So I went to visit a friend last week.
I planned simple things I knew Olaf (that’s the psued I’m going with for the husband) could deal with: Pancake Thursday, Pasta Friday, and Pizza Saturday (homemade – O’s a wizard with a yeasted dough). And then I took off for other parts.
But that meant that I wasn’t around for my usual meal planning routine, nor was I home for Shopping Day. I came home Sunday in time for leftover pizza (when Olaf makes pizza, we have LOTS of pizza). Monday was hectic with work and after-school errands (the trees are blooming and we didn’t realize the kids allergy prescriptions had all expired – oops). No shopping, but we had pantry options – kielbasa in the freezer, potatoes and onions in the cupboard, apples in the crisper drawer. I was able to make Michigan Hotdish pretty quickly after we got home from the pharmacy.
Tuesday, I threw together red lentil soup (sautéed an onion, tossed in ground cumin, ground coriander, some cinnamon and a touch of mint and cayenne, then a cup of lentils and a half cup of brown rice and enough water to keep it soupy). We had that with bread, and I was off to the grocery store.
With little time to plan, and a half-week to plan for before shopping again, the list was short: more flour for breadmaking, cottage cheese and yogurt for breakfasts, milk and cheese to replace staples, and more beans.
The plan for the rest of the week:
Wednesday: My calendar is clear and there’s nothing planned. Last night was light and practically vegan, so a bigger meal: Sauteed chicken breasts with roasted asparagus and couscous. I’ve got lemon juice and garlic in the fridge, and I’ll probably season them with leftover ramps (if they’re still wholesome) and a bit of thyme.
Thursday: Should be Olaf’s cooking day, but since he cooked over the weekend he may not e feeling that. Nevertheless, Thursday is pancake day again. I’m planning a big Dutch baby pancake with frozen fruit topping.
Friday: Black bean burritos. I’ll either cook dry beans the night before so they’re ready to go, or I’ll throw them in the crockpot before leave the house. There’s a pepper left from the Family Pack of peppers from last week, onions in the cupboard, frozen Anaheim chiles, and I bought tortillas and cheese.
My total at the grocery store was just under $80, and that included some cat supplies, which don’t technically count against our food budget. Coming in that much under the weekly total will help offset the money I spent on spices and fancy canned goods on my trip. I took advantage of being near a Penzey’s Spices store to restock some of our regularly used seasonings, and picked up our favorite salsas and inexpensive coffee beans at a Trader Joes on the road.