Well, quasi-lockdown anyway. We still go to the grocery store weekly (I usually do this, with mask of course) and order takeout one weekly. Last night we even ventured out in the car as a family to do curbside pickup!
Since I am
running out of ideas trying to really paint a picture of this time, I figured I would show a day of eating. Remember when there were hundreds of blogs featuring just this, and many of them earned actual $$$!? Craziness. But not that crazy because I totally read them.
Anyway. Yesterday turned out to be less healthy example of eating (duh, takeout night) but I am proud to feature it nonetheless. Perhaps I will balance it out with a more normal day of weekday food in our house.
First, a few other food notes:
1- I am happy about how well we have been doing with avoiding food waste. Our fridge is nearly empty (today is grocery shopping day).
2- I mentioned this before, but I am pleasantly surprised that our grocery budget hasn’t gone through the roof as much as I thought (probably b/c of #1). That said, we are NOT budget grocery shoppers. I think I once mentioned wanting to save in this arena, but I’m not sure that’s actually true. I feel like it is a reasonable thing to spend $$$ on. We do buy organic for a lot of things.
3- No one in our family minds leftovers. SO happy about this b/c leftovers are the most efficient way to eat! Lately dinners are cooked just 3x/week in the house to serve 6 meals (and sometimes bonus lunch leftovers too – see below). Since there are 5 of us, that means big batches. It’s so much more efficient that way.
I know some people like to mix up when the eat leftovers, but in the interest in preserving freshness, we usually eat them twice in a row. Like this:
Sunday – I cook a big batch of something
Monday – leftovers from Sunday
Tuesday – our nanny cooks a big batch of something (while kids napping or otherwise occupied)
Weds – leftovers from Tuesday
Thursday – our nanny cooks again (yes I know we are incredibly lucky)
Friday – leftovers from Thursday
Saturday – takeout (previously was “out” but things have obviously changed!)
We rotate meals enough on a larger scale so eating the same thing twice in a row just isn’t a big deal.
YES sometimes the kids are picky and hate something. I think they are less picky (or if you prefer the term “selective”) than average. Actually, Annabel & Cameron are less picky than average. G is at least an average level of selective.
She likes: dairy products, sauces of various kinds, random fruits/veg (but only certain ones), and more dairy products. She looooves to lick the topping off of whatever the actual food is. Even pizza she just eats the cheese . . . she appears to be thriving though so I am not concerned. I am sure things will evolve over time. The other two were not like that, though, so it goes to show that some of kids’ eating habits have more to do with the KID than the environment!
Okay. That was a lot! Here are pix from yesterday’s day of (weekend) eating:
BREAKFAST: Van’s multigrain waffle with almond butter, raisins, and a little honey. Clementine (or something resembling one, I can never keep all the small-orange varieties straight!). Black coffee (always).
G had cereal but she really only drank the milk and then proceeded to lick the peanut butter off of a waffle.
LUNCH: Leftover vegetable pasta (was dinner Weds & Thurs). Recipe from Dinner Illustrated (one of my favorite and most-used cookbooks; I learned about it from The Frugal Girl). Sauteed some chicken sausage to put on the side & also put out celery and hummus because Annabel and Genevieve were not huge fans of the pasta. (C liked it.)
SNACK: I don’t always eat a snack in the afternoon but I often do. Yesterday: cheese cracker sandwiches, La Croix, and The Flatshare. Usually I prefer something like nuts or fruit/cheese but we were running low on all of those things.
DINNER: Soooo, we told the kids they could take turns (with the adults) in choosing our weekly takeout. C (and Josh) chose . . . burgers. Which was fine with me.
We do not eat a lot of red meat in our house mostly for environmental reasons. I’d say that on average, we usually do one chicken meal, one seafood meal, and one vegetarian meal weekly (out of our “6 night” rotation). So last night was not super-typical, but it was pretty delicious.
Burger Fi burgers, parmesan fries, and very few vegetables. I guess there were pickles & tomatoes in the burgers! I also had a Funky Buddha Floridian (fave local beer) which HIT THE SPOT.
MMM. The end. Meals for this week:
- Sunday/Monday – minestrone soup (recipe I took straight from LagLiv’s meal plan). Need some vegetables to balance out last night, and the kids usually like soup.
- Tuesday/Weds – curry chicken with naan & green beans. Family staple
- Thurs/Fri – rice & bean burrito bowl. From Dinner Illustrated.
OK G is up! More tomorrow.