Millennial Grocery Guide
Easy Chicken Sausage Skillet Recipe
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 & deli, grabbing the chicken sausage, then over to dairy). There is also a cost of ingredients scale ranging from $ (very cheap) to $$$$ (extremely expensive - I'm not sure any of my recipes even have an ingredient like this yet).
About Millennial Staples: These are items you should always keep stocked in your fridge, freezer, or pantry. It will make throwing together a quick dinner easy and simplify grocery shopping. It allows you to purchase food on sale, and all these items are extremely unlikely to go bad before you use them!
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- 2-4 cups of greens $ You can get any kind of greens you like - I often go with swiss chard, but spinach and kale are great options too. A bag or a bunch should be enough, and you may have a few leftovers for salads other nights too.
- Shredded cheese $$ I often go with asiago when I make this dish, but parmesan would also work well. If you do something with the Spinach & Feta chicken sausage, I think I would grab some feta instead to meld the flavors together.
- 1 package tortellini $$ Substitute: You can get another shape of pasta for sure, like spaghetti or fettuccini. Ravioli would also work! Pro tip on finding tortellini in the grocery store: check the Deli section first, for tortellini that comes refrigerated. Then compare prices in the pasta aisle, and then check out if there's any in the freezer section. I usually get mine in the deli aisle. I go with cheese tortellini for this recipe, but I recently saw pesto tortellini at Trader Joe's and I might need to get on that.
- 1 package chicken sausage $$ I LOVE chicken sausage. Mostly because it's already cooked and is an easy way to throw protein into a meal. I am a big fan of Al Fresco brand. I buy the fully cooked dinner chicken sausages - some of my favorite flavors are Roasted Garlic, Roasted Pepper & Asiago, Spinach and Feta, Sundried Tomato, and Sweet Apple. They also freeze beautifully if you only use a few at a time, but it's not too hard to use up 4 in a dish to serve a few people or to last one person a couple of days. Hint: for finding the chicken sausage: I've always found it with the lunchables - that's the best way I know how to describe the location. Also near hot dogs and bacon!
- 2-4 tablespoons milk $ Any kind of milk will do, we keep 2% at our house. I've also used up heavy cream if I've had it leftover from other recipes.
- 2 tablespoons butter $ Margarine is also fine.