- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
I ran into my friend at the grocery store. She just bought like $90 worth of food and none of it actually made a meal. She just goes to the store about every night and picks out what she feels like eating for that dinner. She eats lunches out about every day of the week. It drives her boyfriend bonkers.
That woluld drive me batty too! So inefficient and expensive.
I tend to shop for food once a week. Sundays or Mondays. We have a meat CSA so we get almost all our meat one day a month (preportioned, prefrozen). I have to shop with a list, or else I draw a comlete blank. I start my list early and list the items we ran out or soon to run out, my memory would fail me if I don’t. I also have to write down the days of the week until my next tentative shopping day, and think of X amount of dinners to prepare, which nights we are going out, or to a friends’ house, etc.
Almost all meals are cooked from scratch, a few quickie ones in there for busy after work nights. I don’t necessarily keep those meals with those days, but I like to know what meals we have on hand. This menu then gets transferred to the white board on the fridge – I will forget the moment I walk in the door what I just bought food for if I don’t! I’ve heard comments about my white board menu from friends who come over to visit. Usually making fun comments! I’m not strict with with day of the week which I think is most people’s assumption. I just want to know what food is in the house without staring at an open fridge.
If we have to stop at the store mid week, it irks me. It’s like I didn’t do a good job at the one day a week shopping. But my H will pick up filler items.
I also want to make enough dinners so that they make good reheatable lunches for the next day. Or I’ll make a big batch of vegan curry for lunches, then I can experiement with new dinners that don’t necessarily make leftovers.
Sometimes H will throw in “Let’s have so and so over and grill some brats!” With like 1 hour notice!!!! I have to say this bugs me! “Honey we don’t have brats or any sides to go with brats, and I was planning to make XYZ so we have something to eat for lunch tomorrow as well.” He will go and get all the ingredients if he wants to grill out and host people so badly. This often causes tension. I guess I’m too rigid in that matter?
I think I need to lighten up about this. I’m not very good with impromptu dinners, but I’m working on it. Ideally, I’d like to know 2 or more days in advance if we are having people over.
So anyone else like me? Got your own food planning system?