I know for some people, going to the grocery store is a inconvenience and a chore, but I honestly love it! I love going through the produce isles mainly because I think it inspires me to eat healthier…which sometimes only happens to be a quick thought. I’ll have to say, it’s pretty hard to find time (and money) to actually make a trip to Kroger, so I usually end up going either really early in the morning, or pretty late at night after I get off work.
As much as I’d like to have a very healthy and planned out grocery list, that’s just not being transparent and I always wanna keep it real with you all, so I’m posting what I actually eat and pick up from the store. I have expanded what I’m able to get just a little bit because I don’t live in a dorm anymore, so I can cook with the oven and stove, and I have a full sized refrigerator—but even if you are in a dorm, most of these items would be staples as well! I feel like it’s a pretty good variety of fruits, dairy, etc. but again I’m not perfect…sometimes I like to spend a few minutes in the ice cream isle 🙂
- Baby carrots
- Bell peppers
- Swiss Cheese
- Oat nut bread
- Minute rice
- Pasta noodles
- Ritz crackers
- Caesar salad kit
- K-cups ~ my personal favorites are Panera Light Roast 🙂
- Peanut butter
- Greek yogurt
- Frozen turkey burgers
- Pretzel M&M’s
Of course it does change from time to time, depending on what I already have and what I want to make that week, which brings me into my next little topic. I don’t have a lot of time to cook dinner and lunch throughout the week, especially with recruitment, work, and school going on, so I’m usually looking for something I can whip up in under about 45 minutes, without leaning on Ramen and Mac and Cheese every evening. I usually turn to Pinterest to find the exact recipe I’m looking for, and it never fails. So anyhow, here are my favorite recipes right now!
Angel Hair Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce
Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs
Buffalo Chicken Burgers
Greek Yogurt and Quinoa Breakfast Bowls
Stuffed Bell Peppers with Quinoa
Taco Lettuce Wraps
Those are just a few college/budget friendly recipes I’ve found and tried out, but there are so many more I can’t wait to try. I think the key to saving money while still eating healthy/filling up is to plan out exactly what you’re getting and definitely opting for the lowest cost for each item (Kroger brand is the way to go!!); I know this might sound like a given, but when I started grocery shopping by myself, I always picked up whatever brands my parents got, even though it was a little more expensive. I swear the little things add up though. *Side note: does anyone else get really excited when they put in their Kroger card and watch the discounts get take off…or is that just me?* Anyways, those are just a few things I’ve learned since being in college and starting to cook/buy food by myself, so I hope these tips help whether you’re a freshman living in the dorms, or a senior living in your own house!
The Vogue Blonde xx