My daughter and I did one of our big grocery shopping trips last Friday. I had an event to attend that evening so we got an earlier start and tried to stay focused. We completed our lists, had a nice lunch and even worked in an ice cream stop before heading home. Here’s what my June grocery haul looked like.
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JUNE GROCERY HAUL
I actually did a better job prepping for this trip than I have in recent months. I thoroughly cleaned out the refrigerator and took notes on what I did (and did not!) need. I cleared out a whole bunch from the refrigerator freezer section. It’s not done but it’s better. And I still need to do the deep freeze! I straightened the top section of the pantry and completely cleaned and organized the big pull out drawers in the bottom section.
I noted that I have LOTS of dried beans of various types, several kinds of pasta, a few types of rice, black eyed peas, split green peas, lentils, etc. I’m going to make an effort to utilize these items in the coming months.
We left town a little before 10 a.m. and went to Sprouts first.
We started at Sprouts because they were having a 72 hour sale. There were some great bargains, especially on organic strawberries (2 for $5), cereal (2 for $3), grass fed beef ($3.59 a pound) and nitrate-free bacon for $2.99. I stocked up on cereal for David and bought enough strawberries to make strawberry freezer jam.
- apricot (1)
- asparagus (1 bunch)
- blackberries (2 cartons)
- fresh pineapple
- green onions (2 pkgs)
- Vidalia onions (2 pounds, organic)
- strawberries (6 cartons, organic)
- lemons (8, organic)
- cherries (1.85 pounds, organic)
- nectarine (1, organic)
- cereal (4 boxes)
- Dijon mustard
- marinated artichokes
- minced garlic
- white wine vinegar (organic)
- sun dried tomatoes
- yogurt (3)
- sliced deli roast beef
- milk chocolate covered almonds
- all natural taffy
- grass fed ground beef (about 5 pounds)
- no nitrate bacon (2 pounds)
- loaf of bread
- raspberry cheesecake gelato
- frozen sweet potato fries
- frozen waffle fries
- frozen sweet potato waffle fries
- Farmhouse Movement magazine
- Forks Over Knives magazine
What I did with all that grass fed ground beef:
I made 10 hamburger patties from half of the ground beef, put layers of waxed paper between each patty, put them in a freezer bag and froze them. We will be able to pull out a couple of frozen patties and throw them on the grill for quick dinners this summer. I cooked the rest for some recipes. Watch for a blog post with more information about how I cooked it and several recipes that can be made from it.
Next up: lunch!
We went to Tucker’s for yummy onion burgers.
After filling our tummies we were ready to finish our shopping. Trader Joe’s was next on our list.
- frozen peaches and cream tarte
- red bell pepper
- green bell pepper
- limes (1 pound)
- Greek Kalamata Olive Oil
- sweet pickle relish (organic)
- asparagus (1 bunch – large for grilling)
- milk chocolate bar
- fresh flowers
We always save Whole Foods for last because it tends to be the most expensive option. However, they have some items we can’t get elsewhere and the quality of their meats is excellent. And I nearly always indulge in a fancy cheese or two.
Did you know that if you have an Amazon Prime membership you get an additional 10% off Whole Foods sale prices? AND there are exclusive sales just for Prime members. For instance, I got organic air-chilled chicken for $1.99 a pound! I wish I had had more space in my freezer so I could have stocked up. On this one small selection of items I saved almost $10. All you have to do is sign up for Amazon Prime (if you don’t already have it), download the Whole Foods app on your phone, and scan the app when checking out.
- goats milk bar soap
- artichokes (2)
- boneless butterfly pork chop
- organic chicken breasts
- organic whole chicken
- plain Greek yogurt (1 quart)
- rice noodles
- specialty cheddar cheese (1/4 pound)
- enchilada sauce
- Pad Thai simmer sauce
- organic celery
- fresh corn (2 ears)
- bag of ice
Grand Total: $251.15
It was only about 3 p.m. when we finished loading up the car with our groceries so we decided we had time for a treat. A new ice cream store called Roxy’s is right near Whole Foods so of course we had to give it a try. We both opted for a scoop of caramel with crushed pretzels, one of their seasonal selections. So good! If you were following my Instagram stories Friday you probably saw this little cup of awesome.
And we were done. We headed home, I dropped off Lisa at her house and then on to my house. David helped me quickly put everything away so we could get ready for “Cruisin’ Main”, an annual event in our town. It was fun to see all the beautiful old cars. Here is what we drove:
This is David’s 1966 Mustang which he’s had since he was 15 years old. This is the car we dated in so it holds so many memories for us. We cruised up and down Main Street, parked occasionally to have dinner at one of the food trucks and to watch the other cars, and then visited with friends at a new local music venue before heading home.
The weather was unseasonably cool so I finished the day with about an hour of stargazing in our backyard. It was a nice day and I’m well-stocked for the next few weeks.
Meal Ideas for the Coming Month
- French roasted whole chicken
- chicken and dumplings (from leftover whole chicken)
- Pork Chops in Dijon Mustard Cream Sauce
- Pad Thai
- Easy Cheesy Black Bean Enchiladas
- Creamy Artichoke Pasta
- Spinach Lasagna Rolls
- spaghetti and meat sauce
- Lentil Tacos
- a new recipe I’m working on for chicken breasts
- Brazilian Black Beans
- BLT sandwiches
- red beans and rice
- Butternut Squash Risotto