It’s Sunday, and even though Josh is on call I am planning on getting out of the house for my weekly shopping excursion. It has been a few months since we shifted to weekly shopping AND since I have taken over this duty. Back when the kids attended school (!), our nanny did the weekly shopping while they were out of the house. She usually went on Mondays and sometimes again on Thursdays or Fridays.
Now it’s all me, and for the most part . . . I kind of love it. I wear a mask (actually, our grocery stores have required them for quite some time which is good) and douse my hands with (store-provided!) sanitizer on the way in and out of the store.
I ALWAYS meal plan and make a list right before. Almost every week follows the same structure:
Sunday – I cook
Monday – Leftovers from Sunday
Tuesday – G (our nanny . . . not Genevieve) cooks, usually sometime mid-morning while kids are doing ‘school’ and little G watches something
Wednesday – Leftovers from Tuesday
Thursday – G cooks again, same process as Tuesday
Friday – Leftovers from Thursday
Saturday – Takeout night
I get my meal ideas from my favorite cookbooks (Dinner Illustrated and Run Fast Eat Slow), some magazines (Milk Street & Real Simple) as well as a few blogs — especially Lagliv! I have a few cookbooks upstairs that I should probably bring into the rotation, too.
Here’s my planning in the Live Rich Planner that I’m currently playing with, complete with toddler scribble (NOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!)
This Week’s Menu:
(sharing inspired by Laura’s recent post!)
Today (Sunday): Cobb Salad
Tuesday: Tacos & Taco Salad (we use ground turkey as the meat + typically the Old El Paso taco kits with the spice mix & shells. Toppings: cheese, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, green chiles, sour cream, salsa, avocado. This is a kid favorite.
Thursday: Black bean soup (most of the time, I try to incorporate at least one vegetarian meal each week. The kids are not a fan of tofu but they do like beans). I use the recipe from Dinner Illustrated which does not appear available to link to online. Served w/ sour cream + tortilla chips.
Friday: Leftovers + possibly eggs if not enough soup left
Saturday: TAKEOUT NIGHT! In the past few weeks, we’ve had: sushi, Mediterranean, Cuban, BBQ, pizza, burgers, Indian, and more. I think it might be Cameron’s turn to pick, so we will see. I guess it may depend on what is open on July 4!
YES we eat a lot of leftovers. No one minds and it saves so much time & maybe even $ (not to buy whole sets of ingredients + to reduce waste). We typically have the fridge nearly empty by shopping day which I consider a victory.
I find we still spend a lot on groceries which I am generally okay with. I think it’s because we buy a lot of things organic and some “luxury” items like nicer coffee. We used to get a lot of groceries from Whole Foods but Publix is significantly closer and seems to be $100+ cheaper per trip, so I’ve mostly switched.
What is your meal plan this week?