Millennial Grocery Guide

Instant Pot Recipe


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 deli, then head over to dry goods, and then frozen section). 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!

From Your Pantry

  • 2-3 tablespoons oil (canola, vegetable, or olive oil all work)
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


  • 1 medium yellow onion $ Millennial Pantry Staple A yellow or white onion will work here, I'm not picky. I think yellow works best.
  • 2-3 garlic cloves $ Millennial Pantry Staple A


  • Parmesan cheese $$ Millennial Fridge Staple I thing it's worth splurging on a real parmigiano reggiano cheese, found at the cheese display often near the deli counter. You can really tatse the difference, and when you're doing a simple pasta and sauce meal, every ingredient counts. With my FoodSaver, or even just wrapped well in the fridge, it is not hard to use this before it goes bad since it lasts a long time and goes on so many dishes. I always have a block in my fridge.

Dry Goods

  • 1 cup arborio rice $$ Arborio rice is an Italian rice that is 100% necessary for a proper risotto. I always buy the Rice Select brand, which re-seals nicely for future use. If your grocery store has a bulk bin, you can purchase just the amount you need. There really is no risotto without arborio rice, so this is an un-substitutable ingredient here (is that a word?)
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth $ Either works, I always go with chicken broth but if you'd like to keep it vegetarian vegetable broth will work well, too.


  • 1/4 cup butter (or 1/2 stick) $


  • A splash of white wine (about 1/2 a cup) $$ Pretty much any white wine will work. Most recipes call for a dry white wine, like Pinot Grigio. If you can finish the rest of the bottle before it goes bad, go for it, but if that can be hard for you, here's my little secret: mini wine bottles. They're perfect for cooking with (and generally having a glass with your meal to finish off the bottle). I woulnd't recommend serving this wine straight up at your finest dinner party, but it will definitely work as a budget-friendly and waste-free option for cooking risotto.