I’m gonna be honest…I had this ready to go up last night, but I fell asleep on the couch watching The Great Food Truck Race on my new TV, and by the time I woke up, it was after midnight and getting on my computer to post just wasn’t going to happen. So instead of just one post, you get two today! Yay!
I finally went grocery shopping today. I got home from vacation a week ago and somehow survived with what I had in the fridge, freezer, and pantry. It wasn’t pretty, but I did it.
Because I’m weird, I guess, it takes me almost an hour to write up my shopping lists. I start by standing in front of the fridge to see what I have so I can make a list of the basics I need; the things I use on a daily basis. Then I go into my Pinterest and look through my food boards to decide on recipes that I’d like to make over the next week or two. Once I have my recipes picked (this week I picked Chickpea Curry with Coconut Rice, Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter, Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad, and Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Peas, Avocado and Lemon Basil Dressing,) I make mini lists for each of the recipes; it helps me organize everything. After separating my grocery list by recipe I combine the list of basics with recipe specific items, and I organize it by type of food item i.e. produce, dairy, frozen, pre-packaged, etc and try to put them in order of what I’ll hit at the store.
It’s kind of a convoluted way of making a grocery list, but I’m a planner, and like having a plan when I go food shopping. I don’t really enjoy spending hours in a grocery store, unless it’s Wegmans, so getting in and out in under 45min is ideal.
After I unpacked my groceries I immediately made Chickpea Curry with Coconut Rice. In all seriousness, coconut oil is my new favorite thing. This rice has an intoxicating coconut aroma that makes me want to gobble up every tiny piece of jasmine rice right now. AND I could easily eat it every single day for the rest of my life. Yeah, it’s that good.