Like I said, the fridge was pretty bare the other day.
We had cat food, condiments, soy and rice milk, various liquids, grapes, zucchini and cabbage. That was basically it, minus pantry stuff and the chard I had in the crisper (willing it to re-crisp!) A $41.14 stop at Trader Joe's gave us this:
Dried mango and dried figs, mini semisweet chocolate bars, raw cashews, a Larabar and a Pure bar, parsley, chipotle salsa, bananas, unsweetened applesauce, grape tomatoes, an unripe avocado, blueberries and mushrooms, frozen peas (for more pea dip!), organic carrots, 2 boxes of tofu, tempeh, an orange and an apple. This is more or less my usual standard, supplemented as needed by other produce and G's cereal etc. I almost always cave and buy bars and dried fruit that I eat too quickly, I don't always buy nuts, and even tofu and tempeh aren't usually on the list but I figure they're good to have and you can freeze the tofu. G was picking up some other salad stuff so I held off on broccoli, red peppers, cucumber, and greens. So what did I do with the haul? Stuff more chard wraps, of course:
With iced green tea on the side.
And today, on the chard's last legs and no more pea dip in sight (yet!), I wilted it with a warm lentil salad to combine pantry stuff I'd like to clear out and the fresh veg:
I'm glad to have made this because I need to have actual food ready in the heat: if it's too hot I don't want to cook but just end up snacking ridiculously on chips and salsa and dried fruit, like I did yesterday. Quick mixed salads are one sign of summer for me, here's another typical Brooklyn summer shot:
Drying laundry on the fire escape, beer and bare legs, ever working on my tan. (I eventually start to lightly freckle come September.)
Do you all actually enjoy going grocery shopping? Some people think it's a chore but I really like it and sometimes find myself browsing a store just to pass time and see what they have. Actually, I stopped in a grocery store in a Polish neighborhood yesterday and was eyeing their pickle section and all the mysterious juices. Goooood times.