You can’t unload your groceries all year and have them look like this, but when I did, I thought it looked like a photo-op, so here it is! If what you unload is all styrofoam and boxes, you might be in trouble.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are usually transported too far, and have sat too long, to be the entire answer to your nutritional needs; so, when you can’t get them from local sources, don’t feel guilty for buying them from the frozen-food section. They’re picked fresh and flash frozen, thus more nutrients are preserved. There’s nothing to replace a wonderful salad and sauteed fresh vegetables, however. Frozen foods are very expensive and need to be cooked correctly so they’re not soggy. If you’re looking for “fresh,” shop for what’s in season and grown as close to you if possible.
Most grocery stores will feature specials that you’ll get a good price on; I used to go to two to three stores to get the best deals on things. That only works if you’re not driving far to get around, and if you purchase enough at one time to have it make sense.
At the end of August, our last child will be leaving for his second year of university, and I’m going to post the shopping lists and menu ideas that I’ll be doing for him. I heard for years about the “starving student” and our older children were certainly in that category when they were away. This is my last chance to get it right!
Another reason for me to try this – another daughter will be getting married next July. She’s done everything possible to avoid cooking. She’s been in Italy for over a month doing a co-op course teaching English, for school, and has been learning a bit about cooking Mediterranean style. Perhaps my shopping and menu ideas will help her as a newlywed.
The foods in the photo are pretty much Mediterranean fare – add olive oil, olives and subtract the corn and quinoa perhaps – but if it’s loaded with color, you’re close.