As a single person who is a foodie, I often find I waste a lot of food – I get excited about recipes and food combinations and buy more than I can consume before the food goes bad. Or I get in the mood for something ( like broccoli slaw) that I won’t eat every day. A bag of broccoli slaw will feed at least 6! Guess how much of that gets thrown out 😦
Just today I threw out feta cheese, mozzarella cheese, carrots, celery, cooked and seasoned ground turkey, yogurt, lunchmeat, half a bag of fresh mized veggies that got browned and strawberries. A better plan would have been to do some freezing – feta can be frozen, then thawed and used as crumbles in a salad. I could have frozen the ground turkey in small portions after cooking and used as needed. Carrots and celery could have been used to make stock – I have lots of chicken parts and stock keeps in the freezer for quite a while. Same thing with the veggies. I should have taken the mozz to work with me and added it to my daily salad, or used for a snack with crackers or tomaotes. As for the yogurt, I need to eat some everyday or resort to buying individual cartons ( more expensive) vs the 16 oz tub
I vowed to do better, so here is what I purchased grocery wise and my meal plan for this week:
1 roasted chicken – on sale for 4.99
fresh Italian whole grain bread
Applegate organic ham slices
tub of greek yogurt
organic salad mix
shredded cheese mix
packaged sliced apples
pint of cherry tomatoes
I eat most of my meals at work, so I pack my goodies for the week on Sunday nite and take them to work on Monday, storing everything in the fridge in the breakroom. ( If you don’t have a fridge at work, you could use an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack and pack daily instead of for the entire week)
Chicken cut into quarters – 2 quarters in the freezer, the other 2 will be for meals this week.
Frozen green peas on hand – making a batch of soup – most will be frozen in plastic containers. Recipe here http://www.simpleandsavoryfood.com/great-summer-soup/
Breakfast every day ( I don’t get tired of it) is egg beaters and shredded cheese scrambled in the microwave at work. I add 2 slices of whole grain toast and berries or other fruit.
Snacks – apples and sliced cheddar cheese, yogurt with berries and walnuts, crackers and cheese or fresh peanut butter, or apples with fresh peanut butter.
Lunch – green salad with grape tomatoes, diced apple, sliced strawberries, chopped walnuts, shredded cheese and balsamic viniagrette. Accompanied by a ham sandwich or chicken and Green Giant seasoned steamer vegetables.
I’m making green peas soup using on hand frozen peas – I’ll freeze individual portions. I’ll have the soup with a sandwich or salad for dinner or lunch.
So that’s it. I have chicken and soup in the freezer for later meals. I’ll also freeze some of the sliced lunchmeat as I won’t eat all of it during the week. I stock up on the Green Giant Steamer vegetables when they are on sale, as the fresh go bad to quickly. Some left over celery will be diced for some stock.