A week of eats using my 54321 grocery shopping method
How time flies! I first posted about this 54321 grocery shopping method in 2016. Four years ago! This is my method of grocery shopping when I don’t feel like planning out meals for the week, but still would like our fridge stocked with meal worthy ingredients.
Today I thought it could be helpful to walk you through an example of how I use this method: what I bought and some meals & snacks I made. Since having kids I’ve realized this 54321 method needs to be increased a bit for our family, maybe one day I’ll switch it to a 65432 method!
Here’s the plan:
Lemme walk you through what I bought! Here are the 5 snacks…popcorn, goldfish, yogurts, chocolate covered almonds and peppers. This is one place, especially because of kids, we’d need to increase our purchasing amount if we’d like to continue using this plan. We had fruit snacks (Jojo’s life blood lol) and cookies already at home, but without those we wouldn’t have had enough snacks.
Here are the 4 proteins I got for the week…eggs, tofu, chicken nuggets, and rotisserie chicken. Both children really like tofu…it must be the texture since they’ll eat it raw without any flavor added.
We got these 4 carbs…rolls, flour, cinnamon rolls, and, since I’m trying to “shelf cook” more I used rice from the pantry we already had.
The 4 fruits we got were…bananas, strawberries, blueberries and limes.
For our 4 vegetables we got…spring mix, broccoli, and then mirepoix ingredients for chicken n’ dumplings we knew we wanted to make. Usually when I use the 54321 method we have no meals planned out, but this time we had one.
For drinks we got…chocolate milk, lemonade, milk and diet cokes. I already had my coffee and vanilla creamer at the house (staples for me!) so I didn’t need to buy those.
For sauces and cheeses we got…butter (that counts as a sauce haha!), almond butter, sharp cheddar and good parmesan.
I ended up not getting a frozen meal, but should’ve!
cheesy eggs + cinnamon rolls + iced vanilla latte
egg + banana pancakes were eaten a few times. Typically topped with almond butter and chocolate chips. For the pancake, I mash & whisk together 3 eggs and 2 bananas with some cinnamon and vanilla. Then cook it just like you would a pancake. Jojo and I split this and top it with almond butter & chocolate chips. Jo is a yogurt lover, so I served hers with some yogurt.
Regular pancakes made with the flour I got + other pantry staples we had.
One morning I picked up kolaches (meat + cheese wrapped up in dough for those of you who don’t live in a state where kolaches are a thing) on the way to work.
Ella eating some oatmeal <3
Here’s what we had for dinners:
We got pizza one night. Mellow Mushroom. Great White. Add pepperoni. Light Bake. It’s THE BEST. We ate it sometimes on it’s own and sometimes served with the dreamy toasted almond salad.
Made a tofu stir fry one night and served it with rice. We had sesame oil in the pantry, so I whipped up a sauce with that.
I feel like I stunk at sticking to the rules of this experiment haha because we had some leftover food I keep using in these meals, which probably isn’t super helpful as you read through this and are like “but you didn’t buy bagels?!”
This was half an everything bagel (all we had left) topped with fried cheese paired with a salad. Plus a glass of Peju wine.
We made a big pot of chicken n’ dumplings and had it for several lunches and dinners.
One day we had salad topped with chicken nuggets + goldfish.
chicken nugget salad + buttered rolls
a lunch I made for Jo…
For snacks we had…
cookies + chocolate milk
fruit & peppers.
chocolate covered almonds + strawberries
fruit snack snack with my little cutie
a few handfuls of popcorn!
So there are some of our meals and snacks! I hope this gives you some inspiration if you use the 54321 method for you or your family!