Friday, July 17, 2015

Simplified Food Storage Plan

For some reason I felt like I needed to make my meal plan more simple.  The one I've come up with uses less overall ingredients and in my mind is easier to purchase, store and transport as needed.  This new plan call for a single breakfast option, a single lunch option, and four weeks' worth of soups/stews for dinner.  Like I said, very simple!  Especially when compared to my previous 3 month plan.  But I feel good about it, and I can add diversity once I've got the basics figured out :)

Breakfast is oatmeal.  I plan on eventually drying different kinds of fruit to "spice things up a bit" so we don't get bored eating the same thing every day...  I also would like to add some dehydrated eggs to our storage so that on occasion we can have some scrambled eggs for breakfast.

Lunch is beans and rice.  Kind of boring, but it'll do.  I also will be storing some peanut butter and flour, in case I'm able to make some bread for sandwiches, etc.  Plus a spoonful of nut butter is a great snack and could be used to either bulk up a meal or eaten in between meals when hungry.

As for dinner, here's what I have planned:

T: yellow curry soup w/ coconut biscuits
W: potato soup w/ loaf of bread
Th: minestrone soup w/ breadsticks
Sa: leftovers w/ muffins
Su: beef stew w/ loaf of bread

M: tortilla soup w/ cornbread
W: corn chowder w/ loaf of bread
Th: French onion soup w/ breadsticks
Sa: leftovers w/ muffins
Su: chicken/turkey & rice soup w/ loaf of bread

M: taco soup w/ cornbread
T: cashew carrot ginger soup w/ coconut biscuits
W: broccoli soup w/ loaf of bread
Th: pizza stoup w/ breadsticks
Sa: leftovers w/ muffins
Su: clam chowder w/ loaf of bread

M: creamy enchilada soup w/ cornbread
T: mung bean soup w/ coconut biscuits
W: pumpkin soup w/ loaf of bread
Th: ravioli bisque w/ breadsticks
F: kielbasa/jambalaya w/ cornbread
Sa: leftovers w/ muffins
Su: chicken noodle soup w/ loaf of bread

Shopping list and recipes coming soon!  *B


Allie said...

So excited about the upcoming shopping lists and recipes!!

I got started with our meal organization by preparing a single box that includes enough breakfast food for my family for a month. It has a 10lb package of oatmeal, a 2L bottle each of white rice and hard white wheat, and then a bottle of honey, some cinnamon sugar, and some non-dairy powdered french vanilla coffee creamer. The idea is that breakfasts would be mostly oatmeal, with the occasional breakfast of wheat berries or breakfast rice (rice with basically cinnamon and sugar on it instead of soy sauce or something). It makes me feel better just to look at it and know that one month of breakfast is ready to go.

Of course, my husband and children would probably rather eat dirt than eat that stuff--not really, but I cannot get them to eat it as long as we have "real" breakfast food in the house (shredded wheats and corn Chex). I've been trying to incorporate the hot cereals more but they are decidedly not hits with the fam.

Oh well. When we need the food, we'll eat and everyone will just have to be grateful. ;o)

Claire said...

BETH! I feel like I've found a soul mate in you. Nutrition and meal plans and cooking are what I live and breathe. I love it! I can't wait to read through your posts. I can tell you have a lot to teach me. So glad you're in our ward now!