Well, I did it. I haven’t been to the grocery store since last Friday! My fridge and freezer are in better shape, most of my fresh produce is used up, and I made lots of great things that I probably wouldn’t have made otherwise.
Like Chiogga Beet Chips.
It wasn’t always easy: through this process I learned that I have a habit of going to the grocery store just to shop when I’m bored. Not great. But, now I know that about myself, and I can work on it. I can identify ingredients that I use a lot (walnuts! who knew?) and others that I seem to buy and then leave lying around (oranges, among other things). I don’t need to make such large quantities to freeze since I’m always cooking. I can wait to stockpile until I have room, or know that there will be a time in the near future (emphasis on near) when I don’t have so much time to cook. Like going grocery shopping out of boredom or avoidance, cooking to avoid doing the dishes doesn’t really work either.
I also learned that throwing some frozen shelled edamame in with the water to boil before cooking ramen and then pouring it over fresh spinach is like the greatest lunch or light dinner ever.
My plan going forward is to do a better job prioritizing in the following way:
- Use what I already have.
- Choose recipes based on what I already have.
- Go grocery shopping with a plan (i.e. find a recipe, figure out what I need, and ONLY buy that).
- Switch my mindset from frantic hoarding grocery shopping (what I do when I’m working 80 hours a week) to relaxed, thoughtful grocery shopping (knowing that I will want to go–and have time to go–almost every day anyway).