This will sound weird, but probably not surprise anyone – I love grocery shopping. But . . there are caveats: I love grocery shopping alone, and with a list.
Yesterday morning I went to the doctor. Vince said “I’ll go with you and then we can buy groceries!” I said “NO! I’m going to the doctor alone and I’m buying groceries alone!” Some will be saying, or at least thinking that I should be grateful he’s healthy and that he wants to go shopping with me. I am very happy that he’s healthy but I am really going to put my foot down about going to buy groceries alone. You may think that sounds bad but until you’ve been shopping with Vince, you have no idea!
I started out making a list of what I needed to buy and there were just a few things on the list. I knew I needed lots of green veggies but what I bought was totally dependent on what they had and what looked good. Shopping at Walmart . . there are times when everything looks fairly fresh and times when everything looks like it should be fed to the hogs, or dumped in a compost bin. Things looked pretty good yesterday and I ended up with collard greens, artichokes, asparagus, beets with greens, cabbage, Napa cabbage, green onions, jalapeno peppers, poblano peppers, bell peppers, tomatillos, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, fresh ginger, celery . . and that’s all I can remember but there may have been more. My cart was almost totally full of fresh veggies.
I also bought a boneless pork butt, corned beef and two packages of chuck roast.
I bought a gallon of milk, a cart of Noosa lemon yogurt and the ingredients to make pimiento & cheese. I love Palmetto Pimiento & Cheese but our Walmart doesn’t carry it any more so I figured I’d just make my own. I had Pimiento & Cheese on the grocery list but wasn’t going to buy the only brand they had there. I love Paula Deen’s recipe and it’s really simple to make. I can eat it on celery and it’s great for a keto snack.
When I fix a chuck roast, I like to cook it ahead, put it in the fridge overnight so the grease rises and hardens, which I scrape off and then we have just meat and no grease. I do the same with Carnitas. I love this recipe and would make it once a week if I were the only one eating around here. The Corned Beef will also get cooked in the Instant Pot. Vince isn’t crazy about that but I do love it!
We’re almost out of sauerkraut so I’ll use the cabbage to get a batch of kraut going. We’re totally out of kimchi so I’ll use the Napa cabbage to get that going.
You may notice I haven’t been doing menu plans since we’ve been gone and making trips here and there but I will get back to them.
My plans for today: Cook the carnitas in one Instant Pot. Cook the chuck roast in another Instant Pot. Once an Instant Pot is done and clean, get a batch of yogurt making. Get the sauerkraut cut and in the fermenting container.
What we’ll be eating:
Today: Leftover Venison/barley soup from the freezer. Green salad.
Thursday: Chuck roast, mashed potatoes, gravy, collard greens, cucumber/tomato salad.
Friday: Carnitas in flour tortillas (served with yogurt, guacamole, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, red onions), Pinto beans
Saturday: Roasted Chicken, Steamed Asparagus, Roasted Beet Salad, Sauteed Beet Greens
Sunday: Carnitas Quesadillas, Guacamole
Hopefully by next week, I’ll have a menu plan on Saturday!
I noticed in your previous post that you were in Walmart ALONE. This explains how you did it. 😉
My, that’s a lot of produce. You must have an extra refrigerator as well as freezer.
Linda in NE says
I’m totally with you on shopping ALONE…no matter what I’m shopping for. My husband’s idea of shopping is to go to a store for something, come home empty handed, and then complain for months about the prices. I really don’t understand people who think retired couples MUST do everything together. I had many, many years of doing things such as shopping by myself & I like it that way. I also don’t go fishing with the hubby or to all those car shows. I don’t expect him to go to quilt shows or to do genealogy research.
Shopping alone is great, but I always liked it to be Paul. LOL And I liked him to do the cooking, too. I do all the shopping alone, thank goodness. You really stocked up on the veggies. Sounds good to me!