Thursday, January 14, 2010

What would you do?

I wasn't going to start food blogging yet. But today, I pretty much had it with poor diets and a sickly looking bf (M). Every time we drive past the grocery store -- so conveniently a 30-second turn away -- we find some reason why we shouldn't go right then. And then when we get home, we veg on crap and watch HGTV for 4 hours straight. Real productive-like.

(To be fair, M hates the grocery excursions...they inevitably take about an hour and $80 per hit. And I did learn about engineered hardwood, gîtes, and the rent value of a soaking tub).

So harebrained idea numero eleventy-thousand? Pick 2-3 new recipes each week to serve as the base of a shopping list, instead of scrambling to fill the empty gaps of essentials like eggs, milk, what-have-you with little else in the kitchen to work with. The real scarcity in this apartment is fresh produce: 1) requires frequent trips to the store or market, 2) requires motivation, which 3) when it does exist, dwindles as quickly as the fresh produce rots in the fridge. The point is the make it a habit -- and save, too, bc it won't likely cost more than the impulse dinner out once or twice a week.

Yup. And so it begins... The blog, of course, to track (any) progress.

New recipes for this week:

Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes
Moo Shu Vegetables
Curried Squash & Chicken Soup

Things to buy:

Medium russet potatoes
Ground turkey (8oz+)
Shredded Cheddar
Sour cream
Frozen pureed winter squash (10oz)
Coconut milk
Boneless, skinless chicken breast (8oz+)
Baby spinach (6oz)
Lime juice
Thai red curry paste
Toasted sesame oil
Shredded mixed vegetables, such as “rainbow salad” or “broccoli slaw”
Mung bean sprouts
Rice vinegar
Hoisin sauce
Chicken stock (canned)
Mushroom flavored soy sauce
Red bell peppers
Tortilla chips
Vegetable soup

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