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Grocery 101

Yep, we’re talking grocery lists today! I’m sure you’re really looking forward to this one. 🙂 So many of you have asked questions about what we eat on a regular basis, how we shop for groceries, and what’s on our grocery list. I thought it might be helpful to share a little bit (a lot a bit, sorry for rambling) about our process and how we handle food in our family. My goal is to inspire routine and ease, lessening the burden of “what’s for dinner?” every night.

As background… when we lived in Nashville, we shopped a few times per week in an actual grocery store and wasted SO MUCH food. I was probably buying enough food for a family of six. Combined with going out for dinner multiple times per week, spontaneous travel, and random things that would come up, we wasted over half of what we bought. It really bothered me on so many levels (general waste, throwing away money, etc.), but I never did anything about it or truly looked at our habits or planned ahead. It was obvious something needed to change.

Today? We don’t waste a single thing. Our grocery bill is half of what it used to be! I find a use for everything, which sometimes means very random combinations, but we’re okay with that. Last week, I had turkey meatballs and cereal for breakfast. Whatever works, right? Our philosophy for food now is simplicity. We buy staples we know we love and stick to those. Why change something if it works? To be completely honest, it’s pretty boring, but I shop for *mostly* healthy, clean eats that are versatile and delicious. It’s all feel good food, too, and it helps us maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Note: Grant has the metabolism of a teenager, and definitely has a sweet tooth. In the list below, you’ll see some of his favorites that I order each week just for him.

Once a week, I order our groceries through Peapod (I shared about my love for it a few weeks ago). They’re delivered all the way up to our top floor (no elevator) and saves me the hassle of hauling a ton of groceries all the way home (or dealing with city parking at the grocery store). We’ve chosen to outsource a few things to simplify our life, and this has been the biggest improvement we’ve made! I can’t speak more highly of having our groceries delivered. And it’s helped the control freak in me relinquish a little bit of control.

I have to reiterate, I’m not making multi-course meals every night for dinner. We eat very simply AND I have a husband who has zero expectations about having dinner ready when he walks in the door. Let’s face it, he’s rarely home so that will likely never happen. He’s also perfectly fine with oatmeal and yogurt for a meal, so I definitely feel fortunate for his flexibility with food. It would be completely different if he preferred a meat, veggie, bread meal every night.

I also prep many things ahead of time in big batches and we munch on these throughout the week. This helps in making quick dinner decisions and eating up what’s already there.

Typical dinners:

  • Breakfast for dinner (eggs, roasted veggies, toast/English muffin/waffles)
  • Crockpot soup with cornbread
  • Roasted veggies + turkey meatballs
  • Oatmeal + yogurt
  • Smoothie bowls + granola

See? We’re not making complicated things!

Here is what I order every week (if we’re running low on any of these items) – my actual list:

  • Quinoa
  • Chickpeas
  • Black beans
  • Other beans
  • Split peas
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Salsa
  • Seltzer water
  • Bottled water
  • Ground turkey breast
  • Shredded cheese
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Bananas
  • Onions
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • English cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Avocados
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Berries
  • Frozen broccoli
  • Greek yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Almond milk
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • Rice crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • English muffins
  • Any baking items we are low on
  • Any other household items we are low on

How do YOU handle grocery shopping? What’s on your must-have list?

xo