We live about 1 block from our local Kroger, so it has been much to easy to wait until 5 o'clock everyday, and think "Hmmm, what for dinner?" and stop almost everyday on the way home. Or, worse, the wandering around le supermarche clueless as to what to buy. This way of shopping inevitably added up to large grocery spending by the end of the month.
For the past few weeks, I have been planning 4 meals on Monday or Tuesday, and only making one trip to the grocery. I use my seasonal issues of Everyday Food, Cooking Light, and internet sites for inspiration. Often, I can combine items over 2 different meals, or plan for leftovers from one to serve later in the week. I have now done this for 3 or 4 weeks, and the average I have spent on groceries is $55. Not bad. That leaves just a little extra for a good bottle of wine, or a pint of jamocha almond fudge.
On the plan for this week:
Chicken Celery Stir-fry and Rice
Marinated Flank Steak with Potatoes and Green Beans
Stuffed Flounder Roll-ups with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Noodles
Roasted Spiced Pork Shoulder with Black Beans and Yellow Rice
Once I have everything in the fridge/freezer, we just pick what sounds best for that night.
How do you guys plan/not plan/shop for your weekly dinners?