So I’ve been a little distant from this blog, my apologies. There hasn’t been any particular reason apart from me keeping busy with work and other stuff. Collecting blog material, one might say. However, I’m not gone!
Today I would like to share my latest project: Meal Planning. This is probably one of the most grown-up and boring things I’ve ever heard of. I don’t wanna plan what I eat, I wanna be cool and spontaneous and eat whatever I’m in the mood for. After living like this hip and cool spontaneous free person for quite some time now, I’ve come to realize it’s not that convenient. I end up being hungry, wanting food right now. Going to the store and cook dinner is not at all what I want in that moment when I’m tired and hungry. On top of that, it’s a huge waste of both time and money to grocery shop every single day. Why spend 30 minutes on something 7 days/week when I can spend 1 hr/week and get it all done at once? So I’ve decided to give this meal planning a try.
This is my second week doing it, and so far it’s been a little more tricky than I thought. Here’s what I learned so far:
Buy the key ingredients: Every meal needs one source of protein, carbs, veggies, and fat. Stock up your freezer with chicken, meat, fish, and some veggies. Buy pasta, rice, bulgur, etc. for the pantry. Fill your fridge with diary products and veggies to last for one week in the fridge.
My first mistake was I felt like every meal had to be perfect. It really doesn’t. Stick to your favorite meals or mix up a few old ones. Just because you write down that you’re gonna make tacos on Friday doesn’t mean you have to make it on Friday. When the day comes you might wanna switch it with Wednesday’s meal. At least you got all the ingredients to cook something.
It’s difficult to know in advance how much you need of every ingredient, and this is something you can only learn by doing. Everything that goes in the freezer, canned goods, etc. is fine to buy in bulk since it lasts forever. Fresh veggies on the other hand is better to buy less of than too much. It’s no fun when you end up tossing two moldy broccoli’s and three brown apples just because you overestimated how much you need. Carrots, potatoes, cabbage, onions, etc. will last longer though. Tip: Put some paper towels in the bag of carrots to soak up the moisture and prevent them from going bad.
It takes 21 days to create a new habit, so don’t give up just because it sucks the first week. I’ve only been doing this for two weeks, but I’ll give it some more time before ditching the idea.
What I’m most interested in is to see if our grocery costs will go down, stay the same, or maybe even rise? Will I save time or will I feel it’s even more time consuming? I will definitely give you an update after a month or two when I (hopefully) can see some results.