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Planning As I Go

I think we can all agree that planning and making lists are about the best fun a person can have. Despite my conviction that this is true, however, I’m taking my own sweet time getting into a meal planning habit. I showed you a bit already about what it looks like when I take an afternoon and fire up the Office Suite to plan well in advance of any shopping or cooking. But sometimes I realize I have no plan and decide to make the list on the same day I need to go shopping, and that necessitates a speeding up of the process. Today I thought I’d share some pictures of my highly scientific ad hoc meal planning system.

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First, write down everything you have on hand (and take a picture in case you forget to bring the list when you go shopping).

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Then, commit unspeakable acts upon the list as you shove it in your purse, take it out and unfold it a million times across a few different stores. My basic approach here was to go aisle-by-aisle through the store seeing if anything in that aisle matched up neatly with anything on the list, adding that item to the list so I wouldn’t forget I was buying it when I got to the next aisle, and keeping a running list of meal ideas for the things I was buying on the other side.

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Finally, rewrite the meal list neatly, noting which major ingredients you need for each. In no particular order, this week’s plan includes:

  • beet, spinach & brown rice salad
  • quiche
  • pizza
  • eggplant parm
  • eggplant…curry, maybe?
  • chickpea noodle soup (was going to be chicken but I made chicken tacos last night; sometimes you set your stove on fire and 3 hours later when the smoke has cleared — literally — you’re so hungry you say screw the plan and grab whatever’s closest)
  • nachos & guacamole
  • hummus & toast for work lunches
  • banana bread muffins (I made bread today and forgot to oil the pan, so that’s out of commission for a bit)

Everything on the list uses at least one item I already had, and for most of them it’s more like I only had to buy one item to complete the recipe, so the plan went well I think. And now I’ve gotta go cook some of this stuff. I start a new 9-5 tomorrow and I haven’t worked one of those in almost three years. I have two classes this semester on top of that, so Sundays are going to be cooking days for a while since I’ll need some ready-to-go breakfasts and lunches on hand at the very least.

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