Meal Planning/Grocery Lists

One of my favorite things to do each week is meal plan and write out the grocery list for the week. Both Jerrod and I work full-time and by the time we pull in the driveway between 4:30 – 4:45 p.m., my stomach is already rumbling and he’s a little hangry. Ok, that’s a lie, we’re both pretty hangry (hungry/angry). Have you ever seen this shirt? We both need it.

Last year, I lived in central California. I lived closer to the ocean than I did school. I went to the Farmer’s Market almost every week. I walked everywhere, and I mean everywhere. I grocery shopped at Trader Joes and then carried my heavy bags for 20 minutes uphill to my apartment. I also occasionally walked 45 minutes to grocery shop at Safeway and then waited 20 minutes to take a 4 minute bus ride home. I loved it. I was in incredible shape – I was always outside, and I was always seeing something new. Living in California, especially in the Central area introduced me to some of the freshest foods I have ever eaten. The blood oranges, the strawberries, the peaches! I seriously was in heaven. Central CA is where a lot of agriculture takes place. There are countless farms just minutes from where I went to school. Besides berries, artichokes, lettuce, avocados, citrus, garlic, and much more were all grown nearby.

Being near this metropolis of delicious and fresh food, I really started to appreciate food and I started really learning to cook. Now that I’m back in Illinois (definitely a different life here than in CA!), I’ve carried on my desire to not just let food be something that’s part of my life but instead be something that is a passion in my life. I want to learn how to cook, I want to learn about what I’m cooking, and I want to try new things in the kitchen that I would have been afraid to do two years ago. This section of the blog is going to highlight my meal plans for the week (whether I stick to them or not) as well as what’s on my grocery list (because I’m sure you’re curious…). Maybe it will even be the motivation you need to start focusing on what you’re eating and how you’re eating it? That’s the goal!

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