Friday, September 2, 2011

Adventures in cooking (take 2)

I went grocery shopping.

Friends who know me are now picking themselves up off the floor, laughing (or from the shock).

It's not that I don't eat - but until recently, it's been easier to "grab and go" because well, I couldn't find most of my kitchen amidst the boxes.

But even before I moved, my grocery shopping skills were, well, lacking.

But, let's face it. A healthy person cannot eat out constantly (or exist on air popped popcorn.)

So, I bit the bullet and did two things today, well three.

1) Decide to take time for me today.

2) Subscribed to www.e-mealz.com. Click on the link below for more details.

Emealz - Easy Meals for Busy People!

3) I printed off a week's worth of recipes - and the corresponding shopping list - and went to Wal-Mart.

Note: If you aren't familiar with e-mealz, then here's the 411. This is a weekly meal plan, that works for small families (one to two people) to large families (four to six people). They offer everything from low fat & low carb options, to customizable lists for a variety of grocery stores.

This is the meal plan that Dave Ramsey has endorsed, through his show.

Since they haven't started offering a Kroger for the one to two people plan, I subscribed to the Wal-Mart plan.So I bit the bullet and went shopping.

The meal plan told me the groceries would cost about $43 - but it was a bit more, because I added a couple of extras (like milk and fresh cherries) and had to buy every staple on the list, since I'm re-building the pantry from the move.

This week's selections include: Chicken Curry Salad,  Deep Dish Pizza, Thai Peanut Noodles, Super Bratwurst Supper and Marinated Grilled Steak.

The first recipe - Chicken Curry Salad (chicken, apple, raisins, curry and mayo) - pictured above -  was ok. I'm wondering how it will taste after it sits in the fridge overnight (it did say to serve it chilled).

So we'll see what happens. I'm hoping to accomplish two things: 
1) Stop eating out or eating the wrong things (carb overloads aren't all that great.)
2) Make wiser food choices (see number one).
3) Have a low-thinking plan to do this. Let's face it, my brain is pretty dead when I finish a long day at the church. This will let me make a plan, shop once a week, and then follow the plan.

I think E-Mealz is probably me, cooking with training wheels.... for the next three months, the "plan" will hold my hand and guide me back into the land of cooking.

So welcome back to the adventures in cooking. I'll keep you posted as I try new recipes and experience sticking to the plan. I wish it was as glamorous as trying to cook through Julia Child's cookbook in one year, or making the wonderful things on the Pioneer Woman's website.... (probably more realistic for my world than Julia Child), but well.... you have to start somewhere right?

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