Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Recession Diet (Part One)

If you're anything like me, and let's hope for your sanity you're not, then you go to the grocery store almost every day. Even if it's only to pick up that one item you're lacking to complete the list of needed ingredients for what you've planned on making for Supper. Is that what the last meal of the day is officially called? I always get confused because my Grandma calls one of them Dinner and one Supper and I can never remember which is which.

Anyway, it adds up. I've been doing a detailed budget recently and the amount I've been spending on groceries is really a lot higher than I'd like it to be. Gordon, you may insert your jokes about my appetite ______ here. The truth is, not being totally organized about meal planning and indecisive about what I'd like us to have for supper?Dinner? every day puts a strain on Ye Olde Wallet.

I realize that times are hard financially for many, many people right now and in an effort to save money and squeeze out some creative juices (believe me it's much more awesome than it sounds) I've proposed to my Mother (Whose house I am STILL at) that we see just how long we can go before we go to the Grocery Store for ANYTHING. Now, I may fail miserably at this (Cough, cough, green experiment, cough, cough), BUT I think it will be fun.

I've recently been doing the South Beach Diet to lose the rest of this unsightly baby blubber and so far it's worked like a charm. I actually only have a few more pounds to go before I'm to my pre Ari weight- That is another post in and of itself- and I realize that in order to do this it will require that I give myself some liberty in the diet department. My little heart just leapt for joy at the thought of eating bread.

So, here's the plan:
We will make meals from whatever we can with WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE in this house.

We will eat food that has been frozen in the freezer since Hoffa went missing (Only a little kidding). That may include small, helpless creatures that my Father and Brother killed.

I will give you the recipes for whatever we come up with.

And if you have come up with anything out of ingredients you had on hand....please share the recipe and a photo if you can and I'll share it here.

Tonights dinner : BLT's and Green Giant Broccoli and Cheese (and at this stage its going to be easy....stay tuned for a week from now when we're eating stewed rabbit glazed with Strawberry Jam and served with potato eyes and canned asparagus)


Lauren said...

"Pantry Nights" are some of the best and easiest dinners I've made to date! Sure, sometimes they're wacky combinations of things you wouldn't normally put together (cashews + honey + frozen shrimp + brown rice = CHINESE FOOD!) but I've actually come up with some recipes that Kiel asks for time and time again.

Good luck! :)

Amanda said...

David is the best at this! Last year we belonged to a co-op and would get various fruits and vegetables each week. If I didn't know what the veggie was or how to prepare it, it would just sit in the drawer in the fridge. Then one night a week, David would saute them up into some random medley and call it a meal.

You should give us an inventory of what you have so we can give you suggestions!!