Well, I made it around a month. Not my best but… there were 3$ pints of strawberries that I just couldn’t deny myself. I also really wanted fresh dairy. So after thirty days of not buying groceries, I bought a few things. This no-buy isn’t firmly over, I’m still trying to work out of the meals and proteins I have frozen and my shelf stable items, but I’m running out of things like eggs and in my house… that just won’t do.
March was a pretty easy month to not be buying groceries. I had a hospitality suite at work for three days and lots of invites out to my family’s place. I also did a cooking class that sent me home with three+ days’ worth of food.
I think as I go forward my “no buy” will just be modified- if I need eggs or a fresh item, I’ll buy it, but I’m still working through frozen items and enjoying them. Being that it’s spring (sort of… it’s been snowing for hours as I type this) I’m also not going to deny myself things like salad greens or fresh burratta if I can get my hands on them.
So what did I make and eat during this time?
White bean dip and focaccia (post coming soon!)
Cauliflower rice and shrimp (at Mom’s, but post still coming soon!)
Chicken Pesto Burgers with Rice
Vegan Spaghetti and “Meat” Balls (post coming soon!)
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins (post coming soon!)
Butternut Squash Risotto Nourish Bowl (gifted, affordable re-make coming soon!)
Baked Rigatoni Bolognese (post coming soon!)
…and lots of eggs, guacamole toast and overnight oats!
Strawberries were the straw that broke the camel’s back for this no-buy. I really wanted them and life is short. I also wanted lettuce, ground meat and fennel. I have everything but the ground meat now! The spare time that eating pre-made meals gave me allowed me to work on other things in life, work items, visit family more and even start baking bread!