Introducing...the grocery challenge!
I would like to get better at long-term meal planning, so I decided to track my purchases at Whole Foods and see what I ended up making and throwing out. I used to live within walking distance of a Whole Foods, but that was very dangerous for my budget--it was too easy to pop in after work and buy prepared food or impulse purchases. We've all been there at some point--went to the store with the best of intentions but came home only to find a bag full of organic soap, a hand-woven basket, starfruit and sushi. Now I drive to a nearby Whole Foods, which enables me to make larger purchases and dissuades me from impulse buying.
Here's my first haul and what it created:
Meals & Parts of Meals
- Vietnamese Shrimp Salad
- Tuna, White Bean, and Chard Salad <- adapted from Stone Soup
- Chickpea and Chard Salad <- adapted from Stone Soup
- Hard-boiled Eggs
- Roasted Yams
- Adobo & Coconut Cauliflower Rice
- Tuna with Cauliflower, Red Pepper, Capers, and Parsley
- Pineapple-Honeydew-Cara Cara Orange Salad <- good for lunches
What Was Left at the End of the Week
- 4 apples
- 6 eggs
- Basil (had to toss)
- Mint (had to toss)
- Cilantro (had to toss)
- Chickpeas (didn't end up making chickpea soup)
I am still trying to find a balance between fresh ingredients and week-long sustainability. I went out for dinner a couple times (Tuesday and Thursday) and ended up buying lunch a couple times (Thursday and Friday). The dinners were planned, but peanut butter & bacon bagels were definitely *not*.