A Week in Groceries

Seeing as I am both a blogger and an avid blog reader, it should come as no surprise that I have a propensity for some good old-fashioned PG-rated voyeurism.

Don’t worry, the only reason I’d be peering into your house with binoculars would be to get a look at the contents of your refrigerator.

I’m way cool, I know.

Point is: I love seeing what other people consider to be a “normal” grocery haul.  What kind of vegetables are staples? On what items do you spend the bulk of your money? Does anyone possibly go through more pre-popped popcorn than me?

Over the last couple of weeks, I drained the contents of my kitchen down to the dregs and went on a massive (for me – remember, I’m feeding only me, myself and I) grocery trip.

As I was hauling my re-usable (how hippie of me, I know) bags back to my apartment, mildly berating myself for spending as much as I did, I realized that I actually made out pretty well.

So, I thought I’d share.  Because I can.

Produce:

butternut squash (in cubes – one of my few “convenience” produce items)
multi-colored potatoes
apples (3)
cauliflower
brussels sprouts
haricots verts
spaghetti squash
zucchini (3)

Meats/proteins:

edamame
beef (in the form of stew meat)
chicken sausages
peanut butter
cannelini beans
canned wild salmon

Dairy/Liquids:

sharp cheddar cheese
Greek yogurt (3)
half and half
flavored sparkling water (2)

Snacks/Pantry:

pre-popped popcorn
quinoa+black bean tortilla chips
potato+lentil crunchy curls
chocolate cat cookies
cooking spray
oatmeal

That was three very full bags of groceries and $68.

The most expensive item by far was the meat at $11. I’m not too broken up about it costing that much because a) it’s quality meat and b) it will actually feed me for at least 5 meals (it was about a pound and a quarter and I’m a girl).

Here’s what this will make me:

Beef stew (which I made last night – recipe to come) – 5 meals
Roast spaghetti squash with various sauces – 4ish meals
Salmon burgers – 2 meals
Roast/mashed butternut squash and chicken sausage – 5 meals
Stir fry with either edamame or beans – 2-3 meals
Roast potatoes/vegetables – 2-3 meals
Snacks (yogurt, fruit, popcorn, etc) – one week’s worth

So, theoretically, this load will last me about 21 meals.  Which is one week if I don’t eat out at all.

Of course, I already ripped open the bag of crunchy curls and spilled its entirety all over my kitchen floor, so you know…things don’t always go according to plan.

But I still think I’m in pretty good shape.

Alright, spill it. How did I do? Any similarities between the contents of my groceries and yours?

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11 thoughts on “A Week in Groceries

  1. I love seeing other people’s groceries too haha. This sounds pretty similar to my shopping list, except I don’t usually buy too many snacky chips/popcorn/etc because I have no self control and they’re gone in 1 day if I keep them in the house!

    I actually just did a post like this last week.. I wish I had thought of waiting for one massive grocery trip like you did!

  2. I would totally shop with you! My cart looks like yours- only this week I’ve gone multiple times already. Crap at planning.

    You have a few finds I might keep an eye out for:)

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