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What does your shopping list look like?

Just curious. Maybe I'll get some ideas for the next time that I go.

Fri. Apr 4, 3:57am

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you asked!

STAPLES: soy milk, cottage cheese, nonfat yogurt, bananas, wheat bread, Best of the Egg, fat free cheese, olive oil, salad veggies, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, avocado, mushrooms, asparagus, dried blueberries/cranberries, tuna, seltzer wter, Simply apple juice... the other stuff is by bulk with an online order from Omaha Steaks for boneless skinless chicken breasts, the free ground sirloin paties they throw in, and a box of boneless pork chops. Whole Foods musts: produce of all sorts, dried fruit (dates), gruyere cheese, boxed low sodium soups, cereal, Crispy Green brand freeze dried fruit ike apples and peaches and apricots for lunches, tangerines for the cottage cheese lunches with dates... need anything more? Unbaked tortillas, oven roasted turkey breast slices, in-house meatloaf (yummy)... and the best yogurt selection ever... more? Soy nuts, non-oleic peanut oil, baked cheesy poofs, organic lemon oookies...

Friday, April 04, 2008, 7:17 AM

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staples: skim milk, eggs, light bread, every fruit and vegetable I can manage (always broccoli, cauli, escarole, sweet potatoes, pears, bananas) chicken, ground turkey, lean red meat, cannellini beans, special k/fiberone/kashi (whatever I'm in the mood for),

Friday, April 04, 2008, 9:13 AM

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Our grocery list has split personalities !

For us:
Skim milk, chicken breasts, lean beef, granola bars, fat free cottage cheese, spinach, carrots, oatmeal, whole grain bread, fat free yogurt, strawberries, bananas, wheat germ, flax meal...

For the food my wife will create for the party we are going to on the weekend:
heavy wipping cream, butter, marsala, sugar, brown sugar, ice cream, chocolate sauce, full fat sour cream...

So funny seeing the latter bringing up the caboose on the conveyor belt, the cashier must thing we have issues !

Friday, April 04, 2008, 9:58 AM

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Holy guacamole 7:17 ! - you are going to live forever !

Friday, April 04, 2008, 9:59 AM

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spring lettuce
sometimes peppers and olives
apples (organic)
pears or oranges
3 or 4 smartones/lean cuisines, etc.
stirfry veggies
fiber one bars
sometimes kashi cereal
low fat cottage cheese
fat free blueberry and cherry yogurt
light vanilla soymilk
eggs/egg whites (best of)
low carb/high fiber tortillas
light ranch dressing and apple cider vinegar when needed
When I grocery shop I usually treat myself to a bag of yogurt covered pretzels for that night :)

Friday, April 04, 2008, 10:23 AM

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Awesome, some of your suggestions already made their way onto my list. :] Keep em' comin'!

Friday, April 04, 2008, 11:17 AM

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to bizarre

Ever try to cheat the guests? Guaranteed they'll never know if you don't tell them. If you don't know what I mean, I'm talking about altering the cooking ingredients for the better and no one will be the wiser. Served a bacon/asparagus/mushroom quiche for Easter and it disappeared. Secret? Fat-free half and half instead of cream, Best of the Egg instead of whole eggs, uncured center cut lower-sodium bacon with no preservatives or nitrites, and only 4 oz. cheese for the whole pie. Whipped those eggs until they were almost peaked, broiled my mushrooms in Smart Balance spread, blanched the fresh asparagus instead of using canned because of they zap the nutrients, and completely and gently flavored the mix with powdered mustard, white pepper, cayenne, and nutmeg.


