Thank you, thank you for all the tips and encouragement after my last post.
Over the weekend, I planned a tentative menu for this week. I am not a planner by nature, so it wasn't an easy task! (Eventually, hopefully, I'll be good enough at shopping and cooking smartly that I won't need to plan things out.) The meals I've planned stretch to brown-bag lunches and probably make enough to put a bit in the freezer, too, as many of you suggested. Here's what I came up with:
Monday (shopping day):
Lunch at work: bagel & cream cheese, salad
Dinner: panko-crusted chicken, roast potatoes and brussels sprouts (love!)
Lunch: leftover chicken and avocado sandwich, salad
Dinner: Mustard beef with shallots and steamed spinach
Lunch: chicken and avocado sandwich, salad
Dinner: slow-cooker Thai peanut noodles with tofu
Lunch: leftover peanut noodles
Lunch: More leftover noodles
Dinner: Seared trout, steamed spinach and roasted sweet potato fries
Will I stick to it? I hope so. At least if I have a plan in my mind I'm less likely to get home from work and decide to eat a cracker instead. I do love to cook; what I don't love is being so exhausted all I do is stare blankly at the contents of my fridge and then give up.
I work just a block from my city's indoor farmer's market, so I brought my shopping bags to work today and I'm planning to run out at lunch and grab everything I need. Then, tonight, I have a massage with a therapist I saw a few years ago (not the one that's been trying to kill me). I am excited!