On Instagram last week, I posted a quick video of what Rob and I buy from Costco and the grocery store each week. A few of you mentioned that you wanted to know what we make with all that food, so I figured a glimpse into what we bought and what we eat in a typical week would interest more of you.
Let’s start with the haul. I’m going to break it down into sections and which store we get it from. Before we start, you should know that Rob and I are Costco fanatics. My family jokes that we should buy stock in it because we go weekly. It started as once a month, then it was every other week, and now it’s every weekend. It just makes so much more sense for the amount of fruits, vegetables, and meats we eat! Plus, the Kirkland brand is pretty good and they have some creative items.
We share an executive membership with my mom, but we single-handedly pay her back the membership fees through the year (plus a little extra) because of the 2% back on purchases deal.
Our regular grocery store is Kroger (King Soopers here). I have price checked other stores, and for feeding our family, Kroger has the best deals.
You should also know that Rob and I do not have any dietary restrictions apart from shellfish (Rob’s allergic). We eat dairy, gluten, meat, non-organic, etc. We try to keep our grocery bill as low as possible while still eating fresh, balanced meals.
Here’s the breakdown of what we buy:
Produce from Costco
- Tomatoes (cherry)
- Bell Peppers
Produce from Kroger
- Two of either: Green Beans, Zucchini, Broccoli, Asparagus
Meat & Dairy from Costco
All the meat we buy from Costco, we freeze, so we only really buy it every 2-3 weeks.
- Chicken Breasts
- Ground Turkey
- Cheddar Cheese
- Cottage Cheese
Meat & Dairy from Kroger
- Shredded Cheese
- Sour Cream
- Beef (very, very rarely)
- Eggs (also rare)
Snacks/Miscellaneous from Costco
- Tortilla Chips
- M&M’s – every few weeks
- Fruit Leather – every few weeks
- Chia Seeds – every 6-8 months
- Formula – The Kirkland brand is the same as Similac and about half the price!
- Alcohol – as needed
Snacks/Miscellaneous from Kroger
- Rice – every few weeks
- Pasta – every few weeks
- Cold Cuts
- Chips – occasionally
What do we make with all these things? Our typical breakfast is either a smoothie or cereal for Rob and an egg sandwich for me. Lunches for Rob are cold cut tortillas and salads for me. Both of us bring carrots, an apple, and some M&M’s for snacks. Our rotation of dinners includes things like:
- Grilled Chicken/Salmon/Turkey Burgers with a green vegetable and rice or potatoes
- Turkey Taco Salad
- MahiMahi Tacos
- Grilled Chicken Salads
- Chicken and Vegetable Bake
- Meat Rice – ground turkey with rice, vegetables, and sauce
- Chips & Salsa (for nights when we are super busy or feeling lazy)
- Lightened Up Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
- Pasta with either meat, or vegetable, sauce, or both
- Brinner – Breakfast for dinner!
- Kitchen Sink Quiche
- Chicken Roll Ups with spinach and feta
- Pizza – We buy frozen pizza and sometimes add peppers and feta to it
I know many people try to avoid produce because they are worried about how quickly it goes bad. I am really diligent about meal planning, so I know close to exactly what and how much of everything we need. Of course we have to toss things sometimes, but it’s not too often.
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RQ: What are some of your favorite week night dinners? What food stores do you shop at on a regular basis?0