Friday, April 04, 2008, 11:29 AM

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11:29 - thanks - those are genius tips...
- my wife is totally awesome - she cooks great healthy meals for us all the time, however, when she makes dessert for events, she goes for the gusto - like the huge "from scratch" homemade Cinnabons (better than the mall) or her astonishingly various and complex cookies - in fact this week she hand made a four layer (graham, lime curd, cheesecake, sour cream top) key lime cheesecake that was absolutely divine -
She has professional food people in her family, so I think it is in her blood and to her it is both a hobby and an art - so I can't get between her and her masterpieces - to do so would be an inexusable breach ;)
but thanks :)

Friday, April 04, 2008, 11:47 AM

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I just got through with my grocery list. I'm actually heading out the door in a bit. Here's what's on my list.

PRODUCE - Bananas, garlic, green pepper, romaine, mushrooms, parsley, red and yellow onions, cherry tomatoes, ginger, cauliflower, and brocoli.

NUTS - Almonds, cashews, peanuts, and walnuts.

DAIRY - Feta cheese, heavy cream, milk, eggs, mozzarella string cheese, parmesan cheese, grated mexican cheese blend, and organic yogurt (plain).

MEAT - Center cut bacon, lean ground beef, boneless skinless chicken breast, whole chicken (to use for making my own broth), ground white turkey meat, center cut pork chops.

CANNED - Black beans, dark red kidney beans, diced tomatoes, tomatoe sauce, beef and chicken broth.

CONDIMENTS & SPICES - Dijon mustard, italian dressings, calamatta olives, ranch dressing mix (Hidden Valley brand - 1/2 mayo, 1/2 yogurt, and milk), Soy sauce, chipotle chili powder, cumin, chili powder, curry powder.

That's pretty much it. Hope this helps.

Friday, April 04, 2008, 11:50 AM

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Always try to have these things...

Dairy: nonfat milk, nonfat cottage cheese, nonfat plain yogurt
Meat/poultry/fish: frozen wild salmon, turkey breast, chicken breast
Fruit: in season what looks good and is grown in this hemishere and locally if possible, frozen blueberries
Veggies: same as above, heavy on the greens
Grains: old fashioned rolled oats, Kashi pilaf, brown rice
Other...reduced sodium chicken stock, same with crushed tomatoes, black beans, black eyed peas, garbanzos, white beans, organic tofu, unsalted organic PNB

Friday, April 04, 2008, 12:04 PM

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This is such a great thread - great job OP - I love it...

Friday, April 04, 2008, 12:07 PM

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I feed a large family on a single income, and here's what we tend to buy most (including some food for the lunches my children carry to school--they don't like sandwiches so I have to be creative):

Costco--carrots, string cheese, 1% milk (lowest I can go), granola (should make my own and sometimes do), pudding cups, individual juices, bread flour (I rarely buy bread), sugar, boneless chicken thighs. Steel-cut oats when available; Prego spaghetti sauce for times when I can't do from scratch (more frequent now that I'm teaching again). Real butter.

Local indie grocery (cheapest in town) and all depending on how low the price is--bell peppers, onions, potatoes, right now asparagus because it's on sale and my bed's not producing yet, tomatoes, bananas, oranges, apples, any other fruits that are a good buy, any good meat bargains besides beef (we bought a locally-grown half beef last fall but might buy bulk sausage for spaghetti sauce--a bit goes far--or ham, or bacon for BLTs, or pork roast when it meets my buy price). Cold cereal for our rushed mornings--we buy mostly the bagged kind because I don't buy unless it's under 12 cents an ounce. Graham crackers and peanut butter (my daughter's favorite snack). Sweet potatoes (red-fleshed)--my favorite lunch.

We buy wheat in bulk which I grind for bread.

Our dietary choices are equally influenced by price and health. If money were no object, there would be some differences that would reflect both taste and nutrition.

