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 can last for several weeks in the refrigerator. Furthermore, I usually find that they are a great value for their protein and nutritional content in comparison to other animal protein sources, which tend to be more expensive.
Canned fish: Canned tuna, salmon, and anchovies make great toppings for salads. You can also make a nutritious tuna fish salad by combining the canned tuna fish with a paleo mayo, like Primal Kitchen mayo. I always look for wild caught when purchasing fish for the optimal nutrition benefits.
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 stir-fry.
Fresh Carrots: Fresh carrots often stay good for a few weeks in the fridge (again, please check the sell by date). They are also often 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 another great option because they have such a long shelf life. I personally love frozen riced cauliflower and frozen spinach. You can through either of these frozen veggies into a smoothie. You also can sauté the spinach in oil and garlic to make savory side dish. Additionally, you can use the frozen riced cauliflower to make Cauliflower Fried Rice.
Onions: Onions are great to sauté with potatoes, toss into a salad, or through into a stir-fry. The best part is that onions can last up to several weeks in the fridge.
Bananas: Fresh bananas unfortunately do not last very long, maybe a week. However, I love purchasing bananas because 1) they seem to be the least expensive fruit and 2) they are so versatile! Once bananas begin to brown, you can use them to make banana bread, 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 sauté in coconut oil 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. I think that 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 (oatmeal recipes linked here) and also recipes that use oats as ingredients for both sweet and savory dishes.
Other Whole Grains: There are soo many nutritious whole grain options, such as quinoa, barley, brown rice, and so many more. You can toss whole grains into a salad or eat them as a side dish during a meal.
Nut/Seed Butters: I love healthy fats because they taste delicious and are also satiating. Nut or seed butters make great additions to an oatmeal bowl or smoothie. They also make a great snack when eaten with a piece of fruit.
Chia/Flax seeds: Chia and flax seeds are packed with nutrients and a great source of fiber. You can use them in smoothies, oatmeal, and many other recipes.