One day after the holiday break, I tweeted that I had shopped at our local Whole Foods store and that the final tally was less than $150. That got quite a reaction, as in “are you kidding me?” In actuality the total, including 2 impulse buys, was less than $136.
Which got me thinking: I’ve been meal planning for many, many, MANY years now. My goal has always been to cook four planned meals each week. As I work long days outside of the home 10 months a year (as an elementary teacher), four planned meals seemed do-able — trust me, seven was not.
Along with the goal of planning for four meals, we have several food requirements in this family. I am a vegetarian; my husband is not, but he gets his fix for eating meat at restaurants. I am also a lifetime Weight Watcher so I try to track the points value for each thing I eat. We both are committed to eating more sustainable food products, we buy locally produced foods whenever possible. However, living in the tundra of New England is a challenge in that regard.
While I enjoy trying new recipes, I am admittedly not a recipe creator. I am more of a recipe finder who plans and cooks something from a cookbook, magazine or website that catches my eye. Therefore, there are references to the originator of each recipe in the blog and I’ve included links to my favorite food authors.
Lastly, this blog is also a labor of love as the photographs in the blog were created by my husband, Adrien Bisson, a commercial photographer. We often are at work in entirely different spheres; how lucky to be able to collaborate on something we both enjoy!
So I hope you too might find some resources for cooking and eating at home. I welcome your comments about recipes.