This was a nice week for us. My husband and I talked about the Project and our budget busting ways. He was up for a challenge of trying to cook more (much more!) from the food we have in our pantry/freezer and just buying fresh necessities for a while, as long as I committed to buying a bigger variety of fresh stuff to have on hand. I think part of the problem is that it is easy to fall into a rut and he’s gotten bored and then in his excitement to cook new items, he ends up overbuying. It’s true – since I am not confident or relaxed in the kitchen, I tend to stick to the same 5 meals – pasta, breakfast-as-dinner, vegetarian night, pizza night and “Mexican night” (quesadillas, tacos, or the like).
With this conversation in mind, I made a menu based on freezer items, and then drew up a list. Since we basically needed only fresh produce, I decided to splurge by getting groceries at Whole Foods. I’ve been so disappointed the past few weeks with the awful fresh food from other stores. Total spent came to $72 – we were under budget and had lovely produce to boot! Meyer lemons, grapefruit, kale, sweet potatoes, fresh salad greens… I think we may try this approach for a few weeks and see how it works. My husband likes the challenge of coming up with meals based on pantry items, plus we’re all happy if there are enough fruits to snack on/quick veggies to round out meals. Plus, there was enough left over in our budget in case we needed to run out in the middle of the week for something. Yay for success!