samosas, and sweet potato gnocchi. The first two are pretty easy, and the last 4 take a bit more work. In the case of samosas, it's a lot more work. This week's wish list is mostly pretty cheap.
What if I really really really wanted something super expensive? Something like Greek salad for lunch every day, or store bought curry sauce, or vegan cheese enchiladas? The steps start the same-
- Look at the food list and see if there's a theme or common ingredient. If the recipes are all over the place and the only things used more than once are salt and oil it's not going to work.
- If I have a theme (or at least a set of ingredients that overlap) I make a list- either in my head or on paper- of everything that goes into each recipe. I check the list against what I've already got and the missing ingredients go on the "shopping" list.
- I price out that list- using the last prices I've seen and sale fliers. When I get to a total of $6.80 it's time to stop.
Obviously this depends on me shopping, on not giving in to dreams of melty vegan (or other) cheese, and on my developing some follow-through.
My (estimated) grocery list looks something like this right now-
- 1lb dry chickpeas- $1.40
- 5lb bag white flour- $1.49
- 1 small jar tomato paste- $0.75
- 1 head garlic- $0.40
- 1lb sweet potatoes- $0.70
- 1lb carrots- $0.67
- 1lb frozen peas- $0.89
- 1 small tomato- $0.25
- 1 tiny onion- $0.25
I already have onion, and it *should* be enough, but if it isn't, I'd rather have spare. I already have rice for the curry, chips and black beans for the hummus, potatoes and spices (sorta) for the samosas. It makes this first week rather more affordable, but with tax this will still come out right around $7.
I dunno. Guess we'll see how it works, right? There aren't any breakfasts in here. I'd like to start making/ eating breakfast, but I just don't see it happening. Perhaps I'll make some bagels with the flour, but I wouldn't count on it. Not this week, anyway. "Lunches" will probably just be servings of mains, I never really saw the point in special food for lunch.
Thoughts, ideas, suggestions? Shopping sometime in the next 5 hours (before the church/ brunch types are free).
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