Buy nothing week has come to a close and it was a success! Overall it wasn’t that hard and I still have yet to purchase anything.
Here are some things that I learned:
- This challenge brought something up that I was not expecting and it was the most interesting part of the experiment to me. I am usually pretty good at not purchasing things, but once I was focused on NOT PURCHASING ANYTHING every time someone said that they went to ikea or that there was a great sale going on ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS BUY SOMETHING. I got this intense fear of missing out. It reminded me that when I focus all of my energy on not doing something it rarely works out long term. All of my energy ends up being focused on something that is negative. I become focused on how hard it is or beat myself up if I mess up. But when I thought about why I wanted to not buy things, the goal that we have of transforming our garage into a studio, and how excited I was about coming up with what to make for dinner the desire to buy things went away. Focusing on the positive part of your goal is so much more powerful and exciting than dwelling on the negatives.
- Keeping kitchen staples in the house is crucial to saving money. Even though we didn’t go grocery shopping this week it didn’t feel like we were lacking very much at all because we keep the basic building blocks of most recipes on hand. I learned everything I know about stocking a pantry from Alice Water’s book “The Art of Simple Food“.
- Coming up with ways to use things that we already have is FUN. I felt like I was on a quickfire challenge on Top Chef every night making dinner from random ingredients.
- We have way more than we need.
Here’s the Frozen Pesto recipe that I made early on in the week:
FROZEN SPINACH PESTO
- 10oz Frozen Spinach
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 1/3 Cup Parmesan
- Squeeze of Lemon about 1 Tablespoon
- 2 Cloves Garlic
- 1/2 Lb Fettuccini
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Boil a large pot of water
- Defrost and drain frozen spinach
- Add spinach, olive oil, parmesan, lemon, garlic, salt and pepper to a food processor
- Blend until smooth
- Make pasta according to package instructions
- Reserve a half cup of pasta water and drain the pasta
- Add sauce and reserved water to pasta
- Stir to coat all of the pasta
Did you know that frozen vegetables can contain more vitamins than fresh produce? Here’s a cool video explaining why.
We also enjoyed this super easy beer bread recipe.