Introducing…the grocery challenge!
I would like to get better at long-term meal planning, so I decided to track my purchases at Whole Foods and see what I ended up making and throwing out. I used to live within walking distance of a Whole Foods, but that was very dangerous for my budget–it was too easy to pop in after work and buy prepared food or impulse purchases. We’ve all been there at some point–went to the store with the best of intentions but came home only to find a bag full of organic soap, a hand-woven basket, starfruit and sushi. Now I drive to a nearby Whole Foods, which enables me to make larger purchases and dissuades me from impulse buying.
Here’s my first haul and what it created:
Meals & Parts of Meals
- Vietnamese Shrimp Salad
- Tuna, White Bean, and Chard SaladStone Soup
- Chickpea and Chard SaladStone Soup
- Hard-boiled Eggs
- Roasted Yams
- Adobo & Coconut Cauliflower Rice
- Tuna with Cauliflower, Red Pepper, Capers, and Parsley
- Pineapple-Honeydew-Cara Cara Orange Salad
What Was Left at the End of the Week
- 4 apples
- 6 eggs
- Basil (had to toss)
- Mint (had to toss)
- Cilantro (had to toss)
- Chickpeas (didn’t end up making chickpea soup)
I am still trying to find a balance between fresh ingredients and week-long sustainability. I went out for dinner a couple times (Tuesday and Thursday) and ended up buying lunch a couple times (Thursday and Friday). The dinners were planned, but peanut butter & bacon bagels were definitely *not*.
Check out Pemberton Farms on the corner of Mass Ave and Day St. They have great stuff if you haven’t explored their yet. Good selection of artisan cheeses, fresh non- and organic produce, loads of dried grains and beans. Plus they have a nice deli section if that’s your thing.
Thanks for the tip, Corinne! It’s pretty close to my place so I’ll check it out soon!