I am a creature of habit.
I like consistency, and get a happy knot in my knickers when it comes to planning, although not the family kind, considering I did get knocked up unintentionally.
I can be a little bit flexible (cough, lies and deceit, cough), but in general I’m not big on spontaneity and prefer my days to have routine to them. While I do take some creative liberties with my meals, especially leftovers, there are certain staples I must have on hand at all times. To run out of one of these items is a travesty and happens pretty much never because I get twitchy whenever we get low and immediately head to the grocery store.
Without further ado, since there’s already been too much ado, I’m sharing my grocery shopping staples with you. You’re welcome in advance for this riveting content today. Blame Meredith, she shares food favorites all the time, which I kind of love because I’m a grocery cart creeper. What can I say? I like seeing what other people put down their gullets. Hopefully you get a kick out of this post, and if you’re normal and not a weird food stalker, well then bully for you.
My Grocery Store Staples
Coffee: I cannot function without my hot cup of caffeine in the morning. It’s more than just a delightful and delectable drink, it’s part of my daily routine, right after I drink my lemon water that is. I also shell out the few extra bucks for organic, since coffee is the second most pesticide sprayed crop.
Lemons: before I down my jolt of Java Joe, I start each day with half a lemon juiced in warm water. I’ve come to crave the flavor, and even the tiny human has joined me in my quest for health and high acidity foods. The Hubby on the other hand can’t stand the stuff. To each his own.
Bananas: this should surprise no one considering I’ve written an entire post about this glorious golden fruit and the benefits of eating them publicly. Life doesn’t get much better than a bold and beautiful banana.
Eggs: these guys are my protein of choice, and between the entire family, we go through almost two dozen every week. Mostly, we eat them fried or scrambled, although I always have hard boiled eggs on hand for a quick and easy egg salad sandwich or to toss on top of a green salad. They call it the incredible edible egg for a reason. Who am I to argue with that logic?
Peanut Butter: this one is more for the kiddo than it is for me, considering she eats peanut butter and jelly sandwiches like they’re going out of style. My preferential pecking method is to simply eat it with a spoon, although truth be told, I don’t think any other nut butter can compare with peanut butter, unless of course it’s Juli’s drippy white chocolate macadamia nut butter, and then all bets are off.
Cheese: at any given moment, I’ll have at least five different kinds of cheese in my fridge, usually more. Today, I have Asiago, blue cheese crumbles, cheddar, feta, mozzarella (balls and a block), Parmesan, smoked pepper jack and yogurt cheese. I puffy heart cheese.
Legumes: beans and lentils are my jam, not to be confused with actual jam. Mostly, I buy them by the can, but occasionally I’ll snag a bag of dried beans or chickpeas and cook up a batch to have on hand throughout the week. I add them to so many things: salads, stir fries, mujadara, chili, soups, and greens. They’re super tasty, while also being a great vegan source of protein and fiber. The kid loves them too.
Fruits and Veggies: while I’m not super particular about a specific fruit or vegetable, I always need one variety of each in my fridge at all times. Typically, I snag whatever is on sale at the grocery store, so it could be strawberries and broccoli, blueberries and asparagus, or apples and corn. You get the idea.
See, I’m totally flexible.
What grocery staples do you always have on hand?