|Seriously? I LOVE chocolate and peanut butter. |
They just had to go and put them in a Pop-tart!
So, I shop at places that don't make me drool as I am walking the aisles. Don't get me wrong, I love fruits and veggies, but I don't just sit around and think about broccoli and apples all day, YET!!!
Since I have been on summer break, we have kinda gotten out of our weekend shopping and chopping habit. It just gets left up to me to do during the week, since I have nothing better to do!! Well, I didn't make it to the store until Tuesday night! By then I was too tired to come home and start chopping. So the veggies sat in the garage fridge until I made myself get up today and chop. It does take a lot of time and effort (especially if you are doing it by yourself!) But, it is so worth it in the end! This is what my table looked like this morning:
|Isn't it pretty? :)|
Our list usually consists of a couple different types of lettuce, spinach, onion, mushrooms, carrots, peppers, green onions, green beans or asparagus, squash, zucchini, avacado and this week I am trying out eggplant. Then I always buy grapes, red and green apples, bananas, a usually strawberries and kiwi. We opted to buy all the vegetables fresh instead of already chopped and bagged in order to save money. We can usually buy 3-4 bundles of lettuce for under 3 dollars and it will last almost all week. If we bought the bag lettuce for just under 3 bucks it would only last us a day or two. I probably spend about $35 a week on fruits and veggies.
At the regular grocery store, we buy our bread, meat, pb&j, oatmeal, snacks for the kids, and other basic cooking needs for the week. If my husband goes we usually spend about $70ish and if I go we usually spend $90 a week. Not sure what I do different!
Typically we eat the same menu each week. I do get bored with it at times, so I will throw a new item in the mix. It makes things easier when we do it this way. It makes it easier for the kids also. I make things I know they like, so I am not constantly fighting them! When I do make something different, I can test it out once and see if it meets the standards of the kids! I am not a short order cook, so I will not cook several different meals! You eat what's on the table or you don't eat!
Anyway, that is what we typically do for the week. This way there should be no excuses that there is nothing to eat. There should be no reason to have to eat out.
How do you prepare for the week so you are not tempted by fast food? Also, since this is my first time cooking with eggplant, do you have any great recipes or blogs that I can visit to find some? Thanks!