I was pondering the other day over why it seems to be taking sooooo long for the contents of the kitchen cupboards to go down, and I realised it's because we both tend to prefer and eat really simple food.
So I looked at a typical days menu.
Breakfast is usually egg based, poached, scrambled or fried either on a slice of toast or with tomatoes and sometimes a slice or three of bacon for Lovely Hubby.
A bowl of homemade soup, with virtually all its ingredients from the polytunnel or the veggie patch will make up most lunches, and then our tea, usually eaten when all chores for the day have been completed and we are both cleaned up, can be something like a homemade quiche put together with our own hens eggs and a handful of grated cheese from the freezer, served with salad or vegetables again from the polytunnel (or from the freezer from last years polytunnel stash). Or simply a bowl of pasta with one of our own jars of tomato based sauce again from last years tomatoes from the polytunnel, with something meaty either on the side or mixed in for LH.
So I think the only way to consciously get the contents of the cupboards lower a bit more quickly is going to be to think outside of our comfortable eating box and mix it all up a bit. Eat meals we haven't eaten for a while and reassess if they are the sort of meals we want to be eating again in the future, and if they aren't I simply won't buy the items again even if they are on special offer.
I've decided to start a Permanent Shopping List listing the store cupboard items that we will carry on buying in the future, hopefully that way by the end of the year we will have a definitive list of things we need to purchase outside of those which we can produce ourselves.
I Googled 'simple food' images, and this was one of the images that came up .... not really my idea of simple food but each to their own!
Today is a No Spend Day