Millennial Grocery Guide

Cider Caramelized Onion & Butternut Squash Pizza

butternut squash, sage, onions, cheddar and bacon make for the perfect autumn pizza|

How this guide works: Ingredients are broken down into approximate location in the grocery store, by order that you'd usually purchase them (starting in produce, then to meat, then over to dry goods, and ending in dairy). 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!



  • 1/2 cup butternut squash, cubed $ You can buy a whole butternut squash, roast it, and freeze the roasted squash for a later date - or turn it into a creamy soup. I have almost chopped a finger off tackling a whole butternut squash, though, so you can always buy something pre-cut and easy like this Trader Joe's Pre-Cut Butternut Squash.
  • 1/2 yellow onion $ I always have at least one yellow onion and one red onion in my pantry (or half a one wrapped in plastic wrap sitting in the vegetable drawer in my fridge). The onions on this pizza are caramelized in apple cider and definitely make the dish. If you're cooking for one, be on the lookout for the smallest one you can find!
  • 1 sprig of sage $$ Found in the herb section of your grocery store.
  • 2 cups apple cider $ This recipe is a great excuse to go buy a quart of fresh pressed apple cider from a local apple orchard - and an excuse to make hot apple cider with the leftovers! If you're not able to grab some fresh local cider, any grocery store will stock apple cider as well. At the grocery store you can find apple cider in the produce section or sometimes near the deli with other prepared smoothies or drinks like POM pomegranate juice.


  • 1/4 cup Cabot Cheddar cheese $$ Any cheddar cheese will work, but I'm a loyal Cabot fan. I went to school right by the factory, and it's a way of life up in Northern New England.
  • Handful of blue cheese $$ I love the way the blue cheese adds a burst of flavor to this pizza. It's definitely not necessary (especially if you don't want to buy a whole pack - or if you hate stinky cheese) but it compliments the flavors so well. Optional

Meat Aisle

  • 3 slices of bacon $$ Because everything is better with bacon. I buy a whole pack and freeze what I don't use. You can vacuum seal each slice individually with a FoodSaver or put a layer of plastic wrap in between each slice so you're not stuck with a frozen hunk when you go to defrost some bacon to have with your eggs in the morning.

Dry Goods

  • 1 Stonefire brand pre-made Naan, Pizza Crust, or Flatbread $$ This is one of those instances where I'm loyal to a brand. I LOVE Stonefire products, and I am a big fan of their Naan, which I always use for my "pizza" recipes. Some pre-made pizza crusts can be dry or crumbly, but not Stonefire. I like the Naan because it is the perfect size for a single sitting, and comes in a 2 pack so I can use one for dinner and one for lunch the next day. I usually get the Whole Grain version, which is delicious. If you want a larger size, buy the Flatbreads, which also come in a 2 pack. If you only want one, the Pizza Crust comes in a single pack. Note: My mom finds the 2-pack of Naan for just $1.69 at Price Rite, which would drop the cost down to one dollar sign! Be sure to check out your local discount stores for a deal. Substitute: Another brand of pre-made pizza crust, flatbread, or naan bread. A Note about finding the Stonefire products in the grocery store: At larger chain stores, I've always found them in the deli section, near the cheese display, olive display, or other endcaps where they keep items like pretzel flats and Stacy's pita chips. At the small & local grocery cooperative store where I went to college, however, Stonefire products were with the bread. So, if you don't find them in the deli, check the bread aisle or ask a store employee - they've been pretty popular, so s/he should be able to help you find them.