Not good. Not good at all.
Despite the best of intentions, good planning and a successful grocery shopping trip this weekend, I failed to get my lunches prepared for the week. The Seattle Asian Salmon Bowl isn't incredibly intensive in terms of cooking, especially as I chose canned salmon based on convenience and a great sale, but my normal prep time was devoted to other things this morning. Namely, cooking organic chicken that I found on manager's special at Kroger.
I've never doubted that buying organic chicken would be a better choice for my family but it wasn't a convenient choice when shopping at my neighborhood Kroger. The addition of the Simple Truth line has helped but it was still cost prohibitive. However, after noticing some real differences in the quality of the meat (smell, appearance and taste) when compared with the value Heritage Farms brand, I've decided that organic chicken/meat needs to be a priority – even if it means less meat or cutting costs elsewhere so I can increase the grocery budget.
I took the first step this weekend with finding the sale, pairing it with a coupon and buying generic other things. It worked out. Except I had no lunch for today.
The lesson: Make lunches for the week on Sunday night, not Monday morning. Even if I want to sit on the couch and watch "Cutthroat Kitchen" while I eat a grape fruit bar.
Gnocchi – ugly picture but oh so good
The menu for the week:
Lunch: Asian Salmon Bowl (will be adding edamame!) and Zero Point Vegetable Soup, a throwback from my Weight Watchers Days
Sunday: Gnocchi with vodka marinara (got pushed back from last week)
Monday: Enchiladas Suiza with salad and/or Spanish rice
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Risotto
Wednesday: In Laws
Thursday: Italian Orzo Soup (with chicken added)
What are you having this week?