Every other Saturday, I do my "major shopping". That's when I buy my staples for the next two weeks. This week, I had to really stock up since the freezer AND fridge were getting pretty empty.
I thought I'd document my typical "grocery" run, for those that might be interested in what a normal "paleo shopping trip" is:
My grocery shopping always starts off with a run to the big Target in Sunnyvale. It's not the closest Target to me but for some reason their prices are always cheaper. This is where I buy my eggs ($1.19/dozen), frozen vegetables ($1 to 1.19/lb) and bread for the kids ($1.25/loaf). This week, they didn't have any "california blend" vegetables (broc, cauliflower, carrots) mixes, which is one of my favorites. Instead, I bought spinach - something different for us - along with our usual broccoli.
Since the grocery store ads sucked this week, I ended up stopping at the produce market near Target for my fruit and vegetables. They had some great sales. I probably bought a bit too much for us (HA!) but I just couldn't resist. This is the time of the year where many fruits and vegetables are in season and cheap - I enjoy it while I can.
Today's basket included:
- Bananas (69 cents/lb - my son was on a banana binge last week so I bought extras)
- Apples (88 cents / lb)
- 2 cucumbers (69 cents each)
- 4 cauliflower (88 cents / head)
- Peaches (49 cents / lb)
- broccoli crowns (88 cents / lb - we'll eat these before the frozen stuff)
- Brussels Sprouts ($1.60/lb)
- Tomatoes (88 cents / lb)
- Pears (99 cents / lb)
- 4 cantaloupes (88 cents each -can you tell they like the number 88?)
Asian Market: ($13.16)
We're almost out of chicken, so I stopped by the asian market down the street from my apartment to buy chicken leg quarters (69 cents / lb), celery (39 cents / lb), and carrots (39 cents / lb). We always have carrots and celery in the house - I slice them up for quick snacks - but on "chicken cooking weekends", I buy extra to go into the chicken broth...but that's another blog entry. ;-)
I love love love how dark green that celery was this morning! I don't think the camera did it any justice.
TOTAL: just under $80
So, all in all, a good shopping trip. These 3 stops took me about 2 hours to complete, door-to-door, which is really good for me. Best of all, this, along with the 10 lbs of ground beef and oils (coconut and olive) I bought 2 weeks ago, will easily last us the next two weeks.
Now, yes, that's a lot of fruits and vegetables. Usually, I buy enough for one week and then refill the crisper with fresh stuff the following weekend. But looking at this week's schedule, I noticed that I will be busy next Saturday morning. So, instead, I bought a wide array of produce, some of which have a short shelf life (peaches / cantaloupes) and some that will easily last the full 2 weeks (apples and pears). This helps me to not only space out the fruit but also gives us some variety - I get bored eating apples and pears all the time. And really, this is the time to really enjoy the bounty, right? ;-)