Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What We Buy And Eat

I really enjoy cooking. I love cooking simple, healthy, delicious, everyday meals.

Today, I thought I would share my grocery shopping routine and what we eat on a regular basis.

I go grocery shopping once a week, on Sunday mornings, when traffic is light and crowd is thin.

I go to a local Asian market and buy "staple" ingredients such as tomatoes, watercress, spinach, tofu, bok choy, carrots, green beans, bell peppers, squash, cucumbers, onions, fresh fish, and meat. Occasionally, I buy "on-going" ingredients such as rice, noodles, tempura, and sauces.

On the way back, I stop by a grocery store (usually Safeway or Giant) to buy milk and fresh fruits. When they are on sale and I have coupons, I stock up on cereal, peanut butter, canned soup, cake mix, yogurt, and more.

I don't create weekly meal plans. On a typical weeknight, our meal consists of one vegetable (sauteed with garlic in olive oil) and one meat/fish/egg. With rice. Usually toward the end of the week, after all the fresh ingredients are gone, I make spaghetti, noodle soups, and Korean pancakes. In the winter, I make some kind of broth-based soup, too.

Each meal takes about 30 minutes to actually cook and put together. 45 minutes at the most. I very rarely make a meal that requires time during the day to prepare, except on the weekends when I have time.

For the most part, I am happy with what we eat. There are a few things I like to improve:

1. More fish meals. We love salmon, but it is an oily fish. I would like to buy white flesh fish such as snapper and experience with cooking them.

2. We already don't eat chunks of meat, but I like to see us eat one vegetarian meal once a week. Hubs is okay with that. I am the one who likes to have some kind of meat, either ground pork or chicken.

3. Eat more fruits. Have them at work and again after dinner.

What do you typically eat on a weeknight? Do you have a favorite vegetarian meal? Please share!

1 comment:

  1. As someone who has totally fallen off the weekly grocery shopping/meal making wagon, I really enjoyed reading this. We live in a great little town with lots of great restaurants (and within walking distance to all of them) which has resulted in us going out to eat waaaay too often.

    One of my New Year's resolutions is to go out less and cook more. Your post has got me inspired!

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