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5 Meals That Prove How Much I Hate to Grocery Shop

I hate to toot my own oven mitts, but I’m a pretty decent cook. I like to cook, and few things in life give me a greater sense of satisfaction than feeding my family a wholesome, home-cooked meal. That’s not to say that all our meals are Martha Stewart approved. Far from it.  I’m a good cook, but I am a terrible shopper.

I despise going to the grocery store. I loath it. I hate it with the white hot passion of a thousand angry Mongol raiders. I would rather have a root canal than… okay maybe I’m overstating it, but I really really really don’t like to grocery shop. As a result of this aversion, I sometimes have to get a little creative in kitchen to avoid the super market just one more day. Here are five actual meals that I have served my family that prove how much I hate to grocery shop.

The Cereal Buffet. I am a big believer in breakfast for dinner. It’s cheap, easy, and a crowd pleaser. But the cereal buffet is not breakfast for dinner. It is me lining up all the nearly empty boxes of cereal and encouraging the kids to create a cereal medley by mixing various flakes, puffs, and O’s together in to a carb-loaded, milk-soaked meal. In my defense, they are the ones who keep putting the boxes back in the cabinet with nary a fistful of cereal left in them.

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Taco Mashed Potato Casserole So, there was this time when I had leftover taco meat but no shells, tortillas, or corn chips. Luckily I did have some potatoes on hand. I just mashed them, mixed in the meat, and sprinkled it all with cheese. Believe it or not, my kids loved this “special recipe.”

Freezer Surprise! A frozen pizza. Some pot stickers. A few fish sticks. A bag of mixed vegetables. None of  these things alone is enough to feed a family of six, but when I break into my emergency junk food stash and serve it all up at once, I’ve got an international smorgasbord!

Popcorn, Fruit, and Cheese Grain. Fruit. Dairy. That is a meal with three of the five food groups! Go Mom!

Anything With a Spoon of Peanut Butter. Peanut butter is to me what WD40 is to a fix-it shop. As long as I can spread a little peanut butter on it, I can probably make it work. After all, peanut butter is an excellent source of protein. Right? Graham crackers and peanut butter – a tasty breakfast. Apples and peanut butter – a nutritious lunch.  Peanut Butter Quesadilla  – genius.

Hey! At least it's a whole wheat tortilla.
Hey! At least it’s a whole wheat tortilla.

Of course there are other perks to stretching the groceries. Fewer things go to waste. I’m setting a good example of frugality for my kids. And when I finally do make myself go to the store, I don’t even have to make a list – because we are out of EVERYTHING!

What about you? What’s the most desperate meal you’ve ever served?

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11 thoughts on “5 Meals That Prove How Much I Hate to Grocery Shop

  1. It was revealed several months ago that all General Mills cereals have GMOs. A brand to stay away from….

  2. Haha, as we prepare to go to the grocery store, I can sooooo relate to this post. I love cooking for the fam, etc (minus clean-up, of course), but UGH to the grocery store. I’m not a planner. I cook my feelings and tastebuds which normally is a good thing. Despite my attempts at grocery lists and meal plans, my non-planning-self refuses to get on the bandwagon of organization. Breakfast for dinner has been found often as has chicken nuggets on the daily or PB and Honey on all the things. 🙂

    1. I cook with my feelings too. And I try serve healthy meals, but I do keep “emergency” junk food in hand for when the jpkids have friends over. But I end up serving this it when I don’t want to go to the store.

  3. Your types of meals that you have served remind me of what we called “crazy suppers” growing up. My mom did not dislike grocery shopping but we had a very tight budget. Every once in a while we would have a “crazy supper”, which consisted of a potpourri of leftovers, maybe a frozen vegetable and ALWAYS creamed corn. Creamed corn became a must-have with our crazy suppers; throw in a corn pone or muffins and we were good to go! I would sometimes have a crazy supper when my girl was little; fond memories. Thanks for your honesty and thanks for putting a smile on my face 🙂

  4. Isn’t it funny the things that we remember fondly? It’s cool the way your mom turned a tight budget into something fun. We also sometimes have Jump Up for supper. Those are the nights I am just too pooped to cook. It means jump up and fix your own supper. Thanks for sharing about crazy meals.

  5. Ha! I love this! After 15 years of cooking every night for my family, I am ready for some simple meals for a change.

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