Hi, lovelies! 💛 TGIF! I hope you’re having a great day! It’s been a busy couple of days, so I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend! Yesterday, Alejandro and I celebrated a pretty productive week by going to see the new Jurassic World movie. We both really liked it! I’ve actually never watched any of the movies before this year, but have been quickly catching up! Aside from our movie trip, we cooked at home every day this week! Usually, we’ll have a cheat day by Thursday, but we meal prepped and that was really helpful!
On Sunday, we looked up new recipes for the future and went grocery shopping. Alejandro and I mostly shop at Mariano’s since it’s super close to home. We’ll buy groceries for the week, and stop by mid-week if we need any extra ingredients for dinner. I wanted to share a grocery haul with y’all and talk about some of my favorite finds this week. 💕
Breakfast Foods: I’ve been so into breakfast foods lately, which would confuse 17-year-old Nunzia! When I was younger and especially during college, I skipped breakfast way too often. Now I can’t start my day without a bowl of cereal, oatmeal, or breakfast smoothie! I’ve been LOVING Chobani yogurt. It’s tasty, healthy, and contains three types of probiotics. My favorite Chobani product by far is their Blueberry Greek Yogurt, with real blueberries and jam! I also like their vanilla flavored yogurt, which I use for banana smoothies.
Fruits and Veggies: Of course, we had to get a variety of fruits and vegetables! For veggies this week, we bought spinach and frozen peas. Usually for dinner, we’ll incorporate broccoli, carrots, mixed veggies, and spinach. Lately, we’ve been trying to cook dishes with a lot more veggies, and limit meats as much as possible. As for fruits, we both enjoy apples, bananas, and blueberries.
Thursday’s Dinner: Yesterday’s dinner was so yummy! Alejandro made Italian roasted salmon with rice and spinach. We bought Mariano’s fresh salmon and it was such an easy, hassle-free dish! Typically, we’ll eat fish about once a week, whether it’s cod, salmon, or tuna. I think out of all the fish dishes we’ve tried, this one is the tastiest!
Tortillas and 12 Grain Bread: Several months ago, Alejandro and I cooked a potatoes, carrots, peas, and ground beef medley. Ever since then, we’ve been enjoying the medley with tortillas and refried beans. We’ll usually stock our place with a couple bags of tortillas just in case. I’m a big fan of quesadillas, and every now and again, we’ll cook chorizo and eggs for breakfast. As for bread, we both like 12 grain, wheat, and Italian varieties.
Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce: When I cook pasta, sometimes I’ll make my own meat sauce with Red Gold crushed tomatoes, Contadina tomato paste, and ground beef. I’ve been searching for a good instant option, but never cared too much for most canned sauces. I stumbled upon Rao’s Homemade marinara sauce and decided to give it a try!
Y’all this sauce tastes authentic (very similar to Nonna’s pasta al pomadoro) and it’s so easy to cook pasta during the week now! I’ll just boil some penne or spaghetti, heat up the sauce, and I’m done!
Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper: I always heard about Hamburger Helper growing up, and have been curious about this American classic. On the back of the box, it says the only other ingredients needed are 1 lb. of ground beef, 1/2 cups of hot water, and two cups of milk. We’ll be eating this for dinner tonight, so updates to come! Have you ever tried Hamburger Helper? Did you like it?
Funyuns and Popcorn: On to the snacks, woohoo! We bought Funyuns, which are top 5 when it comes to chip brands for me. They just remind me of home. Growing up, I lived near a corner store that sold chips, drinks, and snacks. On Fridays, my friends and I would visit the store after school and buy snacks. Almost all of the chips were 25 cents a bag! I’d buy a bag of Funyuns along with a soda or Marinela Sponch Marshmallow Cookies.
Alejandro and I couldn’t forget about popcorn! Last Friday, we were watching a movie, and noticed we ran out of popcorn! We decided to run to the gas station at 12am, but made sure to buy a box of microwavable popcorn during our grocery trip!
Snapple Tea: I treated myself to a refreshing bottle of tea! Peach flavored Snapple tea is my go-to when it comes to sweet beverages.
Milano Cookies and Nutella: Last, but definitely not least are Milano cookies and Nutella. If I don’t have some Nutella spread in my pantry, I feel a little bummed (call it the Italian in me). Also, Milano cookies are the best and go really well with a refreshing glass of milk!
I hope that you enjoyed this little grocery haul, lovelies! I’d like to write a more in-depth “shopping for two” grocery haul eventually! 💓
What are some of your go-to groceries for the week? Also, have you found any new products at the grocery store recently that you really enjoy?