I’m pre-writing this post because I’ll be traveling on Wednesday. Actually, I’ll be traveling most of the week! As a result, I wrote last week about stretching out my normal weekly shopping trip to cover nine days instead of seven. That went quite well, although I had a few dicey moments; I barely managed to get through the last of the kale and avocados before they went bad, but I did it (only tossed a few slimy kale leaves) and I also used up all of the pearl barley I’d had in my pantry for a year or so, per Alicia’s clean-out-the-pantry project. Having moved this barley twice I thought it was really time to eat it before I potentially might have to move it again this summer!
I also had a couple catch-as-catch-can meals at the end: toast and apples for lunch on Sunday, scrambled eggs with leftover feta from the barley bowls on Sunday and Monday nights. I’m planning to pack a peanut butter sandwich and an apple for the plane Tuesday. So anyway, hopefully as you read this I am having a successful no-waste trip even though I’ll be eating out nearly every meal. I’ll check back in next week to see how this actually went, but here are the two things I’m planning to do to keep up this challenge:
1) Be really careful about what I order. This will be easier at places where it’s clear I’ll be able to eat a whole entree, but I know I have at least one Indian-food date, and at restaurants like that there always seem to be leftovers. Either I’m going to split an entree with my friend, or maybe I’ll just order soup and an appetizer or something? Alternately, I can check with her ahead of time to see if she can take the leftovers home with her.
2) Pack only the snacks I think I’ll actually eat. I have a bad habit of loading up when I’m traveling because I’m nervous about being stuck somewhere without something to eat. This time I am going to consciously push back against that. I might throw a yogurt cup in my purse, but if I do I am really really really going to eat it 🙂 If I’m not sure I’ll eat it, I’ll skip it and just risk having to either tough it out for an hour, or grab something from a bodega.
That’s pretty much it! Wish me luck!