Is doing the grocery shopping on your list of favourite chores or do you hate it with a passion?
For me, it all depends on the day .. some days it just needs to be crossed off the to do list and I race around the aisles as fast as I can. Other days I don’t mind so much. I check out some new products and even get some inspiration. But I’ll be honest, with the convenience of the internet, I often order my groceries online and then pick them up .. time always seems to be a premium these days so I take the short cuts where I can!
Now to the more important questions .. do you shop with a list? I’m a list person and go into a bit of a mind blank when I don’t have a list. Invariably I will end up back at the supermarket 3 more times during that week to pick up the stuff I forgot .. actually I do that anyway! So in an effort to save time I have a basic list of groceries that I need in a usual week and then I add to it depending on what I have decided to put on the menu. Yes, I still plan my menu weekly because we would eat toast every night if I didn’t!
Here is a list ( of course! ) of the usual suspects that regularly turn up in my trolley. Yes, it’s long and no, I don’t buy everything each week. As I said, it all depends on what I’ve planned on the menu. It’s the basics that I have on hand most weeks.
* This list is limited by season and your personal preferences and imagination!
- Chicken / Turkey
- Salmon / Tuna
- Mince .. chicken, beef, turkey, lamb occasionally
- Kangaroo .. not often, kids freak out
- Pork fillets or chops
- White fish
CEREALS / GRAINS
- Oats .. preferably traditional rolled oats rather than quick cook
- Muesli .. with no added sugar. Usually I make my own
- Rice .. brown, basmati, wild rice
- Quinoa .. an alternative to rice, cous cous, pasta
- Low fat milk
- Natural or Greek Yoghurt with no added sugars etc
- Cottage cheese*
- Ricotta cheese*
- Mozzarella* *depends on what I’m making
BREADS / BAKERY
- Wholemeal / wholegrain bread
- Wraps .. wholegrain, rye etc
- English muffins
- Almond meal / Hazelnut meal
- Flours .. preferably wholemeal but you will still need white if you bake a bit
- Sugar .. sugar is sugar and no one sugar is better than the other so don’t fall for the expensive, exotic types
- Vanilla .. essence, beans
- Coconut .. shredded, desiccated, flakes
CANNED / PACKAGED / DRY
- Canned tomatoes ( no added salt ), Passata
- Canned veg ( corn and peas are great to add to quiches etc )
- Canned beans ( kidney, white, baked )
- Dry or canned lentils ( be aware of different cooking times )
- Cous cous
- Pasta .. of your choice, preferably wholemeal
- Soups .. in winter. The fresh soups available now are great quick options, just watch the extra sald
- Stocks ( for soups, casseroles etc ) .. or make your own, Nigella!
- Canned salmon / tuna ( preferably in spring water )
- Rice crackers / rice cakes .. preferably plain flavour
- Raw nuts / seeds eg almonds, cashews, walnuts, pepitas, linseed, sesame, chia
With this list the possibilities for healthy, balanced meals every day are endless!
What regulars are in your shopping trolley?