Do you guys remember that meme that was flying around Facebook a few months ago? The one with the picture of the bag of spring mix and the guys saying he just buys it every two weeks just to throw it away when it gets all nasty? We all laughed at it – and why? Because most of us do the same dang thing.
A lot of what we do with food is based on the best of intentions. “I’m definitely going to pack my lunch every day this week” or “Food prep Sunday!!!” But if you’re like me, this is something that happens….occasionally. I’m doing better with the food prep, but not every week.
I’ve been working with a personal trainer for the past few months and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Not only am I getting stronger, I have weekly accountability on food. And let’s be honest people – there’s not much food I don’t like! So, when she tells me I can eat all the vegetables I want, you’d think it would be a good thing, right? It would if I actually LIKED the little buggers. I mean, I like them sure. But to eat a lot of them? It’s just not something I actually enjoy. Unless there’s a vat of butter and salt to go along with them.
But let’s get back on point. Food shopping. I don’t go to the store regularly so when I do, it’s like I never saw fresh food before. I stock up on berries, bananas, nectarines, avocados, cucumbers, tomatoes, and of course, spring mix. I cart out of the produce section with about $30 in fresh produce, never once remembering that it will be impossible for a single person to consume all of this within a few days. So the inevitable happens. Two weeks later I am emptying my fridge of slimy lettuce, shriveled tomatoes, spoiled milk and untold amounts of expired everything else.
Some people seem to not understand how this is possible – how do you not eat things you buy? It’s pretty simple, really. My schedule changes by the week, things come up, and sometimes I’m either too tired or too lazy to make lunches. Or sometimes I simply do not want to eat vegetables. Simple as that.
So what do you do? Empty your fridge and pantry slowly but surely and then eat out every meal? Restrict your food budget to a certain amount each week so you won’t overbuy? Buy online so you won’t be tempted with impulse buys? Make full meals and freeze half of them? Guess what? I tried every single one of those options. Every one. Some work, some don’t. Sometimes I’m totally on point and sometimes I waste an incredible amount of time and money.
If you’re single, or cooking for two, or you’re the only one eating healthy in your home, I’m sure you get me. It’s a challenge. Especially if you don’t like leftovers. Or your schedule changed at the last minute and you now have dinner plans you weren’t expecting. Or you get stuck in a three hour meeting and you’ll take whatever the heck they’ll feed you.
So, like other things in my life, I’m trying yet something else to see if it will work. I was wasting time scrolling through Facebook the other day and I found a deal for Hello Fresh. I was able to use some deal and get three meals for $26. I figured it wouldn’t kill me to try, so I did. My first box o’stuff arrived on Friday. They included three meal kits and each were individual packages.
The picture at the top of this post showcases the pieces they sent for Chicken Pineapple Quesadillas. They sent everything fresh and ready to prepare. There are recipe cards included that show each step and how to prepare everything. I cooked vegetables and pineapples, made fresh pico de gallo, and put the quesadillas together. They were really good – I had one for dinner last night and one for dinner tonight. They included just enough for two people so it creates two meals for me with no waste and nothing to rot and throw out in a week or two.
I also have two more meals to make so they’ll be part of my meal prep tonight. Not a bad deal, right?
If you want to try it yourself, here’s a link.
So raise a toast to all y’all trying to figure out how to not lose yourself in slowly dying produce – I’m with you! If you have any other ideas to help me figure this out, I’m all ears. I can even try something again that didn’t work so well before. Just make it easy. I’m getting home from work anytime from 7:30 to 8:30 so the last thing I want to do is something elaborate.
Here’s to eating fresh!
Keep it real,