I can’t believe it is officially spring! It sure doesn’t feel like it yet in the Northeast, but I’m hoping it will warm up soon so I can finally put away my winter coats.
I did my weekly grocery shopping yesterday, and thought I should share with you all what I bought for the week, especially since I’ve never done a grocery haul before. I typically like to buy most of my food at Whole Foods since they have a great selection of beautiful produce as well as organic/hormone-free/grass-fed meats. I also really love Trader Joe’s but I don’t go there as often because the parking situation can be a nightmare (especially on Sundays). Luckily, I also have a Harris Teeter, which is my local grocery store, right across the street from me so I go there during the week if I missed a couple of ingredients during my weekly grocery trip.
Just for reference, the amount of food I bought this week (minus some of the pantry items) will most likely last us 4 – 5 days. My boyfriend is 6′ 5″ and lifts weights a lot so we tend to go through the food very quickly. This is another reason why it’s so convenient to have a grocery store within walking distance!
- Baby spinach
- Half spring mix & half baby spinach
- 5 bell peppers
- 5 onions
- 4 bunches of dinosaur/lacinato kale – I prefer lacinato kale over curly kale because it really retains its texture and firmness even after you cook it down. There’s nothing worse than soggy, overcooked kale!
- 2 stalks of broccoli
- 8 sweet potatoes
- Spaghetti squash
- Fresh guacamole with pomegranate – Whole Foods makes their guacamole in-house and it is delicious! They have regular guacamole too, but lately they have been selling their guacamole with an extra added ingredient. Last week they had an awesome kale guacamole.
- 5 satsuma oranges
- Pomelo – it’s a type of citrus fruit that is related to the grapefruit, but is so much sweeter!
- 3 lbs of grass-fed ground beef
- 2 lbs of turkey meat (1 lbs of white meat, 1 lbs of dark meat)
- 2 lbs of ground pork
- 2 packages of uncured pancetta
- Kosher, antibiotic-free whole chicken
- Pasture-raised organic eggs
- 3 jars of artichoke hearts – I’ve been really loving these lately. They are a perfect topping for salads, spaghetti squash/zoodles with marinara sauce, and meatza!
- Sun dried tomatoes
- McClure’s pickles – These are the BEST pickles! I found out about them a year or two ago and I have never bought any other brand since. I was SUPER excited when I found out that Whole Foods started to carry them! FYI, these pickles are very sour so if you are into the sweeter kind you might not like them…but you should give them a try!
- Organic tomato paste
- Coconut milk
- Organic Imagine free range chicken broth – I usually make my own chicken broth but this brand is a great “no-junk” alternative when you need some in a pinch. The only ingredients listed are organic chicken broth, onions, celery, carrots, sea salt, natural chicken flavor, and spices!
I’m not sure exactly what meals I will be making this week, but last night I made some delicious stuffed bell peppers inspired by this recipe from The Healthy Foodie! I omitted the bacon, sweet potato, olive oil, and most of the seasonings (just kept it simple with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder), but I decided to use some ground pork along with the grass-fed ground beef and added some spinach and a splash of marinara sauce. This is a great meal that is super portable and makes for great leftovers 😀