So I don't appear to be very good at sticking to menu plans, or sticking to shopping-at-home challenges in general. I'm too much of a free spirit.
Instead of doing no grocery shopping last week, I ended up shopping at more places than usual.
We went to the farmers' market on Saturday (which I think was a good idea because I got so many great deals on fruit and vegetables). Our freezer is now stacked with frozen bananas for smoothies that I bought for 99c/kilo because they were a bit spotty on the outside. I also bought a huge pumpkin and turned half of it into pumkin soup, so that replaced a couple of meals on last week's menu plan.
After the farmers' market I popped into Commonsense Organics and next thing I knew I had bought a loaf of scrummy soaked bread they were giving out tastes of. I also bought quinoa, pasta sauce and a few tins of Fair Trade coconut cream.
On top of that, we went to the supermarket to buy a few extra things for Sophie's birthday party and cake.
|Matching Mummy and daughter face paint done by Daddy at the party.|
|Sophie's birthday butterfly cake. (I baked it, Paul and Lily decorated it.)|
All in all, I don't think I saved anything on groceries last week. Whoops!
Hopefully this week will be better. I've decided not to do such a detailed menu plan this week; Just dinners (and we'll see how well I stick to that).
Monday: Beef stir-fry on rice - using leftover roast beef from the freezer, plus carrots and cauliflower from the garden, and capsicums and celery from the fridge.
Tuesday: Tuna pasta bake
Wednesday: Asian mince on rice.
Thursday: Paul and I are going to the Wellington Gold Awards because Minimonos is a finalist in the Creativity category. Woot! Lily and Sophie can eat leftover Asian mince on rice.
Friday: Lamb chops, roast vegetables, sautéed cabbage and carrots.
Saturday: Chinese chicken and cabbage (Destitute Gourmet recipe), using leftover roast chicken from the freezer.
Sunday: Leftovers from the fridge or freezer.
How are your menu plans shaping up?