As Tipsy Baker is also discovering, this challenge isn't very challenging. Which is probably part of the point. There are at least six things I keep thinking I "should have" had and would have lugged my kids to the market for without the challenge. And while my local store probably isn't happy with this challenge, I am. Even though it feels like there is No Change Whatsoever in my freezer.
Other participants seem to be going about this a little differently; they didn't plan and are winging it every night. Romantic and breezy and fun, if you don't have squawking preschoolers, I'd imagine. But even as I write a longing list for my market, I am thinking to actually allow the word "challenge" to be meaningful here, I should do this another week.
But, first, time to get through this one. Tonight, leftover lasagne, and garlic bread with a store-loaf, which is not my favorite but fits the challenge. (I'm a garlic bread snob and firmly believe it should be on rolls, preferably Italian.)
Meanwhile, the bananas were going yucky, so I froze them (with peel--mistake--won't do that again) to make the banana-nutmeg smoothie from Everyday Food that I caught on PBS a few weeks ago. Of course, the website neglects to list the 1 cup vanilla yogurt in the ingredients but fortunately I'd seen the show so I did have that on hand. It was good. The kids weren't thrilled with it, but I liked it as a nice, calm smoothie.
If I do decide to do this another week, I might send my husband to the store to replenish the things we really can't substitute for (bananas, for example). He loathes grocery shopping, and I don't mind it, but I get in trouble with splurging on ingredients I don't necessarily need and get seduced by that awesome looking Garrotxa cheese (I'm not sorry). If he splurges, it's on stuff I would never eat but he will, and that would be fine too.
I did buy milk, lemonade, and tea cooler today. I suppose I could have done without any of these but that doesn't quite seem to be the point of this.
Off to figure out what to bring to the meeting tonight. I am going. I need the break from my kids (and honestly, I am quite certain they need the break from me too).