Saturday, February 13, 2021

February Grocery Shopping

On Thursday night, we put in an order for groceries and I picked it up on Friday afternoon.  My last grocery pick up was on January 30 and I thought I wouldn't have to grocery shop again for three weeks.  But, the store was having chicken on sale for $.99/lb., canned tuna on sale for $.50/can, and Brussels sprouts on sale for $.99/lb.  Plus, we were all out of salad greens and bananas and coming to the end of the bread.

Today's grocery shopping included meat/poultry (two trays of chicken thighs, a 3-lb. package of ground beef, a package of smoked sausage, a container of turkey cold cuts, a can of corned beef), canned tuna, bread/tortillas, dairy (half gallon container of milk, a container of half and half, and yogurt - yes, they finally had plain yogurt!), vegetables (salad mix, lettuce, a cucumber, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, leeks, onions, and a bunch of radishes with leaves), fruits (bananas, two mangoes, a container of blueberries, two cans of fruit cocktail in juice), a dozen eggs, a jar of apple sauce, a jar of roasted peanuts, a box of saltine crackers, 10 lb. sugar, and a package of coffee filters.  We also bought a box of fruit popsicles and a bag of hot Cheetos as treats!  This time, there was only one substitution - they didn't have the store brand saltine crackers I ordered and asked if they could substitute a box of the (more expensive) brand name ones at the same price as the store brand; I approved the substitution.  This time, I received everything I ordered!  The total came to $105.29.

Daughter took a break from her work to help me disinfect and put away the groceries.

I divided up one of the trays of chicken thighs into three packages of four pieces each and froze them, along with the package of ground beef.  The second tray of chicken thighs was kept for immediate use.  I sauteed some with onions to be used in salads and made a chicken curry with some.  About four pieces were kept in the fridge for daughter to make a dish she wanted to make (once she decides what she wants to make!)

I also sliced the green beans that were in the fridge (2 lbs., bought during the previous grocery shopping trip) and cooked them (sauteed/curried green beans known as "bonchi thel dala" in Sinhalese - slice green beans, add curry powder, salt, a little chili powder, etc., saute in oil with onions and curry leaves, then, add a little water and let it cook until the beans are tender and the water has been absorbed; you can omit the water if you want the beans to be crunchy, I prefer the beans to be soft).  I froze half of the green beans for another day.

Brunch was a salad daughter had prepared with some of the sauteed chicken cut up and added to it.  Dinner was rice, chicken curry, green beans, and peach chutney.   There are enough leftovers for another couple of meals for us.  

Today, I am grateful for:

- Being able to order groceries online

- Being able to pick up, curbside, at my convenience

- The availability of groceries

- Daughter helping with disinfecting and putting away the groceries (as well as with dinner prep)

- A safe drive to the grocery store and back

Have you done any grocery shopping in February, yet?  

14 comments:

  1. You did quite a nice stock up. It feels good to get all the things you like to eat and have on hand at a level that is comfortable doesn't it?
    I was able to get plain yogurt this past week as well. It is something that has been a hit or miss for us.
    I'm glad they had your daughter's Hot Cheetos! :)

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    1. I did, didn't I? I could have gone for another week without going grocery shopping and gone without greens for salads, but, I was a bit low on other items, too, and I like to be stocked up! :) I think, for as long as my daughter is home, I might do a grocery pick up every two weeks instead of three; she loves her salads!

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  2. Sounds like you are all set for delicious meals! I was able to get thin pork chops BOGO this past week, 24 chops for $7, a great addition to my freezer stock.

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    1. That was a great deal on the pork chops! Glad you were able to take advantage of the sale!

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  3. I think I will be able to get through the rest of February with the supplies I have at home but it'll mean running stocks slightly lower than I'd like. The next delivery (for my revised eating plan) will be here on March 1st.

    You got some good bargains this time, didn't you. I have your Sri Lankan beans on my meal plan in March so I will let you know how I get on.

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    1. I am sure you will do fine until you get your March delivery. I could have gone for another week or so without salad greens, but, I wanted to stock up now to take advantage of this week's sales and, also, just in case there was some unrest due to the verdict in the Senate which might have impacted supplies and so forth.

      Oh, I hope you like the beans! It's one of my favorite ways of making green beans. :)

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  4. You did well this time with a superior substitution and at last the plain yogurt you were looking for.
    I shopped Friday as well, but in the store. I was taken aback when I couldn't seen any iceberg lettuce, but an employee found some right at the back on the low shelf and they were good ones, not rejects!

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    1. Yes, I did, didn't I? :) It feels good to have the grocery shopping done and know I have lots of fresh vegetables and fruits on hand, too.

      Glad you were able to get the lettuce, after all! Iceberg lettuce is what I buy most of the time. :)

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  5. Those prices for the chicken and tuna are excellent! ❤️

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    1. Yes, that's what I thought, too, Susan. Got to stock up when there are good deals. :)

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  6. It's Sunday morning here and I'm shortly going to write my meal plan then go and get my weekly shop. I like to see my kitchen cupboard full and well organised, even if it does seem to take an age to pack everything away. X

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    1. Sounds like a plan to me, Jules! Hope the shopping goes well and you find everything you need for your planned meals. :)

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  7. So many things to be thankful for, especially time with your daughter!

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    1. Yes; time spent with my daughter is very precious! I am going to miss her when she goes back to Berkeley!

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