Monday, May 23, 2011

How Do You Grocery Shop?

I only know one way to do it:

I make a menu for the week and go through recipe by recipe to create my shopping list. I divide the list up by section of the store (fresh produce, coolers, frozen, aisles) and try to keep items roughly in order within the appropriate sections. By "in order" I mean the order in which I'll encounter them as I race through the store shoving impulse items into my cart.

Anyway, lately I find myself lacking in time, patience, energy, and enthusiasm for menu planning and cooking. This is the last week of school and warm weather is finally here to stay (more or less). So I set myself a challenge:

This week we'll eat summer-inspired crock pot meals all week.

Features:
crock pot French dip sandwiches
crock pot chicken pizza (served over spaghetti squash or pasta)
crock pot burritos
crock pot Jamaican jerk chicken
crock pot vegetable jambalaya

Yum.

As you might expect, I usually take the meal-planning thing a bit too far. Due to my aforementioned lack of energy, I've gotten away from also planning breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and desserts in advance. But I do print out a weekly dinner menu complete with clip-art highlighting the week's key events.

My house might resemble a dusty, stinky recycle bin, but at least our food is well-organized!

5 comments:

theskyislaughing said...

I want the recipes for the chicken pizza and the burritos!!!

theskyislaughing said...

I want the recipes for the chicken pizza and the burritos!!!

Sarahlynn said...

I'll post a follow-up soon with the results! I'm not really working from actual recipes so I don't have quantities, but I'll post enough to give you an idea of what we made.

Jennifer said...

I would like to see how you do them too!....those sound so yummy!! Looking forward ot the post! Your son is SOO cute!

Sarahlynn said...

Thanks!

http://sarahlynn.blogspot.com/2011/06/summer-crockpot-week-results-are-in.html

crock pot chicken pizza (served over spaghetti squash or pasta)
I put a couple of chicken breasts in the crock pot at lunch time and covered them with canned tomatoes and some canned pizza sauce. (This is quick and easy prep, not gourmet cooking!) By dinner time the chicken was tender and easily shredded with a fork. Shortly before serving I baked a spaghetti squash (following the instructions on the sticker on the veg) and boiled a little pasta. I served the chicken and sauce over spaghetti squash and put a few noodles on top for camouflage. This dish was a hit with all, but I found the sauce a bit acidic. Next time I think I'll use a light pasta sauce and call it chicken spaghetti. The spaghetti squash was incredibly easy to make, looked just like pasta, and had an incredibly mild squash flavor that hid behind the tomato.

crock pot burritos
This was by far my favorite dish of the week. Paul's too. I rubbed a beef roast with taco seasoning and put it in the crock pot with broth, Rotel tomatoes, black beans, and corn. A couple of hours before serving I thought the dish looked a bit watery so I added half a cup of brown rice. Perfection! Wrapped in a tortilla it looked liked something I'd order at Qdoba. Serve with salsa and eat in the basement during a tornado.