Millennial Grocery Guide
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, meat second, over to the canned vegetables aisle last). There is also a cost of ingredients scale ranging from $ (very cheap) to $$$$ (extremely expensive - I'm not sure any of my recipes even have an ingredient like this yet).
About Millennial Pantry Staples: These are items you should always keep stocked in your fridge or pantry. It will make throwing together a quick dinner easy and simplify grocery shopping. It allows you to purchase food on sale, and all these items are extremely unlikely to go bad before you use them!
- 4-5 large peppers $/$$ (Depending on if the peppers are on sale or not - pay attention to sales and choose to make this recipe when you notice a sale!) Peppers should be large enough to fit enough filling in to feed yourself - I fill mine with about 3/4 of a cup of filling. Look at the pepper, imagine it full of meat and vegetables, and imagine if that would be an appropriate serving for you. The 4-5 sort of depends on what size your peppers are and how full you stuff them. I've found it's always better to have an extra pepper you can put in scrambled eggs, on a sandwich, or in a salad (or make homemade roasted peppers from!) than be running out to the grocery store when you have extra filling on your hands (not fun, I've done it..)
- Cilantro $$ [Optional] Use up the rest in fish tacos or shakshuka.
- 1 lb. ground turkey $$ When you're buying ground turkey, imagine it portioned into the filling for 4 peppers. I buy between 1/2 c. to 2/3 c. per pepper I want to make. You might be able to customize the amount of ground turkey you're buying at the meat counter (just ask the person behind the counter nicely), or you can buy it pre-packaged in the meat section of the fridges that usually line the back walls of grocery stores. If you prefer to buy in bulk, which is cheaper, see my suggestions in the original post for other meals to make with ground turkey.
$ Canned goods are some of the cheapest groceries you can buy. All of these should be about a dollar or less per can - I can find beans for $0.88 on sale, and corn for $0.69. When I find these items on sale, I buy a few, they're a Millennial Pantry Staple after all!
- 1 can tomatoes - [Optional] Millennial Pantry Staple - canned diced tomatoes work, I've also used canned tomato sauce before and that is also tasty. You could even use pasta/pizza sauce, although the plain sauce that comes in the store brand can is best because it doesn't have the added Italian seasonings that usually come in a packaged pasta sauce - although using this would not ruin the dish at all. You could also use fresh tomatoes, but I prefer the canned because the added juice makes the stuffing more flavorful. You can buy a standard can (15.5 oz) and store the rest in snack-sized Ziplock baggies (I haven't bothered using my FoodSaver on liquids, although I know it's possible!)
- 1 can corn - [Optional] Millennial Pantry Staple - I buy the kind that says golden whole kernel on the can. You could use fresh corn as well, but that raises the cost. I buy the smaller cans (8.75 oz) of corn since corn comes in this smaller size (unlike beans or tomatoes) and I would prefer not to have to freeze the half I don't use.
- 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.
- 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.
- Splash of olive oil Millennial Pantry Staple
- 1/2 packet of fajita/taco seasoning packet $ Millennial Pantry Staple Any version of Mexican pre-packaged spices works: taco, fajita, mild, medium. I usually buy the store brand for $0.69. This is great to have on hand for other dishes or a quick taco night, too.
- Sour Cream $ [Optional]
- Shredded Mexican Cheese $ [Optional] Millennial Fridge Staple Any kind of shredded cheese you have/like would work.