the usual routine
as you all know, i am a creature of habit. sure -- once in a while, i get thrown off track, thanks to an upside-down work schedule or a pediatric virus. but most of the time? i'm as predictable as they come. and one of my most treasured routines these days is that of meal planning and grocery shopping.
some may find it tedious, but it's actually a ritual that i love. i gather my planner, menu-planning pad, and a blank grocery list (oh paper, i can't quit you!) and scheme out the week in terms of meal in, meals out, and nights suited more for leftovers. i also grab whatever resource i'm using for recipes that week: last year doin' time made that a no brainer, this month i'm referring to the latest issue of cooking light.
during a typical work week, i usually cook 3 times, we eat leftovers or very easy things 1-2 times, and we go out 2 times. this seems to be a happy mix for josh and me.
sunday shopping spectacular
once i have my plan of action, i almost always head out on sunday afternoon to my beloved whole foods, conveniently located less than 3 miles from our apartment. i know it's expensive, but I FREAKING LOVE THAT PLACE, and it's just worth it to me. i even have my own well-worn path around the store, and i love foraging for new products and interesting produce.
yesterday, in the spirit of healthy lifestyle week (HL week for short from now on!), i decided to capture my loot on film. so here goes: a week's worth of groceries. (and then some!)
produce! pink lady apples, loose carrots, an onion, red peppers, broccoli, scallions, mushrooms, baby spinach, garlic, ginger, avocado, bananas, and a cucumber. whew! will we eat all that!? i hope so.
meat + frozen and prepared goods: chicken breasts (in new, less-wasteful packaging -- yay WF!), bacon (mmm), shrimp, amy's wraps/burritos, flax waffles, and my beloved ezekiel english muffins. (and, our toaster.)
beverages: the milk and OJ are for josh -- i really don't drink either of them, since i think i'm borderline lactose intolerant (yum) and i just don't like OJ (or oranges, really). the beer was selected based on the label. looks mysterious and fun, no?
snacks and essentials: i'm loving KIND bars lately. coffee is the #1 thing that we CANNOT run out of, so i stock up whenever i think of it. and pb is #2. i threw in the whole foods baked granola bar on a whim -- my sister turned me onto these delicious treats, and they keep for ages.
specialty ingredients: things specific to this week's planned meals. this week: red curry paste, black bean sauce, NC peanuts, roasted red pepper, and grits
whew! this was a more extravagant and extended trip than usual, but that seems to happen every few weeks when the essentials need restocking.
so there it is: the groundwork i try to lay each week to help maintain the food portion of my HL. tomorrow: a deeper look into what the concept of healthy lifestyle means to me, anyway. i am also flirting with the idea of food blogging for this week! even though josh has already started making fun of me . . .
what is your strategy for keeping the cupboards and refrigerator stocked? do you buy everything at once like i do, or do you shop for fresh ingredients in a more european fashion? am i the only one who spends half of her paycheck at WF?
★ i did not get much done on my project.
★ but i really did enjoy my weekend!
★ i delved into the happiness project website and fell in love with the concept (although the whole time, i had an eerie feeling like "I COULD HAVE (and should have) WRITTEN THIS!)
★ a major highlight was a run with meg on the tobacco trail
we had so much to talk about, and our paces were well matched! i can't wait to run with her again.
what do you think: could i get away with the below number at a black tie wedding?
i'm thinking no, but i wanted to ask. i'm not even sure where to look for a black tie-appropriate dress! sadly, anthro has its limitations . . .
workout: 11 miles on the tobacco trail. i guess i will survive my upcoming half, after all! miles 1-6 were run with meg at average 8:31/mi, then the last five with ira glass (ie, this american life) at an average of 8:38/mi. it was nice to run on flat ground after weeks of hauling my butt up hills in CH!
oscar fail: we were supposed to attend an oscar party last night! in the party-food spirit, i whipped up some basil and sundried-tomato/goat cheese crostini (recipe here).
but. josh got called to a case, and we didn't get to go. several of these made for a delicious (albeit poorly balanced) dinner. don't worry, i rounded out my meal with strawberries and chocolate!