End of the Year Meal Plan

I'm excited for many new goals next year, one of them being a sweet system for figuring out exactly what my family needs in terms of long term food storage.  Up until now, I haven't been a fan of food storage, because I didn't know what we would actually use and I wanted to be sure we were rotating what we had.  It seems silly to stock up on bulk white flour, white sugar, and Cream of Chicken soup when I don't cook with them.  Before I get started on my new system, I need to figure out what I have now and use it!  So, this week, my meal plan is based around what I want to use up.

Monday:  Big Salad (to use up all the leftover veggies from all the holiday parties I was in charge of taking veggie trays to)

Tuesday:  Stir Fry (again, to use up the veggies)

Wednesday:  Pizza with Jamie's whole wheat pizza crust  (I have a TON of tomato sauce and mozz cheese in my freezer)

Thursday:  Taco Salad  (I bought bulk taco seasoning a while back.  Lesson learned, we don't use it that often!)

Friday:  Roast  (Carrots and potatoes that need to be used)

I love the feeling of starting fresh from an empty fridge and freezer.

Do you have long-term food storage?  Do you have a specific method you use that you like?  Would you like more info on this topic?

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5 Responses to End of the Year Meal Plan

  1. Heather says:

    Nisha – of course only buy things that you know you will eat.  I have my long-term food storage in place, but when I bought most of the stuff, we were eating differently.  While we have plenty of dry beans and wheat, we also have spaghetti, macaroni, white sugar, etc.  The nice thing is that most of the items have a 30 year shelf life (I checked providentliving.org and they have changed the guidelines), so I'm not too worried.  I figure if we need it, we won't be picky.
    Anyway, I have found that the item I use most from my food storage is my wheat.  I have gotten particular over the years and have found that I really like the hard white wheat from Lehi Roller Mills.  You can buy this for the best price at Costco – I paid like $13.49 a few weeks back for a big bucket.
    When stores have their caselot sales, I try to figure out how much I will need of that particular item for the next 6 months.  The items I have purchased recently for our short term are canned black beans, canned tomatoes, canned pumpkin, rolled oats, raw almonds, coconut oil, unsweetened coconut, and peanut butter.  The only items I have bought recently to replenish the long term are honey, wheat, and salt.  I could go on and on about this stuff, but hopefully it gives you some ideas of what we do.

    • Nisha says:

      Oh, I’m so glad you responded to this! I was just price checking the Lehi Roller Mills hard white wheat at Costco. Where do you buy your raw almonds in bulk? I typically buy them from Costco. Do you buy Raw Honey? Thanks Heather!

      • Heather says:

        Let me know if you find a better price for the Lehi Roller Mills wheat – I actually called Lehi Roller Mills and they were out of wheat, so they told me to check Costco, and Costco was cheaper!  I bought my raw almonds and raw honey through Green Smoothie Girl's group buy last month, however, there is a girl in Riverton who has given me contact info so I can buy directly in the future and save $$. 
        You may still be able to get the actual unpasteurized raw almonds through Nutty Guys if they still have them.  Long story but there is a law in California about the unpasteurized almonds (the only kind you can sprout) but you can get around it by purchasing in bulk.  Also, Azure Standard has pretty good prices on raw honey and raw almonds (pretty sure they aren't unpasteurized, but they are yummy!)

  2. oh dear – I guess I'd better get into my "get ready for resolutions" mode!  Thanks for the reminder!

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