A random post about grocery shopping

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A long time ago I realized that grocery shopping isn’t something I can do haphazardly — send me into a grocery store without a list and a solid plan of action and I’ll come out with a completely random array of stuff, little of which can be used to put together anything even remotely resembling a meal.

So, I plan. Nothing crazy obsessive-compulsive, just a rough idea of 5-6 main meals we can make, plus various things for breakfasts and lunch. Rob and I both work from home, so we eat in the vast majority of the time and only go out for lunch or dinner two or three times a week.

As an example, here’s the menu plan I cobbled together earlier today:

  • Soba salad with spinach + edamame (dinner, leftovers for lunch)
  • Beef curry (dinner, leftovers for lunch)
  • Saag aloo (to have with beef curry)
  • Ramen (w/ pork, scallions & bokchoy — dinner)
  • Beef & mushroom stirfry with noodles or rice (dinner, leftovers for lunch)
  • Leek & potato soup (dinner, leftovers for lunch)
  • Chana masala & rice (dinner, leftovers for lunch)
  • Bacon & Eggers (breakfast, weekend)
  • Muslix & yogurt (breakfast, 2-3 times)
  • Cereal w/ berries (breakfast, 2-3 times)
  • Steel-cut oatmeal (breakfast)

And that pretty much gets us through the week, with a few cheese & cracker or toast snacks here and there, and enough produce to throw together an extra side or snack if needed.

The shopping list, not including stuff we already have on hand looks something like what’s below. I do organize it in order of where stuff is in the store because that just makes life easier:

  • Limes (3)
  • Spinach (lg pkg)
  • Green onions
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Bokchoy or napa cabbage
  • Shitake mushrooms
  • Eggplant
  • Onions (3lb)
  • Potatoes (5lb)
  • Leeks (2 pkg)
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Blueberries or raspberries
  • Bread for toast
  • English muffins
  • Bacon
  • Beef brisket/flank
  • Pork tenderloin
  • Stewing beef (2 pkg)
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Frozen spinach (2-3)
  • Sugar
  • Tomato paste
  • Basmati rice
  • Beef stock (2-3)
  • Coffee beans (2)
  • Muslix

And there you have it. My grocery list for tomorrow. Exciting times.

One Response to “A random post about grocery shopping”

  1. Justin Dolske Says:
    November 24th, 2009 at 2:35 am

    Mmmm, bacon.

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