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
- 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