Friday, April 04, 2008, 12:18 PM

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light tuna in water
low sodium V-8
mixed dried fruit
quick oats
flax meal
fat free cottage cheese
protein powder
red wine
baby spinach
peanut butter

at Aldi, Sam's club, Target, Jewel, Trader Joe's - wherever cheapest

Friday, April 04, 2008, 12:32 PM

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Meals first, then list

SO, my grocery list in compiled of ingredients for planned meals for the week:

granola & yogurt
oats & apple
eggwhites & veggies
whole wheat english muffin, sugar free jam and fat free cottage cheese

-sandwich: lean deli meats, mixed greens, mustard, whole wheat bread, thin sliced deli cheese
-salads: mixed greens, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, chicken, cucumber
-microwave meals, usually healthy choice, low sodium, 300calories or less.

Some regular dinners are:
-Lean pork sausage over wilted spinach topped with roasted tomatoes in balsamic, side of wild rice pilaf
-pot stickers, roasted broccoli, salad
-turkey chile (turkey, bell peppers, onions, hominy, canned beans and tomatoes, spices)
-grilled spicy chicken and tomato skewers with salad
-honey mustard glazed salmon with cauliflower and roasted sweet potato wedges
-baked shrimp and tomatoes with crumbled feta and a side of asparagus

fat free sour cream and packet fat free ranch dip mix
cucumbers, celery, carrots
chickpeas for hummus
fruit: melon and or pineapple sliced and packaged for the week
low fat string cheese
fat free pudding
granola bars (quaker bars are around 100cal each)

skinny cows
dark chocolate
out for fat free low carb soft serve

Friday, April 04, 2008, 2:16 PM

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12:18--holy macaroni! I think it's great you make all of those things from scratch! All I kept thinking of was the story of the Little Red Hen..."who will help me grind the flour? who will help me bake the bread"! Good for you!

Friday, April 04, 2008, 2:33 PM

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Taken directly from my safeway online list:

Whole Soy Strawberry Yogurt
Bob's Redmill VItal Wheat Gluten
Soy Dream Lil Dreamers Chocolate Ice Cream
Boca Frozen Food Burger
Mori Nu Tofu Extra Firm
Petes Dessert Verry Berry
1El Burrito Soyrizo
Yves Veggie Turkey
O Organics Organic Unbleached Flour
Pam Cooking Spray For Baking With Flour
O Organics Organic Cut Green Beans
Claussen Whole Kosher Dill Pickles
Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar
Russet Potatoes
Carrots Prepacked
Organic Large Lemons
Organic Gala Apples Prepacked
Organic DAnjou Pears
Organic Euro Cucumber
Organic Broccoli
Organic Cauliflower
O Organics Baby Peeled Carrots
Organic Green Kale
Organic Roma Tomatoes
O Organics Mixed Baby Green Salad
O Organics Baby Spinach Salad Prepacked
Fresh Mint
Sunshine Krispy Whole Wheat Crackers
Fruit Leather Apple
O Organics Organic Lightly Salted Popcorn
O Organics Whole Wheat Spaghetti
Safeway Spaghetti Sauce Chunky
Quaker Hot Cereal Oatmeal Regular
Quaker Life Cereal
O Organics Grade A Dark Amber 100% Pure Maple Syrup
Safeway Lentil Beans
Safeway/Vons Gravenstein Applesauce
O Organics Organic Whole Kernel Corn

I make homeade bread for sandwiches, and baked goods, trail mix, and granola bars for treats for the kids (and me too sometimes!!) Pretty basic, but I hope it gives you some ideas!

Friday, April 04, 2008, 3:45 PM

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3:45 here -

Also, I get these at Whole Foods:
nutritional yeast
Acai (frozen, for smoothies!)
SunButter (peanut butter replacement, made from Sunflower seeds - yum!)

