Sunday, January 15, 2012

Grocery Challenge #1

Introducing...the grocery challenge!

I would like to get better at long-term meal planning, so I decided to track my purchases at Whole Foods and see what I ended up making and throwing out. I used to live within walking distance of a Whole Foods, but that was very dangerous for my budget--it was too easy to pop in after work and buy prepared food or impulse purchases. We've all been there at some point--went to the store with the best of intentions but came home only to find a bag full of organic soap, a hand-woven basket, starfruit and sushi. Now I drive to a nearby Whole Foods, which enables me to make larger purchases and dissuades me from impulse buying.

Here's my first haul and what it created:

Meals & Parts of Meals
What Was Left at the End of the Week
  • 4 apples
  • Spinach
  • 6 eggs
  • Basil (had to toss)
  • Mint (had to toss)
  • Cilantro (had to toss)
  • Chickpeas (didn't end up making chickpea soup)

I am still trying to find a balance between fresh ingredients and week-long sustainability. I went out for dinner a couple times (Tuesday and Thursday) and ended up buying lunch a couple times (Thursday and Friday). The dinners were planned, but peanut butter & bacon bagels were definitely *not*.


  1. Check out Pemberton Farms on the corner of Mass Ave and Day St. They have great stuff if you haven't explored their yet. Good selection of artisan cheeses, fresh non- and organic produce, loads of dried grains and beans. Plus they have a nice deli section if that's your thing.

  2. Thanks for the tip, Corinne! It's pretty close to my place so I'll check it out soon!