Efficient Kitchen: Grocery Shopping

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With a hectic schedule, grocery shopping is always hard to squeeze in. If I am doing things right, I am working a fair amount, going to the gym, and seeing friends regularly. But above all, I am still cooking and eating a varied diet loaded with fresh vegetables at home, even if I am going on frequent work trips. It may sound impossible, but if you buy the right mix of vegetables with varying lifetimes in your fridge, you can have a varied diet at home with minimal trips to the grocery store.

To make things simpler, here are some simple categories of vegetables to keep in mind. Cooking for two (but always prepared for more!) I usually buy 2-3 veggies in each category in one trip to the grocery store:

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My husband, however, would look at these ingredients in my refrigerator and say, “There’s nothing to eat.” To help make these ingredients come to life, here is an illustrative menu for a week to twelve days with only one shopping trip:

Category A Meals:

Green salads, tomato bruschetta, stir-fried spinach

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Category B Meals:

Eggplant with chicken, vegetable panko sushi, chinese green beans

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Category C Meals:

Carrot and cabbage noodle salad, lentil soup, green papaya salad, sweet potato crisps, and stir fried red cabbage fried rice, pan-roasted potatoes, roasted turnips and shallots

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