This is a rhetorical question - please do not leave your guesses in the comments. In the before times, I really didn't have much difficulty regulating my food shopping/consuming in the same way I am now. I'm thinking that it's because it was always easy to just pick up a thing or two, as compared to now, when the goal is to stock up/shop less often/only go into a store if/when necessary. But as one person with limited storage space, there is a very fine line between stocking up in an appropriate fashion and not having room to store things you've purchased, and potentially engaging in food waste. I'm still figuring it out, three weeks in to being back in my apartment. I mentioned in my last post that I got a Wegman's order, but I also got a Dinnerly box on Saturday. This is a very simple and inexpensive meal box containing 3 meals, each meal consisting of at least two portions. Between that and trying to eat through everything I have, I am all set for this week and potentially into next. The only thing I'll really need at some point early next week is fresh vegetables. I even scored some yeast so can (theoretically) make bread when the loaf in my freezer is done.
Despite my bounty, I keep looking at shopping options. I've signed up for deliveries from Butcher Box (meat/poultry) and Imperfect Foods (produce) but keep pushing them back so that I'll have enough room in the freezer/fridge. I'm also looking at Farm to People and Fellow Farmer for produce box subscription options, but I fear that even the minimum will be too much for one person (although I really should be eating more veggies). I also miss my faves at Trader Joes -- if I get some of these delivery options, I'd still want to go there for certain things, not to mention it's the most affordable option for pantry items and more. And then, like many, I'm looking for variety in my meals, I want to support the businesses I care about, and sometimes I really just don't feel like cooking. For some reason, all of this has become somewhat paralyzing to me, and I'm not sure why. In the meantime, I'll keep plugging through what I have so that when I pull the trigger on the Butcher Box order in particular, I'll have space in the freezer to handle it.
Dinners and lunch/brunches these days included beef and corn quesadillas and pork tenderloin with buttery corn and tomatoes, both from the Dinnerly box, leftover dim sum from Saturday brunch, tomato and cucumber salad, scrambled eggs with spinach and cheese served with crisp bacon, and lots of fresh pineapple and mango. I have one more recipe to make from the Dinnerly box, and then can get to work on the freezer.
I will also note that this weekend I got an unexpected and generous gift from some dear friends -- a GrubHub gift certificate -- which gives me a bit of flexibility if I don't feel like cooking every single day. Many thanks and much love to J&D. Not as much fun as eating with you, but it'll have to do for now.