Friday, April 04, 2008, 3:48 PM

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1%milk, skinless chick breast (lrg frozen 5lb bag), salmon (frozen wild caught 3 lb. bag), tuna, ground turkey, shrimp, broccoli, asparagus, salad greens- all kinds, snow peas, tomatoes,mushrooms,onions,garlic,cucumbers, radishes, spaghetti squash, cabbage, apples, oranges, mozz cheese, ched. cheese, grated parm, eggs, whole grain bread, lemons/limes,vin/oil dressing, extra virg. olive oil, pam spray, butter, balsamic vin,red wine vin, low sodium soy sauce, brown rice, organic tom sauce/ crushed tomato, lowfat refried beans, green chilies, pine nuts, fresh herbs, low carb tortillas, bottled water, some canned fruits in juice, not syrup - these are my basics and will by other produce depending on what recipes I want to make during the week.

Friday, April 04, 2008, 5:34 PM

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Super Duper long..but lasts me and my hubby for 2 months

Skim Milk, special K berries cereal, Whole wheat bagels, strawberries, apples, grapes, blueberries, blackberries,cantaloupe, onions, garlic, tomatos, whole wheat pasta, freshly cut meat from deli, american slice cheese (2% milk made),swiss cheese, low fat mozerella shredded, 2 % shredded cheddar, weight smart oatmeal, wheat bread, yougurt (light), turkey breast, turkey loin, turkey sausage, lean beef, lean steaks, chicken breasts, lean pork, low carb tortilla's, bagged chicken for chicken salad, tuna, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, frozen mini packs of, brocolli, peas, carrots, immunity defense veggies, red peppers, green peppers, jalapeno's, spinach, balsamic vinager,apple cider vinagar, cottage cheese, mini delight quaker rice snacks, 100 calorie packs (various), low fat cream cheese, low fat sour cream, salsa, egg beaters, jello pudding cups no sugar (60 cal) dulche de leche and chocolate, yoplait light yougurt (strawberry) mini cups,reduced fat peanut butter, almonds, splenda, coffee, light coffee creamer, freshly cut salmon,tuna,and tilapia, zuccini, cucumber, squash, oranges, regular eggs, baked lays (regular), thats a lot and I really think thats about it....if you need any more suggestions let me know!!

Friday, April 04, 2008, 5:56 PM

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My local safeway carries fat free american and cheddar

My list is for one who is watching the calories and one who isn't

fat free milk, fat free sour cream, fat free cottage cheese, yoplait lite, half and half, whole milk, butter, I can't believe it's not butter spray, cooking spray,
french bread or ciabata bread, sara lee 45 cal wheat bread, oat hazelnut bread, thomas english muffins 100 cal, 90-120 cal tortillas, laughing cow swiss lite cheese, fat free american (smart beat) egg beaters and eggs, jennio turkey kilbasa, deli counter: maple ham, pan roasted turkey breast, turkey pastrami, roast beef, boneless skinless ckicken breast, boneless skinless chicken thighs if on sale. Used rarely. Canned chicken, ice, frozen spinach and fresh spinach, frozen pancakes, diet pepsi, water, crystal lite, coolaide no sugar, diet cranberry juice, special K with berries, oatmeal, kashi trail mix bars when on sale, coffee mate lite, diet pudding up to 50 cal, stewed tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, ragu chunky garden combination, pasta, salsa, chicken broth low fat and sodium, dill pickles, best foods regular and low fat mayo, A-1 sauce, marinated artichoke hearts, sour kraut, shrimp, salad mix, mushrooms, onions, butternut squash, spagetti squash, carrots, celery, zucchini, asparagus, bok choy, lettuce, butter or bib lettuce to make lettuce wraps instead of sandwich, cabbage, various bell peppers, tomatoes and grape tomatoes, fresh basil, cucumber, olives, garlic, ginger, potatoes, green onions, eggplant, at least 4 different kinds of apples, oranges, bananas, strawberries, grapes,
Oh I might go asian this week and get bean sprouts and puff pastry and a chow mein seasoning packet.

That is all I can think of. Not all of it is on a regular basis but the majority is. And then I vacuum seal and freeze the meats individually so they last longer.
Of course look for my favorite magazines.

Saturday, April 05, 2008, 2:55 AM

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