read the chronicles here), I realized how much stuff I buy that I don't want to eat! I fill my fridge and pantry with things like frozen gnocchi, artichoke salad and chocolate pudding cups but when it comes to eating any of these things I avoid them like the plague. I came to the conclusion that I was avoiding purchasing certain foods because I knew I would eat them. That seems counterintuitive but in my mind it made sense. If it was available, I would cave into temptation and eat that whole 4-pack of flan cups. Or that entire bag of sea-salt bagel chips. But in avoiding I was also avoiding purchasing key staples that could be building blocks to future meals. It was also making me purchase those foods I didn't really want to eat anyways. Then what would happen is by Wednesday or Thursday, the food in my fridge and pantry would discuss me and I'd spend more money on take-out, which is probably much worse in caloric intake than the grocery store temptations that I was avoiding.After the experiment I did to clear out my fridge and pantry (
I also came to the conclusion that I really need to beef up my supply of staples. Comparing my staples to those of the commenters on my Staples post (read the post here), my list was sorely lacking. Everyone else's list made it seem that they kept a mini-grocery store in their home. Lots of meals could be born out of things that are constantly in their kitchen.
So yesterday I did something completely different. I shelled out about $100 and bought a lot of food that I wanted to eat! Foods that I enjoyed and that could be building blocks for future meals. I also bought snacks for work and for outings in case my blood sugar gets low. This one big shopping trip should provide me with food for a month and all I'll need to do on a weekly basis is supplement my pantry with fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, milk, eggs, bread, etc.
Here is what I purchased:
Biscuits - Pillsbury
Chicken Breasts to freeze
Cinammon Rolls - Pillsbury
Corn Cakes - Thomas English
Corned Beef Hash (Canned)
Crescent Rolls - Pillsbury
Frozen Meals (that I enjoy eating!)
Ground Beef to freeze
Ground Turkey Meat to freeze
Kidney Beans, White Beans and Black Beans
Sweetened Condensed Milk (in a bottle!)
I know that this sounds like a lot of frozen and canned products but I'm also on a budget and these foods need to last a long time. I do intend to pair a lot of things with fresh produce. And althought this list isn't perfect, it's at least a start.
When I got home and put all my groceries away and saw how much wonderful food I had in my kitchen, a warm fuzzy feeling came over me. Now let's hope the beau doesn't eat it all by himself!