Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Grocery Must Haves

I'm such a snoop, and when I was a kid I really wanted to be a detective. Nancy Drew was my homegirl, and Harriet the Spy was my hero. I'm still an incredibly curious person, which is why I think I'm in theatre, as I love to discover how others live and what makes them tick. It's why I love travelling, discovering how different cultures go about their day to day. 

I think it's also why I love reality shows and reading blogs. It's a peek into how certain types of people live their lives. Mama Laughlin recently posted about how her family eats and what her weekly grocery shopping looks like. I found it completely fascinating, how someone completely different from me eats and feeds her family. 

A lot of people often ask me what I eat, so I thought I'd let you glimpse into a typical meal plan (specifically the one for this week), as well as outline my grocery staples. (And yes, I made a spreadsheet. NERDALERT)

On the left is the meal plan, and on the right is what we need to pick up at the grocery store tonight. Some items we already have in our cupboards, so it's about filling the holes for the recipes and making all of our food go as far as possible. 

This list will probably last us a week and a half to two weeks, as some nights I know we'll have zilch motivation and will just eat peanut butter jelly sandwiches. All of these meals will make enough for leftovers for the next day. 

As for non-meal planned weeks, below are items that we eat most often, and if you come over on any given day, we'll probably have in our fridge or cupboards. 

Some of the items that we always have on hand are:
- oatmeal
- quinoa/brown rice
- bananas
- apples/oranges
- baby carrots
- hummus
- firm tofu
- beans (chickpea and black beans are our favourites)
- almonds OR granola bars
- unsweetened almond milk 
- baby kale/spinach
- cucumbers
- tomatoes
- sweet potatoes
- frozen blueberries
- frozen vegetables
- coffeecoffeecoffee
- almond butter/peanut butter

Some of the items that we'll buy every other week or most use for various recipes are:
- canned diced tomatoes
- veggie sausages
- green/red/yellow peppers
- white onions
- brussel sprouts OR asparagus
- avocado
- frozen edemame
- trail mix
- coconut milk
- multigrain bread
- whole wheat pitas OR tortilla wraps
- rice cakes
- daiya shredded cheese
- eggs (for Kaylee)

Some of the items that we love, but don't buy often:
- chia seeds
- hemp hearts
- hemp protein powder
- chocolate covered almonds
- chips and salsa
- bean sprouts
- yogurt (greek for Kaylee, soy for me)
- pizza crust
- noodles (spaghetti, udon, soba, macaroni)
- strawberry jam
- vegan chocolate chips
- maple syrup 

What's on your grocery list? 


  1. 1) Psst, it's edamame - seeing "edemame" over and over looked weird to me so I checked, and it is indeed edamame:

    2) We're trying to not buy any groceries for a week, because we have a bad habit of just swinging by Sobey's/The Superstore every night and dropping $20-$30 on the ingredients for whatever hubby wants to eat that night, plus snacks. It's no way to live - we have so much stuff sitting home in the pantry or freezer that we should use first! I have like 4 boxes of spaghettini, so I need to eat those before we buy rotini again! We bought frozen strawberries for the strawberry beer Chris is making (2.7 kg for $10 seemed like a legit good deal), and I caved and got some chocolate-pumpkinseed bark because I wanted to try it. But otherwise we've been brown-bagging our lunch, eating fruit, etc. It's a good thing. Tonight's plan is probably chickpea in an Indian curry sauce over rice or quinoa, and I'm going to make enough for there to be left-overs, because I'm getting sick of these sandwiches to be perfectly honest...

    3) I just realized Bulk Barn has hemp hearts, so I can buy as much or as little as I want! I got too much, and then put it in the container from a bottle of Costco peppercorns I saved - the top is half shaker, half demi-lune that you can put your spoon into, and I have it in the fridge so they won't go rancid. Puttin' it on my oatmeal and my yogurt every time.

    4) Have you tried spaghetti squash? My husband wasn't a fan.

    5) Costco has green (immature) chickpeas in the frozen section that I'm tempted to try...I figure they could be like a cross between regular yellow chickpeas and edamame...wouldn't that be sooooo good?

  2. I have a confession. When I make curried soups or curried vegetables, I use a ton of different curries in my dish. For example, I use red curry paste, green curry paste, yellow curry paste, fancy curry powder from a tin, Epicure Selections curry dip, Epicure Selections curry spice, tandoori spice, sometimes I also add in turmeric, cumin, coriander, all in one dish. Then I add garam masala on top of the serving. I think I'm a curried freak, ha ha. I hate the way my house smells the next day, icky poo poo. When I make curries, I make a HUGE batch, like a big pot to the brim where I barely have room to stir it. Curry is yum.

    1. Curry IS Yum! The more spices, the better!

  3. Yours looks nearly identical to mine, the only difference being that I buy a lot more fruit. I usually get about 4 or 5 different fruits, and 4 or 5 different veggies.
    Also, I shop for my boyfriend who eats all the meats and all the junks. So, its a mixed bag. Sometimes, I wanna use 2 different carts so my cart doesn't look so schizophrenic!

  4. Very interesting post, I like the meal pre-thinking aspect using spreadsheets too! but er.. chicken foetus??? ;)

    1. Yeah I don't eat eggs, so I make fun of Kaylee and call 'em chicken foetus.

  5. This is exactly how I grocery shop! We have a list of necessity that are always in the cupboard like oatmeal and bananas for example, but make our shopping list around upcoming meals. I love organization and I too love spreadsheets :D