I clicked on the "Learn time-saving shopping and cooking strategies" link in the Week Two Challenge email. It took me to the recipe search. I had thought that it might take me to a list of shopping strategies. We already have a few strategies that not only keep our grocery budget in line, they are healthy as well.
Here's what we do:
1. Plan the Menu
We sit down (most of us) on Thursday evening. I have already cleaned out the refrigerator and let the family know what's left that can be used to create meals for the next week. Then we brainstorm and come up with the main course for each day.
2. Make a list
I know most people already do this, but I feel that it's the most important ingredient to success. We make a list of just the items we actually NEED, as opposed to WANT.
3. Make a promise to stick to the list
This saves $$$ and calories!
4. Shop the perimeter
When we enter the store, we go first to the Produce Section, then to the Meat Section and then the Dairy Section. These areas are all located near the walls of the store. We shop a few of the aisles ... bread, paper products, the aisle that holds the tuna fish, for example, but the bulk of our shopping is done along the walls.
For this Week Two Challenge, I have chosen the following two recipes:
Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Walnuts (I'll substitute the chopped pecans I had left from last week instead of walnuts, though), and the Cod Grilled in Foil recipe. I found both in the Spark Recipes and have added the salad to today's BBQ and the Cod to tomorrow's dinner.
We own a blender, a food scale, a crock pot (my secret weapon on busy days!), and a toaster oven. These time-saving devices are pretty much all that we need, I feel. Although I may save for a food processor.
Does anyone have any testimonials for food processors? Which brand, make, model do you prefer to use?
So, all in all, Week Two contains some healthy habits that we have already developed - thank goodness! I can't imagine trying to spring this on my family all at once! The habits were added gradually, a bit at a time, and now they are established.
Happy Week Two, Week Two-ers!!
"Every day can be Day One."