I’m so tired of it being so humid. Last week we were inside a lot between the heat/humidity and the rain from Tropical Storm Kay. We ate a lot of fruit last week, and the CSA box came yesterday, so we’re going to do it again!
I hit up the grocery store on Sunday. Again this week but we’re eating out of the pantry and our Yasukochi Family Farms CSA box, which was delivered yesterday afternoon. With the increased cost of groceries, I’m really leaning on cooking meals from our pantry stables and using fresh produce.
I did a bunch of meal prep yesterday afternoon to cut down on cooking time:
- Marinated Salad (I’ve been using pre-made vinaigrette dressings instead of making my own)
- Mixed Veggies to roast (I’ll do that later this week)
- Sliced watermelon
- Sliced strawberries
I’ll make a fruit salad later in the week when the stone fruit (peaches, plums, nectarines) ripen.
We’ve been trying a lot of new foods lately, thanks to the really great freebies from Social Nature lately too. It’s fun to try new foods. I picked up 5 new products to try this week at Sprouts last night using my Social Nature coupons!
For those of you that are new to meal planning, I’ve got an easy 101 style post here with super easy tips and steps. After you get that down, here is info about batch or freezer cooking.
I’ve gotten a pretty good inventory of the pantry, freezer, and fridge done (I try to update it after every shopping trip), so I’m able to plan meals and use up what we’ve got with little waste.
I only post our dinner plans for the week, because our other meals are usually the same each day.
Breakfast: Coffee with 1/2 and 1/2 for me, and pancakes or something along those lines for the kids. They are also into fruit and bagels for breakfast. Lately, the big kid has been digging protein shakes in the morning. This is his favorite kind.
Lunch: I have a plastic tote in the cupboard full of self-serve snacks. I buy treats and snacks in bulk and fill up snack-sized zip-top bags. These snacks make up most of the kid’s lunches during the school week. School lunches are still free, but on most days, they prefer to bring their lunches from home.
Dinner: Now that school is in session and our weekday schedule is cemented, I’m using one weekend morning to do some baking/side dish meal prep, and Monday afternoons after school/work to prep the CSA box goodies. As the price of groceries goes up, I find myself buying less meat, relying more on sale/clearance prices, and repurposing leftovers.
Monday: Home-Made Pizza, Fruit
Tuesday: Mac n’ Cheese, Roasted Veggies
Wednesday: Loaded Smashed Potatoes (Recipe coming this week), Salad
Thursday: Grilled Cheese or Quesadillas, Soup, & Salad
- Friday: Takeout night!
- Saturday: Leftovers
- Sunday: Fruit Salad, Funeral Potatoes, Toast