I noticed something the other day. I noticed that my kitchen is overflowing. I only cook for two people, but I'm pretty sure I have enough food to feed a family of eight at any given time. This is most likely due to the following:
- I over-shopped for Thanksgiving
- Thanksgiving yielded lots of leftovers
- I like to have lots of options when I start getting creative in the kitchen
- I go grocery shopping every week
- I shop at Costco for many things, thus creating stock-piles of certain foods like canned beans, pasta, chocolate chips, flour, onions, peanut butter, sugar and frozen chicken
That's right. For the next month, I will not go grocery shopping. Wait, I take that back. For the next month, I will only allow myself to purchase:
- eggs and dairy (but no specialty cheeses and such)
- fresh fruit and veggies (AFTER I use the fresh and frozen we have)
- brown sugar (it's Christmas...)
- wine (for entertaining and gifts only)
- cat food
- Myself from the evils of over-consumerism
- No grocery shopping until January 1 except for above-mentioned items
- I cannot cheat by buying groceries at the drug store or mega-stores like Target.
- Gift certificates and store-credit cannot be used until January unless it's about to expire
- Accepting leftovers, gifts and home-grown produce from friends and family is OK. (Thanks for those beautiful pomegranates, Grandma!)
- I can't ask JT to buy groceries for me.
- I will still cook the same number of meals per week, but I will only use ingredients I have.
- If I don't have the ingredients I need, I will use a substitution or create something new and different.
And what about YOU? Do you think you could take on the no-shop challenge? What will you make?