I needed to take 2 steps to create my new Master Menu knowing that I needed to avoid going to the grocery story until I absolutely had to.
1. Inventory what I have - Luckily I have been working on creating my Prepared Pantry for 4 years. We have plenty of canned meats, pasta and yes, wheat. I really am hoping I don't have to start using the wheat, but if I do, well, I have lots and lots of recipes! We have a lot of canned goods on hand which meant that my shopping trip yesterday was really only necessary for purchasing dairy, meat and fresh fruit. The meat was a splurge... the store had extra-lean ground beef on sale for $1.59 a pound - I could NOT pass that up!!
2. Go through my recipe file and search the internet - I have a lot of canned chicken so I have been finding all my recipes for different kinds of casseroles, soups and such. It is amazing how much I already have on hand! I love the DVO Cook'n Software which I can search with the ingredients I have on hand and it spits out recipes. Takes a lot of the guesswork out of my hands.
2 Job Interviews today... wish us luck!