After Thanksgiving, I made myself a goal not to grocery shop until I go home for Christmas.
Yes, that would be 4 weeks without grocery shopping.
Keep in mind that besides breakfast (which I eat at home everyday), I only eat about 2-5 meals at home a week (2-4 dinners, and anywhere from 2-4 lunches).
- Breakfast – home
- Lunch – possibly & usually at nannying (depending on how late I nanny)
- Dinner – at the hospital
- Breakfast – home
- Lunch & Dinner – both or either possibly at nannying depending.
Sat & Sun:
- Small breakfast (snack) – home
- Large breakfast – hospital
- Lunch – at the hospital
- Afternoon snack (because let’s face it, I get hungry between an 11:00 lunch and dinner) – at home
- Dinner – at home or at nannying
Honestly, I try and eat at nannying if I can. Often times, they have nothing for lunch, so I’ll eat at home. But if I have a night-time job, I’ll usually wait and eat dinner over there.
So, since I already have a stock-up of such foods in my pantry/freezer:
- Pancake mix
- A few bars
- Sweet potato
- Ground turkey
- Frozen veggies
- Chicken sausages
- Condiments – 1 jar jam, dressings, syrup, 1 jar peanut butter, etc.
I knew I could do it. I’m allowing myself to shop for
- almond milk (I get it at Food4Less for a crazy good deal. I also dislike cow’s milk, and I get almond milk for the same price as soymilk is)
- coffee grounds (if I run out of my current stash)
- occasional yogurt as needed (especially since I enjoy yogurt as breakfast, afternoon, and nighttime snacks)
If I run out of food – cereal it is! But seriously, I don’t think I will. It took me 3 days to eat leftovers I had from when my boss took me out to Thai food. And if you know me, I was thinking about those leftovers for days. I just never had the opportunity to eat them.
Cashew chicken + brown rice = my first going out to Thai experience. YUM.
This was after a breakfast of delicious overnight oats. Which I hadn’t had for quite some time.
I made a mix of peanut flour + almond milk to
drizzle pour over the top. It made it soupy and amazing.
In other news, I spent last night with this mumbo-jumbo. But I think I’m almost done with this graduate application, due next Wednesday!!
Now, in regards to the grocery challenge, I did make an exception for these:
(Source) I was too lazy to take pictures of them myself, and figured they all looked the same. Seriously.
When I was grocery shopping for my boss yesterday, I noticed they were all out of pumpkin butter at my usual Trader Joe’s. I panicked. Last year, they sold this pumpkin butter until summer!! I hightailed it over to another Trader Joe’s before my other job, and snagged the last 2 pumpkin butters on the shelf.
Sure, I’m not grocery shopping for now, but I probably won’t even break into these pumpkin butters until after Christmas anyways.
So that counts. Right?
(I had a little too much fun at work last night, and ate about 2j958735389t57 million of these little cookie gems. Come to think of it, I think I spelled this out, got distracted, grabbed the ‘R’, and never ate the rest. The parents were probably wondering what I was up to spelling out words with their cookies.)