Weekly Meal Prep and Grocery Shopping Heaven

Posted on 12 September 2011 by noelskitchen

Over the weekend, I bit the bullet and took the family on an adventure to Yuba City. It’s a 30-minute drive for us versus going to the Roseville Gallaria which is an hour and fifteen minutes. We of course had planned on doing a little bit of shopping at Walmart for a few necessities and other items for my pantry that couldn’t wait anymore.

Grocery Shopping Heaven

When we drive a distance, we usually make a day of it and window shop at some of the other stores in town. You just never know when you’re going to find a good deal on something. Among our stops along the way was the “restaurant supply store”, Cash and Carry; where I had heard so much about but never been into.  Cash and Carry is a conveniently located, easy-to-shop warehouse that caters to foodservice operators of all types. So, I decided to take a sneak peak. There was a party store right next store that the hubs and the kids found more interesting and left me all alone. Oh boy, was that a mistake. As soon as I moseyed into the building,  I must have salivated for a good twenty minutes over everything a restaurant supply store has to offer. I found myself in a grocery shopping heaven.

If you’ve never visited a restaurant supply store, find out if there’s one in your city. You’ll love every second of it, even if you don’t leave the store with anything. As for me, I plan to do a lot of my shopping there—for my herbs and seasoning, canned goods and I’m even inclined to try their meat department. I’ll just have to remember to pack the bigger cooler the next time I go. Prices are similar to those at Costco or Sam’s Club, and you’re getting a bit more for your money. Their open 7 days a week too.

There are great bargains to be had in this type of store, but beware: if you go to a restaurant supply store looking for one particular item, you have to have the strength of a lumbar jack to leave without three or four things you “didn’t know you needed” when you walked in.

Consider yourself warned!

On to the Weekly Meal Prep…..

At Cash and Carry, I re-stocked some much needed dry herbs, coffee and a few canned items like tomato paste, ketchup and mustard and a few others. At Walmart, I picked up some cereal, cornmeal and juice boxes for school lunches. After browsing the grocery store ads, I found Save Mart to have the best prices this week. I picked up two packages of ground beef, two packages of chicken breasts at BOGOF and some beef carne asar, each of those packages had a $3 off coupon, so I paid no more than $2 per package; items for school lunches, plus I earned fuel points on my Save Mart card.

 My Ambitious Freezer Cooking List:

  • Taco Meat
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Hamburgers
  • Meatballs
  • Shredded Chicken
  • Chicken stock
  • Vegetable Soup (Part of my Back To School Cooking Series)
  • Beef Fajitas
  • Chicken Fajitas
  • Make mashed potatoes
  • Bag Mozzarella and Cheddar cheese
  • Soak beans
  • Bake hamburger buns
  • Instant oatmeal packets
  • Apple muffin mix

Overall, it will be a busy next few days, but I’m okay with that. The end result…a well stocked freezer.

How did your recent freezer cooking go?

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