I’ve fallen off the Menu-Planning band wagon which hurts all kinds of things in our house, mainly our wallet.
Also? My blood sugar, the kids’ allergies and Aaron’s patience.
Stupid organization skills.
So I’m trying REALLY hard to get back to where we were with budgeting for food and eating at home. It’s so tough. I’m so sick of last minute food decisions and restaurants. And I feel like I’m standing in the middle of a really huge field and I have no idea where North is.
We all eat differently in this house, I don’t like a lot of meat – everyone else does. I’m the one buying and making the food, so it tends to go towards my preference. We don’t buy bread or snacks, we DO buy a TON of fresh fruits and veggies and take full advantage of our local Farmers Market twice a week.
So I’ve come up with a never-fail list of things I should always have in my house, for the way we eat … not sure if it’ll work for your family, but please share your tips!!
Tomatoes (I’m not growing my own this year yet)
In Season, lots of it
Nectarine or peaches
1-2 Whole and happy chickens
Frozen breasts for skewers
Nitrate free lunch meat
Nuts and Grains:
Rice milk or Almond milk
Butter, the real deal
Goats cheese (from Farmers market, once a month)
Herbs I have on hand, potted:
(Basil and parsley to be planted)
My garden will yield Kale all year long, broccoli, peas, carrots, lettuce, spinach, strawberries and a small (very baby) orchard will carry pears, apples and peaches this year. I’ve got blueberry bushes but no fruit yet (2nd year) and am hoping to see some flowers this harvest season.
Now … from all of this I can come up with all kinds of fresh meals without having to think too hard. It’s lovely that it’s summer and the grill is ready almost any time. We’ll be doing skewers like our life depends on it for a while, until I get my sea legs back. Snacks are fruits and veggies or …
You can always browse Kitchen Stewardship for recipes as well.
How have you been doing it this year?