My Grocery Checklist

It took me a while to get good a grocery shopping. What do I mean by that? When we first moved to LA we would go food shopping, spend over $200, get home and feel like we had nothing to eat. Slowly, I figured out what meals I cook the most and what ingredients I need each week. We've also realized what to buy at each grocery store (i.e. if you buy everything at Whole Foods you'll be broke). Every Sunday afternoon Ray and I go to Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and Bristol Farms. Here is what we typically buy at each store:

Trader Joe's
  • 4 bags of lettuce (usually a mix of romaine and spring mix)
  • Veggies (cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, mushrooms)
  • Fruits (bananas, strawberries, blueberries, a bag of lemons)
  • Dates
  • Avocado (bag of 4-5 small ones)
  • Sweet Potato (2-3)
  • Protein bars for Ray
  • Earth balance (once a month)
  • Cold Brew for Ray
  • Eggs 
  • Peanut butter and almond butter (once a month)
  • Chips/popcorn for Ray
  • Frozen wild miso Cod (so good and easy to prepare)
  • Some other frozen stuff depending on the week, like gluten free pizza made with cauliflower crust, veggie dumplings, shrimp stir fry etc. 
  • Any sauces we may need
  • Tea 
  • Wine (so cheap!) 
  • Water

Whole Foods 
  • Cranberry tuna salad (small container)
  • Salmon (premade, I hate cooking it)
  • Spinach empanadas 
  • Quinoa salad (small container)
  • Dave's killer bread (thin slice)
  • Miso soup packs
  • Unsweetened vanilla Ripple milk
  • Vegan chocolate pudding

Bristol Farms
  • Ray gets all his meat here and if I'm going to cook fish, I'll buy it here (usually a white fish, salmon or smoked salmon)
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice with ginger or green juice (2-3 bottles for the week)
  • Starbucks breakfast blend coffee (twice a month)
  • Gluten free chia waffles for Ray
  • Beer for Ray 
  • Bio K probiotic yogurt (twice a month) 

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