6/1/2011 11:41:46 AM
Lots of good suggestions!
Several years ago, my husband and I created a "Food Plan" spreadsheet, which is divided by month then by week, with a section for a shopping list below each week's entry. We plan out what we are going to eat each week (including days that we plan on eating out with friends), utilizing some great cookbooks (and we include the page numbers in the entry).
It allows us to try out new recipes all the time, or fall back on easy staples for weeks that we know are going to be crazy busy, and we buy our groceries in weekly batches, which saves money and time (and gas). It also cut WAY down on the amount of food we were tossing each week (which always leaves me with such guilt), and made it so much easier because we don't have the "what should we have for dinner?" question at the end of every day.
I really admire the idea of zero waste. I think back to my grandparents' generation, where everything was used and re-used because it had to be, and I aspire to be that conscientious in my home.
I think I'm going to try a worm farm next! We live in an apartment in the city, so I'll likely just donate the end product to a community garden, but I love the idea of food scraps getting eaten by fat little worms!