Millennial Grocery Guide

Five Minute Fish Taco Bowls

How this guide works: Ingredients are broken down into approximate location in the grocery store, by order that you'd usually purchase them (produce first, fish second, over to the canned goods aisle, finishing up 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 Pantry Staples: These are items you should always keep stocked in your fridge 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!


  • Cilantro $$ [Very Optional] Use up the rest in Freezer Friendly Mexican Stuffed Peppers or shakshuka.
  • Other mix in ideas: Feel free to add anything else you'd like to your taco bowl, such as tomatoes, red onion, or lettuce.


  • 1 filet white fish, like tilapia $$ for frozen, $$$ for fresh I could write a lot about buying fish - and I will in a future blog post! If you subscribe to the blog you can read it! But for now, the short version: Fish can be expensive. But it is also a healthy protein source. And you can buy it smart, which is what I do and will teach you to do, too! My advice is to buy frozen, pre-vacuum sealed fish (most commonly found in the freezers next to the seafood counter, or the general freezer section of the grocery store, but not in the "fresh" seafood section itself). You can defrost in single servings (great for millennials). It took me a long time and a lot of research to be convinced that frozen fish is the better choice for millennials - unless you are buying fresh, never frozen fish, which is 1) rare in the industry 2) harder to get access to 3) too damn expensive.

Dry Goods (inner aisles)

  • 1/2 can black beans - $ [Optional] Millennial Pantry Staple I buy a standard can (15.5 oz) and vacuum seal the half that I don't use with my FoodSaver. I've yet to make the switch to buying dried beans and cooking them myself, but that would be a more budget-friendly option (1/2 a dollar sign!) Subscribe to the blog for a future post on dried beans and legumes.1: /subscribe You can also do pinto beans (in addition or instead of), or even something like chickpeas or lentils.
  • Splash of oil (olive or canola) Millennial Pantry Staple
  • Salt and pepper Millennial Pantry Staple
  • Quinoa $ [Optional] Millennial Pantry Staple Found in the bulk section of your grocery store, or in the specialty rice/grains/beans section in the dry goods aisles. You can also *substitute almost any grain or base for your bowl: lettuce, rice, farro, or leave out altogether and stick to extra black beans!*


  • Sour Cream $ [Optional]
  • Shredded Mexican Cheese $ [Optional] Millennial Fridge Staple Any kind of shredded cheese you have/like would work.