And then promptly derailed it. And I do mean promptly. That very night, we wound up skipping dinner to avoid having to prepare anything.
It's a little nuts how many social occasions we've had all crammed together.
My birthday was a planned night out - and we enjoyed ourselves very much down at the National Harbor and then shared a lovely meal at Rosa Mexicano.
Then we got together with one old friend on Wednesday to catch up over Indian food... and on Sunday we met over seafood up in Baltimore with another couple.
In there, I did cook a couple meals - there was some delicious pork schnitzel, and a good spicy tomato soup that carried us through lunches with the leftovers.
But nearly everything I had planned was set aside, so I was straight back to haphazardly pulling together meals without a plan..
This week, the social whirl has been even more whirly! We had a houseguest stay overnight with us Monday evening, on his way from airport to train the next morning - and by the time we picked him up, it simply made more sense for everyone to grab a bite at the Silver Diner.
And then last night, a group of Michael's coworker's asked us to join them at the Hardtimes Cafe for dinner and Trivia Night.
And Saturday? Saturday will be a potluck birthday party for a friend.
I am loving all the socializing! I really am! And I enjoy eating out, but wow, this is a whole lot in a very short time span, and I rather wish it could be spread out over the month a bit more. It's expensive, and meanwhile, my groceries are going unused.
So this is where I am right now -
So far this week, I've not cooked at ALL. And I have a lot of produce from last Wednesday's seasonal produce box that didn't get used yet... and another box arriving this week.
So, for this next week (Wednesday to Wednesday, since that's when my grocery delivery happens), I need to focus mainly on getting all these perishables used.
Here's the produce I've got on hand that needs to get eaten:
From last week (priority!)
- Spring Mix Lettuce Mix
- Green Beans
- Beets & Greens
- Spaghetti Squash
- Sweet Potatoes
- Poblano Chiles (2)
- MORE Beets & Greens
- Snow Peas
- Curly Winterbor Kale
- Spring Mix Lettuce Mix
- Red or Green Leaf Lettuce
- Swiss Chard
- Local Organic Herb Bunch (Dillweed)
I am intimidated!!
So this week, I'm working my plan a little backwards (and in the summer, when fresh food is readily available - only for short periods if you're eating seasonally - this is probably the more sensible way to approach planning). I've got meat in the freezer, so I can grab whatever I need without fuss. Instead, I am focusing on how many vegetables I can feature in any particular dinner.
While I'd intended to add planned lunches this week, I expect to have tons of leftovers, and those will be our lunch.
Some of these rework plans I didn't get to last week, and some stem straight from needing to use all this produce. Here's what I've come up with - wish me luck getting it actually done!
(Make a meat sauce that includes some collard greens in it)
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
Zucchini Spiral Cut 'Noodles'
Stir-Fried Mixed Veggies
(onion, celery, carrots, snow peas)
Make refrigerator pickled beets.
Bacon Wrapped Bratwurst Bites
Potatoes and Green Beans
Make a big tossed salad and homemade vinaigrette for potluck.
(pull together with protein and whatever veggies still need to be used)
Last week some of you shared your own meal plan 'lessons learned', and I found your ideas so helpful - thank you! So, I have another question for you.
D you ever get overwhelmed by the perishables you have on hand? How do you use them up to avoid waste? Please share your ideas in comments!
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