It is an event. I open my cookbook cupboard, take down my faithful four, spread out at the kitchen table, brew some tea, and plan. I plan out my meals for the entire month. Like a budget, there is room for flexibility. If I plan focassia bread pizza, but really feel like eating BLT’s, then I let myself switch it up etc.
But, my biggest struggle is knowing what to fix. Once I know, I can make. Once I make, I can eat.
I also do my shopping once a month, excluding items like milk and eggs. It does help that all my produce comes from my garden, orchard, and I preserve it all for the winter. I rarely am forced to buy out of season. I do find myself reaching for some apples and oranges in January, but for the most part we eat what we grow.
I’ve often had people ask what this once-a-month shopping and planning looks like. (Note: if you do it right you will save a bundle of food money.)
Here is my list of what to buy this month and a list of meals for the month. I don’t make the same meals each month. Each month looks different. I also don’t plan sides for my meals. I come up with those the day of.
2 whole chickens
5 lbs of beef
Find fun meat on sale, like steak etc.
3 packs of bacon
5 packs of morning sausage
Butter sticks and tub
Noodles of all types
10 various soups
Various canned beans
Corn bread mix
Dry It. dressing
10 frozen dollar meals for H’s lunch
2 frozen pizzas
10 healthy bread loaves
10 cheap white bread for the kids (they eat way too many PB&J to buy them fancy bread)
3 bagel loafs
Apple juice boxes
Baby puffs and mum mums
I plan 4 to 5 meals per week and allow for some leftovers, but leftovers are mainly eaten for lunches the next day.
Crepes and sausage
Teriyaki noodle chicken
Taco soup with corn bread
Super Easy Chicken Meal
Mac and Tuna Casserole
Pita Bread Pizza
Hamburgers and Fries
Zucchini Garden Chowder
Greek Tom Salad with grilled Ch.
Crustless Zucchini Tom. Quiche
Steak and pesto/tom pasta
Whole Ch with sides
(I often switch meals in week 1 for meals in week 4.)
Even though the day I go shopping is crazy and somewhat insane, it is way better than doing it once a week or twice a month. Taking my kids to the grocery store is not what I like to do with my time and with them.
Plus, I had to change my shopping and buying habits once we moved to the farm and live 30 mins. away from any legitimate grocery store.