Millennial Grocery Guide

Sweet Chili Calamari Salad 

Sweet Chili Calamari Salad

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 to pick up your hot calamari last). 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 bag or 1/2 head Romaine lettuce $ Substitute: another type of lettuce/green that you like. I like to get the bags, and tightly seal the other half (with a paper towel inside to soak up excess moisture) to use for another salad the next day/night.
  • l pepper $$
  • 1/3 long cucumber (about 3 inches) $

Dry Goods

  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar $ Millennial Pantry Staple
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil $ Millennial Pantry Staple
  • 1 - 11oz. can mandarin oranges $
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) Sweet Chili Sauce $$ My mom swears by the Iron Chef brand. It's just the right of heat without being too spicy. Any brand will work, though. If you're feeling adventurous, you can make your own Sweet Chili sauce.

Seafood Counter

  • 1/2 lb. fried calamari $$ Substitute: You could make this with fried shrimp, if you wanted to, which might be easier to buy pre-made in the frozen section of your grocery store. You could also marinate the srhimp in the Sweet Chili sauce and simply cook it up in a pan or bake it in the oven. This would be a lighter option if you don't want fried. Otherwise, the prepared, fried calamari is $5.99 a pound at my local Price Chopper and I just call ahead at the seafood counter and ask for it.