How i grocery shop when i don’t have a plan.
I used to really love spending some of Saturday or Sunday planning out meals for the upcoming week. But at some point, I lost interest in perusing pinterest for delish dinner ideas. There are still plenty of times I love being on Pinterest, but I typically don’t carve out a chunk of time on the weekend to plan meals anymore.
So that means many a Sunday, when we go grocery shopping after church, I have zero recipe plans for the week. Today I wanted to share my go-to grocery shopping plan when I don’t have a plan. It’s in an easy 5-4-3-2-1 format.
Now. We always have eggs, milk, and pasta in our fridge/pantry. Always. So I didn’t include them in this post, but we restock milk + eggs weekly.
5! Snacks are big for me. I eat snacks multiple times per day so I love switching up my snack choices each week to keep them satisfying. This week I went with Justin’s PB cups, bars (KIND, Oatmega, Lara), chocolate covered almonds, Dove chocolate’s and greek yogurts.
4! For protein this week I went with ground chicken, tofu, beans and steel head trout.
For carbs I went with bread, farro, sweet potatoes and oats.
This week for vegetables I went with green beans, prepared kale salad, tomatoes, and kale.
For fruits I went with watermelon, apples/oranges, cherries, and bananas.
3! I get SO tired of drinking water. I much prefer something with a bit more flavor with dinner. So each week I peruse the grocery store for a non-water option. This week we got some Bai, LIVE kombucha and sparkling water. I like to mix the sparkling water with cherry juice or lemonade. And we do have diet cokes in our fridge as well.
2! I like to try out new sauces when our sauce supply is running low. This week I picked up some pesto and BBQ.
AND my fridge always has to have cheese:) So this week I went with a sharp cheddar and asiago.
1! I am a fan of having at least one frozen meal in the fridge for the week. They are so easy to grab in the morning as I head out the door to meet with clients for the day.
Soooo what did I do with all this food? I’m glad you asked.
One dinner I made was –> sauteed fish + grocery store prepared kale salad + baked sweet potato fries + ketchup.
Another night (this was my fav) I made a stovetop lasagna. I wanted lasagna, but didn’t want to wait for it to bake.
For this I got out the most ginormous skillet we own and sautéed garlic with ground chicken until cooked. Then I chopped up a bunch of kale and mixed it in/cooked it down.
Then I added in some of that pesto and chopped tomatoes…
Top with lasagna noodles.
Then top with pasta sauce and cheese.
Then top with more lasagna noodles (to be clear, these were uncooked noodle).
Top with more pasta sauce and cheese. THEN pour in chicken broth until the uncooked lasagna noodles are JUST covered. Then bring to a simmer and cover for 15 minutes.
Uncover the lasagna and allow the lasagna to simmer until all the chicken broth evaporates.
Serve! This was so great and I definitely went back for seconds. Andrew said it was the best meal I’ve made (but he’s prone to love anything “scoopable”).
Another meal was teriyaki tofu stir-fry! First I coated tofu in a honey-olive oil-smoked paprika-sea salt-thyme-sesame seed sauce. Then I baked them at 400ºF for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking time.
Then I sautéed green beans in sesame oil and added in the baked tofu + teriyaki sauce we had on hand.
Served with a pile of farro.
Oh. And since we grocery shop Sunday right after breakfast out + church and right before lunch, we usually grab something prepared from the grocery store to eat once we get home.
This week we split a beef quesadilla THAT WAS MASSIVE. It didn’t even fit in the pan.
Paired with a kale salad + LIVE root beer kombucha (psst. I did do a sponsored post for LIVE on IG, but I bought these on my own. I’m really enjoying them!).
Perhaps you really enjoy grocery shopping, but if having to grocery shop ever stresses you out, I hope this will make it a bit easier experience. Would love to hear your go-to grocery shopping tips!