Saturday Shopping With Keri
Awhile back I had a request for a must-have vegan pantry list and I added it to my to-blog list. Well, today while I was shopping I was looking through my handbag for my grocery list and and found said to-blog list. Oops! I think that is going to be a really fun post so I will definitely get to it, but in the mean time, I’m going to take you shopping with me (well, a recap anyway). First, we made a stop at Target just to browse and I ended up getting a new cotton hand bag for spring ($19!).
After some Target-browsing, off to Barnes and Noble we went! I’ve been asking all of you on Twitter a lot about your favorite cookbooks and while the selection seemed a bit picked over (which is a good thing because it means people were shopping the vegan cookbooks!), I found the top choice on my list, Veganomicon, as well as two others by the same authors, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. I know most of you already have all three of those, but I’m so excited to get started! On my way out the door I grabbed a soy latte to drink while having a quick look at my new cookbook loot.
The final stop was Whole Foods to pick up the weekly groceries. I mostly stick to the bulk isle and the fresh produce area unless I’m looking for something in particular elsewhere or I have a lot of time just to spend browsing (because I could spend hours browsing the isles of a grocery store or kitchen store).
Every week I pick up an assortment of organic produce that catches my eye, an assortment of grains, beans, nuts, and dried fruits from bulk, and whatever baking necessities of which I’ve run out. When we first started making Whole Foods trips, I got into the habit of grabbing a lot of processed vegan foods, simply because the availability was so new and exciting to me. And those things are definitely fun to try, but I’ve managed to steer away from as much of that stuff lately. It would probably be a good idea for me to start planning menus and grocery shop around that, but I always grocery shop and then plan our meals around what I haul home. It makes cooking a little more fun for me to inventory what we have, what has to be used first, and then create a meal around that.
Today I came home with three reusable bags filled with delicious goodies! The packaged items I purchased were whole wheat pastry flour, rolled oats, tahini, and a cheesecloth (I couldn’t find a nut bag) if that counts. As for bulk items, I got red lentils, mung beans, groats, cashews, nooch, dates and a little granola. In the produce I picked up kale, collared greens, broccoli, carrots, zucchini, potatoes, portobello mushrooms, apples, gold beets, avocados, and pears. Don’t worry, I’m not going to be listing my groceries every week or anything, but I thought it might be fun! How do you do your grocery shopping? Do you plan ahead? Are there things you get every week without fail or do you just roll with it and pick up what looks fresh and tasty? Hope everyone had a great Saturday!