Making A Family Meal Plan In A Coronavirus Panic

It is getting real now!  On Friday my daughter and I went to go grocery shopping.  I had initially planned on going to Publix but changed my mind at the last minute.  Instead, we went to Walmart.  I could not believe the toilet paper and paper towel shelves were completely bare.  There was a motor home toilet paper at 6 dollars for 4 rolls.  Sorry not paying that.  But, don’t worry I got toilet paper at Dollar General.  Dollar General and Family Dollar still had toilet paper but not much on the side of cleaning supplies.  As I had mentioned before I don’t buy Lysol, too much of a pain and not cost-effective.  But, I was looking for alcohol and bleach.  There was no alcohol in any store, and we went to five, bleach was just about gone also.  I had to buy alcohol on Amazon and there were only 3 bottles left on there.  Well, unless you wanted to pay 25 dollars a bottle. Hydrogen Peroxide in proper dilution will work just as well, if not better than Lysol. It is also very cost-effective.

I also found frozen chicken thighs at Family Dollar and I bought those.  I do not really want to be eating processed foods, due to my CKD, however, I also have to be realistic.  So much stuff was selling out, peanut butter, bread, Ramen noodles, etc.  So, I had to do the best I could for this week’s menu.  Luckily I stock up on frozen veggies and salad was still readily available.  The fruit was also not sold out, but I had bought frozen fruit at Family Dollar and threw it in the freezer. Some places are running out of fresh meat.  Oh, and bottled water was completely gone too.  I don’t get that.  The virus does not infect the water supply.  I do need to drink bottled water due to CKD, but we bought a water filter instead.  We also only buy what we need not ransack the store and buy everything in sight so others can’t get any.  Don’t forget to come back Friday to see how I adjust my family menu to meet my CKD needs.  My menu runs from Sunday to Saturday.

Yesterday:  Spaghetti with Italian sausage and a side salad.

Monday 3/16/2020:  Leftover spaghetti and a side salad.

Tuesday:  Garlic chicken and pasta.  Veggie and fruit.  Right now  I am buying oranges and bananas fresh fruit.

Thursday:  Ground turkey and brown rice casserole.

Friday:  Hot dogs, mac n cheese, and a side salad. This is not an optimal meal for CKD, however, in a pinch, it will work. Be sure and follow proper portion sizes and buy the healthiest option of hot dog available.

Saturday:  Crockpot BBQ pork roast, mashed potatoes, a vegetable, and fresh fruit.

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