I went to the grocery store on Friday to STOCK UP so that I could make enough meals for the next 14 days without leaving the house (as recommended). I’m sharing my meal plan here in case you need some ideas.
My cart was so full that it was honestly a little embarrassing. But I’m glad I did this because my 12-year-old has not been feeling well (with a fever), so we’re definitely all staying very close to home right now! It’s nice to know that I don’t have to go anywhere for a while with so much uncertainty out there. This is such a sad and scary time, and it’s going to take us a little time to find our “new normal” with a suddenly cleared schedule (no more sports, school, etc. due to the coronavirus pandemic).
I saw some moms talking on Facebook about how they bought a bunch of groceries but weren’t quite sure what meals they’d be making with everything. As we’re all aiming to be prepared I think it would be beneficial to take just a little extra time before leaving the house to come up with a plan. This will also help you be efficient at the store so that you can get in and out of there quickly (hopefully without picking up any unwanted germs)!
Here’s what I’m making for the next two weeks, with a focus on saving produce that holds up really well for later in the plan (here are some other long-term veggie suggestions from Super Healthy Kids). I’m also mixing in different meats, vegetarian meals, and seafood just like I usually try to do for our dinner plans. We’re already on Day 5, and here are all the details:
Many of these lunch and snack ideas can be supplemented with fruit or items from the pantry to make a complete meal. I also bought sandwich fixings (including hummus & cheese) and plan to use dinner leftovers from doubled recipes when we have them. We also have homemade frozen soups in our freezer and an emergency stock of canned soups (that’s sadly not looking so alarmist now!) that we can pull from if we need to.
I bought our normal glass bottles of whole milk and also some extras of UHT milk with a much later expiration date. We also have frozen blueberries that we put in our homemade granola cereal (and I stocked up on granola ingredients), and I bought a box of organic cereal for the kids. I also got plenty of flour and eggs so we can occasionally make crepes, pancakes, waffles, etc.
I bought two bags of chocolate chips and figure with our flour, sugar, butter, eggs, etc. supply we can get creative. My 15-year-old already made whole-wheat chocolate chip cookies, and I’m sure as the days go on we’ll get a hankering for homemade brownies or some other kind of sweet treat! Maybe even this tasty dessert bar recipe—yum. It would be nice to have *something* to look forward to. It’s such a sad time for everyone!
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Well, that wraps up my loose plan for the next two weeks or so. I’d love to hear what you’re making and eating while we go through all of this unprecedented craziness! I’m also curious how you’re holding up through all of this? It sure is a great time to try some new recipes you never had time to make before … if you’re feeling up to it, of course!
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