I am really good at meal planning. I am just not so good at the execution. I always have great intentions, well thought-out meal plans, and a fridge full of food, but I don't always follow-through. Dinner is my toughest challenge. I look for things that are quick, easy, and healthy after a long day at work.
Since I started participating in Bountiful Baskets, a fruit and vegetable co-op, I have been trying to be more diligent about using all the food I receive. After all, $15 is a great bargain for fruits and vegetables but if I end up throwing a lot of it away, it can be a waste of money.
Because of Bountiful Baskets, my fridge is always overflowing with fruits and veggies. I look at it as a good problem to have, but sometimes I wonder how we will use all this stuff. It is just me and hubby eating meals around here. If I get five tomatoes or three cucumbers in my basket one week, I try to get creative on how I can use them all.
One of the things I like about Bountiful Baskets, is that you pay online in advance and you don't know what you are going to get until you pick up your basket. It forces me to get creative with my cooking and look for new ideas.
I once again wonder, what the heck did I ever do before Pinterest? I know. I know. There was always the internet (OK, not always), but Pinterest presents the recipes in a way that allows me to stumble upon new ideas.
I also like to volunteer at Bountiful Baskets on Saturday Morning. I genuinely think it is fun and it is less than an hour commitment of my time. It is a mini workout with all that lifting, carrying, and squatting. It is non-profit and strictly volunteer run so if it wasn't for volunteers, Bountiful Baskets couldn't function and wouldn't exist. It is my small contribution to make sure this will continue to be available to me. As an added bonus, if there are leftovers after the baskets are filled, the volunteers usually can take an extra item or two. Win. If you are interested in learning more about Bountiful Baskets, I wrote a post about them here.
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My friend told me about a free grocery list/meal planner template over on www.theprojectgirl.com. You can download the meal planning template that I used here. I am pretty
Here is my attempt this week at meal planning. The Sunday recipe is what I start with for the week.
Here are some of the recipes I pinned from Pinterest for my meal planning:
Lemon Chicken & Squash Bake
The Best Salmon Ever (according to Pinterest)
Loaded Cauliflower and Chicken Casserole
Spinach and Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms (OK, this is my recipe.)
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