Saturday, December 9, 2017

Come Grocery Shopping with Me

Come Grocery Shop with Me

I've had a smile on my face all morning. Why? Because I love grocery shopping for my family. Sounds weird, I know. It's just that I am a foodie. I love food, both cooking and eating. I'm not a trained chef, just a home cook who enjoys sourcing ingredients for the menus I've planned.

This week our menu includes:
  • Lasagne and Salad
  • Turkey Soup (using the leftover turkey neck etc that I placed in the freezer after Thanksgiving)
  • Curry Chicken with Rice and Steamed Vegetables
  • Fried Fish, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans
  • Baked Wings and Salad.
There will be one day of leftovers and one day off from cooking, which is usually Saturdays.

Why menu plan?
  • It keeps me on budget. 
  • It allows me to use ingredients that I already have at home rather than over buying. 
  • It answers the age old question that kids ask their Moms almost on a daily basis, "what's for dinner?" 
  • It allows me to plan my day better because I am able to meal prep ahead of time.
  • It gives me satisfaction in knowing that I have planned nutritious meals for my family rather than succumbing to fast foods because we don't know what to eat that day; 
  • It promotes family time because everyone knows that dinner will be ready at this particular time and we can sit down together and talk about our day.
I truly believe that a family that prays together and eats together stays together; the kids are more grounded and the parents are more committed to their marriage; at least this has been my experience. You can learn more by reading the Atlantic's article entitled The Importance of Eating Together.




Here are some interesting finds on my most recent grocery shopping expedition. Though I shop in multiple places, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Publix, Kroger, etc., I particularly like Aldi because I can still get organic products at discounted prices.

Come Grocery Shopping with Me


We drink grass fed and organic milk, usually Organic Valley. We do so because I personally believe that cows were designed to eat grass and thus grass fed cows provide the most nutritious milk. I found this new one by Maple Hill Creamery in Publix. I bought one of each so that my family and I can do a taste test to see which one we prefer.

Come Grocery Shopping with Me


Another interesting item bought today was Kroger's Simply Organic Toasted Oats Cereal. This cereal only has 1 gram of sugar. Many cereals today have so much sugar that you feel like you are having a treat for breakfast instead of your first nutritious meal of the day.

After reading the Case against Sugar by Gary Taubes, I try my best to read more labels so that my family aren't getting too much extra sugar. It's one thing to bake a treat at home that one knows has sugar. But Mr. Taubes emphasizes that it's the hidden sugar in processed foods that is highly problematic in our diets because we are unaware of how much of it we are actually consuming.



Reading labels, looking for new products, finding nicely priced organic goods, menu planning: these are all things that I do when I go grocery shopping for my family. It's not a chore; it's one of the ways in which I show them love. What new and interesting items have you found on your last grocery shopping expedition. Share below as we endeavor to learn and grow together. Life is good:)

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