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A Day in the Life (of my grocery cart)

28 Feb

Peeking into other people’s refrigerators or the contents of their grocery cart is always so interesting. And yes, I also watch people’s food at restaurants as it’s brought to their table. What can I say? I’m curious about other people’s eating habits. That’s why I figured I’d let you have a peek into mine this week. I planned a week’s worth of recipes, that would a) feed my family of four b) provide dinner/lunch during work or class c) focus on a vegetarian diet.

Last night I sat down and figured out what recipes I wanted to make (while watching the Oscars) and this morning I went shopping.

First Stop: Trader Joes

Grapeseed Oil

2 cans of diced, no salt added tomatoes

TJ Rustic Pomodoro Sauce

Low Sodium Vegetable Broth

Low Sodium Organic Chicken Broth

Frozen Peas

TJ Veggie Burgers

2 packages cremini mushrooms

Red and Green Artisan Lettuce

Romaine Hearts



2 packages of organic green peppers

1 red, 1 orange pepper


Country Loaf of Seven Grain Bread

Applegate sliced turkey meat

TJ Natural Chicken breast, individually packaged

Pesto Chicken & Turkey Sausage

Chevre goat cheese

Parmigiano Reggiano

Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

Dried tropical fruit mix

Whole wheat pizza dough

Total $ = $80.48

Stop 2: King Kullen ( Because TJ’s produce section was lacking today)

3 Pink Lady Apples

Package Baby Arugula

2 Parsnips

3 Eggplants

3 Beets

2 Jalapeno Peppers

1 Red onion

2 Butternut Squash

2 packages multigrain Eggo waffles

1 package grapenuts cereal

Bob’s Red mill thick rolled oats

1 can of cannellini beans

2 cans of black eyed peas

1 bag of dried chickpeas

I can of crushed tomatoes

1 can of pineapple juice

Pack of multivitamins

Pack of razors

Total $= 78.06

Our house’s staples of milk, eggs, baby spinach and bananas had been purchased the day before.  For my purchases, the most expensive items were the vitamins, razors, and chicken breasts.

Recipes planned are:

Artichoke and Goat Cheese Strata; Vegetarian Moussaka; Pizza Supreme; Chickpea Chili; Oh So Good Granola Bars; Creole Stuffed Peppers; Bulgur, Arugula and Cannellini Bean Salad; Shredded Parsnip and Beet Salad.


10 Feb

Today looked like this :

Snow Day

I figured I might as well take advantage of the snowy weather and try  a warm, substantial recipe with what what available on hand. I ended up making a riff on a vegetable cassoulet, a hybrid of  recipes including Mark Bittman’s Cassoulet with Lots of Vegetables (located in Food Matters) and this one from Epicurious. My family not too subtly requested that I include meat in tonight’s dinner, so along with white navy beans and a plethora of vegetables*, my cassoulet included the kielbasa from the fridge. I used a liberal hand with both the herbs de provence and red wine.

Simmering on the stove

Topped with Toasted Breadcrumbs

*By plethora I mean 1 eggplant; 4 carrots; 2 onions; 3 stalks of celery; and a can of peeled plum tomatoes which I chopped.