I've decided to do an experiment with my single lifestyle eating and cooking plan. I've toyed for a long time with the idea that I could eat quite well for less by eating out and carrying the leftovers home, and pairing that with trying the many very appealing convenience dishes from Trader Joe's. Adding the cost of those to what I need for breakfast and lunch, would I come up with a lower payout? Would I enjoy getting out more frequently to ethnic and family restaurants,would I eat as well as I do when cooking for myself?
Before I could do this, I had to consume what had piled up in my freezer like chicken, fish, pot roasts and leftover casseroles. Actually, I've just about done this since I began my plan a month ago. Now there are only a few burgers, a small chuck roast, a piece of frozen flounder and one turkey that I bought a few months ago for $5.00 when it was on sale and I couldn't resist. Of course, the freezer still holds a bunch of frozen vegetables and some breakfast waffles and a treat or two. I will not succumb to good deals on chicken parts; I won't drop in to Safeway on $5.00 Fridays and pick up a rotisserie chicken, nor will I fill the freezer with single servings of sausage. My cart will include only fresh produce and dairy for breakfast and lunch and only if they are on my list. I shall have to limit my cooking creative yearnings to those two meals.
I'll let you know how it turns out in a month but I think it will be fun.