Wednesday, September 19, 2007

What's for dinner?

I'm a big believer in systems. I like organization. I don't always take the time to implement good systems, but I still like to try.
My latest fantasy is to compile a family cookbook specific to mine and my husband's tastes and budget.

I have a calendar with pockets and every month I print out new recipes to try. If we both give the recipe a thumbs up, then at the end of the year, it gets hole-punched and put into a ring-binder.

I want to get this down to a science though. The whole nine yards.
What ingredients to keep on hand, when to buy them based on how perishable they are and when they will be used. What I'm going to make every day of the week.
Factor in leftovers potential so that I can save money on work lunches.
Work more vegetables and salads into the mix. Keep the weekly fat factor down as much as possible.
Lots to think about.

Meats are no problem. My husband would happily skip between hot dogs, hamburgers and steak all day long. It's coming up with healthy side dishes that are problematic.
He doesn't like cooked broccoli or cauliflower. He thinks corn is pretty useless. Red and green peppers are a no go. He's lukewarm about sauteed cabbage. We both like sauteed zucchini and squash, but you can only do that so many days a week.
Salads are good; I need to make that happen more often.

I just know that I spend far too much on groceries. I am a stocking-up addict. I think having a good system in place would help us eat better and save bunches of money.


Appalachian Feminist Breeder said...

We made an awesome veggie lasagna today. MMMM......

firstimpressionist said...

That sounds really good. I've never tried making one. I should add a lasagna to the rotation.