During this COVID 19 quarantine, many of us may find that we are at home cooking much more than usual. If this is not something that you are used to doing, it may be a challenge to navigate what groceries to purchase at the grocery store. I wanted to share some of my favorite groceries to purchase that I find tend to last awhile. Not all of these groceries are nonperishable, so be sure to check the sell by date to ensure it is safe to eat!
Eggs: Eggs tend to last for several weeks in the refrigerator. Furthermore, I usually find that they are a great value for their protein content in comparison to meats.
Canned fish: Canned tuna, salmon, and anchovies make great toppings for salads! You can also make a healthy tuna fish by combining the canned tuna with a paleo mayo. I always look for wild caught when purchasing fish.
Beans/lentils: Canned or dried beans or lentils are great to have in the pantry. They are typically very affordable and last a very long time.
Tempeh: This is a fermented soybean product makes a great addition to salads or stirfrys.
Fresh Carrots: Fresh carrots tend to last a few weeks in the fridge (again, please check the sell by date) and also tend to be a more affordable fresh veggie to purchase.
Potatoes: Potatoes can several weeks when stored in the fridge! You will need to check that the potatoes look okay prior to consuming. Potatoes also tend to be a more affordable fresh veggie to purchase, especially when purchased in bulk.
Frozen veggies: Frozen veggies are great since they have such a long shelf life! I personally love frozen riced cauliflower and frozen spinach. You can through either of them into a smoothie. You can sautee the spinach in oil and garlic as a savory side dish. You can use the frozen riced cauliflower to make Cauliflower Fried Rice!
Onions: Onions are great to sautee with potatoes, toss into a salad, or through into a stirfry. The best part is- they can last up to several weeks in the fridge!
Bananas: Bananas unfortunately do not last very long, maybe a week. However, I love purchasing bananas because 1) they seem to be the cheapest fruit and 2) they are so versatile! Once bananas begin to brown, you can use them to make banana bread or you can freeze them to use in a smoothie or make banana ice cream. Bananas get sweeter as they ripen so browned bananas are ideal for baking or freezing for smoothies.
Apples: Apples are great to eat as a snack with some nut butter, toss into a bowl of oatmeal, or sautee in coconut and cinnamon for a tasty dessert.
Frozen fruits: Frozen fruits are great of course for their extended shelf life, but also they are perfect to toss into smoothies! I love using frozen fruits and veggies instead of ice in smoothies. It makes a huge difference in taste and texture!
Oats: I’m a huge fan of oatmeal. You can use rolled oats to make overnight oats or stovetop oats. You can toss in frozen berries or warm a banana up in stovetop oats (this makes them super fragrant and delicious). I have a ton of recipes for oatmeal and also recipes that use oats as ingredients for both sweet and savory dishes!
Quinoa/Farro/Rice/etc: There are soo many grain options. You can toss them in a salad or eat them as a side dish during a meal.
Nut/Seed Butters: I love healthy fats because they play a huge role in my satiety. Nut/seed butters are great to through into an oatmeal bowl, smoothie, or eat as a snack with a piece of fruit.
Chia/Flax seeds: Chia and flax seeds are a great source of fiber. You can use them in smoothies, oatmeal, and many other recipes!