I used to go to the grocery store like five times per week. I am not kidding. Sometimes daily. I am not an organized person by any stretch, but this is one area I needed to get my act together in. I don't think it happened 'til after my little one was born and I couldn't just "run in" - I had to carry a carseat, which was carrying a baby and then that baby became a toddler... you get the idea.
So I started to think about the basics - the things that should always be in my pantry or freezer or fridge so that I could cook dinner without running out to the store. Now it's like second nature and I only go to the store once a week, sometimes twice if I really need to. And I don't make lists! Well, sometimes I do, but they usually get forgotten in the car. I am going to share with you my essentials, things that make a healthy meal come together fairly quickly.
beans (black, kidney and cannelini)
canned tomatoes (diced, stewed, sauce, paste, etc.)
rice (jasmine, brown, wild)
whole wheat multigrain bread
tortillas (whole wheat and flour)
low sodium chicken broth
oil (olive and canola)
frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts
frozen fruit (mangoes + various berries)
lots of fruits and veggies
There are a million combos just from that little list. Tacos, spaghetti, stir fry, fried rice, rice and beans, dirty rice (I love rice, okay?), soup, smoothies, endless pasta dishes, and on and on... We have other stuff, too - crackers and sauces and everything you need to bake something tasty, but you get the idea.
So what are your essentials? The stuff your family can't get enough of? What is always in your pantry? Are you a grocery store junkie? I want to know...