I often get asked what I buy on a weekly basis at the grocery store for my family of 5. While some of the items may change with the seasons, I do have a set list of produce and staples that I buy weekly. As the school year ramps up (and let’s face it, when I get my garage organized), I plan on hitting Costco to stock up on pantry items to help streamline the weekly grocery shopping list.
Today I am sharing what a typical food haul looks like for my family right now. I do try to shop with the seasons to take advantage of the best produce and prices. During the summer we buy lots of berries and melons, and during the winter, we switch to apples, pears, and squashes. As I have mentioned before, in order to preserve our budget, I try to buy organic on the items that tend to be the most pesticide laden and the rest conventional.
This particular week, I was completely out of canned beans, so I got 2 of each variety. They are perfect to have on hand for quick meals. Normally, I buy dry beans and cook serval pounds at a time and freeze them in 1 cup portions, but since we moved, I haven’t been that organized. I’ll get there!
I also bought a canister of oats, some whole wheat tortillas, some red lentil pasta (a new find), coconut milk, and some salsa. We usually go through around 1 gallon of almond milk a week for smoothies and cereal, but I already had some in the fridge from the week before so I bought a half gallon. I also purchased some barley from the bulk bin to experiment with, 3 bunches of bananas and a large watermelon.
Over the weekend I had purchased and chopped up 3 heads of romaine lettuce for salads and tacos, so I only purchased 2 packs of mixed spinach and kale for smoothies (they are hidden under the Cotton Candy Grapes). I bought a good amount of tomatoes to make some Hidden Veggie Tomato Soup, and some cherry tomatoes for salads. I also grabbed some strawberries, blueberries, oranges, lemons, limes, a variety of apples, 5 lbs of carrots, 5 bell peppers, some fresh ginger, and hummus. Yes, it has oil, but I knew I’d be pressed for time this week and I needed a little help from the store.
Lastly, i bought 4 loaves of bread, half a dozen russet potatoes, baby red potatoes, some red and yellow onions, garlic, a cucumber, some zucchini, cilantro, nectarines, avocados, organic corn, raw cashews, and 2 cartons of low sodium vegetable stock.
Before I went to the store, I checked the fridge and pantry to see what I already had while I was making my meal plan. I already had a handful of sweet potatoes, celery, canned tomatoes, brown rice, quinoa, almond butter, lentils, cereal, frozen corn, frozen mixed veggies, and frozen mixed berries, amongst other odds and ends. While a few of the pantry items might last an extra week or 2 depending on my meal plan, ALL of this produce will be consumed by the end of the week! *edit: All of the produce was consumed by Saturday, leaving only 3 small apples (and thankfully the berries in the freezer) to get us through till Monday when I went back to the store!
What are the typical items on your weekly grocery list? Share them in the comments below!