Hillary Chybinski: menu plan Monday. . .

Monday, January 09, 2012

menu plan Monday. . .

so a while ago, I posted about trying out PeaPod Delivers - a grocery delivery service with Giant Foods.  I have been using them for my main grocery shopping ever since without complaint!  I use the App on my iPhone to keep my list. 

When I hit $60 in groceries (the minimum requirement for delivery), I schedule a delivery.  I supplement with a run to Trader Joes mostly for meat, seafood and produce.  (those items are all available for delivery - but I am not adept at ordering them online yet)  So far, we have rarely run out of things (except milk of course!)

and speaking of running out of things. . .i watched the most fascinating show on the Food Network last Night. . .it was called The Big Waste.  The premise was 2 teams of uber-chefs had to scour the "trash" of NYC for edible food and prepare a meal for 100 food industry people including food critics. 

All the food had to pass a test by a safety official prior to being used.  Odd sized eggs and tomatoes. . .all perfectly fresh and delicious. . .the eggs don't "fit" correctly in the carton, and the tomatoes don't look full and round - making both un-sellable.  Looking at a farm stand's compost pile made me want to cry. . .Alex Guarnaschelli commented, "that's a lot of marinara".

I'm not sure I will look at shopping and my leftovers in quite the same way anymore. . .someone tweeted during the show last night that there is an amazing opportunity in here somewhere, to aid the move against hunger, stop the waste and create jobs.

so with that show fresh in my mind. . .I looked to my refrigerator, freezer and pantry to create this week's menu:

Monday - Meatloaf, Potatoes and Carrots
Tuesday - Pan-Seared Shrimp, Couscous and broccoli
Wednesday - Ravioli and Sausage
Thursday - Chicken Cutlets, peas and a starch yet to be determined.
Friday - Pizza Night
Saturday & Sunday - TBD

what's on your plan this week and how do you use up your leftovers??

catch you soon -


  1. Hmmm... love the shrimp and couscous idea. What recipe do you use?

    Here is what we are planning this week: http://mammabearsworld.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/menu-plan-week-of-19/

    Also, we tend to make HUGE batches of food on the weekends or early in the week and then we use them for healthier (and made at home) lunches and quick dinners. We are really good about using all our food and not wasting it (except my last batch of shep. pie... that didn't taste so great and one lunch did go to waste)!

  2. One of the best books I read last year was "American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half Its Food (and what we can do about it)" by Jonathan Bloom. Absolutely fascinating and an eye-opening read into the problem of food waste. Like you, it made me look at our our fridge and freezer much differently.