This past Monday-I tried something different.
Per the recommendation in this month's Everyday Food I took the wise advise and meal planed from their Jump-Start Your Week (not available online). It provided 5 meals, a shopping list for the week, recipes and prep ahead directions. I changed 2 meals to fit our family taste but stuck to the main ingredients.
On Mon I bought most of our groceries at our local co-op. Mostly because they have the best variety of lentils and I am specific about lentils.
Our groceries were surprising reasonable.
I bought some extra things too-yogurt,fruit and staples. Out total bill was 68.00. (Which inculded a free range pork roast and grass fed skirt steak...) Not bad...
Monday I got home and did the prep. Which took roughly 1.5 hours. I made pesto, rice, lentils, cut timed veggies and set out the meat to marinade.
I also cooked the first meal shrimp penne with spring herb pesto. It was really yummy! It fed all of us (the kiddos ate it too despite it's green color). You cook everything together so It really just took about 12 minutes to pull it together. I was more impressed because I had set some aside for a family with a new baby and then it fed us leftovers too...I think I used more pasta than the recipe called for but still...
Tuesday- we had leftovers from the weekend, because I did not get the pork roast in the crockpot in the morning.
Wed- we are having a pulled pork style taco. (I changed this from a roasted pork loin). I am also making pinto beans from scratch using this recipe. I am excited to see how it turns out.
Don't laugh at this next statement-I've never shopped with a list. Like NEVER and you guys! It was great (somewhere my mom is rolling her eyes, because she has mentioned this numerous times). I am still a little surprised at the ease that was generated by that little list.
Well I will give one more update at the end of the week, see if I am still as enchanted with this idea as I am today.