Sunday, September 2, 2007

My Most Recent Shopping List

I live in Chicago, where our selection of grocery store is adequate, but could be better. Depending on the volume of groceries I need, I'll hit some combination of the following stores:

Target: Has inexpensive staples, such as milk, plus the cheapest price on Fiber One that I've found.
Trader Joe's: An inexpensive alternative for gourmet and organic items that I'd otherwise buy at Whole Foods. This is my go-to place for nuts, in particular, and also Greek Yogurt. (Trader Joe's sells a delicious private-label version of Fage Greek Yogurt.)
Whole Foods: Love the store, sometimes hate the prices. I think Whole Foods sells some of the freshest seafood.
Jewel/Dominick's/Treasure Island: These are all Chicago-area chains. They have a large, reliable choice of products, and the prices are lower than Whole Foods, but more than Target or Trader Joe's.

My shopping list this week included:

Meat, Poultry and Seafood:
Canned white/albacore tuna, packed in water
Frozen shrimp (look for a brand that's not from China, where the shrimp are individually quick frozen, so you can use as many or as few as you like)
Deli-sliced turkey
Precooked, sliced chicken breast chunks

Green Onions
Del Monte Canned Diced Tomatoes (if you can't get high-quality ripe tomatoes, these are a great substitute
Bagged greens mix with butter lettuce and romaine

Green, seedless grapes
Frozen blueberries

Breakstone's 2% Milkfat Cottage Cheese
Reduced fat, presliced Swiss cheese
Reduced fat string cheese
Feta cheese
1% milk
2% or fat-free Greek yogurt (it has a rich, sour-cream-like consistency)

Grains, Cereals:
General Mill's Fiber One Cereal or Trader Joe's High Fiber Cereal
Steel cut oats
Orzo pasta

Sliced almonds
Almond butter
Reduced fat peanut butter

Whole Foods 365 Whey Protein Powder, vanilla flavor
Cedar's Original Hummos
ZonePerfect and Balance Bars
Granulated fructose (Whole Foods sells this in bulk for a great price)
Nescafe Decaf French Roast instant coffee

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