hippie (grocery) haul + food prep + meal ideas

Just call me krazy kefir lady.

My thought on the bus ride home, as I juggled an armful of bananas, other produce, and kefir. Hello, my name is Rebecca and I am secretly a wannabe hippie. Full disclosure, I had actually never tried kefir before, but clearly it was the next move after combing out my dreads in order to keep what little scraps of hippiedom I may carry. JK.

I am trying to get better at living a healthy lifestyle. I have recently gotten into a regular routine of working out 5 mornings a week – and one of the bonuses of this is that I find I am much more motivated to eat healthier when I am working out, because it makes me feel good and frankly, it would be stupid to derail progress with a momentary pleasure of poor nutrition choices that lead to sluggishness later. *Cough* Except for occasions like my birthday where a pumpkin pie appears and we all know calories don’t count on your birthday. Right? I digress…

Fast forward to me unpacking my groceries and doing some meal prep that same night, when inspiration hit. I know there are others who, like me, are trying to live a healthier lifestyle (and fit it into a busy schedule) / cook on a budget / lack meal ideas. So I figured I’d share a rough list of the groceries I bought, my meal prep, and some ideas of what you can cook. I should foreward you though that strict recipes do not follow, it’s moreso lists of things you can combine that taste good together. Cool? Cool. Let’s carry on.

The Grocery List 

  • 2 cup pkg mixed melon
  • 2 cups raspberries (30% off :D)
  • 1 bunch bananas
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 cucumber
  • lettuce
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 3 potatoes
  • 1 small eggplant
  • 1 small head cauliflower
  • 2 crowns broccoli
  • 1 bag bok choy
  • 1 tub hummus
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 liter kefir
  • 1 small block cheese
  • 1 pkg wholewheat tortillas
  • rice cakes

Meal Prep

  • wash, chop potatoes, eggplant, broccoli, and cauliflower. Toss in a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper, roast until cooked. (I kept in separate sections of the pan)*Leaving seasoning simple leaves room for you to add them to various recipes.*
  • wash and slice cucumber and tomato, put in a container / baggie in the fridge
  • wash and tear lettuce into small pieces or just separate the leaves, store in fridge
  • saute some bok choy (I sauteed 2 “bulbs” and ended up eating it all the next day with my breakfast, next time I’d do more)
  • wash and chop green onions, store in fridge
  • (opt) slice cheese (I personally don’t find it horribly time consuming to cut a few slices as needed so I don’t do this)

Some Meal/Snack Ideas I’ve Enjoyed this Week

  • wrap with hummus and fresh or roasted veggies or a mix and (opt) cheese
  • smoothies with kefir / water, and any combo of fruit, lettuce, bok choy
  • scrambled eggs with roast potatoes, sauteed bok choy and green onions (added soy and teriyaki sauce which I had on hand)
  • rice cakes with hummus, cucumber, and cheese
  • a giant bowl of roasted veggies, green onions topped with hummus
  • cheese quesadilla with bok choy (salsa on hand)
  • fruit salad
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