On the Menu: Fresh

Being an adult is hard. Taxes are upon us. The floor always needs to be vacuumed. And you need to be fed on a pretty consistent basis.

One of the most joyous and annoying things about being an adult is that you get to feed yourself. This means that, if you want, you can eat Sour Patch Kids for dinner every night! But it also means that you are responsible for the fact that, if you constantly feel sick from the hole those sour monsters are burning into your stomach lining, it is your own fault.

Making fresh, lovely meals for dinner every night of the week can seem like a daunting task. Luckily, 810 is always here to help us all adult better!

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Plan ahead

Plan your menu on Sunday. This makes a world of difference. It can be annoying to check recipes and then your cabinets and pantry to see what you need but, starting your week knowing you have all the ingredients for healthy meals matters.

Pinterest is the perfect way to find meals to cook. Sometimes they turn out to be a bust, but this is rare.

Have leftover chicken? Pinterest that!

Is the budget running low this week? Pinterest ‘cheap, easy dinners’.

Need more veggies in your diet? Pinterest that!

Design a meal plan before you start your week, taking into account your schedule and cooking times and planning accordingly.

 

Eat lovely things

It is so much easier to just decide to get take-out when you are not excited about the meal you have planned for that night. Whatever you decide to cook make sure that every night of the week has a component you are excited about.

I am not a huge salad fan. But put some fish on that salad and now I’m excited!

Busy day at the office with not a ton of time to cook? Brinner (breakfast for dinner)!

Whatever your menu looks like, make sure it is exciting to you. This makes it easier to stick with your fresh food plan.

 

Buy in bulk

Keep an eye on grocery store sales. If you are a meat-eater, watch when certain cuts go on sale and stock up.

When you are able to have a reservoir of meats in your freezer, grocery shopping becomes much cheaper.

Our two-person household has a Costco membership. No, we have no need for five-pounds of mayo at one time (or ever), but buying our meat at a wholesale grocery store has helped us out. Once a month we will prepare ourselves for a hefty meat bill. And then the rest of the month is smooth sailing.

It is wonderful on a Sunday to shop in your own freezer for the stars of your weekly entrees. We usually buy chicken, turkey, and fish. Then it’s up to us what meals we want to make. The possibilities are endless.

Whether you are able to shop at a wholesaler or just keep an eye on your local store, buying your meat in bulk and then just worrying about the produce on a week-to-week basis and keep your dinners fresh and delicious.

 

We are at Coterie this week! Check our Instagram (@810Showroom) to see our NYC adventures!

 

Written by Shelby Dorsey, sadorsey@live.com
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