Grocery Day!

How to Cook Like a Mom
Lesson One

It’s grocery day! 
Time to figure out what you need to buy so you can feed your family for the week. A little planning can go a loooong way when it comes to dinner, so here are the things you should always have on hand….

Proteins

Chicken:
Boneless skinless chicken breasts are great for so many reasons.  Buy a bunch when they are on sale and freeze them.
If your tastes lean more toward dark meat, feel free to pick up some boneless skinless thighs.  Their cook time is about the same as breasts.
Beef
     Hamburger is a given.  Buy it in bulk, and freeze it in Ziplock freezer bags in one and two pound amounts.
Steaks are tasty and oh, so quick.  Aim for the cheaper cuts for every day.  Save the filet Mignon for special occasions.
Roasts are the ultimate Crock Pot meat.  Remember not to buy one bigger than your pot can hold!

Pork
Pork chops are the ultimate weeknight dinner.  I like the boneless ones, personally, and that’s what I’ll be using in my recipes.  Feel free to buy the bone-in chops, though!  They are actually less likely to dry out.
Pork loin is another great Crock Pot meat, but I also make it in the oven.  A one to two pound loin will easily feed a family of four.
Ham is the ultimate “oh crap I forgot to thaw something out for dinner” dinner.  You don’t need to thaw it and it only takes a few minutes to make, since it’s already cooked.
Sausage is not just a breakfast food.  I like “country” sausage, but you may not be able to find that where you are, so pick your favorite flavor.

Turkey
     Ground turkey is one of my favorite things.  It is mild in flavor and mixes well with pretty much everything.

Seafood
Canned tuna and canned crab make awesome salads.
Frozen tilapia or halibut holds up great and are very mild in taste.
Frozen cleaned cooked shrimp is another super fast dinner option.

Tofu
     We don’t eat it, so don’t expect any recipes from me for it.  Sorry!

Veggies

I am a HUGE fan of frozen veggies.  They are actually more nutritious than a lot of fresh veggies, and they take a fraction of the time to cook.  Stock up on these:
Sweet corn, peas, broccoli, snap peas, chopped spinach and asparagus.

From the produce section:
Potatoes, sweet potatoes, bell peppers (any color), onions, and kale

Dry Goods

Pasta, rice, a variety of canned beans, bread crumbs, olive oil, plain tomato sauce, salsa, bread, tortillas, taco seasoning.

Herbs and Spices:
Basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, fennel seed, celery seed, parsley, paprika, cilantro, chile powder, tarragon, white pepper, sea salt, minced garlic (I use the stuff in the jar from the produce dept)

Dairy

Milk, butter, eggs, and shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, and whatever else sounds yummy).  We also always have Parmesan cheese on hand.  You can buy it fresh, but we use the Kraft kind in the canister.

That’s all I can think of.  Most of my meals are made from these items.  Now……Let’s get cooking!!!!!


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