It’s funny how things, thoughts, plans, and life ebbs and flows. A few years ago I set out to reduce and eventually eliminate single use plastic from our home. I came to realise that it wasn’t realistic for us. We do what we can, but our focus at this point in our lives has to be our budget and buying zero waste pantry staples was much more expensive than pre-packaged.
This year I have realised however, that rather than zero waste, I really would like to focus, where I can, on purchasing items locally grown and produced.
You see, I talk a lot about buying and supporting locally but as I mentioned earlier, finances have always taken priority, particularly in terms of meat. And when, in the past, we have bought meat packs, I was horrified by the amazing amount of plastic. So we bought our meat from the local butcher, who could sometimes tell us where the meat was from, but it seemed an inconvenience and so I just stopped asking.
Not too long ago I read a post by Heidi. She talked about how the local meat she had recently bought tasted insanely good, and that she knew that could never buy any other meat again. It sparked my interest of course, so I headed over to the website of the meat she was buying. But really thought I needed to look closer to home.
So I thought we’d try again. I thought this was worth spending our money on, supporting local farmers, reducing food miles and getting to chat with the producer.
Saturday we picked up our very first Sage Choice CSA (community supported agriculture) monthly membership meat pack. $140 per month for 6kg mixed beef and lamb is going to be perfect for us. CSA is a subscription based production supply system in which each subscriber receives a monthly delivery of Beef and / or Lamb directly from the farmer.
I love the idea of having no middle man, being able to support the farmer directly, of having a better understanding of where of food really comes from.
So from this I have created a 20 meal meal plan. It’s our first month, so we will see how it goes. We’re trying not to eat all the meat each month, as we were pleasantly surprised by the quantity we received, which is way more meat than we would usually eat per month.
I know Claire does monthly groceries, do you? Do you think you’d remember to buy everything? I’m interested to give this a go. I think we might be able to save some money, save me time, and use what we have in our stores. I’d love to hear your thoughts. We didn’t shop for the month this time, we might have to pick up a few things but mostly I imagine, we’ll just make do with what we have.
Gnocchi & Squash Sauce – Jamie’s Comfort Food* – pg 144
Mexican Burrito Bowls
I love adding a vegetable type beany chilli, with some rice, avocado if we have it, some corn chips, some sour cream and cheese. YUM!
Baked Falafel – Apples Under My Bed
We’ll serve this similarly to the Mexican Burrito Bowls, with some rice and salad, some homemade hummus.
Beef Brisket ‘n’ Beer with Gravy – I Quit Sugar Slow Cooker Cookbook* pg 88
Sweet Cherry Tomato and Sausage Bake – Jamie Oliver
BBQ & Panzanella with Heirloom Tomatoes – Community Cookbook* pg 129
BBQ & Chargrilled Zucchini and Pearl Barley with Whipped Feta and Dill – Community Cookbook* pg 151
Roast Beef and Vegetables
The Cheapest Stew Ever – Simplicious* pg 212
Spiced Lamb Cutlets with Radish & Bean Salad – Women’s Weekly Real Food* pg 77
Eggplant with Spicy Tomato Sauce – Women’s Weekly Real Food* pg 67
Chickpea ‘Polenta’ with Tomato Zucchini Stew – A Year In My Real Food Kitchen* pg 202
Turkish Zucchini Fritters with Garlic Yoghurt Sauce – Women’s Weekly Real Food* pg 64
Heirloom Tomato and Quinoa Tart – Women’s Weekly Real Food* pg 63
‘Real’ Chilli Con Carne – Wholesome Kitchen* pg 111
Dahl with Chapati and Spiced Potatoes
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