Post by applecrisp1 on Apr 7, 2020 20:58:35 GMT -5
Have you been eating your usual food give or take over the last few weeks? Granted that you might not have the usual variety and/or shopping as often. Are you eating more junk? snacking more?
For the most part I've been eating much of my usual go-to's the last few weeks =-- yogurt, fruit/veg, beans, whole grains .... And during this certainly difficult time I'm trying to make best use of what I have on hand and limit shopping to every 2 weeks or so.
Unless you count my trip to CVS to pick up a prescription. I bought two bags of chocolate, Ritz Crackers (what? I haven't had them since I was a kid, but I thought I would grab some food since I was out and didn't care about the ingredients etc). I also bought a package of bagels (I never buy bagels) to toss in my freezer that has a best by date of 2025 practically ..... it's like a twinkie with a hole in it. I can imagine they must rival the best bagel out there. Ha. I wanted to have more PB, but I didn't want to make an extra trip to get my usual "just nuts and salt" (and I prefer the taste). So what's a little palm oil and sugar. I just wanted to have some more food on hand, and I'm just going with it.
And what is it about melted cheese? It is pure comfort food.
I just did my menu plan for the week to help me get back to making good food choices, and cut back on snacking.
I find that the junky food has been flying off the store shelves. Funny, I didn't even think to buy my nemesis Cheez-its. Before this all started, I got a container of TJ's dark choc pb cups for DH. He was sad when he had the last one. I got some Reeses dark choc pb cups for him. I'm limiting to no more than one a day. We are eating our normal meals, but a little differently than normal. I would cook 4-6 servings and we would end up with a fridge full of leftovers, we ate most of them, but some things did get wasted. Now I am cooking fewer new meals and using the leftovers sooner. I think the good side of this is that I am making sure that nothing gets wasted. I'm buying lots of sturdy vegetables so they last longer.
I've been toying with potato chips but they are like heroin for me.
😂 Ana! Me, too!!! DH loves them, but I buy him the bbq-flavored which I don't care for. Love the plain ones!
I really haven't been shopping to BUY junk food, but I have to admit that Ritz crackers are my indulgence. Not the lowfat ones, not the wheat version, but those crispy little buttery "original" things. And cheese on them? So much the better... 😜
I did find a bag of butterscotch chips and had a few for dessert last night, though... I seem to crave a sweet after dinner no matter how much I try to fight it. Am looking at cookie recipes now, will try to keep them in the freezer and eat slowly (HA!!!)
I've been doing good with avoiding the junk food temptation. I'm not a big snacker to begin with, I'm still working full time (remote and in the office) so my schedule is roughly the same, and I do the meal planning and grocery shopping for DH and I. So I've been doing good there.
What I've noticed is, my meals have become a bit more meat-centric. I typically do vegetarian for breakfast and lunch, with a meat component with dinner. But the last several weeks it seems I'm putting chicken or pork in both lunches and supper, and oh my gosh! How did that breakfast sausage patty end up next to my pancake...
I know part of it is I'm utilizing leftovers - the leftover pulled pork went into pulled pork sandwiches and tacos. The leftover sausage links and patties from the Breakfast Jambalaya (which I made for dinner), became a breakfast side. The leftover Italian sausage from the Chicago Style pizza was added to spaghetti sauce. But whoo, it seems like I'm gravitating toward meals with meat, specifically chicken and pork.
Already next week I'm eyeballing a pasta jambalaya (smoked sausage and shrimp) and chicken and savory waffles. I had a lentil and chorizo soup picked out until I realized...yeah, more sausage.
I won't mention the case of wine we just ordered with a wine club discount and $1 shipping...
I am generally not a huge sweet eater or snacker (except an oreo on occasion and a small bowl of ice cream after dinner most nights!!!). I have noticed a few minor changes. I am craving more comfort food meals and for me that means lots more bean dishes and soups (if that is even possible considering I have soup for lunch every day!!). I am not a vegetarian but eat mostly veggie meals so my bean dishes have actually been very healthy. I have done a beans and greens with broccoli rabe, a puttanesca beans with addition of canned tuna and pasta, a beans and artichokes meal, and some lentil sloppy joes. All yummy and comforting and budget friendly as another bonus! Today I made a broccoli chicken noodle soup and thawing a whole chicken to make a pot of plain old chicken noodle soup this weekend. Other than that, haven't done much baking....yet but have a list of breads that I want to bake (my other comfort food craving). So not doing bad here and also have only been to store once in last 3 weeks so nothing has had the opportunity to jump into my cart!!!
Wallycat - sorry for slow reply! Got caught up in work during the day and making masks over the weekend!
Niner Wine Estate is where we have our Wine Club membership. Husband stopped in on a whim several years ago when he was out in Calif for some training and bought be me/us a membership as a Valentines Day gift. Yes, the photo on the home page is real! Below is my pic from a trip two years ago in the Fall.
I had to go poke around the website to find the answers to your questions - Yes, you can order without being a member. The $1 shipping was a special. They offer it periodically. I'll also add, we get the <i>least</i> expensive wine they offer...
Post by applecrisp1 on Apr 15, 2020 11:26:54 GMT -5
So interesting to read what people are eating and gravitating to. Well I put the chocolate on the top shelf to not make it so convenient ..... if nothing else I'll get a good stretch in while reaching for it.
I need to do some mail planing for the next few days. The fresh veggies and fruit in the fridge are like gold! Last night I made a super easy chickpea, tomato (canned), with baby spinach, cumin/garlic, golden raisins over couscous.
Now the time I finally want to try making no-knead bread ..... flour and yeast is almost as hard to find they say as TP.