Millennial Grocery Guide

Beef & Broccoli Meal Prep

This Sweet Chili Salmon Bowl is a healthy, quick, and easy weeknight meal. |

How this guide works: Ingredients are broken down into approximate location in the grocery store, by order that you'd usually purchase them (start in produce, then head over to dry goods, and stop by the seafood counter). There is also a cost of ingredients scale ranging from $ (very cheap) to $$$$ (extremely expensive - I'm not sure any of my recipes even have an ingredient like this yet). 

About Millennial Staples:
These are items you should always keep stocked in your fridge, freezer, or pantry. It will make throwing together a quick dinner easy and simplify grocery shopping. It allows you to purchase food on sale, and all these items are extremely unlikely to go bad before you use them!


  • 1 lb. flank steak $$ While splurging for any kind of steak isn't in my normal grocery shopping routine, I try to look for flank steak when it's on sale and grab one or two for the freezer. It's defintiely not the most expensive steak you can buy, but it's not the cheapest either. You want a steak like flank steak that is evenly cut, so it's easy to slice against the grain. Substitute: Skirt steak will also work.


  • Broccoli $ Fresh or frozen will work - you're doing a simple steam.
  • 2 cloves garlic $ You can buy minced garlic, and if that's easier for you, go ahead and do that. It's usually underneath the display of fresh garlic at the grocery store in the produce aisle.

Dry Goods

  • Sesame seeds $$ For garnish. You can skip them if you're trying to save $$. Optional
  • Red chili flakes $ Choose whatever brand you prefer, and add as much as you like. I keep it small because I'm not a huge fan of spicy, but you can ramp it up if you'd like more heat. Optional
  • Beef broth $ Beef broth comes in larger containers, so it's super easy to freeze for future use!
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce $ 1/2 cup of soy sauce is A LOT of soy sauce, but remember - you have a lot of meat, and it will cook down in the final stages of the recipe. Make sure you buy enough!
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar $ If you can find this in bulk, perfect. If not, there are larger bags. You can store extra brown sugar in an airtight contianer to keep it from getting hard.
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil $$ Sesame oil can be really expensive, but it's SO worth it in this recipe because the flavor is so strong and really makes the sauce more flavorful. The secret to finding affordable sesame oil is at Trader Joe's! Their sesame oil is inexpensive and one of my Top 10 Trader Joe's Favorites For Millennials (see the rest of the list by subscribing to the blog)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch $ I am only recently learning about the wonders of cornstarch. This will help thicken up the sauce in the last few minutes of cooking - and remember, cornstarch should only be mixed with cold water to avoid clumping.
  • Serving suggestion: with rice! $ Millennial Pantry Staple 1/2 cup dry rice will yield 1 cup cooked. Substitute: Any other side you'd like - try brown rice, jasmine rice, or quinoa.