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My grocery shopping and meal planning philosophies…go!

I’m lucky enough to live in New York City where we have Peapod, a grocery delivery service.   I usually order about once a week, for delivery on Mondays.   We subscribe to a service called PodPass, which is a program which charges us a quarterly fee but eliminates the per-order delivery charge.   I get about 70 percent of our groceries from Peapod, but I’m not super psyched by their produce, so I also get another 15 percent of our food from brick and mortar stores like Fairway and Trader Joe’s.   Another 10 percent or so is from Costco (LOVE) and the other 5-ish percent is from our neighborhood bodega when I need like, one thing.   Super expensive as it is, I try to really limit these last minute runs to the corner store.

I have a list of grocery items that I *always* seem to need.   Peapod remembers my grocery orders for 6 months, which is great when I forget something but even better because I can shop items that I’ve purchased before that are currently on sale.   Which brings me to my Sunday night meal planning session, in which I’m still working out the kinks.  🙂

I usually go from what’s on sale first to what I make for the week.   Sometimes I’ll have something I need to use up (does anyone else have a serious cilantro problem?) or sometimes Andrew or I will have a serious craving (shrimp!) which influences meal planning, but usually I see what’s on sale and work backwards.

Groceries I ALWAYS have on hand (this list doesn’t include pantry staples like sugar, flour, olive oil – these are the building blocks of 9 to 5 Wife’s success and sanity!)  I buy tons of the below items when they’re on sale and freeze if possible if I can’t use them right away.

  • frozen spinach – for everything
  • refrigerated pie crusts – for chicken pot pies and quiches
  • ham steaks – can be frozen! – for ham and potato soup, quiches, and breakfast muffins
  • yellow onions and frozen chopped onions – so I give myself a chance to be authentic but also have backup for those overslept mornings
  • white potatoes
  • frozen fruit for smoothies
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • eggs
  • English muffins for breakfast sandwiches
  • shredded cheese of all kinds, especially mozzarella and cheddar
  • chicken breasts – for use whole or to make shredded chicken for recipes
  • flour tortillas large and small
  • scallions (don’t ask me why but they seem to be in EVERY recipe on Pinterest!)
  • frozen carrots and peas – for chicken pot pies and soups
  • light sour cream
  • produce depending on the week but almost always cucumbers and tomatoes in season
  • ricotta (I freeze this)
  • oven-ready AND regular lasagna noodles
  • pork tenderloins
  • marinara sauce
  • diced tomatoes
  • tomato paste
  • crushed tomatoes
  • bacon – I prefer center cut
  • Italian turkey sausage, hot and mild
  • ground chicken
  • ground turkey
  • beef broth
  • chicken broth – I buy this in cans, in cases from Costco and I am still ALWAYS OUT – grrrr!

meal planning sheets – link with permission

upload What’s for Dinner and dinner meal tracker

meal planning philosophy – Sunday nights