Meal Planning


I had this wonderful post planned for today for the sun oven… however I didn’t get the revamp finished and then had a slight glitch… I broke the glass.  Oops.  Now Mr. isn’t alone in making this an expensive DIY solar oven!
Instead, let’s talk about meals!  This has been a pain for me to figure out.  I’m not a fan of cooking to begin with.  Oh, I’ll rock out desserts!  But actual sustainable food, not so much.  Add in washing a million dishes camp style and the lack of refrigeration and I was completely thrown for a loop!
Once I figured out a rhythm that didn’t include spending a small fortune in fuel going to the grocery store everyday things have gotten a bit easier.  We go to town 3 times a week for church, those are the shopping days.  Spring and summer were an extra challenge because the ice in the chest would melt daily resulting in water logged food if it had been in there longer than a few hours.  Now that it is cool, the ice stays for days making things much easier.
Basically the meal plan on shopping days is to get 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 suppers.  The extra breakfast and lunch is to give me some leeway on when we go to town, eliminating the “um, we didn’t go to the store yesterday and have nothing for breakfast, let’s go get something” Mama of the Year Award moments.  Fresh meat is on day 1, processed meat on day 2 (sausage, hot dogs, etc), day 3 is meatless.   I have also brought our food storage containers to the house, allowing me to purchase the larger packages we need for more than one meal.  A HUGE help since we can make our mixes again!
Meals are similar to simple meals I would make when we had the powered big house.  Things like:
Breakfast – oatmeal, muffins (chocolate chip and blueberry), breakfast burritos, pancakes, a new addition is puff pancakes (this was asked for often the first week we found them, but it is a generator hog so will be a weekend treat)
Lunch – PB&;J, tuna, cheese sandwiches, soups, hot dogs, mac and cheese
Dinners – hot dogs, hamburgers, spaghetti and meatballs, bean burritos, chicken and rice, sausage and rice, chili dogs, chili and cornbread, baked potatoes, baked beans and hot dogs, rotisserie chicken
See!  Not all that different than what a typical household would eat.  We just have to plan a bit more and figure out different ways to cook it.

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