At that point your options are limited—finding something to throw together (grilled cheese in summer? sure!), heading back out to the grocery store, or resorting to take-out.
While I know it may sound daunting (and/or really boring), meal planning can help save you a lot of stress, food waste, trips to the store, and unplanned takeout expenses! However, meal planning is an active, evolving practice that requires some effort, and there isn’t one way that works for everyone. But this means that you’ll be planning to fit your individual needs, and learning from your experience along the way!
I haven’t always felt successful with meal planning, and I don't always have a "good" week. But signing up for a CSA has pushed my partner and me to improve on our planning skills, in an effort to make the most of our weekly produce shares. Sometimes it's difficult (especially when working with items we don't often eat), but I’ve learned a lot about organization and cooking through it all.
*Note: I'm not a doctor. If you have concerns about your diet and/or need help choosing the right foods for you, consult with your doctor or a nutritionist.*
Below are some of the things that I consider when meal planning for my week: