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Like many people, my husband and I are still uncomfortable about venturing out very much during the Coronavirus pandemic. As a result, here are 10 ways I limited grocery shopping to once about every 3 weeks using the following strategies and sample recipes. There are just the two of us and we have one average sized refrigerator/freezer. Larger families without additional refrigerator/freezer space may need to shop more often. While you may prefer to shop more, it is comforting to know it is possible to go less often or spend less time between major shopping sessions.
Buying “mix-and-match” groceries from my “Basic Kitchen Foods for COVID-19 Times” assured I had a sufficient supply of foods that maintain their safety and quality longer than others. These 10 tips helped me fine tune how I used them for tasty meals throughout the 3 weeks …
My basic grocery list includes milk, cheese and yogurt. They also are on my list of “Basic Kitchen Foods for COVID-19 Times. Their nutrition, versatility and storage options make them key foods in my kitchen.
“National Dairy Month” is a perfect time to recognize these protein-, calcium- and overall nutrient-rich dairy foods.
Following are some of my favorite quick recipes for milk, cheese and yogurt. I try to serve some form of these foods three times a day as recommended by USDA MyPlate guidelines for the Dairy Group.
More shoppers are buying groceries online during these Covid-19 times. However, getting what you want and when you want it can be a challenge. Following are 10 tips for successful online grocery shopped based on advice from an informal survey of several online grocery shoppers.
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If you’re like me, you’re trying to visit the grocery store or order groceries as little as possible! My goal is to limit buying groceries to every 2 to 3 weeks and keep my kitchen stocked with versatile basic kitchen foods. There are two people in my home (my husband and me) and we eat almost all meals at home. We have one average sized refrigerator / freezer. Larger families may shop more often if they don’t have extra refrigerator/freezer space. However, this list of basic kitchen foods and tips should help most people avoid extra trips to the grocery store during the week.
Following are some basics in my cupboard, fridge and freezer that will mix and match into many meals. Several of the refrigerator foods are chosen because they will maintain their quality and safety longer than others.
No need to get out a recipe to make this delicious smoothie!
For each smoothie, just add 1/2 cup of each of the following to a blender:
- Milk or fruit juice
- Yogurt (any flavor)
- Frozen fruit (small pieces of fruit, such as berries, cherries, sliced peaches)
- Add the liquid first, followed by the yogurt and ending with the yogurt.
- Blend until smooth. Thicken by adding more frozen fruit; thin by adding more milk or fruit juice.
- Taste and if desired, mix in about about a teaspoon of sugar or honey at the end.
Avoid missing recipe ingredients by practicing “mise en place!”
Pronounced (MEEZ ahn plahs), this is a French term that means to have all your ingredients assembled before starting a recipe.
This is why it is so important …
A fun way to see a city, get a meal and toss in some exercise is through a walking food tour! They’re often priced around $50. This may sound like a lot of money at first, but for the money, you get:
- Samples of some of the tastiest foods in the area, served up especially for you … they’re often sufficient to replace a meal,
- A guide who can get you immediately into unique and interesting food places,
- A chance to walk off some of the calories even while you are consuming them and
- A fun way to connect with others in an area.
I often begin by looking up recommendations for tours on Trip Advisor.
Here’s a movie I made of a recent 3-hour walking food tour with my husband, David Palm, in NYC…
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“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” — Ruth Reichl