I'm back from my relaxing vacation and week away from the blog! I assure you I did not take one single photograph and I consumed vacation-sized amounts of brownies and beer.
Instead of sharing my usual weekend recipe creations (mostly because I did not create anything), today I decided to share with you the goods from my weekly grocery trip (I find this weirdly fascinating - and thought you might too? If not, humor me). What you see here is representative of my typical weekly purchase (see footnotes for additional details).
Figure 1. This week's grocery haul separated according to how I think about my food (from left to right): cereal, miscellaneous, carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, and protein sources.
Figure 2. Cereal (is in its own category in my head apparently): rolled oats (for making granola), Kellogg's All-Bran, EnviroKids Organic Koala Crisp (no comment), and Kashi Indigo Morning.
Figure 3. Miscellaneous: balsamic vinegar, honey, agave nectar, cinnamon Altoids, Jell-O Dark Chocolate Pudding Mousse, two containers of Silk original almond milk, and Enjoy Life soy-free chocolate chips.
Figure 5. Fruits and vegetables (the produce aisle makes me happy): six bananas, three Golden Delicious apples, three peaches, a pound of asparagus, two on-the-vine tomatoes, a pint of grape tomatoes, carrots, two zucchini, an eggplant, romaine lettuce, and a package of spinach.
Figure 6. Protein sources: crumbled goat cheese, cottage cheese, plain Greek yogurt, Amy's Sonoma veggie burgers, two avocados, and eggs.
*This food is all for me.
*I will certainly consume all of the produce (I even may have to make a mid-week banana/spinach run) and milk and likely consume all of the cereal, cheese, and yogurt this week.
*I eat 90-100% of my meals from home.
*Of course, I have many things on hand in my pantry (e.g., peanut butter, nuts, quinoa, pasta) and freezer (e.g., chicken, bread) that will pair with these purchases.
*Usually I make more complicated recipes on the weekend that require additional ingredients not included in this purchase.
**Most importantly, I really wanted a pint of Arctic Zero to be included in this purchase - but they recalled it and my heart is now broken.