My Experiment With Batch Cooking and The Happy Herbivore Meal Plans – The Shopping List


For the last several months my family has been ordering groceries from a local grocery store through an app.  It was pretty convenient because the app saved our most frequent purchases.  I could have groceries ordered in a matter of moments.  A day or two later I’d drive to the store where my whole order would be waiting for me to just load up in my van.  As a person who really detests grocery shopping this was heavenly.

However our very first week with the meal plans I knew I couldn’t order my groceries and have them ready in time for me to do this batch cooking thing.  So to the grocery store we went!  My whole family including my husband and all 4 children.  Yippee!!  I have to say, my kids are fine grocery shopping, it is Mom that has the fits!  That’s how much I despise this chore.

Here comes the kick in the gut.  Our grocery bill shot up $100!!!  There is some explanation.  First off, impulse shopping will get you every time!  There is none of that when you order over an app.  Plus we needed some rarely bought items, like that super huge box of garbage bags that costs an arm and leg!  Then there were definitely some spices and things that we didn’t have on hand that this plan called for.  I want to make it clear, I estimate the first week on the meal plan probably raised our grocery budget $30 dollars or so.

Shopping however was a breeze! Before we left I printed out all of the pages with the grocery list.  I went through my cupboards and crossed off anything we already had.  Since we knew we’d be doubling a lot of the recipes for our larger family I adjusted the quantity of many of the items we’d need.  Once in the store the shopping list is laid out via store section.  All of the produce is listed together, so are the things you’ll likely find in the ethnic isle, canned items are listed together, and so are breads etc.  I moved from one part of the store to the next checking things off with ease.  I have NEVER had a more put together shopping list!  This thing is all neat and color coded too.  I had a few people make comments about how “organized” I am or that I am obviously a “serious shopper.”

I give the shopping list a huge thumbs up!  My normal grocery store had everything we needed too.  No need to store hop.  All an all I was thrilled with that trip. Yes my grocery bill jumped! That was a shocker.  However, and I’ll touch on this more in future posts, we over did it a bit.  I discovered don’t need to double all of the recipes for my family.  Some I can up by maybe 1/4.  Some are fine as they are. Others just need an extra side dish.  We also now have a lot of the staple spices on hand so we won’t need to purchase those every week.  As you can see I am learning as I go!

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