WORKING THE PLAN...
The first few days of my social experiment have gone well. I haven't yet been tempted to darken Wal.Mart's doors. In fact, I have hardly shopped at all. I bought a pair of wide legged linen pants that were really fabulous at Goodwill and I bought tons of fruits and veggies at our local produce stand. Tonight, unfortunately, we did have to go to a grocery store that is part of a chain. Some friends invited us over for dinner after church and asked us to pick up some salad fixings on our way over. The produce stand isn't open on Sunday night, so we did have to go the grocery store. Couldn't be helped:::sigh:::but at least it wasn't (cue horror music) WAL.MART!!!
It hasn't been hard yet, mostly because I started with a stocked pantry, so I haven't had to get very creative. But, we are starting to run low on convenience foods such as goldfish and cereal, so I thought it would be in my best interest to go ahead and make out my plan of attack. When Matt was in California for a week this summer and I was home alone with a four year old, 20 month old, and two week old baby, I made a plan for the entire week: all meals, including snacks. It served me well, so I thought I would do it again for this upcoming week.
I do like to have some fluidity within my structured life (smile), so rather than say we will have xyz for breakfast on monday, I would rather just plan out seven breakfasts, seven lunches, etc. and then pick out what I want to eat the day of. This allows some flexibility in case of plan changes and such. I also only plan five lunches and dinners b/c we usually end up eating out a few times either at my parents or matt's parents house, have date night, etc.
1. Blueberry muffiins, scrambled eggs
2. Scrambled eggs and toast
6. Cheese grits, turkey bacon, toast
1. Pita pizzas
2. PB and J
3. Turkey sandwich (2)
4. Grilled cheese and tomato soup
1. Roasted vegetables and shrimp with orzo
2. Hamburgers, hand cut fries, fruit salad
3. Breakfast for dinner: turkey bacon, french toast
4. Turkey paninis
5. Spinach salad w/ grilled shrimp, fuji apples, walnuts, and feta
-popcorn w/ olive oil and sea salt
-home made cereal bars
-Peanut butter and crackers
-Hummus w/ pitas and carrot sticks
-oatmeal cookies and milk