Last year I shared a post that contained my go-to grocery list for foods that I always have on-hand to avoid fast food situations when I’m too lazy to make anything new. Yesterday was one of those days… I felt such a lack of motivation all day. Even though I had plenty of time to cook, it was the last thing I wanted to do after work. I’m not going to sit here and say that I avoided Chipotle because I wanted to save money or eat a home cooked meal… I just didn’t feel like leaving my house. Yeah… one of those days.
It made me think about that year-old post, and inspired me to share an updated version. A lot can happen in a year. New job, new residence, new friends, better blogging skills, new grocery list.
Chicken breasts *In college, I bought bags of frozen chicken breasts. Good for cooking for one.
Deli meat *Boarshead lemon pepper chicken or Genoa salami.
Yogurt *I like Siggi’s or Chobani Greek yogurt.
Almond milk *I know it’s not dairy. But for the sake of organization, today it is.
Whole grain bread
Quick cooking oats
Green peas *Frozen is cheaper and easier.
Onion *Red or vidalia.
Tomatoes *Grape or vine ripe.
Bars *Quest Bars or recently, LARA Bars.
Mojo *My go-to for marination on busy days.
Extra virgin olive oil
This list is a good baseline for a large haul. I don’t buy this much every time I go to the grocery store, because certain items obviously last longer than others. I find it so important to have a stocked refrigerator and pantry to avoid unhealthy habits. There are so many meals you can make with the foods listed here. I even shared a post last year about different meals you can make with eggs. Never underestimate the possibilities with eggs for dinner.
As a food blogger, I like to share photos of the pretty meals I create and consume. However, as a human being, there are many times when those meals aren’t so extravagant. There were times in college where I would just have instant oatmeal for dinner. Nowadays, I’ve upgraded to pasta and jarred sauce, or scrambled eggs and avocado toast.
I’m definitely not perfect, and as I experienced yesterday, I have days where I simply have no desire to put forth any effort toward anything, especially cooking.
Thankfully, that lack of motivation prevents me from driving to McDonald’s (actually, that would never happen, anyway), but I’m aware that many people use their exhaustion or laziness as an excuse to indulge in unhealthy food habits. I am all about balance, but I just cannot support the food provided by most fast food chains in this country. So, having these foods stocked in your kitchen will help avoid that greasy mystery meat hamburger from entering your digestive tract.
Join the conversation:
What are some foods that you always have in your kitchen?
What meals do you reach for when you’re too lazy to try a new recipe?