Grocery Shopping + Taco Salad

I had a great question on my last post about my grocery shopping list…I’ll be happy to share my list from today. We use a lot of the same ingredients each week and also try to keep our freezer well-stocked.  A couple of grocery shopping tips before getting started…

1. Have a general idea of some meal ideas for the week. If I’m feeling particularly ambitious, I actually write out my weekly meal plan (for dinners) – that’s what I did today. I try to include a protein, veggies (and/or fruit), and a healthy starch with each meal.

2. Make your list based on your meal plan. Arrange your list in the order of departments you typically go through in the grocery store.

3. Go shopping on the weekend or a time when you’re not rushed (and not starving).

Today’s list:


  • avocado
  • bananas
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • onions (red + yellow)
  • sweet potatoes
  • broccoli (pre-washed in bag)
  • salad (pre-washed mixed greens)


  • turkey italian sausage
  • lean ground beef


  • fage 2% yogurt (3-4)
  • gallon 1 % milk

Coffee + tea bags

Bread – double fiber whole wheat

Kashi Rice packet

Canned Black Beans


  • salsa
  • sour cream


Based on these groceries, and some items I know we already have on hand (whole wheat hoagie buns -in freezer, yellow potatoes, cheddar cheese, eggs, limes, cereals for breakfast, garden veggies- tomatoes+ cucumber+peppers, chicken breasts – in freezer, steak – in freezer, and curry sauce), I put together this plan for this week’s dinners….

Tonight: Taco Salad with lean ground beef, black beans, and homemade guacamole

Monday: Turkey Italian Sausage Sandwiches with baked french fries

Tuesday: Steak Salad

Wednesday: Grilled chicken with baked sweet potato and roasted broccoli

Thursday: Chicken curry with rice and veggies

I try to have an idea for my dinners – and then lunch is either out or at the hospital cafe or leftovers. And, some weeks, I don’t do well planning dinners at all and I’m stopping at the grocery store on the way home from work each day! But, it is amazing how much less stressful my afternoons are when I already have everything planned out.

Tonight’s dinner was taco salad with mixed greens, seasoned ground beef + black beans, cheddar cheese, fresh tomato, salsa, and homemade guacamole…


And, Food Should Taste Good sweet potato chips + multi-grain tortilla chips to share…


And, here’s a link to an article/video I did last year about this time for a local TV station…Save Time and Money Grocery Shopping.

Hope you’ve had a great weekend. Goodnight!


11 responses to “Grocery Shopping + Taco Salad

  1. Yes, dinner planning makes life a lot easier! Your meals for the week sound great. I’ll have to make your taco salad again… 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

  2. I like the tip about going grocery shopping when not starving. It sounds so simple but really helpful. I usually bring a small bag of nuts whenever I go shopping so that I could always dig in whenever I get the munchies instead of making unnecessary purchases.
    Oh, your family day post was adorable. The kids are the cutest! 😀

  3. Great post Angie! I used to hate grocery shopping, but now enjoy it. I’m too a big list/planning kinda gal 😉

  4. i keep my list on my blackberry! i’m such a geek

  5. Yum, that taco salad looks great!

  6. Great tips on the grocery shopping, I should tell my Mum about this, she does most of the shopping. I do try to plan my lunch and evening meals as I make these myself and then let my Mum know what shopping to get in 🙂

  7. Angie, this is so helpful! I just mentioned on my blog yesterday that I tried making out some sort of “plan” for this week for this first time in years! I need to do it to help me get back on track… and to help us save money… I’m running to the store almost every day…. and not sure what we’re having…while our freezer is full of stuff we could use!

    Anyway – thank you for posting this!

  8. That’s so neat. How do you get choesn to make those talks?
    I usually just through random foods together, without a real plan. I am usually eating alone, since Nick works late 4 out of 7 days, therefore I don’t take much time to plan meals. When I have a family though, those tips are perfect! I will definitely be doing more meal planning when I don’t just cook for myself. I’m actually looking forward to it.

  9. Menden @ Skinny Menny

    Great tips, Angie! I agree…the week is a lot easier when you know what your meals are going to be!

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