I saw ‘a week without shopping‘ on eGullet. Basically, eating out of your pantry and skipping your usual trip to the grocery store for one week.
I normally grocery shop once a week. Sometimes it’s a big trip and I stock up on pantry items. Other weeks, it’s mostly meat or poultry and fresh produce.
It sounds like a good idea to save money and to not waste what you have. Plus I think I could get Pat to go along with it.
A few months ago I read Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet and really enjoyed it. A couple journalists decided to only eat food grown in a 100 mile radius of their home. Overall it worked out pretty well although they did actually loose weight at first. They started in winter and it might have been easier to start in the spring or summer so they could can and store food for the winter.
I like to try to eat locally. I enjoy hitting the farmer’s markets and there some great ones in Chicago. I think you can really get the most nutrients out of vegetables and fruit the fresher they are, besides the greeness of it all. However, Pat pretty much flat outside that completely converting to the 100 mile diet wouldn’t fly. He rarely has that strong an opinion about groceries so I let that go.