Day 5 of my 30 day blog series journaling my experiment with a Capsule Kitchen. The plan? Use 33 ingredients to create all our meals for three months. If you just joined me you can either start at Day 1 or view all Capsule Kitchen posts.
My Grocery List
The short grocery list pleased me. I already have some of the Capsule Kitchen list in my pantry and refrigerator. I also have several non-list ingredients that I plan to use up over the next few weeks.
This was my list:
- sweet potatoes
- tortilla chips
- Greek yogurt
- ground beef
- sunflower seeds
- red wine
- dark chocolate
Only 16 items. Not bad.
The Shopping Trip
My first stop was Walmart. I had a few non-food items to pick up, so I started my grocery shopping here. I picked up all ingredients except produce and meat.
Next I stopped at the local grocery store to complete my shopping.
How’d It Go?
In the past, a trip to Walmart guaranteed an hour. Today I shopped at both stores and had all the groceries put away in less than 1 1/2 hours - and that includes drive time.
It was wonderful focusing on my list. I walked directly to the items I needed and didn’t get distracted by other things.
Simplify grocery shopping - ✓
Tonight’s Meal Plan
The next area to simplify is menu planning, specifically recipe selection. I’m starting tonight with a go-to meal for dinner.
“Bob” the Casserole
Sausage/Apple/Sweet Potato Bake
This casserole got its name from a visiting college student we served it to. “Sausage/apple/sweet potato bake” was too long so he christened it Bob and the name stuck.
- 1 lb ground sausage, browned and drained
- 2 medium raw sweet potatoes, diced
- 3 medium apples
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg (optional)
- 1/8 tsp ginger (optional)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup water (or apple juice)
- Add sausage, sweet potatoes and apples to baking pan.
- Mix spices into the water and pour over the dish.
- Stir ingredients.
- Cover pan with foil and bake 50 - 60 minutes at 375*
- OR Cook on Low in Crockpot for 4 - 6 hours.
How About You?
Do you have any dishes with pet names like Bob? How long do you typically spend food shopping?