52 Weeks of Groceries: Week One

 Lindsay Collette Photography

Lindsay Collette Photography

I am so excited about this new 52 Weeks of Groceries series! A few posts back, I talked about how grocery shopping used to be a miserable experience for me years ago. Over the past several yeas, I’ve done a complete 180, and actually love grocery shopping, meal planning, and meal prepping! It’s seriously one of my favorite things to do now, you guys. That’s why I’m so excited to share this series with you! If you just have no idea what to prep, cook, or how to grocery shop, you are in the right place. I’ll spend the next 52 Fridays sharing grocery lists with you and some quick meal ideas for those groceries. I won’t always share full recipes, but I will occasionally if there is something special I’m planning!

One other thing to keep in mind - I typically only grocery shop for 5 days of the week. I used to do a full 7 days and ended up wasting a lot of food, because more often than not, we’d go out one night, have leftovers one or two nights, or decide to have dinner with friends one night. I highly recommend this method, but if you prefer a full 7 days, then definitely add to the quantities so you have enough leftovers, or add some ingredients for another meal or two!

Before I kick off this very first grocery list in the series, I’ve put together some of our grocery staples for you. These are things I always keep in our pantry and never let run out. I swear by each and every item on this list! Because these are always in our pantry, I won’t include these items on the weekly grocery list (but I’ll remind you of them each week, and let you know if I add anything to the list!).

Each grocery list will be for two adults (perfect for newlyweds!), so if you have additional mouths to feed, you’ll definitely want to increase the quantities of some items. So without further ado, here is this week’s grocery list, followed by my meal plan for the week!

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My meal plan for this list includes:

BREAKFAST
Protein shakes
Protein oatmeal with berries
Sweet potato & spinach hash with eggs

LUNCH
Spinach salad with hard boiled eggs
Leftover dinners

DINNER
Spaghetti squash with meat sauce (2 nights)
Roasted vegetable, kale & sausage salad
Chicken & broccoli stir fry with peanut sauce
Kale, sausage, and sweet potato soup

SNACKS
Apple with peanut butter
Protein bar (my favorites in the staples grocery list)
Protein shake

As you can see, I try to reuse a lot of the same foods throughout the week to keep grocery costs down. And just when I’m starting to get tired of the same foods, it’s time for a new week and I do something completely different for the following weeks (as you’ll see in next week’s grocery list!).

You can save this grocery list, print it out, and build up a binder of grocery lists over the next 52 weeks and you’ll never have to think about groceries or meal planning for the next year. I’ll also be sharing more grocery tips, recipes, ideas, and other fun lifestyle ideas via email!