This Week’s Menu: Strategic Shopping

Japanese golden curry with chicken & vegetables

Chili pork sauce with rice is back on the menu again this week because we didn’t have it last week. Why? Because when I went out the freezer to get the pork chops . . . there were no pork chops (so we had noodles with pork sauce instead). We also didn’t get to have the Shakshuka last week (fried rice got bumped to Sunday) so will have it on Sunday.

This week’s Big Shop will be strategic, not just because we are out of so much, but because the small freezer we keep out in the garage started shutting down this past weekend. We have no idea why, but something seemed to be tripping the GFCI plug – our hypothesis is that it was the higher than normal humidity we experienced last week, but until we know for sure if it’s a temporary problem with the outlet, or something going haywire with the freezer, we’re going to buy less this week and store it in the limited freezer space we have inside.

So, this week’s menu will use up as much as possible of the little we have leftover from last month’s shopping and our Big Shop won’t be so big this time. If the freezer is shot, we’ll most likely be doing Small Shops at Costco once a week instead of our usual once a month trip.

Here’s what’s on the menu this week:

  • Tuesday (this evening): Spaghetti w/marinara and meatballs; roasted mixed vegetables
  • Wednesday: Grilled fish tacos with mango salsa; yellow rice
  • Thursday: Chili pork sauce; steamed rice; coleslaw
  • Friday: Grilled chicken wings; onion rings; wilted cucumber salad
  • Saturday: Leftovers
  • Sunday: Shakshuka; couscous; cucumbers
  • Monday: Chicken & vegetable curry; steamed basmati rice

We’ll be shopping for zucchini, cucumbers, and tomatoes this week at the farmers’ market, as well as bananas and a papaya. We’ll be picking up other fresh vegetables when we’re at Costco.

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2 thoughts on “This Week’s Menu: Strategic Shopping

  1. The One in Debt says:

    our house is doing:
    – breakfast burritos
    – mapo tofu (thank you for the idea)
    – beef stir fry
    – spaghetti & italian sausage
    – salmon, maybe…

    i hope you find the problem with your plug. It would be a bummer to have a whole freezer of food go bad. One time our garage freezer went out on a 116* day (fluke major heat day). All our friends were fortunately over and took a bunch home to their freezers to keep it for us. That was a close call!

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    • Laura says:

      Your menu sounds very tasty, even though salmon is not my favorite seafood. What do you put in your breakfast burritos?

      Close call for you with your freezer going out is right! Ours seems to be doing OK for now, so it was probably the humidity that was messing with the plug. It was almost empty anyway, and we were going to defrost it last weekend, and the power outage took care of that. We were able to save everything in it, thankfully.

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