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On-the-Run Grocery Shopping List

These days between hectic work schedules, finding time for a social life, and all the other admin that eats into your day, grocery shopping can sometimes be a last priority.

For those that need a little help, here’s a list of (very) basic ingredients that you can stockpile your cupboards with.

In the Cupboard

  • Jarred sauces (such as tomato paste)
  • Dried pasta
  • White rice
  • Low-sodium chicken/vegetable stock
  • Long-life milk (for emergencies)
  • Canned beans (such as chickpeas, cannellinis, kidneys)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Onions

In the Fridge

  • Fresh herbs
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit (just one type, or else it’ll go off before you can enjoy it – like apples)
  • Eggs
  • Butter/Margarine
  • Yogurt
  • Milk (fresh)
  • Cheeses (such as cheddar, Parmesan, and mozzarella)
  • Lemons
  • Condiments (such as Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and soy sauce)
  • Jams (such as strawberry, raspberry, and apricot)
  • Salad greens

In the Freezer

  • Bacon (divide into individual servings)
  • Seed loaf
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (try leaving some whole, cutting some into strips, and cubing others for easy use.)
  • Frozen fish pieces (fabulously convenient)
  • Mince (divided into 200g portions) – you can always substitute this for yummy tofu blocks.
  • Frozen vegetables (such as spinach, broccoli florets, peas, and mixed vegetables)

Two great things about this type of list are that firstly, it gives the task of grocery shopping a purpose. Secondly, it’s versatile. You can also remove the items that you would never eat/use, like the meat products if you’re a vegetarian. Play around with it and eventually you’ll know what works for you!

Would you add or take away anything from this list?

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