Do you have 2, 4, or 7 boxes of pasta in the pantry?
Do you shop at Sam's Warehouse, Costco or BJs and buy things in bulk?
What's in the freezer? Pounds of meat? Bags of shrimp? Containers of leftovers? Packages of frozen veggies?
How long could you prepare meals using the stuff in your cupboards, freezer and pantry? If it's more than a week take the challenge – eat out of your pantry until you're just about empty.
Here are the guidelines:
- You start a menu with something that you have on hand. Let's say it's a can of chick peas, potatoes, rice, onions, frozen green beans, chutney, bananas that are starting to turn brown and frozen chicken breast.
- You decide to make a dish or menu using those items. Let's say chicken curry with the items above.
- Put the extra ingredients you need to make the dish on your shopping list. Let's say you need diced tomatoes to finish the ingredient list.
- You purchase that item when you grocery shop for perishables like milk and fresh fruit.
- You make the curry and use all those things out of your stores. And, let's say you savor every bite!
Go to the top and start at 1. Again with another pantry item.
Repeat until the cupboards, freezer, and other extras are almost gone.
For fun mark your calendar with the date you start this project. Mark it again when you're doing a replenish the staples shop which you don't do until you think, "I feel like Old Mother Hubbard with Bare Shelves."
The benefits of doing this:
- You'll use ingredients before they go bad or expire saving guilt & money
- You'll be creative and resourceful – be proud of yourself
- You'll be eating well! – enough said
- You might lose weight – depends on what type of recipes you choose, doesn't it!?
I've been doing this for 8 weeks so far. I think I have 4 weeks more to finish using most of these extras.
R & R (rest & rejuvenation) are the intentions behind the Friday at 5:00 entries. Often these are inexpensive and low key because you recharging your batteries can be more easily achieved without running around and doing, doing, doing. Your productivity is rooted in your energy being high. Your energy being high is rooted in recreation!