Continuing on the theme of doing as few shopping trips as possible right now … I’m sharing another meal plan that I’m using for the next 14 days (with only shopping once)! Planning ahead is key if you’re trying to avoid unnecessary trips to the store. I actually got the groceries for this plan through an online order from our mainstream grocery store this time. That’s something I haven’t done in years, but I’m trying hard to stay home as much as possible.
There were no “pick up” time slots available (for the next seven days) so I had to choose delivery. We set up some tables in the garage and asked for everything to be dropped off there for us (pictured!). I am so thankful for these hard-working grocery store workers!! Seriously, I just want to applaud them whenever I get the chance.
After the bags were dropped off my husband and I spent the better part of an hour disinfecting and putting everything away (what has our world come to?). He put on gloves and wiped down each package, box, and bag with Clorox wipes (except for the fresh produce) and then handed them to me just inside the door where I put things directly away and also took items out of their package when possible. It was tedious, but I don’t want all this staying at home to be for nothing!
In addition to this grocery haul I also plan to go to our farmers’ market, per usual, this weekend. They’ve put some good new restrictions in place to limit how many people can enter at a time and have also encouraged ordering ahead whenever possible (which I’ve done)!
Here’s my latest meal plan in case you need some ideas.
As before, with this meal plan I’m attempting to save produce that holds up well for later in the plan and am also mixing in different meats, vegetarian meals, and seafood to keep things interesting.
I’m also reinstating having my kids pick/cook dinner once a week for us (now that they have time again!). Last night was the first night and it was just lovely. I was very impressed with the meal my 9th grader made for us, and she was definitely pleased with herself as well (see Day 1 details below). And my 7th grader was in charge of cleaning up after her (it was quite the mess!). Now, this is one thing I can get used to with all of us home together!
Again, I’m going to share my running list of ideas so I knew what ingredients to have on hand for daytime meals. We can supplement with fruit and pantry items and (hopefully) dinner leftovers when we have them!
Not much new/different here compared to the last plan, although I did buy a couple of boxes of whole-grain cereal (Organic “Cheerios” and Rice Chex) to mix in with the homemade breakfasts.
Click to download a printable PDF copy of this new 14-Day Meal Plan that you can use to plan your next shopping trip. It may take a few seconds for the PDF to appear after you submit the form.
Well, that summarizes what I shopped for this week. I had a feeling whoever got my online order might hate me because I know it’s a lot! But that’s the only way to do it if you’re only going to go once every two weeks to avoid outings.
How are you handling meals and groceries at the moment?
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